PSJA school board approves longevity stipend

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Alejandro Elias

The PSJA school board approved Monday a longevity stipend increase for employees with 30 or more years of service at the district.

“It is incredible to have hardworking employees dedicate over 30 years of service to our PSJA Family,” Interim Superintendent Alejandro Elias said in a release. “Thank you to our School Board and Administration for their leadership in making this happen for our employees.”

The stipend will be paid to qualifying auxiliary, paraprofessional and professional employees at the end of the year that begins their 30th year of employment at the district and continue afterward in five-year increments:

>> 30 years: $1,000;

>> 35 years: $1,500;

>> 40 years: $2,000.

Board President Dr. Cynthia Gutierrez said teaching is not for the faint of heart and the current state of public education has put more pressure on teachers than ever before.

Dr. Cynthia A. Gutierrez

“As district leaders, we often discuss teacher and staff shortages and burnout. We know teachers that stay do it because they love their students and their school community,” Gutierrez said in the release. “At PSJA we want to continue building an environment where teachers are respected, supported, challenged, and feel like they truly matter; by implementing forward-thinking strategies such as increasing their longevity pay, we want to show them our appreciation and gratitude for their loyalty to our district.”

Gutierrez said the board hopes to add more longevity levels to the existing table so that in the future, people with ten, 15 and 20-plus years of service can receive longevity compensation.