New daily pay rate keeps MISD competitive with nearby districts
McKinney ISD announced Nov. 9 a pay raise for substitute teachers in an effort to remain competitive among neighboring school districts.
For the last three years substitutes at MISD with college degrees were paid $85 per day, and substitutes with teaching certificates were paid $90 per day. Effective Nov. 12 the rates were raised to $100 per day for substitutes with degrees and $110 per day for certified substitutes.
“It’s about time,” Shan Lindley, a former MISD substitute, said in an email.
Lindley said she left MISD to make more money as a substitute at another district.
MISD takes part in a yearly salary study that looks at surrounding districts and determines which departments’ salaries need to be revised, said Tamira Griffin, assistant superintendent and chief human resource officer for MISD.
“With [substitutes], we knew we were a little bit low, but it hadn’t been a really big problem,” Griffin said. “But this year some of our [competitors’ rates] were going up a little higher, so we just wanted to make sure that we were competitive with our rates.”
Frisco ISD initiated substitute pay raises in August from $80 to $100 a day for substitutes with college degrees and from $90 to $110 a day for substitutes with teaching certificates. Allen ISD also raised substitutes’ pay in August from $85 to $100 per day for substitutes with college degrees and from $90 to $115 per day for substitutes who are certified teachers.
“[Increasing the pay rate] really does matter even if it’s just a few dollars,” Griffin said. “We decided to make that change to make sure that we are competitive and that we are taking care of our great [substitutes].”