Wake school board approves signing bonuses for new in-demand teachers
Posted April 8, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — New highly qualified special education teachers will receive a $1,500 signing bonus if they agree to work for Wake County schools, a financial incentive approved by the school board Tuesday.
The board also approved $1,000 signing bonuses for highly qualified math, science, health occupations and family and consumer science teachers.
"Recruiting teachers is highly competitive nationwide," said Doug Thilman, the district's assistant superintendent for human resources. "The extra salary will be a real asset in attracting the best teachers to Wake County classrooms."
The signing bonuses were reinstated after they were eliminated through budget cuts. The bonuses will come from $898,000 within the district's fund balance.
Wake teacher recruiters are currently visiting university and regional job fairs, but the district will hold its own job fair on May 3 at Panther Creek High School.