For the first time in at least five years, substitute teachers in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) received a pay increase of $18 per day.
The pay increase became effective Wednesday, district spokesman Marcus Walton said.
At a meeting last month, the Board of Education voted in favor of the increase that brings the daily rate for substitute teachers from $118 to $135 per day, with the long-term rate rising from $160 to $175, according to the district.
WCCUSD has 326 registered substitutes who can be called upon daily to fill in for teachers who are ill or training.
“These rates make us competitive with other school districts in the area,” Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Ken Whittemore said in the statement. “There is not only a shortage of classroom teachers, but it is difficult to find temporary replacements. This measure will help us attract more high quality substitutes for our students.”
More information on becoming a substitute teacher can be found here.