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“It’s a step in the right direction”: Alamance-Burlington school system employees receive bonuses of $ 3,000

ALAMANCE COUNTY, NC (WGHP) – Employees of the Alamance-Burlington school system are receiving bonuses.

The district is the latest to award bonuses to full-time and part-time employees.

As part of federal COVID relief funds provided by Congress earlier this year, $ 10.5 million will be used for employee bonuses.

Robert Grant is an educator at Haw River Elementary School. News of his $ 3,000 bonus couldn’t have come at a better time.

The school board had the option of handing out bonuses of $ 5,000, but principals were to maintain the renovations throughout the district.

“The extra $ 2,000 goes to schools and children,” he said. “I’m fine with the $ 3,000. “

Grant says that while the bonuses are temporary, it is a stepping stone to let teachers know they are being seen and heard,

“It’s a step in the right direction,” he said.

This is a common trend in the districts of the Triad and its surroundings. As recently as last week, employees at Randolph County schools received a bonus of $ 5,000.

The previous week, Winston-Salem / Forsyth County school employees received a bonus of $ 1,400.

“I think the trend will continue if the districts can afford it. And I think at some point our state will have to give a substantial increase to teachers, ”said Dr Kerri Richardson, director of the education department at UNCG. “We will continue to lose teachers to other states if we do not face this problem.”

She says another problem is that there is no longer a salary increase for teachers who earn a master’s degree in the state.

She says that while the bonus is a sign of appreciation, it’s a short-term fix.

Substitute teachers will also be eligible to receive a bonus of up to $ 1,000.

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