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ESC of the Western Reserve Substitutes

All  new applicants  must complete the following (if you have not been a substitute for the ESC of the Western Reserve in the past 12 months you are considered a new applicant) :

After submitting the substitute application, you will be contacted via email to complete the additional documents. It is your responsiblitly to complete and provide copies of the documents to the ESC. Thank you for your interest! 


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.  If any of your required documents are expired, it is your responsibility to renew them and to provide copies to the ESC of the Western Reserve. 


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


Please note 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 Program and District Substitute Opportunities

The ESC of the Western Reserve is proud to partner with the Renhill Group to provide  Substitute Classified Aides and Certified Teachers for our  ESC Programs. 

ESC of the Western Reserve Programs:                         

  • Broadmoor -Mentor       
  • BRC- 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; Fairport Preschool Located inside McKinnley Elementary, Perry Preschool Located Inside of the Tarbuck Center, Jordak Elementary, Ledgemont Elementary, and the Metzenbaum 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 building in Painesville Township

For more information about our programs click here. 

School Districts That We Serve:  

  • Berkshire Local Schools -Burton
  • Cardinal Local Schools -Middlefield
  • Chardon Local Schools -Chardon
  • Kenston Local Schools -Chagrin Falls 
  • Madison Local Schools -Madison   
  • 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 ESC of the Western Reserve. 



Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve

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