Substitute teachers called ultimate free agents

Nov 29, 2015 by

Many parents probably have seen the “yard signs” in front of their child’s school.

One reads: “Interested in substitute teaching in Columbia Public Schools? Call Kelly Services today!” followed by the phone number.

Since January 2013, Columbia Public Schools has contracted with employment agency Kelly Services to supply its substitute teachers. In 2012, when Kelly Services was hired, the district could not find substitute teachers to fill 12,370 vacancies.

Under the contract, the substitute teachers are employees of Kelly Services. Its educational component is Kelly Educational Staffing.

There is no connection between Kelly Press and Kelly Sports Properties and Kelly Services and Kelly Educational Staffing.

Jennifer Carosielli, senior regional sales manager with Kelly Educational Staffing, said the average pay for substitute teachers in Columbia is $75 per day but can reach $200 per day for retired teachers who work as substitutes.

There are about 400 substitute teachers available for placement.

She said Kelly substitute teachers are paid weekly and are able to participate in 401(k) retirement plans. There also are summer assignments and professional training.

In the 2014-15 school year, the school district spent $2,170,362 on the contract. This year, the budget is $2,004,052.

Under the pricing scheduled in the contract, Kelly charges CPS 1.35 times the pay of most substitutes. So Kelly charges CPS $101.25 a day for a substitute who makes $75, with the $26.25 going to Kelly. For long-term substitutes and retired CPS teachers working as substitutes, the rate charged is 1.31 times the teacher’s pay. For a retired teacher being paid $200 a day, Kelly charges CPS $262.

Source: Substitute teachers called ultimate free agents – Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Education

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