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Meridian Increases the Rate to Substitute Teach in District 223

The Meridian CUSD 223 Board of Education voted unanimously at the November Board meeting to increase the daily rate of substitute teachers to $105. This increase is on the heels of a previous increase two years ago which compensated substitute teachers who frequently substituted in the district to earn up to $100 per day for their service.

Despite the previous effort to honor and compensate frequent substitute teachers at a higher rate of pay, Meridian still faced frequent substitute shortages. When a district cannot find a substitute, teachers give up their plan time, principals cover classes, and occasionally classes are forced to be combined so that all students are supervised.

Meridian CUSD’s Superintendent of Schools Dr. PJ Caposey added, “Substitute shortages are common across our county and in our region. The Board took a strategic step forward to attempt to attract substitute teachers to select Meridian schools when they may have multiple options on a given day.” Caposey continued to say that he believes the best ‘promotion’ of the district for substitute teachers are the great kids in Meridian and committed teachers that provide detailed plans for substitutes.

The district noted that this change, like all initiatives, will be tracked and evaluated for its effectiveness over time. The change will begin effective immediately. To become a substitute teacher please contact the Regional Office of Education at (815) 625-1495 for additional information.