Pima OKs teacher bonus, SRO contract, esports team – Eastern Arizona Courier

Pima OKs teacher bonus, SRO contract, esports team – Eastern Arizona Courier

Pima Unified School District’s Governing Board approved teacher bonuses, a new contract for the district’s school resource officer and the creation of an official esports team at Pima High School at a board meeting on Thursday. 

Teachers in Pima will get a $1,900 bonus next month thanks to the board and Proposition 301, a statewide proposition passed by voters in 2000. 

Twice every year, once in December and again in June, teachers in Arizona get bonuses because of the proposition, which is paid for by sales taxes. The proposition was set to expire in 2021, but in 2018 Governor Doug Ducey extended it for another 20 years until 2041.   

Superintendent Sean Rickert described the bonuses as larger than any previous bonus payments, except for last year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when the district also approved larger bonuses.