MPS considers $250 ‘thanks’ bonus for workers, $100 vaccination incentive for youthful college students | WUWM 89.7 FM

As Milwaukee Public Faculties staff navigate a yr tormented by employees shortages and COVID quarantines, they’re poised to get a one-time “appreciation” bonus.

An MPS board committee Tuesday approved a proposal to present staff a $250 one-time bonus. With greater than 10,000 employees qualifying, it might value upwards of $2.5 million. The district has not mentioned the place within the finances the cash is coming from.

Chief of Human Sources Adria Maddaleni defined the message she needs the $250 bonus to ship.

“This bonus we’re taking a look at is de facto to acknowledge the impression the pandemic has had on our employees and the additional, you already know, effort and price they’ve incurred associated to the pandemic,” Maddaleni mentioned.

Related funds have occurred elsewhere, together with statewide in Georgia and Florida. They’re generally known as “retention” bonuses. College districts together with MPS are struggling this yr to fill jobs. Maddaleni mentioned Tuesday MPS has 145 trainer vacancies and 152 paraprofessional vacancies.

College board president Bob Peterson famous the distinctive stress lecturers are below.

“Having to cowl additional lessons, do additional work, at all times in worry of getting the virus,” Peterson mentioned. “And [we] need to simply thank the employees, all employees in MPS for a way they’ve been working laborious to get us by means of this pandemic.”

MPS’s employees scarcity could possibly be exacerbated by its COVID-19 vaccination mandate. HR chief Maddaleni told WUWM final week that staff who don’t present proof of vaccination or ask for an lodging by Nov. 15 will probably be placed on unpaid depart. MPS has not answered questions on what number of employees that’s occurring to.

The district’s push to get college students vaccinated continues. The board is ready to approve an $100 incentive for college students ages 5-11 who will get vaccinated by Jan. 14. That age group was just lately made eligible for the Pfizer shot.

MPS supplied the same incentive for older college students earlier this yr. The district has not mentioned what number of college students ages 12+ earned the $100 present.

The scholar vaccination incentive and worker bonus proposals will go to the complete board Thursday.

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