Howard County Executive Commits $8 Million for Educator Bonuses

Ball asks Board of Education to match $8M commitment to support educators

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today pledged $8 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to provide bonuses to Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) educators. In a letter to the Board of Education (BOE), Ball also requested they use a portion of its $43.5 million federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) III to match the County’s $8 million commitment to support educators.

“Our educators have served as a lifeline to our students and their families through the pandemic, managing the demands of switching from virtual to hybrid modes of instruction, all the while caring for the health and safety of their own families,” said Ball. “For our teachers and support staff, these past two years have been especially grueling, and I believe we must retain those committed educators that make our school system among the best in the nation.”

The Ball Administration provided bonus pay to approximately 2,700 full-time and contingent employees, including public safety workers, members of the Health Department, and others on the front line of the pandemic. Last month, County Executive Ball also committed $2 million in ARP funding to provide retention and signing bonuses for school bus drivers.

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Scott E

One comment

  1. The largest portion of our taxes goes to the educational sector. During this period the teachers worked from home and I’m not sure what was the extra effort they have been deploying that warrant the bonuses.
    This money could be better used to provide meals to the needy .

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