PESG: Substitute Solutions for School Districts

04/23/2015  | 

Every school district wants to make wise financial decisions.
But in a field where budget deficits, funding cuts, healthcare compliance costs, and layoffs are becoming even more commonplace, many districts are faced with difficult choices that affect the educational opportunities they can offer, and ultimately the students themselves.

The numbers speak for themselves. In the 2013-2014 school year, PESG partnered with over 500 school districts, placing between 11,000 and 15,000 substitutes and contracted employees daily – equating to an average fill rate of 98%.

In 2005, PESG (Professional Education Services Group) was created as a way to offer efficiencies and value to school districts by staffing substitute teachers and other educational staff. Through collaborative partnerships with school districts, PESG provides customized staffing solutions for classroom substitutes, paraprofessionals, full-time clerical, custodial, and over 40 other educational staff classifications – while saving partner districts thousands of dollars.

For many districts, the recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) means that they face even more administrative challenges with their substitute staff. After all, most education budgets do not allow for increased benefit costs or expensive penalties for non-compliance. PESG presents affordable options to district partners and offers the PESG Promise: that they will be responsible for all PPACA monitoring, compliance, and costs associated with their employees. Not only does this relieve districts of these burdens, it also gives PESG employees voluntary access to a wide range of healthcare benefits, without concerns of limited or restricted work hours. Additionally, some of PESG’s competitors require surcharges from school districts to subsidize potential non-compliance penalties. But PESG takes responsibility for these associated costs – directing substantial budget dollars back to the classroom.

But healthcare compliance is just one of the benefits for school districts who partner with PESG. Superintendents, Business Directors, and HR Directors are able to reduce the workloads of their teams due to process efficiencies, including decreased payroll and administrative expenses. All required electronic reporting is provided online, with an electronic payroll platform customized specifically for education, incorporating school-specific cost accounting and budget codes. PESG pays FICA and Medicare costs, all unemployment taxes, and Worker’s Compensation premiums, and relieves schools of retirement system contributions. They track employment, verify licensures, maintain all employee records, and handle all employee communication – with no hidden fees. And if a school district wants to hire an educator from within the PESG employee pool, they can do so at any time, with absolutely zero associated fees or costs – something you won’t find with competing staffing firms.

No matter what challenges a school district may face, PESG partners with them to create custom solutions that best fit the district’s needs. PESG recruits, screens, trains, and hires all substitute teachers and other educational employees. Substitutes are able to easily access and accept available jobs using online and call systems, and schools can select preferred subs based on performance. School districts have access to a larger pool of substitute teachers, who receive enhanced face-to-face classroom management training and are well equipped to step into any classroom at any time, so that students can receive quality, continuous education.

The numbers speak for themselves. In the 2013-2014 school year, PESG partnered with over 500 school districts, placing between 11,000 and 15,000 substitutes and contracted employees daily – equating to an average fill rate of 98%. And in districts where our Fill Rate Incentive Programs are utilized, for the full school year, PESG guarantees a fill rate of 95%. These impressive performance results translate to 1.15 Million absences filled, which is why PESG was named the Largest Educational Staffing Firm of 2014 in the U.S. by Staffing Industry Analysts.

Without question, school districts benefit when they partner with PESG. But ultimately, the biggest winners are the children served by those districts: when highly trained, qualified, and affordable substitutes are available, classes stay open and learning continues without interruption. And students receive the greatest benefit of all.

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Henry Bledsoe (855) 747-8233 extension 7401
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