(The Tennessean) Williamson County Schools teachers can earn up to $500 extra a year — just by showing up to work every day.
In a move to motivate teachers not to miss work, the district and the Williamson County Education Association have agreed that teachers who are employed full-time for a full nine-week grading period are eligible to receive a stipend of $100 each grading period, if sick, bereavement or uncompensated leave goes unused.
Director of Schools Mike Looney said the district spends more than $2 million each year on substitute teachers.
He compared teacher absences to a “J” curve, meaning they tend to take off Mondays and Fridays. It’s not only costly, but it’s disruptive to student learning, he added.
“The bottom line is, I believe it’s important to incentivize employees to conduct themselves the way you want them to,” Looney said. “They’ve earned these days; this is to convince them not to use them.”
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