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Belton ISD approves $2,500 incentive for teachers hired before May 1, 2020

Posted at 8:55 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 19:56:37-05

BELTON, TX — Belton ISD has approved new hiring and retention incentives for teachers, including paying $2,500 to all certified teachers hired before May 1, 2020.

The incentives were approved during the January 20 school board meeting.

The district says the incentives were approved for certified classroom teachers as the district prepares to fill 200 teaching positions for the next school year.

“With continued growth in the district and the opening of two secondary campuses in August 2020, we are taking proactive steps to ensure we are recruiting the very best teachers,” said Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Todd Schiller. “Moreover, as we continue to see a reduction of available teachers within our area, these incentives help us both in attracting new and retaining experienced teachers.”

The three incentives approved by the board are:

  • Early hiring incentive of $2,500 for certified classroom teachers hired before May 1, 2020
  • Hiring incentive of $3,000 for classroom teachers at campuses with over 80% economically disadvantaged students. Classroom teachers accepting positions at Southwest and Miller Heights will be eligible for the incentive if they have at least three years of experience.
  • Retention incentive for classroom teachers at campuses with over 80% economically disadvantaged students. Classroom teachers at Southwest and Miller Heights would receive an incentive for consecutive years of service. A $3,000 incentive would be paid after the completion of their first year and increase by $500 each year. The incentive would cap at $5,000 after year five and each subsequent year.

“Great teachers make a difference in the lives of our kids,” said Board President Suzanne McDonald. “That’s why recruiting and retaining outstanding teachers is a priority for our school board and the community we serve. These incentives help address growth but also demonstrate continued commitment to our Southwest and Miller Heights families.”

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