Loudoun School Employees May See $1,000 Bonuses

The School Board is scheduled to vote June 28 on a recommendation to give $1,000 bonuses to full-time employees.

During the June 7 meeting, Chief Financial Officer Sheron Willoughby presented the plan, which would cost $16.9 million to carry out.

The bonuses are contingent upon state government funding, which administrators foresee allowing for the plan, although a budget has not yet been adopted in Richmond. The money would come from $5.2 million in unspent fiscal year 2022 funds, and $5.2 million from the fiscal year 2023 budget.

“This is a delicate plan, we will continue to watch what happens at the state level,” Willoughby said, likening the plan to a house of cards.

Ian Serotkin (Blue Ridge) asked whether bonuses could be awarded on a sliding scale if the total amount of funding is not available from the state. Willoughby indicated that if the full amount is not available for the initiative, the board could move forward with an alternate plan.

On May 24, the board voted to award $1,000 bonusses to special education teachers, teaching assistants, and staff members working in self-contained classrooms, as well as to custodians and school nutrition workers.

Last school year, nine high-level administrators received bonuses totaling $105,600. Principals, assistant principals, and several other staff members received $2,000. Many teachers were outraged when they were awarded challenge coin mementos instead of bonuses.

Denise Corbo (At Large) suggested that administrators who received bonuses during fiscal year 21 should be omitted from consideration for bonuses.

“I think that part of the concern has been that we have not given our educators and support staff bonuses,” she said.

Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) said that the functionality of the school division is contingent upon all employees doing their jobs, and that she would not vote on awarding bonuses to only some employees.

The board voted to table action on the recommendation until June 28.

10 thoughts on “Loudoun School Employees May See $1,000 Bonuses

  • 2022-06-15 at 1:49 pm
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    Will those teachers who were sexually assaulted, and subsequently fired, be eligible for this? Or will they have to wait until they sue serial liar Ziegler and the LCPS?

  • 2022-06-15 at 1:51 pm
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    While I know many parents are upset with LCPS, and rightfully so, I would point out that such anger should be directed at the incompetent school board and superintendent. Majority of those working in the actual school builders had one hell of a year because of the LCPS leadership who only created more work and burden with little to no support or resources to help accommodate. I do realize that there are bad apples that also work in these buildings, but the majority did their best under the worst environment. As much as I would like for the unspent dollars to go back to the taxpayers, we know that will not happen. So let’s reward those on the front lines with a small bonus. It’s better than the coin they received last year.

    • 2022-06-16 at 9:23 pm
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      Can we please stop calling teachers people who “work on the front line”. That is the most overused expression these days as it seems everyone works “on the front line” like they’re some kind of military heroes.
      I would guess that 10% of teachers were “bad” when I was a kid. Now, I’d put that number at 30% as teachers of old didn’t drag their politics, sexuality, and everyday drama into the classrooms. They taught history, the way it actually happened, not some revised version of it; English, yes, actual English; Math; Science; and Physical Education. Imagine that.

  • 2022-06-15 at 1:57 pm
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    This is legalized theft. The SB requests $50M than it can possibly spend of TAXPAYERS’ money and then gives handouts to government employees even when they get subpar results (falling scores). To top it off, these employees demanded the school year be SHORTENED by 10 days next year. LCPS is just a dumpster fire burning out of control.

  • 2022-06-15 at 2:30 pm
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    I’m not a big fan of using taxpayer dollars to give out bonuses to workers. These workers do their job & get paid handsomely. That should be sufficient. Taxpayers don’t want to see their money given away like candy in the form of bonuses. Happy Power of the Smile Day Loudoun!

  • 2022-06-15 at 3:32 pm
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    State Statute REQUIRES Schools operate at utmost efficiency! These types of generic giveaways are an affront to law and taxpayer belief the educational system is even trying to be efficient! SAD!

  • 2022-06-15 at 4:20 pm
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    Is this a joke. LCPS has a negative national reputation and everyone is getting a bonus! Un-friggin-believable.

  • 2022-06-16 at 3:20 pm
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    17 million bucks would put an SRO in every elementary school.

  • 2022-06-19 at 11:51 am
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    That money should go back to the county coffers, not for teacher bonuses. Something else to think about, how many LCSB members have spouses or family that are would get this bonus? Sounds like a conflict of interest, like a lot of things the LCSB does.

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