Frisco ISD adds incentives to attract, retain substitutes

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Frisco ISD is incentivizing substitutes in an effort to retain them and reduce the shortage in the district.

The board of trustees approved the new incentives for substitutes during the March 4 meeting.

Substitutes who work a full day on a Monday or Friday, the days that fewer substitutes work, will be paid $15 extra. Substitutes that work a half day on Mondays or Fridays will be paid $7.50. Another $100 incentive is offered for substitutes who work more than half of the days in a semimonthly pay period.

Substitutes in long-term or administrative positions are not eligible for the incentives.

These incentives are hoped to increase the number of substitutes that take jobs at FISD, said Pam Linton, FISD chief human resources officer. FISD is not alone in its struggle to retain and attract substitutes, she said.

“It is very difficult to get subs across the area,” Linton said. “Especially when the economy seems to be strong; it’s very difficult to find subs.”

Other surrounding school districts, such as McKinney ISD and Allen ISD, have increased substitute pay in an effort to remain competitive.

FISD’s incentives go into effect April 1 and will stay in place for the rest of the school year. FISD will see how successful the incentives are at the end of the school year and decide whether to continue with them, FISD Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Smith said. If the incentives are not successful, FISD may consider hiring an agency to help recruit more substitutes, she said.

The new incentives come months after the district increased substitute pay from $80 to $100 a day for those with college degrees and from $90 to $110 a day for those with teaching certificates. Pay for substitute aides also increased from $70 to $80 a day.

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Lindsey has been involved in newspapers in some form since high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 with a degree in Journalism. While attending UTA, she worked for The Shorthorn, the university's award-winning student newspaper. She was hired as Community Impact Newspaper's first Frisco reporter in 2014. Less than a year later, she took over as the editor of the Frisco edition. Since then, she has covered a variety of topics and issues important to the community, including the city's affordable housing shortage, the state's controversial A-F school accountability system and the city's "Bury the Lines" efforts.
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