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Fulton school board approves bonuses
by Savannah Weeks
December 13, 2012 09:08 PM | 6807 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Most Fulton County Schools employees got news of an early holiday gift last week when the Fulton board of education unanimously (7-0) approved a one-time 3 percent bonus for all current employees who have been employed since Oct. 1 and who work at least half-time.

The bonus, approved at the board’s December meeting Thursday night at Dunwoody Springs Elementary School in Sandy Springs, will be in employees’ December paychecks this week.

“I just want to say thanks again to the su-perintendent and his staff for tightening our belts enough that we can do this,” said District 2 board member Katie Reeves.

According to a news release, employees who work full-time but make less than $16,667 a year will receive $500. Those working less than full-time will receive a pro-rated amount based on their work as-signment. However, no employee eligible for the bonus will receive less than $250.

The system is doling out $21 million in bonus money.

Superintendent Robert Avossa recommended the use of $21 million of the fund balance, which is projected to be $210.6 million, or 25 percent of expenditures, at the board’s Dec. 4 work session.

“Prior to last year’s one-time compensation [$1,000 for teachers and $500 for all other employees], it was fiscal 2009 when we provided the last salary increase.”

Avossa said a first-year teacher who makes $39,132 would receive $1,173.96.

Board Vice President Linda Bryant also congratulated North Springs Charter High School, Riverwood International Charter High School and Westlake High School for qualifying for a new Advanced Placement Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Access program.

This is the first year for the program. It selected 800 schools nationwide and was created by The College Board with the goal of increasing the number of minority and female high school students who take AP STEM courses. The initiative selected schools that have had a higher population of minority students who want to take an AP STEM course that is not offered by their school.

Grant funding is provided by Google, and grants will range from $1,200 to $9,000. The money will help provide for professional development, classroom materials, lab and technology equipment, textbooks and other resources.

The schools invited to apply for the grant have until March to submit their applications.

“This is a real win for our students and our school system,” Avossa said about the program in a news release.

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