Union Public Schools increases sign-on bonus for some staff members

TULSA, Okla. — Union Public Schools is offering some teachers a larger sign-on bonus for the upcoming school year.

The Union Board of Education agreed to raise the bonuses for positions that are difficult to fill. Those include special education, school nurses, and secondary math and science teachers.

Sign-on bonuses for special education staff members will increase to $2,500. Bonuses for nurses, secondary math and science teachers will increase to $2,000.

Human Resources Director Jay Loegering recommended increasing the bonuses to help UPS compete with other districts.

“The urgent need for the recruitment and retention of high-quality teachers has been drastically impacted by COVID, seen nationwide especially in special education,” Loegering said. “Through the diligent efforts of our staff, Union has been able to procure additional grant funding for some sign-on bonuses, which allows us to increase bonuses we have in place for difficult-to-fill positions.”

Funding will come from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund and other grants. The sign-on bonuses will be paid between two pay dates.

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