Grapevine-Colleyville teachers offered early notice bonuses

GRAPEVINE -- The Grapevine-Colleyville school district will offer incentives to as many as 40 teachers and other educators to give early notice that they won't be back next year.

That's 10 more than were offered a bonus last year.

Trustees approved the plan 7-0 on Monday night.

A one-time payment of 10 percent of the employee's gross annual base pay, excluding stipends and allowances, not to exceed $8,000, will be paid to the first 15 elementary educators and the first 25 secondary educators who give notice by March 21.

Last year's incentive was $1,000 for 10 elementary educators and 20 secondary educators.

This year's departing educators could pick up an additional $750 for perfect attendance from April 1 through the end of their work calendar.

"We took several things into consideration this year as we were arriving at our plan and studying our staffing needs for next year," said Tommie Johnson, executive director of human services.

A major reason Johnson gave for the increase in offers is the district's transition from traditional class scheduling from block scheduling, which required more teachers.

"This year we added a new feature for perfect attendance," Johnson said. "Many of our teachers have banked [vacation or sick] days. Should all 40 of our folks use it, not only would it drain the sub pool, but it would take teachers out of our classrooms before the school year is over."

Departing teachers must have 10 or more local leave days they could have taken to get the $750 bonus.

Employees eligible for the early notification program include full-time teachers on term or continuing contracts who are teachers of record, those with assigned homerooms, and those in special-education programs.

Also included are reading, gifted and talented, ESL and content-area specialists; technologists; interventionists; counselors; and librarians.

Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657

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