Lewisville ISD to boost pay for substitute teachers this school year

Substitutes will receive increased compensation in the 2020-21 school year at Lewisville ISD. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
Substitutes will receive increased compensation in the 2020-21 school year at Lewisville ISD. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)

Substitutes will receive increased compensation in the 2020-21 school year at Lewisville ISD. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lewisville ISD is budgeting roughly $650,000 extra to cover pay increases for substitute teachers in the coming year.

Certified substitutes will receive an additional $15 per day, while pay for degreed substitutes will increase $10 per day, and paraprofessionals would receive an extra $5 per day under proposals approved by the board of trustees on Aug. 10.

The increases allow the district to remain competitive compared to neighboring districts, Superintendent Kevin Rogers told the board.

These costs will be part of the upcoming year's budget, according to Rogers.

Certified substitutes received $95 per day in the 2019-20 school year, and degreed substitutes received $90 for a full day, according to LISD's online listing.


It's not clear whether the increased pay will ensure the district has enough substitutes in the coming year, Rogers said. The district typically has anywhere from 700-800 substitutes available, but so far roughly 460 have signed up for the fall. The shortage is likely due to the coronavirus pandemic, he said.

"We once again are entering into some uncharted territory," Rogers said. "We had a lot of subs that dropped out because they are afraid."

The district will continue discussions on increasing wages for full-term substitutes at campuses that have a lower number of substitute options at a later board meeting, based on responses from board members.

The board will also discuss a possible shift to a contracted substitute service, which could save the district in regard to insurance and other benefits for substitutes, according to administrative staff.
By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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