Schools providing additional pay to teachers

Schools in the Natural State are giving teachers additional pay to honor their hard work
Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 11:04 PM CDT
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BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - Schools in Arkansas have been rewarding teachers with additional pay with the use of their federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds

Blytheville School District Superintendent Bobby Ashley said the board voted 7-1 in favor of giving 284 employees an additional payment of $30 a day for every day they showed up to work. The money will come from the more than $2 million the district received in ESSER funds.

Lorna Curtis, an elementary school teacher, says the additional pay was unexpected.

“I think that’s the greatest reward, isn’t it?” she said. “You’re working because you’re working from your heart.”

High school teacher Candice Groves believes the pay was an affirmation that her hard work does not go unnoticed.

“To end the year with this additional pay is fantastic,” Groves said. “To have that recognition that we really have put in those hours this year, and it’s been a lot.”

Ashley said each district received ESSER funds based on need, the number of students enrolled, and their position on the free and reduced lunch scale.

Normally, the funds have been used throughout the school year to supply personal protective equipment or other needs related to COVID-19 to protect students and staff.

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