Topeka Public Schools announces up to $8K incentive for 2022

FILE - Students from USD 501, Topeka Public Schools, took a field trip to the Children’s...
FILE - Students from USD 501, Topeka Public Schools, took a field trip to the Children’s Discovery Center, where older students practiced teaching while younger students had some fun.
Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 1:17 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Staff at TPS will again be eligible for an up to $8,000 incentive for the upcoming school year.

Topeka Public Schools USD 501 says it will again honor superhero staff members in 2022 with $8,000 Premium Incentive Pay for frontline workers and $6,000 for all other staff during the 2022-23 school year.

Frontline employees include:

  • Principals
  • Any certified or classified staff working directly with students
  • School building custodial staff
  • Food service workers
  • School building secretaries and administrative assistants
  • Instructional coaches
  • Consulting coaches
  • Related service providers

TPS said all employees and new hires are eligible for the incentive as long as they maintain 95% attendance.

501 also said substitutes who work day-to-day assignments could be eligible for up to $2,400 incentive pay. To be eligible, a sub must be actively employed and accepted 80% of assigned jobs.

Money for the program was approved Tuesday, when the Kansas State Board of Education reviewed district’s applications for ESSER funds. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief money is meant to assist with hardships stemming from the COVID pandemic.

USD 501 will receive $42.15 million in all. The premium pay program will utilize $18.5 million. Other money will go to hire additional mental health, technical instruction, learning loss paraprofessional and virtual learning staff. In addition, each building principal will receive $10,000 in discretionary funds to spend on COVID-related needs.

The TPS website indicates that the salary incentives will be paid in quarterly installments. For more information, click HERE.

USD 501′s full ESSER fund application begins on page 633 of this document.

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