Atlanta Public Schools’ employees to get retention payment this month

Atlanta Public Schools’ employees will receive a one-time retention payment, just in time for the holidays.

The board of education on Monday approved giving $1,000 stipends to all eligible full-time staff. Eligible hourly, substitute and part-time employees will receive $500. It will cost the district $10.9 million, which will come from its fund reserves.

Chief Financial Officer Lisa Bracken described the payment to the board as an “appreciation and retention stipend” and noted the district made a similar payment to staff last year at this time.

Superintendent Lisa Herring said the money will be included in the Dec. 15 paycheck.

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”This is a signal of our continued investments in our human capital, and, as superintendent, I want to applaud and appreciate the board for enabling this demonstration of commitment to our most precious resource,” she said.

In June, the board approved a $974 million general fund budget that included pay increases plus stipends aimed at hiring and retaining those who work in high-poverty schools and in hard-to-fill positions such as special education and math.