RSS sets aside $585,000 for teacher signing, retention bonuses

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 13, 2021

SALISBURY — Recently announced signing and retention bonuses for new teachers at 13 Rowan-Salisbury Schools facilities will be funded by $585,000 set aside from a federal grant.

The bonuses are one of the incentives the district is planning with a $26.3 million federal grant targeted specifically at encouraging teachers in high-need schools to further the goals of its RSS’ special renewal status, which gives charter-like flexibility to every school. So far, the district has used its flexibility for things such as repurposing money allocated for empty positions to professional development for educators and schedule changes for daily classes.

The amount each school receives for signing and retention bonuses for the 2021-2022 year depends on the number of teachers at the school.

Schools will receive funding because they qualified for free meals for all students before the pandemic or were labeled as one of RSS’ highest-need facilities. The following list includes schools receiving funding and the number of new positions each hope to hire.

  • Corriher-Lipe Middle School, three teachers
  • Erwin Middle School, three teachers
  • Hanford-Dole Elementary School, two teachers
  • Henderson Independent High School, four teachers
  • Isenberg Elementary School, two teachers
  • Knox Middle School, one teacher
  • Koontz Elementary School, three teachers
  • Landis Elementary School, two teachers
  • North Rowan Elementary, one teacher
  • North Rowan High School, currently no new hires. Funding at North Rowan High can be used for retention bonuses 
  • North Rowan Middle School, six teachers
  • Overton Elementary School, two teachers
  • Salisbury High School, six teachers

The district said the number of vacancies is typical compared to a normal year.

There are plans for additional, performance-based compensation once RSS completes its new strategic plan. The district plans to begin implementing the plan in the coming school year and will discuss the plan with hundreds of faculty at a retreat later this month.

About Carl Blankenship

Carl Blankenship has covered education for the Post since December 2019. Before coming to Salisbury he was a staff writer for The Avery Journal-Times in Newland and graduated from Appalachian State University in 2017, where he was editor of The Appalachian.

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