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Lewiston schools boost wages for substitutes amid staffing shortage

Faced with a staffing shortage of at least 60 positions, the Lewiston School Committee this week approved pay raises for substitute teachers and ed techs.

Substitute teachers will earn $125 a day, up from just over $100. Substitute ed tech pay is increasing from $93 a day to $112.

Superintendent Jake Langlais says the boost is to ensure that wages for substitutes are comparable to other positions, and competitive in the tight labor market

"I think all schools — I actually just left a superintendents meeting for our entire region, and everybody is expressing concerns about a shortage in education staff," says Langlais.

The Lewison school committee also approved increasing pay for cafeteria workers.