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Howard County Public School System Increases Substitute Pay By 25 Percent

January 13th, 2022

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is implementing a 25% increase to the daily rate for substitute teachers, as approved by the Board of Education. This increase, which takes effect January 13, 2022, will be funded as part of the Howard County Public School System’s (HCPSS) FY22 Operating Budget.

“Substitute teachers are an absolutely essential part of our school operations and have been critical to maintain operations throughout the pandemic,” said Superintendent Michael J. Martirano Ed.D. “They have stepped in to help in a myriad of ways, ensuring that our students are supported amidst ever-changing circumstances. This increase helps maintain Howard County schools as a destination that attracts high-quality substitute teachers to fill in when our teachers are absent.”

High demand for substitute teachers exists throughout Maryland. The new pay increase places HCPSS among the highest paying districts in the state for substitute teachers, helping to attract top candidates to the position.

“We have relied heavily on substitutes over the past two years and I am grateful we are able to offer this financial incentive for their continued service to our students,” said Board Chair Vicky Cutroneo. “Their willingness to step in at a moment’s notice has been invaluable.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated higher numbers of substitute teachers in schools while staff are required to isolate or quarantine. Currently, there is a shortage of available substitutes similar to staff shortages in other areas including pupil transportation and food and nutrition.

Individuals interested in becoming a substitute teacher in HCPSS schools should apply online.