Many Teachers Receiving $2042 Bonus
September 8, 2008
Later this month, 908 Escambia County teachers will have a little something extra in their paychecks…$2042 to be exact.
The teachers will receive a merit pay bonus based upon evaluations using district approved standards negotiated by the school district and the teacher’s union. It is a plan that links the bonuses to the professional accomplishments and performance of students, particularly how the teacher’s students perform on the FCAT. Not every eligible teacher receives the bonuses.
The $2.1 million in checks will go out next Monday to the eligible teachers. There are about 3,200 teachers in the Escambia County School District. About 1,850 were eligible for the bonuses, but only 908 will ever see the money for the 2007-2008 school year. The check stubs are due to be mailed next Monday, with the money deposited with regular paychecks at the end of the month.
Of the teacher initially eligible for the bonus, about 500 opted out of the program. Each eligible teacher will receive the same bonus, after FICA deductions.
The district will be paying out $2,094,929 in bonuses to the teachers and 36 school district employees. The money comes from the state.
Escambia County was one of just nine school districts out of the 67 in the state eligible to provide merit bonuses to teachers.