The weekend has arrived, and employees at a Maryland school district are set to begin the weekend with a bonus payment worth $1,000.
This bonus for employees at Anne Arundel County Public Schools is a payment that received the full backing of the board of education. The money will be prorated based on an employee’s full-time equivalency, and it will be sent to all permanent employees aside from those on a leave of absence by Dec. 16, the school system said.
“No school system can be great without great people,” Superintendent of Schools Mark Bedell wrote in a letter to staff. “As I have said before, the work you are doing in the face of some stiff challenges is incredible. No matter your role in our school system, our students benefit every day from your dedication and passion. Please don’t ever forget that.”
The bonuses will be funded from money that the school district saved from vacancies it experienced across the system, which means the school system will not need to request more funding to cover these bonuses.
Bedell said he will not accept the bonus himself.
Employees were also informed of a healthcare premium holiday on Dec. 28, in which no healthcare premiums will be deducted from employees’ pay on that day. This is occurring due to the level of the system’s healthcare fund balance.
“I fully realize that the bonus is a small gesture of appreciation. However, it is critically important to me and to the Board of Education that we continue to find ways to simply say ‘Thank You,'” the superintendent said.