ASD could renew contract to outsource substitutes

Source: Jacqueline Palochko, The Morning Call, August 12, 2016

As school districts across the state deal with a substitute teacher shortage, the Allentown School Board is looking at renewing its contract with the company it uses to outsource its substitutes. At Thursday’s finance committee meeting, the school board advanced a proposal to renew a contract with Substitute Teacher Service, a Delaware County-based company that has been providing services to the school district since 2014. STS has a fill rate of 73 percent, short of the goal of 80 percent, said Christina Mazzella, executive director of human resources. … The school board will vote on the new STS contract at its Aug. 25 meeting. The Bethlehem Area School District also uses STS. The district has an 80 percent fill rate. Earlier this year, Bethlehem renewed its contract with STS, even though some directors weren’t completely satisfied with the company. Administrators said the company was making “steady progress.” …