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Incentive Pay for Davenport School Employees

The Davenport School District wants to thank its employees for their hard work during the pandemic. Monday night, the board of education approved incentive pay totaling 2,000 dollars each for all but the top administrators.

Jami Weinzierl, Director of Human Resources and Equity, says the first installment of 1,000 dollars will be paid on March 25th for hourly employees, and April 1st for salaried workers.

"Due to the lack of substitute teachers, the turnover, the inflation, and competing with other organizations for talent because of the increase in wages. A lot of our staff has had to pick up extra duties and have been extremely flexible in working hard for us."

The second installment of 500 dollars will be paid in the fall, with 500 dollars more in the spring of next year.

Weinzierl says 2,000 employees of the Davenport schools are eligible for the incentive dollars. It will cost the district about 5 million dollars in all, with the money coming from the federal pandemic relief program ESSER, Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund.

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