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Sixth-grade teacher Lisa Younghans (right) helps student Cameron Groves with his schedule on the first day of classes at Goshen Middle School on Aug. 9, 2013. Goshen Community Schools will hire 12 permanent substitute teachers who will be in classrooms 170 days of the year. (J. Tyler Klassen/The Elkhart Truth)
New 'permanent' substitute teachers at Goshen schools will be eligible for health insurance, other benefits

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 6:46 p.m.

Some Goshen substitute teachers won't be getting early morning summons to report to the classroom anymore.

Instead, Goshen Community Schools' board voted Monday, March 24, to hire 12 "permanent" substitute teachers. These teachers will be working every day, and they will be paid a little more than other substitutes.

"There is no day that we need less than 12 subs," Superintendent Diane Woodworth told the board Monday. "We are trying to treat (substitute teachers) more professionally and ensure we can keep them around." 

The permanent subs will be eligible for health insurance and other benefits, but they will only work 170 days of the school year. They will be paid $90 per day, which is $5 more than what other substitutes receive.

Woodworth said this is something the district will try for a year and keep doing if it works out. 

Goshen is still looking for substitutes to fill every teacher request for April 3 and 4. The two days were originally part of spring break, but now will be used as makeup days.

Woodworth said many of the teachers had already made spring break plans, so the district is seeing quite a few requests for substitute teachers on those two days.

"We will use every last body," she said, adding that she doesn't think the district will have trouble finding enough substitutes.

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