Glenpool school district gives $1,000 bonus to teachers, staff
The Associated Press and The Tulsa World - March 19, 2018 1:23 pm
GLENPOOL, Okla. (AP) – Officials in an Oklahoma school district recently surprised teachers and other employees with $1,000 bonuses as a potential statewide teacher walkout looms.
The Tulsa World reports that the Glenpool school district joined many area districts on March 12 when it approved a resolution “in support of Oklahoma public school teachers” and authorized school closings in the event of a teacher walkout.
Glenpool school officials say the surprise bonuses don’t solve the bigger-picture problem of low pay, but that they did provide some relief and a boost to morale.
Superintendent Jerry Olansen says the gesture was made possible due to a four-year district effort to cut costs.
Olansen cautions that the bonuses were “a one-time thing.” He says while the district has tried to manage its resources well, the situation with statewide education funding clouds the future.