Teachers in Arlington, Virginia, are set to receive a one-time bonus later this month after the school board unanimously approved a spending plan Thursday night.
The plan, endorsed by Superintendent Francisco Duran, calls for full-time teachers to receive a one-time, $500 bonus as long as they were hired on or before Nov. 1. Temporary or hourly workers will also receive a $250 bonus as long as they worked at least 245 hours between Aug. 18 and Nov. 1.
“I’m delighted to have a motion where we’re giving out money,” school board member Mary Kadera said. “I just wish it was Powerball money.”
The bonuses will be paid for using $2.9 million from the state, which must be spent by Dec. 1. The Virginia General Assembly budgeted for the bonus using federal stimulus funds in the 2022-24 biennial budget.
In Fairfax County, the state’s largest school system, teachers and substitutes will also receive a one-time bonus later this month. Fairfax County’s bonus plan will be funded using leftover money from fiscal year 2022.