The Cumberland County Board of Education on Tuesday, Nov. 1, voted unanimously to offer retention bonuses of $1,000 to all staff members who complete their employment contracts during the 2021-22 school year.
Approval of the bonus plan came with a 9-0 vote on a list of consensus items that had been approved unanimously last week by a board’s personnel committee.
The committee had recommended that the retention bonuses be paid to those who are eligible.
“Custodians all the way up to teachers,” said Greg West, chairman of the school board, during the committee meeting. “That’s going to be good news.”
Certified or classified employees who were hired as of Oct. 1 and who remain with the school system on Dec. 1 will receive $500 sign-on bonuses.
The bonuses will be paid on Dec. 16.
Also, bonuses of $1,500, culled from federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds, are available to kindergarten through fifth-grade instructors who complete training units by June 30 with a score of 80% or above.
Likewise, all pre-kindergarten teachers who complete Units 1-2 by June 30 with a score of 80% or above will be eligible for a $500 completion bonus.
Administrators will receive a $500 bonus if they finish LETRS Units 1-2 by June 30 with a score of 80% or above.
Overall, the school system has received $150 million in EESER funding