Northumberland school board focuses on substitute teacher pay, student attendance

AnnGardner Eubank

by AnnGardner Eubank

CLARAVILLE—Substitute teachers at Northumberland County Schools are set to receive pay raises after the school board on November 14 approved a new pay rate.

According to school board chairman Betty Christopher, all substitutes will now earn $110 per day and long-term subs will receive $135 per day.

Meanwhile, Northumberland schools are focusing on improving overall attendance for students after a Virginia Department of Education report released in September showed achievement gaps in absenteeism across the district.

Superintendent Holly Wargo described the importance of strong attendance, stating missing just two days of school per month adds up to a loss of 10% of the school year. For students to not fall behind on their reading and math levels by grade, and for high school students to remain on the track to graduation, good attendance is essential, she said.

Wargo shared several ways parents can help their students achieve solid attendance….

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