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Jefferson City School District announces incentives to attract substitute teachers amidst nationwide shortage

JC Schools Board of Education approves bonus pay structure in addition to previously-approved increase in daily pay rate 

JEFFERSON CITY – At the Jefferson City School District’s November Board of Education meeting, the board voted to approve a new bonus pay incentive for substitute teachers. Beginning on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021, substitute teachers will receive a $500 bonus for every 20 cumulative days they sub for the district. 

“Like schools all across the country, our district has been impacted by the ongoing substitute shortage, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said JC Schools Deputy Superintendent Bryan McGraw. “When substitute requests go unfilled, it puts a strain on all of the other staff members in a building, who end up being pulled from their primary responsibilities or plan time to help cover staff absences. We hope the bonus pay will not only help to attract more substitutes to our district, but also incentivize them to sub more frequently. Having a consistent presence of substitutes who are familiar with our schools will ultimately result in a benefit to our students.”

There is no cap on the number of bonuses a substitute can accumulate for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year, which has 119 days remaining, pending any potential weather events or make-up days. The bonus pay structure, which is not retroactive, is in addition to an increase in the daily rate for substitute pay JC Schools implemented earlier this school year -- from $100 to $110 for JC Schools retired teachers, and from $85 to $100 for non-retirees.

If you are interested in subbing with the Jefferson City School District, please contact our contracted substitute provider, Kelly Educational Services, via phone at 800-791-5895 (select option #2), email at, or visit for more information. You can also contact the JC Schools Human Resources Department at 573-659-3226. 

The substitute incentives offered by the Jefferson City School District are in addition to other changes implemented by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), including allowing applicants to complete a 20-hour DESE-approved online training course instead of the previously required 60 college credit hours. For more information on how to obtain your substitute certification, visit DESE’s website HERE.

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