WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- The Waynesboro School Board approved a raise for its degreed and licensed teacher aides.
Bill Staton, Waynesboro schools' finance director, said qualified aides will now make $20 an hour, up from the previous $10 hourly rate, for tasks such as after-school tutoring.
The raise is in response to new requirements for these aides to be more qualified, according to Staton.
He said a lot of times aides are highly qualified and sometimes even do many tasks that teachers perform.
Staton said the raise is designed to help level the playing field.
"These paraprofessionals are doing tutoring, after-school programs, which is sort of tutoring, summer school and all that. Doing the same thing that a teacher in the classroom would do. So we started to discuss, 'Well let's make this more equitable and fair,' and pay them accordingly when they do that," said Staton.
Staton said most of the money to pay for the raise will come from the school system's general fund.
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