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Community supports Grand Ledge School Bonuses

Posted at 6:15 AM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 09:23:26-05

A mid-michigan school district is getting support from the community after the board approves a performance bonus for teachers and district employees,

FOX 47 News’s Cryss Walker spoke with parents in grand ledge who say teachers deserve the incentives.

For the third year in a row the Grand Ledge school board approved a performance bonus

for teachers and staff after the district ended the year with a surplus.

“The money is from general fund so it's the money that we have every year that pays for staff members, pays for salaries, insurance benefits”, said Superintendent Dr. Brian Metcalf.

Dr. Metcalf told News 10 that 613 employees will paid 2.5 percent of their salary Friday.

“I don't think it should be used for anything else”, said Veronica Chain, a parent in the community.

“They absolutely deserve a bonus and more. They are very hard working and dedicated to our children.”

According to the superintendent, the bonuses will be distributed to teachers and staff who scored high in their annual evaluations, costing the district roughly $620,000.

“Yes it is tax payer money”, Dr. Metcalf explained.

“But we've been very financially responsible. This is the first year in 20 plus years that we have not barrowed to make payroll. When we end up with the surplus then we think we should reward the employees.”

Parents in the community say rewarding high performing school employees is tax money well spent.

“I think it's mainly working with all of the kids each one individually they all have different needs, different learning capabilities, so I think it's important for the teachers to be rewarded”, said Kim Davis, the grandmother of a Grand Ledge High School student.

Grand Ledge voters passed two school bonds this past Election Day, but the district says that money will not be used for bonuses or salaries. Instead, this money will only be used for buildings and grounds.