Stimulus update: Direct one-time $1,500 bonus checks to arrive in eight days for Arkansas teachers

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Stimulus update: Direct one-time $1,500 bonus checks to arrive in eight days for Arkansas teachers

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Santa Claus is coming early for teachers in the Fort Smith School District of Arkansas, who are poised to get a bonus of $1,500 in eight days.

Arriving just in time for the holidays, the one-time pay bump, which was approved in May, will provide financial alleviation to veteran teachers who slogged through the COVID-19 pandemic and is slated to be delivered on Dec. 15.

STIMULUS UPDATE: DIRECT ONE-TIME $1,500 BONUS CHECKS TO ARRIVE IN JUST 10 DAYS FOR ARKANSAS TEACHERS

Eligible staff for the extra payday includes classroom teachers and department-level certified staff such as interventionists, special education coordinators, instructional specialists, and adult education teachers, according to an email from Charles Warren, FSPS chief financial officer. Principals and assistant principals will also qualify.

“Nurses, police officers, professional support staff, PT/OT assistants, and SLP assistants have separate salary schedules and will not qualify for the payment,” Warren further clarified, per Talk Business.

Approval for the bonus coincided with an updated teacher raise and salary schedule back in May. Under that new system, teachers were set to get a 5.89% pay boost, which translates to roughly $3,471.81 on average in the new contract year, Talk Business reported.

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Bonus payments will supplement the boost and come as inflation continues to grip the nation amid a busy holiday shopping season.

The restructuring certified salary pay reportedly had a $4.5 million price tag for the district.

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