The most significant of those, said Hennig, was Ohio’s change in applicant qualifications, which lowered the educational requirements for candidates at the start of the current school year. Candidates who do not have a four-year, undergraduate degree can apply for the fill-in classroom jobs, according to state law approved during the summer.
That law, which Hennig said has helped greatly, is however limited to this current school year and whether it is extended into the 2022-2023 school year by the state remains to be seen.
Chris Brown, superintendent of BCESC – which serves all districts in the county – said there has been improvement in recent months.
“The sub situation has improved slightly and this could be due to the additional subs that have been hired,” Brown said citing 203 newly employed substitutes since Jan. 1.
But the dissipation of the severity of the pandemic and “not as many teachers are out due to COVID-19,” has also helped, he said.
“The ‘fill-rate’ (for substitutes) is not near where it was pre-pandemic but has improved over the past two months,” Brown said.
A majority of the new subs are those without Bachelor degrees that are recommended by individual districts.
Another positive, said Hennig, were recent decisions – starting in late fall - by most local school systems to raise the daily pay rates for substitutes in Butler County to as high as $125, up from recent years daily rate range of $75 and slightly higher.
Lakota, Butler Tech and Kings Schools currently have the highest rates, paying $125 per day to qualified substitutes while Madison Schools have the next highest rate, paying $110 for daily work.
Ross and Talawanda Schools currently pay the lowest daily rate in the county at $95, according to Hennig.
For more information about being a substitute teacher go to the BCESC website or Warren County Educational Services Center’s website for schools in that county.