BCSD offering $5k bonus for new teachers at rural schools

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The Berkeley County School District is offering a $5,000 signing bonus to attract teachers to its rural schools.

“We’ve got a one shot deal right now,” said Julie Rogers, Director of Human Resources for Berkeley County Schools. “We did a really good job of filling all our vacancies this year…but on the horizon it doesn’t look to getting any better.”

The $5,000 signing bonus applies to any subject in a rural school and to teachers qualified to teach critical subjects in all other schools. Critical subjects are foreign language, middle and secondary math and science, and special education.

“Young people move into area like with Berkeley County. The salaries where they want to live can’t support them,” Rogers said. The district pays $3,000 of the signing bonus for the first year and $2,000 for the second year.

Charleston County School District is offering a $10,000 bonus to teachers who teach science, math, or media specialties. That bonus is also spread across two school years, with $2,500 paid per semester.

Officials with Dorchester District 2 say they’re feeling the effects of teacher shortages, as well, but were unable to allocate space in this year’s budget for signing bonuses.

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