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GIPS Launches Substitute Campaign


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Like many districts around the state and country, Grand Island Public Schools are facing staffing challenges, especially in the area of substitutes. 

In response to these challenges, the school district is launching a substitute recruitment campaign and bonus structure. GIPS will offer a one-time bonus to current substitutes to say thank you, and will also provide a bonus opportunity to new GIPS substitutes.

“Our amazing staff at GIPS have been working hard to ensure our students continue growing, learning and thriving in the middle of this pandemic,” GIPS Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover said. 

Like many school districts, GIPS staff members are covering more classes and filling in for other staff due to increased absenteeism and the compounding complexities presented by COVID-19. 

“We have already seen a renewed interest in substitute service from our local community. We hope our focus will continue to attract more substitutes to the district to ensure we meet the needs of our students and staff alike,” GIPS Chief of Human Capital Management Kristen Irey said. 

Dr. Grover and Irey said the district has been very fortunate to have many great substitutes who have been helpful in filling positions, but more are needed. GIPS works with substitutes to establish a plan that offers flexibility for their desired schedule.

“Our substitutes’ varied experiences provide the needed support in roles that match their interest and expertise,” Dr. Grover said. “We value our substitutes and consider them part of the GIPS team.”

 

PROCESS TO BECOME A SUBSTITUTE

Download & fill out the Grand Island Public Schools substitute teaching application.
Bring your teaching certificate along with the completed application to the GIPS Human Resources Department at 123 South Webb Road, Grand Island, Nebraska.
Applicants may get instructions for qualifications for the various teaching and substitute teaching certificates from the Nebraska Department of Education. The NDE also has an online application. For more information, call (402) 471-0739 or visit www.education.ne.gov/tcert.
If you have further questions about how to become a GIPS substitute, please contact Molly Holcher at mholcher@gips.org or (308) 385-5900, ext. 201106.
BONUS STRUCTURE

Current and Active Bonus opportunity

Any CURRENT and ACTIVE substitute that has completed at least one assignment in the past school year through September 15, 2021 will be paid a one-time $200 cash bonus. This is for the current and active GIPS substitute pool, as defined by any substitute still accepting assignments in the current 2021-2022 school year. This applies to any current and active substitute regardless of position or placement for both classified and certified.  

Any CURRENT but not yet active substitute that has not taken an assignment in the past year will receive a $100 bonus after they complete any assignment in the next 60 days.

We know that our current employees are our best resource for finding new talented people to add to our extraordinary staff.

Any employee who refers a new qualified substitute who is then hired into the GIPS substitute pool will receive a $50 bonus after the new substitute employee completes their first assignment within 90 days of hire and start date.

The new substitute employee will also receive a $50 bonus paid after they complete their first assignment within 90 days of their hire and start date.   


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