Socorro ISD officials announced Friday that the district increasing its substitute teacher and substitute nurse salary to attract applicants to join their team and fill in for much-needed positions across the district.
Officials share that the higher substitute pay incentive will be effective September 16, 2021. The substitute nurse pay will increase from $225 to $275.
“The Socorro ISD family continues its steadfast, collaborative work to provide all students with the best education possible,” said Interim Superintendent Marta Carmona, M.Ed. “This includes having highly qualified subs available to step in and support our students, staff and schools. We hope this incentive will bring many new candidates to fill in these important substitute roles.”
The increased pay for substitutes will be funded through federal and district funds to attract more applicants and experienced individuals to assist the district as it experiences a substitute teacher and substitute nurse shortage due to the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to the higher pay for substitutes, applicants now will need to have completed only 30 hours of higher education as opposed to the former requirement of 60 hours.
The substitute teacher pay will change as follows:
|Experience||Former substitute teacher pay||New substitute teacher pay|
|30 hours higher education||$75||$100|
|Bachelor degree or higher||$100||$125|
In addition, district officials say that Monday and Friday substitute teacher pay will be $150. Substitute teachers and substitute nurses can earn a $500 retention for 100 workdays per year.