Nearly all employees of Polk County Public Schools will soon receive a bonus of $1,000 made possible by COVID-related federal funding.
The bonus was discussed during today’s school board work session. Click here to view the work session discussion.
The bonuses will cost approximately $6.5 million, which will be paid through reimbursements from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd said she wanted to find the most equitable way to tap into this available funding and benefit the most employees.
“This school year has been extraordinarily tough for all of our employees,” Byrd said.
“No matter their job description, they faced intense daily stress and challenges to serve students and keep schools open. They kept learning alive. This bonus is just a small way of saying thank you. We know that we cannot possibly thank them enough.”
Nearly all employees will receive the bonus, with two exceptions:
• Employees hired after Jan. 15, 2021 will not be eligible.
• Teachers who received a raise of more than two percent from a recent teacher salary increase allocation (TSIA) will not be eligible.
All other PCPS employees — regardless of position — will be eligible for the $1,000 bonus, which will appear in this month’s paychecks. This is a one-time bonus and is not recurring.
“Every job position is eligible to receive this bonus,” said Teddra Porteous, PCPS’ associate superintendent of Human Resources Services.
“This includes teachers, paraeducators, clerical support personnel, bus drivers and attendants, school nutrition assistants, custodial and maintenance personnel, and all other employees. Everyone has played a part in keeping our district running during the pandemic. They deserve this extra reward.”
The HR department will create a FAQ page to answer common questions about the bonus. Employees can also contact the HR Call Center: email@example.com or (863) 534-0781 (option 2).