Kyrene School District increases day rate for substitute teachers with COVID-19 relief dollars

The day rate for substitute teachers is increasing in the Kyrene School District. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The day rate for substitute teachers is increasing in the Kyrene School District. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The day rate for substitute teachers is increasing in the Kyrene School District. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Kyrene School District will now offer substitute teachers $175 per day—up from $115 a day, according to a news release from the district. The district's governing board approved the pay increase during a Nov. 23 board meeting.

“In order to remain competitive in the East Valley and attract quality substitutes in Kyrene, it is necessary to raise the daily rate of pay for substitutes,” Executive Director of Talent Management Lisa Gibson said in the release.


Substitute teachers will be paid $175 per day, and long-term substitutes will be paid $200 per day, up from $140.

KSD retired teachers who return to be long-term substitutes will be paid $205 per day, up from $145.

Money for the substitute pay rate increases will come from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, or ESSER, fund, a federal fund dedicated to schools for COVID-19 relief.