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The Amherst School Board is considering increasing the hourly wage of after-school employees in an effort to lure teachers into the program.

Superintendent Dennis Ford said during a meeting of the board Tuesday night that the pay incentive is designed to give the district a deeper pool of candidates for the program and facilitate changes in the program.

A wage increase could be attractive to teachers, who would extend their day by a couple of hours for extra pay, according to Mark Whyle, the district's director of administrative services.

Traditionally, after-school programs are often staffed by high school students.

The program provides children with homework help, tutoring and other services.

The amount of the wage increase has yet to be disclosed but Whyle labeled the boost "relatively minor."

"It's not dramatic, but it is significant enough that it could produce some changes," Ford said. The board is expected to vote on the wage increase at the Nov. 16 board meeting.

The board also will consider hiring an internal auditor to oversee district spending.

If approved, the auditor will serve as a direct link to the board and provide regular reports on the district's finances.

"The role of that position could be anything from spot-checking when possible to something far more comprehensive," Whyle said.

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