JMCSS employees to increase, two bonuses
Thanks to the budgeting cycle, federal funding, and increased state funding, employees in the Jackson-Madison County school system can not only expect the proposed spring bonus, but also an increase. next school year and winter bonuses of over a thousand dollars.
“We have three sources of funding that we are looking at,” Superintendent Marlon King said at the council’s budget committee meeting in March. “We are looking at an increase for teachers and staff. We have a bonus coming this spring (which has been pushed back to May), and then we’ll have another bonus in the fall – the $ 1,500 and $ 1,000.
“I think it’s huge because I don’t think a lot of them are giving raises and bonuses at the same time.”
With that, Budget Committee Chairman AJ Massey coined the jargon “raise, bonus, bonus” – which JMCSS employees will receive in May and next school year.
Increases: “When the bonus is over …”
“When the bonus is over, then what?” Said the king.
JMCSS employees have unique bonuses in December 2020, and King, his leadership team, and the school board struggled to address the “so what”.
King said there are talks that Governor Bill Lee will increase the state budget, which will allow the JMCSS to increase its employees.
Depending on the amount the governor allocates, the percentage increase will be determined.
The district’s ability to reduce multiple expenses is also a factor, meaning that the governor’s state budget and district budgeting will determine the increase.
Under the administration of former Superintendent Eric Jones, there was a 2% salary increase for employees in the 2019-20 fiscal year.
Not all educators remembered this increase as it may have been a mistake as the progressive step increases that some teachers get.
“We know it will be recurring,” King said. “We want to have a salary grid that can attract the best talent. We want to make sure that the schedule is always there to support our teachers but also to retain and recruit them. “
Big Price Christmas Holiday Bonuses
The neighborhood has been awarded a estimated at $ 16.7 million, under the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Grant (ESSER) 2.0, as part of the December stimulus bill signed by former President Donald Trump.
One-time funds can be used for technology, mental health services, summer apprenticeship or additional apprenticeship programs, planning for long-term closures, addressing learning loss, and improvements in schools. pandemic-related facilities.
Of the estimated $ 16.7 million that JMCSS is expected to receive in ESSER 2.0, the district plans to use over $ 2.2 million for bonuses of $ 1,500 for certified personnel, bonuses of $ 1,000 for uncertified staff and a prorated bonus for contract workers to disperse over the Christmas holidays. .
The number of contract workers will depend on the number of working days. For example, the premium for contract workers of 120 days will be based on their 120 days of work. There are also 100-day contract workers.
“Employees went above and beyond to ensure that students were educated in a safe and orderly environment while adhering to system protocol and CDC guidelines,” says the ESSER budget proposal.
Bonuses invest in JMCSS employees through financial support, which is part of the district belief statements. Federal funding allows the superintendent, his leadership team, and the school board budget committee to continue cleaning up the budget for employees that district plans are required to provide.
Spring bonus postponed to May
Tennessee lawmakers passed an education bill in a special session in late January to increase the Basic Education Program (BEP) – the funding formula that determines how state funds are generated and distributed – $ 43 million, an increase of 4% for districts.
With a one-time increase in state funding, Tennessee school districts will be able to offer their educators either a bonus or a salary increase, and JMCSS plans to offer a spring bonus to its teachers and support staff and an allowance for its contract workers.
The spring bonuses first offered in February, plus the bonus of $ 250 for certified personnel last December, will be $ 280 for certified personnel and will remain at $ 200 for uncertified personnel.
District management intended to send out bonuses before spring break, but with the short delay between the February proposal and spring break, bonuses will be part of employee paychecks in May. Bonuses for contract employees will be prorated based on the number of days worked.
“We want to maintain the investment in our people,” King told county commissioners at the March education vision meeting. “We want to continue this model. I think we are building momentum and people are working hard.
“It’s no secret that we believe our people are our greatest asset,” King also said in a press release on the investment. “Investing in them through financial means and professional development will be of huge benefit to student success. “
Lasherica Thornton is the educational reporter for the Jackson Sun. Contact her at 731-343-9133 or by email at[email protected]. Follow her on Twitter: @LashericaT