Hinsdale District 86 to eliminate permanent substitutes

<p>Hinsdale District 86 administration building| Sun-Times Media File </p>

Hinsdale District 86 administration building| Sun-Times Media File 

Hinsdale High School District 86 no longer will use permanent substitutes in its schools.

Among the dozens of substitutes needed everyday in Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South high schools are six people who regularly substitute.

They are paid $29.28 an hour, and entitled to participate in the district’s health plan.

Starting next school year, Human Resources Director Domenico Maniscalco recommended their positions be filled with various substitutes from the district’s pool of registered substitutes.

The School Board approved that recommendation by a 4-3 vote.

Maniscalco estimates the change will save the district more than $200,000 and not negatively impact the students’ education. Superintendent Bruce Law agreed.

Board President Claudia Manley and members Victor Casini, Richard Skoda and Edward Corcoran voted in favor of the change. Voting against the change were Kay Gallo, Michael Kuhn and Jennifer Planson.

Planson said there is value in having a regular substitute in the district, “so that we can have the students in the classroom moving forward and we don’t lose an instruction day.”

One of the permanent substitutes is endorsed to teach science and another has a math endorsement.

The District 86 teachers’ union also opposed eliminating permanent substitutes, because they have been vetted, said Hinsdale Central Teachers Association President John Bowman. He said sometimes they are more effective at helping students.

But Maniscalco said the permanent substitutes have spent 70 to 90 percent of their time supervising study halls.

The permanent substitutes each earn $39,747 a year, plus benefits. Maniscalco estimated next school year the total compensation for the six would be $305,375.

Their jobs could be filled with a variety of substitutes for $95 a day, or $103,170 total, if six substitutes were hired for the full 181-day school calendar. The difference is $202,205.

If a substitute works more than 119 days in a school year, they would be eligible for benefits and subject to a performance review.

Skoda said if the district were short a substitute or two, a regular teacher could fill in. Regular teachers can substitute for a period or two for extra compensation, Maniscalco said.

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