District offers big signing bonus for teachers

As FOX 25 reported earlier this week, there is a teacher shortage across Oklahoma. While some districts try to figure out how to fill all the positions, Enid Public Schools has found one solution.Taking a job with Enid Schools, can earn some teachers a $2,000 signing bonus."For most of our teachers that's a stipend they receive in their September paychecks," Amber Graham Fitzgerald, the district communications director, said.The bonus will go to teachers who are state certified in math, science, foreign language or special education, the hardest subjects for the district to recruit.Fitzgerald says the bonuses also help with recruiting during the teacher shortage."At a career fair it might also be that incentive to walk across the room and begin to talk with us and learn about the great things that are happening in our community," Fitzgerald said.Rochelle Landwehr is a freshman algebra teacher, who has benefited from the signing bonus."The $2,000 really makes you feel like the school itself values you," she said.When the program was approved earlier this year, Landwehr was able to retroactively qualify."It definitely helped with moving costs. It definitely helps with even supplies for my classroom," Landwehr said.Landwehr also said the extra pay is a bonus in more than the obvious way. She said it's added to an experience she's valued. Landwehr said Enid is a great choice for teachers."The high school and schools are great to teach at and have your own kids attend," Landwehr said."We believe our students deserve the best teachers and we also believe that you must invest your dollars in the classroom so we have to work hard to make our salary competitive for teachers and we want to offer them as much as we can," Fitzgerald said.The extra money leaves teachers free to concentrate on their students."It is fun to get in there and work with them and get them excited for those next three years," Landwehr said.To apply, call the district office at 580-367-7000 or visit their website, Schools is looking for about 30 teachers, some in other positions than the stipend-qualifying positions. While, you can apply at any time, the district is hoping to get all of positions filled by the first day of school, August 19.
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