Killeen ISD launches Bold Teacher Referral Program and Expresses Appreciation to Current Employees

Killeen ISD launches Bold Teacher Referral Program and Expresses Appreciation to Current Employees
By: Taina Maya
Thank You Stipend GraphicThe Killeen ISD Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to provide a generous $1,000 stipend to full-time employees and $500 to part-time employees hired by December 7, 2021. Current and new substitutes will receive the Retention stipend based on the number of days worked in the 2021-2022 school year and can continue to earn payments through May 25, 2022. Employees will receive the retention stipend payment before the district closes for the Christmas holiday break. The district is covering the Federal Income Tax and Medicare taxes on the stipend by increasing the total amount to ensure each employee receives the amount outlined.

Refer A Teacher StipendKISD employees will earn extra money for every successful teacher they refer with the district’s new teacher referral stipend program. The first referral stipend is $500, then $1,500, $3,000, $4,500, and $6,000 for an employee’s fifth referral. The Refer A Teacher stipend will continue to increase by $1,500 with no limit to how much an active employee can earn through August 31, 2022. If the new teacher is certified to teach bilingual education, an additional $1,000 will be added to the stipend.

Alt Cert Click here To read moreIn an effort to grow current employees into teachers, KISD will offer an Alternative Certification reimbursement stipend of up to $5,000. Employees, including substitutes, who are in the process or wish to complete a TEA approved program are eligible to receive the stipends upon completion in exchange for teaching in Killeen ISD for three years.

The district will host a job fair on January 4, 2022, at the Killeen ISD Career Center. New full time professional employees that join the district this school year are eligible for a $1,000 recruitment stipend. New teachers in Killeen ISD can earn up to $60,080 in their first year.

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