Bonus payments: who qualifies for a special check for $1,500?

Inot Arkansasteachers are thanked for their service during the COVID-19 pandemic and many of them are eligible to receive a one-time $1,500 bonus check in December 2022.

This bonus payment was approved in May and it is an acknowledgment of the hard work of teachers during the pandemic in which their work has become more difficult as they have even had to switch to remote learning and the challenges that this laid.

Eligibility requirements for this $1,500 bonus check

For this one-time special payment, a district-certified wage schedule holds $4.5 millionwith veteran teachers Fort Smith Public School System (FSPS) being benefited.

Among the groups of eligible teachers we can find:

  • Class teachers
  • Interventionists
  • Educational specialists
  • Special Education Coordinators
  • Adult education teachers

Members of school administration, such as principals and vice-principals, are eligible for payment, while district-level administrators and department chairs are not eligible.

According Talking businessthe money will arrive to teachers by December 15.

Teachers are also better paid

The Fort Smith Public School System (FSPS) will also reward teachers with the “Certified Salary Grid”which added $5,500 to teachers’ base salary, raising it from $38,500 to $44,000 this school year.

This means that on average, a teacher’s salary has increased by $3,471.81, representing a 5.89% increase in salary.

Next contract year, teachers can expect another increase between $800 and $6,300.

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