In a news release, Bissen said the county will be raising pay next month in hopes of attracting more workers for the Summer PALS program, which stands for Play and Learn Sessions. The roots of the government-subsidized program trace back to the 1970s, but today its presence in some communities is threatened because of the lack of workers.
“With ongoing staffing challenges within the PALs program, especially in Lahaina and Lanai, it’s imperative that we are doing everything we can to ensure these programs continue to operate,” Bissen said in the release.
In recent weeks, the Maui County Council unanimously agreed to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to raise workers’ pay in the county’s next annual budget, which starts July 1. The Bissen administration announced it would use some of the program’s unspent cash to cover the higher pay in the meantime. The county says hourly wages will be increased as follows:
Recreation aide from $15 to $20 per hour
Program specialist from $19.53 to $26.04 per hour
Recreation leader from $16.74 to $22.32 per hour
Recreation director from $20.93 to $27.91 per hour
Office coordinator from $23.72 to 31.63 per hour
Site coordinator from $23.72 to $31.63 per hour
The PALS program recruits for a wide range of workers from entry level high school students to supervisors with college degrees in education. For more information about the open PALS positions or to learn about other Maui County jobs, visit the county’s website.
Civil Beat’s coverage of Maui County is supported in part by a grant from the Nuestro Futuro Foundation.
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