CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi Independent School District leaders have raised the pay rate for substitute teachers after enduring a semester in which it was difficult to find enough people to fill open positions.
"I think it will make a difference," superintendent Dr. Roland Hernandez said. "If we can get the substitutes to come in when they start seeing that kind of difference per day in their rate, they'll continue to want to come back."
CCISD has eight categories of substitute teachers, and all of them are getting pay increases of either $10 or $15. The details are broken down here:
The least a substitute can now make is $75 per day. The most is $140.
In addition to those increases, substitute teachers will receive $5 more a day for four of the least popular assignments -- working on Mondays; on Fridays; at a middle school; and working in a self-contained, special education unit.
The pay raises were met with praise.
"In our deals with Dr. Hernandez, we asked him for a substitute teacher pay raise, and they agreed on it," C-Cause United Teachers and School Employees President Susie Luna-Saldana said. "We were real excited to get it."
One CCISD parent also is on-board with the decision.
"In my opinion, I think that they deserve to get a little raise because they do try their best to do what they're supposed to do to teach the students," said Mary Pena, the mother of a Miller High School sophomore.