All full-time employees at Cherokee County School District are slated to receive a $1,000 bonus at the end of the month.

Part-time employees who are paraprofessionals, parent engagement facilitators and school nutrition workers will get a $500 bonus.

The Cherokee County school board unanimously agreed Thursday to approve the bonuses recommended by Superintendent Brian Hightower, called “retention bonuses,” using $5.5 million in federal CARES Act funding.

The bonuses will go out with November paychecks to employees who are active through Nov. 30.

The district has 4,917 full-time employees, and 119 part-time employees who are eligible for bonuses, CCSD spokesperson Barbara Jacoby told the Tribune.

School board members thanked teachers and other staff for their work during a second school year amid the pandemic.

“All of our full-time employees that will get this...those are people we can’t run this district without,” School Board Chair Kyla Cromer said.

CCSD schools are closed for the week of Thanksgiving.

“I appreciate everything our teachers have done,” School Board Member Patsy Jordan said. “I wish them a wonderful week off, a good break, they deserve that. They have three weeks until Christmas, so this is a good time for them to have this retention bonus.”

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