When the AJC reported that Clayton County was going to use $7 million of its federal stimulus dollars to give the system’s 7,000 employees five additional days of pay, I thought it was an odd decision.
The money will be paid today to certified and classified employees. (In exchange for the pay restoration, Clayton schools employees will have to work five additional days at professional development activities. So, while teachers have five more days in school, students do not.)
I just thought that a county with so many educational challenges may have come up with a better use of $7 million. Then, I received this note from a Clayton teacher, which I wanted to share as it raises the exact right point:
I work in Clayton County and recently we have found out that we are getting our five lost workdays reinstated, along with a lump-sum check for the five days’ worth of pay. We’ve been told we don’t have to take the check or work the extra days, but I’m sure that would go over just swimmingly.
Do you know of any other districts around Georgia that are doing this? I can appreciate the gesture, but I feel that when so many jobs were cut maybe this money should have gone back into providing more support instead of five non-instructional days as the kids won’t be there.