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RCPS extends $2000 state bonus to all employees
RCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry OattsConyers, Ga. - Governor Brian Kemp recently signed an amended budget for Fiscal Year 2022 that provides a one-time, $2,000 bonus payment to every K-12 public school teacher and other educational support personnel. Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts directed RCPS Financial Services to extend the same payment to all RCPS employees, including those not covered under the state requirements. This bonus is being provided to teachers and education support staff to support stronger recruitment and retention of these critical positions and as a gesture of gratitude for their work and sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts said, "I commend Governor Kemp for his support for this bonus payment. While this bonus includes a wide array of school and district employees, like prior instances in which the state provides some funding for such bonuses, not all employees are explicitly included in this bonus. As Superintendent, I have always been committed to ensuring that our RCPS employees are treated equitably. As such, I have directed our Financial Services Department to extend the $2,000 bonus payment to all RCPS employees."

The cost to the district will be approximately $1 million, funded by CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) federal funds. The $2,000 bonus, minus applicable taxes, will be issued in April. The RCPS $1,200 COVID-19 vaccination incentive, minus applicable taxes, will also be issued in April for all employees who have met the requirements.

Dr. Oatts said, "The additional steps that I have directed acknowledge the tremendous commitment and dedication you’ve demonstrated during this unprecedented public health crisis. From providing sustained and engaging virtual learning to now having resumed in-person instruction this current school year, you have remained committed to meeting the needs of our students."