St. Vrain Valley School District teachers, staff get one-time stipend

LONGMONT, Colo. - Hundreds of teachers and staff members working for the St. Vrain Valley School District, north of Denver, are getting bonuses the day after Thanksgiving.

Superintendent Don Haddad sent a letter to employees that said the district saved money on utilities and unemployment and saw an increase in revenue, which allowed the district to "distribute a one-time stipend to all full-time, regularly contracted/assigned employees in the amount of $1,628."

Less than full-time employees will receive a pro-rated stipend.

"I would like to thank each of you for your outstanding dedication and commitment to our students, staff, and the entire St. Vrain Valley community," wrote Haddad. "Your collective efforts have led to higher levels of student achievement and success."

"We are delighted to do this," district spokesman John Poynton told 7NEWS. "This shows how hard the entire team is working to achieve positive results. We are rewarding that excellent service."

St. Vrain Valley School District operates 52 schools with more than 29,000 students in eastern Boulder, Broomfield, Dacono, Erie, Firestone, Frederick, Hygiene, Longmont, Lyons, Mead, Niwot, Peaceful Valley, and Raymond. Parts of Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer, and Weld Counties fall within its boundaries.

The superintendent, chief financial officer, retired teachers and staff working on 110 or 140 day contracts, substitutes and a few others are not eligible for the stipend.