Some extra pocket cash ahead of the Christmas holiday will be given to eligible teachers in the Fort Smith School District in Arkansas in only two days.
The bonus check is intended to provide relief to veteran teachers who worked during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be paid out of the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund budget. The payments were approved by the school board earlier this year in May and are set to be delivered by Dec. 15, according to Talk Business.
This bonus will only go to select “veteran” teachers in the Fort Smith school system, including adult education teachers, classroom teachers, instructional specialists, interventionists, and special education coordinators. Principals and assistant principals also qualify for the bonus, but district-level administrators do not.
Teachers are also set to receive a benefit from the Certified Salary Schedule, which will raise their salaries by $3,471.81 annually, providing a 5.89% pay increase for the current school year.
The bonus payments come as many face high inflation amid the busy holiday season this Christmas.