For the second December in a row, Atlanta Public Schools’ employees are in line to receive an extra $1,000 payment.
The district, which employs roughly 6,000 people, said all staff members will be eligible for the stipend, which the school board is expected to approve at its Dec. 6 meeting. Recipients include part-time and hourly workers as well as substitute teachers, according to APS.
APS also gave out $1,000 payments in December 2020, one of several financial boosts the district paid out in an attempt to retain workers and show appreciation for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The $1,000 stipend is expected to be included in workers’ Dec. 15 paychecks.
Several other metro Atlanta school districts also have been providing raises and one-time payments, citing a competitive job market and a need to fill open positions.
Earlier this month, Fulton County Schools increased its minimum starting pay to $16 an hour. The district also approved one-time payments in December of $1,200 for full-time employees and $600 for part-time employees, among other raises and adjustments.