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Geauga and Lake County Substitutes

All  new applicants  must complete the following (if you have not been a substitute for the Geauga or Lake County Educational Service Centers in the past 12 months you are considered a new applicant) :

 Once you have successfully completed the substitute application, you will be contacted  to complete the process.  We will have you fill out the required paperwork, which includes a  preference sheet. The preference sheet is where you will indicate which Districts and/or ESC programs that you would like to be a substitute for.  


All returning applicants must complete the following:

  • Complete the  Returning Substitute Application
  • Maintain current FBI/BCI Criminal Background Checks (FBI background checks are good for 5 years)  If you need to renew your background checks please call our office to make an appointment 440.350.2563, ext. 0. 
  • Maintain your certification through the Ohio Department of Education. Please  to sign in to your "SAFE" accountclick here

You are required to fill out the Returning Substitute Application yearly if you are intending to remain a substitute. When we receive your completed returning substitute application, we will contact you to complete the process. We will have you fill out the required paperwork, which includes a preference sheet. The preference  sheet is where you  will indicate what Districts and/ or ESC programs you would like to be a substitute for.  

Attention: On July 1, 2019 the Ohio Department of Education will be issuing one type of substitute license. There will no longer be Short or Long Term options, applicants will select teaching fields based on the post-secondary degree(s) that they hold.  For more information click here

 If you are a classified applicant  interested in open positions in a  Lake County school district, you will need to  contact the district directly.

ESC Programs and District Substitute Opportunities

The Geauga and Lake County Educational Service Centers are proud to partner with the Renhill Group to provide  Substitute Classified Aides and Certified Teachers for our  ESC Programs. 

Geauga and Lake County ESC Programs:                         

  • Broadmoor -Mentor       
  • BRC- Located inside of Hale Road Elementary and Jordak Elementary School in Middlefield                                   
  • Gaitway High School -Chagrin Falls  
  • Geauga Achieve -Multiple Locations within the Cardinal, Kenston, and West Geauga School Districts
  • Geauga Core -Auburn Career Center
  • Juvenile Detention Center -Painesville City 
  • Preschool Programs -Multiple Locations at Jordak Elementary, Park Elementary, Ledgemont Elementary, Timmons Elementary, and the Metzenbaum Center
  • Preschool Programs - Fairport Preschool Located inside McKinnley Elementary and Perry Preschool located inside the Tarbuck Center.      
  • Project Search -Lakeland Community College, Kirtland 
  • STARS -Multiple Locations within the Cardinal and West Geauga School Districts. 
  • SAIL -Located in Perry. 
  • The Lake Academy -Located inside of the Hale Road Elementary in Painesville Township

For information about Geauga County ESC programs, please click here.  For information about Lake County ESC programs, please click here

Geauga and Lake County School Districts:

  • Berkshire Local Schools -Burton
  • Cardinal Local Schools -Middlefield
  • Chardon Local Schools -Chardon
  • Kenston Local Schools -Chagrin Falls 
  • Madison Local Schools -Madison     
  • Newbury Local Schools -Newbury                  
  • Painesville City Local Schools -Painesville
  • Perry Local Schools -Perry           
  • West Geauga Local Schools -Chesterland

 Once you have completed the process with the Educational Service Centers  you will be contacted by the districts that you have chosen and/or the Renhill Group to begin work. Please note, you will not be able to  start subbing until all of the  requirements have been met with the Educational Service Centers. 



Lake County Educational Service Center

8221 Auburn Road, Concord Township, Ohio 44077
Phone: 440.350.2563
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