Montour to consider outsourcing school substitute positions

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Montour superintendent Donald Boyer said tonight that the school district plans to explore options to outsource substitute jobs.

He said using independent contractors would save the district money on costs associated with health insurance requirements and state-mandated retirement contributions.

"If they're not employees, then none of that's applicable," Mr. Boyer said.

Montour has substitutes working as teachers, custodians, secretaries, paraprofessionals, bus drivers and other positions.

Outsourcing those types of jobs would save the district money on billing and record-keeping associated with health insurance, and reduce the amount of money paid to the Pennsylvania School Employees' Retirement System, Mr. Boyer said.

As required by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the school board voted tonight to approve offering a medical insurance plan, effective July 2015, to all employees logging 30 hours or more per week, with the full cost of insurance being paid by the worker.

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Andrea Iglar, freelance writer:


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