FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of Trustees approved stipends for employees ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 Monday evening.
The stipends will be funded using Elementary Secondary School Relief II (ESSER II) funds awarded through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.
”This is a thank you for a job well done,” FWCS Secretary Julie Hollingsworth said.
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board of Trustees approved stipends for staff for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are pleased the board approved this. This again is a token of our appreciation for really our entire staff," Superintendent Mark Daniel said.
Daniel says from bus drivers to teachers in the classroom, FWCS went above and beyond this past year.
“Nothing could be truly planned so if you didn’t adapt to being flexible to the changes that were happening, I think we probably wouldn’t be here today,” he said.
The stipends range in monetary value based on position, salary and time worked.
“There’s been lots of financial hardship because of this pandemic. Just because teachers are working doesn’t mean that their families did not suffer,” Fort Wayne Education Association President Sandra Vohs said.
Vohs says this can money can make a huge difference for teachers.
“They put in a lot of thought and effort. We’ve been talking about this for a while with them and I really think there’s a great appreciation for what teachers have done,” she said.
Staff should expect the bonus in their payroll sometime in June.
FWCS says there are some stipulations; employees need to finish out the school year through May 25.