July 31, 2017

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) has reached an agreement with the Indianapolis Education Association (IEA) to pay the district’s high school teachers a bonus if the Board of School Commissioners votes to approve the recommended high school consolidation.

As the district prepares to reinvent its High School Experience, it is important for students to have stability within the teaching staff. To encourage and support this stability, IPS and IEA have agreed to a financial incentive to recruit and retain high school teachers. 

“Reinvented high schools for the 2018-19 school year should not yield a compromised high school experience this current school year,” said IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “This retention incentive underscores how much we value our teachers and stability for our students and families.”

If school commissioners approve the administration’s recommendation to close/convert high schools, IPS will provide eligible high school teachers with a one-time stipend for remaining with the district during the time of transition in the following amounts:

  • $5,000 for those who started their employment with IPS on or before the start of the 2016-17 school year
  • $2,500 for those who started their employment with IPS after the start of the 2016-17 school year

To be eligible for the stipend, high school teachers must:

  • Receive an effective or highly effective evaluation for the 2017-18 school year
  • Be at work and perform their regularly assigned duties at least 93% of the school year
  • Have worked at least 90 contract days

The district will pay the bonus to eligible high school teachers at the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year.

“IEA was looking at how the district could give our students’ stability during this time of uncertainty for our high school teachers,” said Rhondalyn Cornett, IEA President.  “Our hope is that teachers will feel more confident with the district during this transition and help ensure the reinvention of our high schools is a success.”

School commissioners will vote on the school closure/conversion plan at a special Board meeting on September 18, 2017.

For more information, contact Carrie Cline Black, Media Relations Coordinator, at 317-605-3797.