CLINTON — In light of the $1,000 teacher retention bonuses announced by Gov. Kim Reynolds at the start of the 2022 legislative session, the Clinton School Board voted Monday night to award bonuses to other members of the district staff.
Clinton School District Superintendent Gary DeLacy is concerned that several categories of staff have been excluded from Reynolds’ $1,000 bonus, including instructional coaches, librarians, social workers, nurses, counselors, instructors building trades and part-time teachers.
“I found out that not all teachers are the same, according to the governor,” DeLacy said of Reynolds’ efforts to promote teacher retention with $1,000 bonuses for their work during the COVID pandemic. .
In total, approximately $36,000 would be needed to accomplish the inclusion of positions in the Clinton District that were not covered by Reynolds’ bonus plan. The money would come from the ESSER, or Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, funds.
“I just think for morale reasons, it’s the right thing to do,” DeLacy said.
The motion carries with a vote of 6-0.
DeLacy will be in Des Moines this week as part of a Clinton County legislative push and will meet with Reynolds to discuss the issue of teacher retention.
The board also approved a bid to repair the west side of Clinton High School’s roof, which was damaged by the derecho that swept through Clinton in August 2020. The board approved a $185,450 bid by Economy Roofing & Insulating, located in Bettendorf.
The board also awarded Bluff Elementary School special education consultant Melissa Phillips the Gold Key award. Bluff manager Kristi Cooley expressed how much she appreciates Phillips and all she has done in the 15 years Phillips has worked in the district.
Juliana Clark, a Clinton High School sophomore and 2022 Miss Eastern Iowa Outstanding Teen, presented to the board about her next initiative to help food pantries with the money she plans to raise.
The board also recognized recent accomplishments within the school district. These include the success of Whittier Elementary School’s first computer night on February 24, the first school-wide award won by Jefferson Elementary School students for good behavior, and the fourth-grade team from Whittier Elementary who won the Battle of the Books.