Last month Governor Kemp announced a bonus for some school employees, including teachers. Now Hall County School System says they will fast track that payment for their employees.
The School Board made the decision on Monday to give eligible personnel the money in advance. "Out of control inflation is hurting everyone, including our incredible employees," says school board member Mark Pettitt said. "It would be my intent to ask this Board to dip into reserves and provide our team members with the supplements this month, ahead of receiving any state reimbursements."
The proposal received unanimous support and was passed without any issues.
Pettit says that this is an important way to thank teachers, especially coming out of a pandemic. "I am grateful for the support of my colleagues on the Board of Education as we continue to put our teachers and staff members first," Pettitt remarked. "Our Hall County heroes have worked tirelessly to keep schools open for in-person instruction while many districts closed their doors, and we appreciate each and every one of them."
The state-approved funds for teachers and some staff to receive a one-time supplement of $2,000. In a statement from the school board, they say the funds will appear on April paychecks, and supervisors will soon receive direction on eligibility criteria. Governor Kemp has promised the amount to be given out by June 30th.