As previously announced, hourly workers will be paid for the actual hours they work and receive overtime pay if they exceed 40 hours per week.
Confusion about compensation swirled after the district announced its plan to lengthen the elementary school day. Teachers who had already signed contracts for next year wanted to know how they would be paid for the additional work time.
About 2,000 people, including 325 teachers and staff members, signed a May 20 letter protesting schedule changes related to the intervention plan. It criticized the district for having teachers sign contracts before telling them about the new schedule.
“Especially after the incredible year we have just experienced, changes like this demonstrate a lack of value for our incredible teachers and will hurt teacher retention and morale,” states the letter.
Duckett said the district “has a longstanding and strong history of taking care of employees and taking care of pay.”
”We wouldn’t ask them to work the extended day without adequate compensation,” she told board members at the recent budget meeting.
The money to pay staff to work longer days will come from federal stimulus dollars, the district previously said.
The stipends are in addition to a $12 million teacher compensation package proposed for the budget year that begins July 1.
That plan, which the board is expected to approve next month, includes step raises based on years of experience as well as targeted increases for mid-career teachers and for those who work in special education and at high-poverty schools.
In April, the board approved a 2% raise for teachers and full-time employees.
The district is still working through how the longer elementary school day will impact school start times.
Superintendent Lisa Herring announced earlier this month that high schools would start 45 minutes earlier next year, at 7:45 a.m., because of transportation needs. Elementary schools would start at 8:30 a.m., instead of 8 a.m., but let out later in the afternoon.
After parents and students objected, Herring announced she would pause the start-time decision. The delay will give families a chance to fill out a survey to express their preference between two scheduling options.
Herring said she expects to give the board an update about the bell schedule on June 7.