Massena school board to give tutors a 50 percent raise, cites unusually low wage
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 5:36 pm

MASSENA -- Tutors to district students will see a 50 percent hike in their hourly wage, which hasn’t gone up in at least 15 years. The board voted to raise their hourly pay from $10 per hour to $15 per hour.

Interim Superintendent William Flynn noted that of all the area schools, Massena was paying tutors the lowest wage.

He said Salmon River, Canton, Malone and St. Lawrence central school districts pay between $17.50 and $19 per hour, and many others pay up to $30 per hour.

Tutors work with students in one or two-hour sessions, depending on grade level.

Flynn said the district had been having trouble finding tutors and in some cases had older students tutoring their younger peers.

“It’s pretty difficult. We have to provide tutors [by law],” Flynn said.