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Bethlehem School board begins new year

"It is very challenging thing to do, and it's one of the highest numbers in the Capital District," Tebbano said of all the Regents degrees earned in Bethlehem.

The board discussed a number of appointments for the next school year and also had a brief discussion on substitute teacher pay, which was recently raised in order "to remain competitive with neighboring districts."

Bethlehem substitutes are paid $85 a day, which is bumped up to $90 a day if they serve for five consecutive days, according to Assistant Superintendent for Business Steven O'Shea. In extreme cases, if the substitute is covering a classroom for one month or more they are automatically moved up to a base salary pay.

All teachers are required to create backup plans and outlines for substitutes and emergency situations, according to Tebbano.

"It's got to be more than a video tape," he said. "We frown upon that."

The next board of education meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 13, and the first day of school starts one day early this year for grades 1-12, beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Kindergarten begins on Monday, Sept. 8.

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