Some Gwinnett County School system employees will be getting a nice gift added to their December paycheck. The Board of Education has approved the employees to receive a bonus next month.
On Thursday, the board approved a one-time salary adjustment of $1,000 to all active, benefit-eligible employees. The employees will find the amount added to their December paychecks.
In a press release, school board members said that it was part of an effort to show the employees their appreciation. “In making their decision to approve this payment, School Board members indicated their support for this effort and their appreciation to GCPS employees for the work they have done and continue to do in this challenging year.”
Employees who are eligible include teachers, administrators, and support personnel. There are 21,500 employees who be receiving the additional funds. The school board has said that this does not affect the current or future budget and stated that, “due to the district’s conservative approach to budgeting, will not decrease the year-end budgeted ending fund balance.”
Superintendent Calvin Watts said it was a well-deserved payment. “For the third school year, our employees have done a remarkable job of addressing the needs of students during the pandemic. This one-time payment is one way we can say ‘thank you’ for their hard work and their commitment to our students and to this school district,” he says.