Hurricane Michael creates greater need for substitute teachers

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - While there have been substitute teacher shortages in Bay County in the past, Hurricane Michael has made the need even greater.

The district estimates since the hurricane, it has lost close to 100 active substitute teachers.

Beginning February 25th, Bay District Schools is waiving fees to encourage potential subs to apply.

Normally, the fingerprint fee is $80, and the online training class fee is $18.

As of now, the fees will be dropped until the end of this school year.

By cutting the cost by nearly $100, the hope is to remove some of the barriers to applying in an already difficult time.

"The schedule is very flexible. You can determine what days you're going to work, you can even determine what schools are your preferences," Shirley Baker, Executive Director of Human Resources of Bay District Schools, said.

The hourly pay for subs is between $10 and $12 an hour depending on if they have a degree.

Although costs will be waived, applicants still need a high school diploma, a background check, and they need to complete the training course.

If you are interested in applying, you can go to the district's human resources department inside the Nelson Building or contact April Lord at either (850) 767-4231 or