Classes are back in session in the Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock School District today after an extended Thanksgiving vacation.
The holiday break was originally scheduled to start last Wednesday, November 24th, but a teacher shortage forced the district to cancel classes for Monday and Tuesday, November 22nd and 23rd as well; making it a nine days off total from November 20th to the 28th.
Todd Liechty, the shared Superintendent between RRMR and Nashua-Plainfield school districts, says the teacher and substitute teacher shortage has affected each district differently, but they’re certainly not alone.
Liechty says the RRMR district has seen some improvement with the situation after the school board voted to increase substitute teacher pay to an area-best $140 a day.
The Charles City School District recently upped substitute teacher pay to $125 a day with a $500 cash bonus for every non-consecutive 30 days worked in the district. Liechty says RRMR’s new substitute teacher pay rate of $140 a day essentially gives the subs their bonus up front.