The San Ramon Valley school board is set to consider raising the salaries paid to substitute teachers in the hopes of attracting more candidates.
"We are currently experiencing a substitute shortage," Keith Rogenski, assistant superintendent of human resources, wrote in his staff report in advance of Tuesday's board meeting. "We have completed a comparison of rates in surrounding districts and have determined that ours are among the lowest currently offered."
The new rate proposal, which would take effect Dec. 14, would increase the daily pay to $130 for substitutes working between one and 20 consecutive days.
The daily rate would bump up to $150 for 21 to 60 consecutive days and $170 per day for 61 or more straight days. The daily pay for retired teachers serving as substitutes would be $160.
The rates and time-frames vary from the district's current structure of $110 per day for one to 10 straight days, $125 per day for 11 to 60 straight days and $140 per day for 61 or more straight days.
The new salary structure is expected to cost about $437,000 this fiscal year, Rogenski said.
The board will debate the proposal as part of its open-session agenda, set to get underway at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the boardrooms at 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.
In other business
* Board members will receive an update on the district's effort to sell approximately $13.2 million in clean renewable energy bonds to finance new solar energy projects at 14 to 16 San Ramon Valley schools.
They will also consider a resolution that approves a ground lease, a lease agreement and a placement-agent agreement, as well as authorizes district staff to execute necessary documents and related actions associated with these steps of the bond sale, according to chief business officer Scott Anderson.
The district expects the bonds to be fully repaid by net electricity savings generated by the solar projects, with officials estimating the savings over 25 years to be $13.99 million (at a 15-year financing term), Anderson said.
* The board will discuss proposals for a new board policy and an administrative regulation addressing temporary and substitute certificated personnel.
The California School Boards Association recommends local districts adopt such documents, with the policy specifically addressing how districts are adhering to a new state law expanding paid sick leave to previously ineligible workers, Rogenski said.
The new policy and administrative regulation are listed as discussion-only items for Tuesday, with the final drafts to return for final board approval Dec. 8, he said.
* Board members will hear informational presentations about the Discovery Counseling Center and Danville's Sycamore Valley Elementary School.