TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Tyler ISD staff hired before Nov. 1 will receive stipends along with their December paychecks, the district announced Monday.
The TISD Board of Trustees approved this for all eligible employees.
“This stipend is for our hardworking, dedicated staff, and we want them to know that we appreciate their dedication and hope they will stay with us long term,” the district said in a statement. “It has been an extraordinary time for everyone, and we hope this boost on their December paychecks will come in handy.”
Teachers, nurses, paraprofessionals, manual trades and other professionals who are eligible for benefits and hired before November 1, 2021, will receive this stipend.
“It feels great and it takes a little bit of stress off, especially with things getting tight around the holidays, it was just a really unexpected blessing for us.”Rachel Diaz, Kindergarten Teacher
- Teachers/Nurses – $1,000
- Other Professionals – $750
- Paras/Manual Trades – $500
“We have some of the best teachers in all of East Texas and it’s not uncommon for the surrounding districts to come and try and poach our teachers. So we hope this gives them a little incentive to stick around.”Jennifer Hines, Tyler ISD Chief Communications Officer
The money will come from Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, or ESSER, funds the district received to help with a variety of areas, including retention of employees.
“Our Board of Trustees is excited to bring this opportunity for our teachers and staff,” said Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford. “We are so very thankful for our employees. We know, and as other school districts are aware, we have the absolute best teachers and staff. We appreciate the hard work they’ve done for our students. They truly deserve this pat on the back.”