Union County Board of Education approves teacher bonuses

The goal is to help the school district recruit new teachers, and keep the ones they already have.
The Union County Board of Education will vote on proposed teacher bonuses on Tuesday night.
Published: Mar. 7, 2023 at 12:54 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Union County school leaders approved a plan to help them recruit and retain teachers. It’s a continuation of a bonus plan put into place last year. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Bashawn Harris said the program last year helped fill vacancies at Monroe Middle School last year and the board is hopeful renewing the incentives will have a similar effect.

Teachers hired for these schools: Forest Hills and Monroe High schools as well as East Union Middle School will get the maximum $4,000 bonus.

The proposed bonuses comes in two installments – the first in December of this year, and the second in June of 20-24. Teachers in English, ELA, Math, Science and Exceptional Children who teach in those same schools, would get a retention bonus of $4,000 over 10 months for next school year.

The Bonuses are even higher for teachers in those same subjects who go to Monroe Middle School. Those teachers would get a $5,500 – again those would be in two installments.

Because federal funding has paid for those bonuses – the board has to come up with another way to fund them beyond next school year.