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Board of Education to consider two-part retention benefit

Board of Education to consider two-part retention benefit

Superintendent Dr. Alicia Thompson will present to the Board of Education a proposal for a two-part retention benefit for all eligible employees during the November 8, 2021 BOE meeting. Below is a message Dr. Thompson sent to employees about the proposal.

Good evening district colleagues,

Recruiting and retaining the best and brightest staff to educate and support WPS students has been one of our most significant priorities throughout the Every Student Future Ready strategic plan. Because of this commitment, and in light of challenges identified this school year regarding staffing shortages and workload issues, I will take an agenda item to the November 8 Board of Education meeting that will provide a two-part retention benefit for all eligible WPS employees.

This one-time benefit, which will be in addition to the previously announced compensation packages at the beginning of the school year, is designed to recognize the value of the work that employees in this school district are doing during this difficult time in our community. In addition, it is our intent to promote continuity of educational services through the remainder of the school year by retaining our highly-qualified staff.

This item will be presented to the Board of Education at its November 8 meeting, so final details will be provided should the board approve the proposal I bring to them. In summary, the retention benefit includes the following:

  • Additional one-time payment of 1.5% of the employee’s base salary in December; and
  • Additional one-time payment of 1% of the employee’s base salary in March.

I commit to you that I will continue to listen, act to the greatest degree possible, and communicate openly as we continue through this school year. In fact, I hope you will be on the lookout in mid-November for our annual Employee Engagement Survey as we seek feedback about matters important to district culture, safety and strategic plan trajectory. Your feedback matters and it’s vital that we hear from you.

In the meantime, please know that your work to empower our students to dream, believe and achieve is recognized and appreciated. I am #WPSProud to be your superintendent, and I look forward to continuing our journey together to help ALL of our students succeed!



Alicia Thompson