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Teachers to get one-time $500 stipend

December 14, 2010|JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

Washington County public school employees will get a Christmas Eve bonus because a $500 stipend will be in their Dec. 24 paychecks, school board President Wayne Ridenour said Tuesday.

The one-time stipend is a result of a compromise over health-care increases between the county Board of Education and the Washington County Teachers Association and Washington County Educational Support Personnel.

Teachers will not be getting cost-of-living or step increases this fiscal year, while the pay issue with support personnel still needs to be resolved.

Employees in both unions and the nonunion Washington County Association of Supervisors and Administrators will receive the stipends.

Chief Financial Officer Chris South said 3,055 employees will receive the stipend.

The stipend will cost the school system about $1,649,700, because it will need to make worker’s compensation and Federal Insurance Contributions Act payments on the stipends, South said in a voice-mail message.

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Most of the stipends’ cost was expected to be covered with federal stimulus money.

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