CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - All teachers and employees at Charleston County schools may soon receive a bonus of $500, and the money could be in their account as soon May.
Charleston County School District Chairman Eric Mack says he’s calling a special school board meeting Monday to propose and vote on the bonuses.
“The pandemic has really been a struggle for some folks,” Mack said.
These bonus checks would go to all Charleston County School District employees.
The $500 amount is the total after taxes. This would cost the district between $5.1 and $5.2 million, but Mack says it’s well worth the cost to show their appreciation.
“They’re engaged through the entire year without interruption, and as we began to go through these pandemic situations, they were stellar throughout the entire process,” Mack said. “And we feel that another round of bonuses will show a great appreciation to our employees.”
Mike Diana, a teacher at Simmons-Pinckney Middle School, says it means a lot to know they’re valued.
”It makes you feel appreciated, you know,” Diana said. “It’s been a really, really tough year and everyone has been persevering. There’s just been a lot of changes with COVID whether it’s students in the building, students out of the building, how we can help students that are failing and things like that. It’s been a lot of pressure.”
We will keep you updated on their decision Monday, but Mack says he is very confident the board will vote in favor of the bonuses.