MARLBORO COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Some of Marlboro County School District’s certified classroom teachers will receive a bonus, the district announced Monday. All returning, certified teachers will receive a $2,500 retention bonus, according to the district. The bonus will be funded by the U.S. Education Grant.
“Retaining high quality teachers was difficult enough before the pandemic, but post-pandemic the task has become even more challenging, especially for small districts,” Superintendent Gregory McCord said in the announcement. “We are happy to say thank you to our returning certified classroom teachers. Although this money will not match their true worth, we do want teachers to know they are valued!”
“Money is just one factor, but the greatest thing that is needed is for teachers to feel valued and appreciated where they are,” McCord says. “This money is small but it’s large in some ways but having the knowledge that someone cares enough about me to say “hey, I’m going to do something extra” I think that’s what makes the difference with staff,” McCord continued.
Darlington County School District is doing something similar by giving bus drivers, custodians and lunch staff a 20% pay increase. McCord says this money is a way to say thank you to those teachers for their hard work during the pandemic and after.
“I’ve seen and witnessed first hand the work that teachers have put in and it’s a tiresome type of work because again you’re having to learn and produce while you’re trying to maintain the high academic standards that are needed to move our students forward,” McCord says.
Teachers will receive the bonus by Sept. 30. Qualifying employees must remain in the district for the entire 2021-22 academic year.