Staunton outsourcing substitute teachers

Source: Megan Williams, News Leader, September 19, 2016

Staunton is streamlining the process for recruiting, hiring, training and coordinating substitute teacher schedules by outsourcing the service through popular company, Source4Teachers. … A year ago, Jon Venn, human resources director for the school division and the city, began researching ways to make his department and the finance department more efficient and streamline what has been a tedious process. Venn contacted other school divisions across the state that currently use Source4Teachers, including Roanoke and Newport News. They reported “very positively,” about their experience, Venn said, and in the spring, Staunton Schools entered into an agreement with the company. Source4teachers manages the entire substitute program including payroll, recruiting, hiring, credentialing, training and orientation, substitute calling and evaluation of employees. … There is a mark-up of 34 percent over the existing substitute pay rate, Venn said. The mark-up includes, employer taxes, worker’s compensation, general liability insurance, unemployment taxes fees, use of the online substitute request system and use of the time clock system for substitutes. Because the service includes so many hard and soft costs, Venn said the school division could ultimately see savings in the long run. … Before Source4Teachers, which was officially implemented this fall, it was the responsibility of HR to recruit and train substitutes, and they were on the school division’s payroll. When a teacher needed a substitute, they informed the school’s secretary or principal who would then call to coordinate coverage for that teacher. Now, teachers make a substitute request online and Source4Teachers takes care of the scheduling, freeing up time and effort. …