Board Approves Merit-Based Bonus for Classified Employees, Others

The Guilford County Board of Education approved a one-time lump sum, merit-based bonus for many GCS employees at its meeting Thursday night.

The bonuses for “non-educators” were included in the North Carolina General Assembly’s budget bill and affect non-certified or classified personnel, school-based administrators and central office staff.

Eligible full-time GCS employees will receive a $440 bonus, and eligible part-time employees will receive a pro-rated portion in December. To be eligible, employees must have been employed in an eligible position on or before Jan. 1, 2016 and as of Nov. 1, 2016; must have five months of cumulative work in an eligible position during that time frame; and have a performance rating of “meets expectations” or higher. Leave of Absence employees must have at least 5 months of work not on leave. Employees separated from GCS prior to Nov. 1 are not eligible.

The one-time bonus is in addition to the 2.5 percent raise classified personnel received at the beginning of the school year. Educators, including teachers and instructional support paid on the teacher salary schedule, are not eligible. Previously, educators received an average pay increase of 4.7 percent from the state for 2016-17 and the GCS board matched that raise for those paid with local funds.