Varnett board approves $2,000 for each staff member for dedication during COVID pandemic

Varnett's Board of Directors approved a $2,000 stipend for each staff member for services during the coronavirus pandemic.
 
The board's action was a one-time incentive and retention payment as a reward for sticking with our students during these challenging times.
 
Dr. Margaret Stroud, Varnett's superintendent, made the announcement at each of the district's campuses: East, Northeast and Southwest.
 
"I'm here to say thank you on behalf of the Board of Directors and The Varnett Public School," Dr. Stroud said. "I know this has been a very stressful time. It's been almost two years that we have been in this pandemic and it's not over yet. But we do appreciate the fact that you all came back and stayed with Varnett."
 
By doing so, she said, the staff demonstrated its commitment to our students.
 
"They need you so much," she said. "You have done a great job all the way from remote learning to face-to-face. So thank you for your belief in our children and for sticking with them. The board approved a $2,000 stipend for your dedication and loyalty to our kids. I thank you."
 
The announcements were greeted with grateful applause.
 
Staff members then proceeded to pick up their plastic card signifying the $2,000 payment in a silver case that read "Caring is Always in Season."
 
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