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More than 100 Omaha teachers get bonuses

Posted at 9:58 AM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 17:29:54-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - More than 100 Omaha teachers who mostly serve at-risk students are receiving a $400 bonus thanks to an initiative organized by Scoular. The bonuses will support 115 teachers who work for one of three organizations: The Omaha Street School, the North Star Foundation and the CUES School System.

The principal of the Omaha Street School says the timing is perfect.

"We're essentially a one-school building school district, so the teachers that work in my building make somewhere between 70-80 percent of what you would make in a district, say OPS," Anthony Williams said. "I remind all the kids and family all the time, these folks could go elsewhere and do the same job and make more money."

Megan Belcher is the Senior Vice President for Scoular and hopes the initiative will stress the importance of recognizing hardworking teachers.

"I know from my personal experience that teachers have had a tremendous impact during the pandemic, I know the pandemic has had a tremendous impact on them," Belcher said. We are very excited to collaborate with other leaders in town to support them and give them just a little extra boost in engagement."