Mike Hart

NORFOLK - Men and women who work as substitute teachers in the Norfolk Public School district will find a little more in their paychecks during the 2017-18 school year.

At Monday’s meeting of the Board of Education, board members voted unanimously to increase substitute pay from $110 a day to $124, and offer a $150 bonus for substitutes who work the equivalent of 20 days per semester.

Director of Human Resources and Accreditation, Mike Hart told board members that quality substitutes play a vital role in the education process.

"We want to make sure that the students in the room get the best possible instruction while the staff member is gone," said Hart.

"That's critically important for continuing with curriculum, for classroom management, and all those types of things, and when we get great substitute teachers in the classroom, learning continues, and that's what we're all about."

Hart said the best substitute teachers are flexible, friendly, have an ability to connect with students and staff, have a great level of tolerance, but also high expectations, enjoy learning and appreciate the importance of education.

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