McKinney ISD increases substitute teachers pay


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].”

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Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.
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