HOUSTON – Feb. 2, 2018 – More than 1,200 Spring ISD teachers have earned a chance to win $1,500 in the district’s inaugural EveryDay Counts attendance incentive drawing.
“We are very excited about awarding teachers with this money and applauding them for consistently being in the classroom,” said Superintendent Dr. Rodney E. Watson. “It really is a testament to their hard work and commitment. Every teacher who qualified to participate in the incentive drawing should be proud.”
The winners will be announced Monday, Feb. 5 in a special Facebook Live presentation starting at 2:45 p.m. for high school teachers, 3:45 p.m. for elementary teachers, and 4:45 p.m. for middle school teachers. Teachers and principals are being urged to watch from their campuses so they can celebrate the winners as they are revealed.
All full-time, campus-based classroom teachers who missed no more than two days of work during the district’s fall semester qualify to participate in the drawing. The number of incentives being awarded per campus varies by school level and type.
At the elementary level, one teacher at each campus will receive $1,500 for a total distribution of $39,000 across the district’s 26 elementary schools.
At the middle school level, the district will award two teachers with $1,500 at each of the district’s seven middle school campuses for a total amount of $21,000.
Among the district’s three comprehensive high schools – Dekaney, Westfield and Spring – three incentives of $1,500 will be awarded at each campus. At Carl Wunsche Sr. High School, two incentives will be awarded. Spring Early College Academy and the Virtual Learning Program will be combined in the drawing for one incentive of $1,500.
“Attendance is not only important for students but for teachers too,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Deeone McKeithan. “This incentive program is part of the district’s strategic compensation work to recognize and reward high performance.”
In all, the district will award $78,000 to 52 teachers on Monday afternoon. Under the supervision of the district’s Finance and Internal Auditor’s offices, RandomPicker – an online random selection software system – will be used to conduct the drawings. A public record showing the drawing details will be posted on the district’s website the same day.
Dr. Lupita Hinojosa, chief of school leadership noted that there will be a second drawing conducted after the spring semester. Additionally, teachers who had perfect attendance this school year and return to teach next school year will have a shot at one of five $3,000 awards that will be announced in August.
“Excellent attendance is one more way for teachers to boost student achievement,” Hinojosa said. “If a teacher didn’t qualify to participate in this first drawing, it’s my hope that I’ll see their name on the list after the spring semester.”