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November 10, 2020

School system employees getting $1,000 bonuses

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The school system will cover related payroll costs so each full- and part-time employee nets $1,000.
At first I was a little bit skeptical and was not prepared to vote for it. But after seeing numbers, I do believe we are in a good place now to help our employees and to thank them for everything — over and above what they signed up for.
— School board Chairman Duke Bland
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All Fauquier County Public Schools employees will get $1,000 bonuses in December.

The school board voted, 5-0, Monday night to approve the lump-sum payments for full- and part-time staff members.

It will cost $2.8 million to provide the bonuses for more than 1,800 employees. The total includes benefits and taxes so each will net $1,000.

The payments will help compensate for planned fiscal 2021 raises, cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Superintendent David Jeck said.

“Two months ago, I couldn’t have dreamed of having this conversation with the school board,” Dr. Jeck said during Monday night’s meeting at Fauquier High. But, because of financial changes, “we have an opportunity to show employees how much we appreciate them.”

The superintendent continued: “We’ve asked our folks to do a lot . . . and that’s not gonna change. A lot of the heavy lifting is still to come.”

On Monday morning, two-thirds of the county’s public school students began returning to classrooms under a “hybrid” plan for the first time since March.

While leading in-person classes with more than 6,900, teachers also “livestream” instruction for almost 3,500 who opted for virtual learning.

“What we’ve done in the last six to eight months ordinarily would take years,” Dr. Jeck said.

Savings from unfilled positions and deferred expenditures, along with federal and state grants will cover the cost, the superintendent explained.

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The improved financial picture addressed their skepticism about approving the bonuses, school board members said.

“It shows a respect for staff,” said Suzanne Sloane (Scott District), who suggested she would have opposed the expenditure “five days ago.”

Ms. Sloane noted that other school systems continue to struggle with the pandemic’s financial effects.

“At first I was a little bit skeptical and was not prepared to vote for it,” Chairman Duke Bland (Marshall) said. “But after seeing numbers, I do believe we are in a good place now to help our employees and to thank them for everything — over and above what they signed up for.”

Stephanie Litter-Reber (Lee) agreed: “I was skeptical as well . . . . The finance staff has been spectacular in finding ways to fund this with grants.”

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Jennie · November 13, 2020 at 2:25 am
I could have used that bonus as a home school Mom due to Covid. In fact it cost me $1100.00 for 15 hours of tutoring to make sure my child was current in his studies. This all after being out of work for 3 months.
Demosthenes · November 11, 2020 at 6:59 pm
rzhev27987 - How pessimistic of you. Sad.

Teachers this week took on 70% of the students in the county in face to face instruction.

I hope they all stay safe.
rzhev27987@gmail.com · November 11, 2020 at 1:01 pm
What a waste of money....the teachers' portions that is. Instead of going into the classroom and probably getting COVID, they dealt with an institution that generally wasn't prepared to do this virtually. If anyone deserves a raise it's probably the IT department employees, not the teachers. If you ask the teachers- this was their armageddon- but they probably were just in the way complaining : ) Hahah.
samrockwell · November 11, 2020 at 1:26 am
The finance staff has been spectacular in finding ways to fund this with grants. slitherio
ConcernedMom · November 10, 2020 at 9:52 am
Thank you to everyone who shows up to take care of the FCPS1 kiddos. You're all a true blessing and have gone above and beyond what our normal life is worked hard for the kids. Thank you. And School board thank you for recognizing they deserve more than they get
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