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Since implementing the Kelly Education solution, substitute teacher placement rates have risen and remained at about 95 percent in recent years. This improvement translates into cost savings."
- New Britain School District
CSDNB partnered with Kelly Education to deploy a comprehensive substitute teacher management program. The solution features an automated scheduling and absence management system with 24/7 web-based access for teachers, substitute teachers, and school administrators. The technology delivers real-time reporting in a customized, in-depth, easy-to-view interface that includes reasons for teacher absenteeism as well as other important data, helping the district to identify work pattern trends and develop better forecasting.
Kelly Education customized recruiting plans that helped the district to retain higher quality candidates. The solution also includes year-round recruitment of new substitute teachers to maintain a larger, more effective pool for New Britain schools. Kelly Education provides up to 130 substitute teachers on peak days, and an average of 75 substitute teachers daily across the district.
All new candidates are screened centrally for experience and credentials, then thoroughly oriented and trained with school handbooks customized with information from the district. Kelly Education then follows up regularly with on-site visits to each school, providing feedback and monitoring of substitute teacher performance. The program has expanded beyond instructional staff for the district to include paraprofessionals, office/clerical staff, and teaching personnel for its adult education classes.
Since implementing the Kelly Education solution, substitute teacher placement rates have risen and remained at about 95 percent in recent years. This improvement translates into cost savings, since the district no longer pays class-coverage payments to paraprofessionals or extra-duty payments for teachers to fill those classes.
Access to computerized reporting systems by the New Britain schools’ teachers, principals, and HR staff has allowed for much better long- and short-term planning. More centralized control and monitoring of the entire CSDNB program has led to vastly improved data and insight. Absence tracking includes daily and weekly reporting of teacher absences, customized by teacher, school, reason, and day of the week. This visibility has led to decreased teacher absenteeism, more consistency in educating students, and ultimately, to a reduction in overall spending for its substitute teacher program.
As one New Britain school administrator asserted, “CSDNB has not been able to recruit and retain substitute teachers that are as qualified, committed, trained, and reliable as those provided by Kelly.” New candidates for both instructional and non-instructional personnel positions are of such a consistently high quality that in years of greater hiring needs, the district has hired up to 35 percent of its new full-time personnel from the Kelly Education substitute teacher pool. This has led to efficiencies which have delivered other significant cost advantages to the district.
Additionally, the CSDNB isn’t burdened with workers’ compensation charges, unemployment compensation costs, payroll processing, or other employment taxes—everything is handled by Kelly Education. And the dismissal of staff members who don’t fit the culture of the district is made easier, with less liability for CSDNB.
Article commissioned by Kelly Education and written by District Administration.
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