Stimulus Update: $1,500 One-time Bonus Checks Will Arrive Within Two Weeks


Some teachers in Arkansas’ Fort Smith School District will receive a $1,500 one-time bonus check in just two weeks.

The bonus checks, which are intended to help veteran teachers who worked during the COVID-19 pandemic, were approved by the school board in May and are scheduled to be delivered by December 15.

According to Talk Business, the new funds will come from the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief budget.

Select teachers in the school system will receive bonuses, including adult education teachers, classroom teachers, instructional specialists, interventionists, and special education coordinators.

Principals and assistant principals are eligible, but district-level administrators are not.

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The benefit follows the approval of a new salary schedule by the school board, which includes annual salary increases. The average raise this year was $3,471.81, representing a 5.89% pay increase for the current school year.

However, veteran teachers were paid less than new teachers.

The bonuses will be distributed to eligible teachers as inflation remains high as the holiday shopping season approaches. On Black Friday, online sales totaled $9.12 billion in the United States.

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