Harford County Executive Barry Glassman has directed COVID-relief funding to provide $2,000 retention bonuses for public school system employees who maintain and repair school facilities.
“These essential workers continued to make sure school facilities were safe through the COVID pandemic,” said County Executive Glassman. “It was always my intention to include them in the prior retention bonus program, and I am pleased we could reach an agreement with HCPS to help retain these vital employees.”
More than 400 custodians and facilities, maintenance, safety and security, technology, warehouse, print shop, communications and planning, and construction personnel will receive the $2,000 bonus.
“I would like to thank County Executive Glassman for this extra funding,” said HCPS Superintendent Sean Bulson. “Like other school systems, we face a challenging labor market. The added support and the County’s full funding of our operating budget will help us stay competitive and continue our work on behalf of Harford County students.”
According to a County press release:
In December, County Executive Glassman provided a $2,000 hiring and retention bonus to bus drivers, bus attendants and food service workers.
Eight hundred and eighty-five thousand dollars to fund the bonus will come from the Harford County government’s share of federal COVID-relief funding known as ARPA.