Substitute teachers will be receiving more for their efforts next school year. The Hannibal Board of Education approved a $5 per day pay boost during its Wednesday, May 17, meeting.

Substitute teachers will be receiving more for their efforts next school year. The Hannibal Board of Education approved a $5 per day pay boost during its Wednesday, May 17, meeting.

The increase raises the rate of compensation from $70 to $75.

The new pay rate equals what the Palmyra school district pays, according the Hannibal Superintendent Susan Johnson. Other local school districts still pay $70, added Johnson.

Johnson, who reported she could not immediately determine when the last substitute pay increase occurred in Hannibal, said the fee increase will cost the school district just over $18,500 annually.

On another front, Johnson said she has been in contact with Kelly Services regarding its ability to meet the district's substitute teacher needs. Previously Johnson had explored the services offered by Penmac Educational Staffing.

In other business:

• While describing pre-enrollment for summer school as an “ever-changing animal,” Assistant Superintendent Darin Powell advised the school board that as of Wednesday afternoon it appeared that summer enrollment would be up by 150 over last year.

“We're getting more kids involved,” said Powell.

The Board of Education approved the district's summer application and the staff for summer school.

Rich Stilley, business manager, advised that summer school bus routes will be similar to last year.

• The possibility of staging a public forum for lawmakers serving northeast Missouri was discussed. The event's focus would be on proposed legislation that could impact public education.

• Evaluations of the Parents as Teachers and Career Ladder programs were reviewed. Parents a Teachers was given an “above average” assessment by Dianne Addison, who is retiring as the program's director. Career Ladder was given an “excellent” rating by Powell.

• Johnson reported that between May 30 and June 2 the district's administrative team will be involved in professional development.

• Students from Mark Twain Elementary joined Principal Karen Wheelan in addressing the school board.

 

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com