Staffing Update

Perkins Schools' Substitute Staff Help District Through Pandemic
Posted on 12/03/2020

Like many school districts across the nation during the pandemic, Perkins Local School District has had staffing challenges due to district employees needing to quarantine because of COVID-19.

Superintendent Todd Boggs commended the Perkins teachers and all staff – including paraprofessionals, bus drivers, nurses, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers, mechanics, custodians – who come to work each day amid the pandemic. 

“Our Perkins teachers and staff are extremely dedicated to their profession and the students they serve each and every day,” Mr. Boggs said. “The pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We are lucky to have such a steadfast team here at Perkins Schools.

“We also have been fortunate to put in place measures, such as mask-wearing and social distancing requirements, and classroom barriers to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.”

These precautions, in addition to daily deep-cleaning and sanitizing practices have enabled Perkins Local Schools to continue in-person learning for all students, five days a week, Mr. Boggs said. He noted that for families who do not want to send their students to in-person classes, the district offers an online-only option.

Perkins Schools, as required by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, reports via email and
the district website when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. 

In anticipation of staffing shortages, the district hired two full-time substitute teachers for each of the district’s four buildings. 

“The full-time subs have been extremely helpful and enabled classroom teaching to continue when we have had teachers who tested positive for COVID-19 or needed to quarantine,” Mr. Boggs said.

In addition to the full-time substitute teachers, the district has hired substitute teachers on a day-to-day, as-needed basis. Perkins Schools utilizes the services of Rachel Wixey & Associates for short-term substitutes. 

Long-term substitutes are paid $135 per day and substitutes hired through Rachel Wixey are paid starting at $90 per day, said Perkins Treasurer Dan Bowman. The district also pays Rachel Wixey administrative fees.

Individuals interested in working as substitute teachers and paraprofessionals are welcome to apply via
Rachel Wixey at the firm’s website

“We think Perkins Schools is an excellent place to work and our teachers and staff are among the best,” Mr. Boggs said. 

The district also hires substitute staff members in the dietary, transportation, and custodial and maintenance departments. Individuals interested in applying to be a substitute bus driver, custodian, or cafeteria worker can visit the
Perkins Schools online staffing portal. Qualifications vary for individual positions.

“At Perkins Schools, we pride ourselves on offering all of our students an experience that includes top-quality academics, extra- and co-curricular opportunities, and social and emotional support,” Mr. Boggs said. “And, with our students being in-person every day, they also get breakfasts and hot lunches every school day.”