Aubrey school board OKs one-time payment for district employees

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Aubrey school district employees will have some extra money in their pockets come January.

Last week, the school board voted 7-0 to distribute a one-time payment to district staff on Jan. 11 in addition to their monthly checks.

Superintendent James Monaco said the staff of about 220 would receive $55 for every month of their contracts. Those eligible include people who were hired before Oct. 1 and who are still on the payroll on Jan. 7, 2013, he said. Monaco said the average teacher would receive $500.

The district in August approved a 1 percent pay increase for its employees, he said, and the one-time payment allows the Aubrey school district to stay competitive with other districts in the area.

“This is part of our continued philosophy of being loyal to the people that work for us,” Monaco said.

The one-time payments will cost the district approximately $125,000, which will be paid out of the district’s general fund, he said. In determining whether or not to distribute the payment, the district looks at average daily attendance figures and tax collection revenues. If numbers look favorable that the district will draw in more revenue than projected, Monaco brings to the board a recommendation to approve a one-time payment.

This is the second consecutive year the Aubrey school district has distributed a one-time payment to district employees as a result of favorable tax collection revenues and an increased student enrollment. Last year’s one-time payment was distributed to help district employees offset increased insurance costs.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876. Her e-mail address is btabor@dentonrc.com .


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