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Bibb schools employees got a big surprise for being ‘vital’ part of success, board says

Performance leads to bonuses for Bibb County teachers

Bibb County schools Superintendent Curtis Jones speaks about the two-percent bonus the school board approved for teachers.
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Bibb County schools Superintendent Curtis Jones speaks about the two-percent bonus the school board approved for teachers.

Full-time employees of Bibb County schools will get a 2% bonus to help boost morale.

The surprise one-time payout was approved by the Bibb County Board of Education at a called meeting about the 2019 budget Tuesday night.

The bonus for the school system’s estimated 3,380 full-time employees will cost about $3 million, district spokeswoman Stephanie Hartley said.

Bibb County Schools Superintendent Curtis Jones said he is “very proud that our board of education was able to see that we had funding available to recognize every staff member in our district this school year with a performance bonus. We have recognized that achievement is up, attendance is better (and) discipline is better.”

The bonus will be paid out before July. In addition to making the district more competitive in its recruitment of teachers, the bonus, in part, will let “employees know they are a vital part of the reason Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. won both the 2019 State and National Superintendent of the Year awards,” according to the board meeting brief.

Employees such as crossing guards, who work an average of 10 hours per week, and bus drivers, who average of 30 hours per week, are still considered to be full-time employees, Hartley said.

The bonus comes on top of a $3,000 raise that many school employees will start seeing in their July checks. Bibb schools also is increasing salaries by 2% for classified employees on its own “because we recognize all employees are valuable,” Hartley said.

Also Tuesday night, the board discussed the possibility of reducing the millage rate by a half mil. The matter will be discussed further at a budget meeting May 14 at 6 p.m.

In other business, the board voted at its most recent regular meeting to extend Superintendent Jones’ contract.

Jones entered into a three-year contract with the school district that started in April 2018 and was set to expire in April 2021. The new contract, effective in July, will ensure Jones stays with the district until June 2022. It also established his annual base salary at $300,000 plus $800 per month for automobile expenses.

In 2018, Jones made $324,000 and his travel expenses totaled $6,158, according to Open Georgia, the state’s government transparency website.

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