The Reynoldsburg Board of Education voted 4-1 June 18 to give certified staff members, teachers, guidance counselors and nurses bonus checks amounting to 1 percent of their salaries.
The bonuses will cost the district about $220,000, according to Tricia Moore, director of shared services and partnerships.
Board Vice President Elaine Tornero cast the only dissenting vote.
“The staff members will get the checks in a lump sum in September,” Moore said. “These are one-time bonus payments to recognize and reward teachers for performance during this past school year, in helping students achieve excellent with distinction on the state report card.”
Moore said this is also the third year of a teachers’ contract that froze step increases and cost-of-living raises, thus saving the district $8 million.
“The district is in better financial shape this year than when that contract was first negotiated,” she said. “The teachers made a lot of concessions to make that happen.”
She said the contract was one of three things that contributed to the district’s brighter financial outlook this year, along with approving open enrollment and an across-the-board reduction in department expenditures.
Superintendent Steve Dackin said Reynoldsburg teachers who “stepped up and helped us with our finances.”
“We promised we would have a positive cash balance and not go back to the voters until 2014 and the teachers helped us with that,” he said. “We wanted to do something that shows our gratitude.”