Hagåtña, Guam – Senator Nelson passes an Amendment to Session Bill 55-36 (COR) to allocate three million one hundred thousand dollars ($3,100,000) for the Guam Department of Education employees that are eligible for the Merit Bonus.
The Merit Bonus Program was enacted in 1991 by Public Law 21-59. This program awards classified employees with a lump sum payment of 3.5% of their salary should they receive a superior performance evaluation for the school year.
"The Merit Bonus program goes to teachers that have gone above and beyond what is required of them other than their everyday teachings in the classroom. These teachers create after-school programs for their students and assist in ensuring that their school remains accredited. They give so much of their personal time and hard work to their school and their students, and that is why it is important to allocate this money for them," said Senator Nelson.
There have been issues with Merit Bonus payments for years due to public law freezing the funds to save money. These issues date as far back as the Fiscal Year 1996. In 2014, as part of the Government of Guam Competitive Wage Act of 2014, the Department of Administration put a pause on the bonuses so that they could reassess the system of evaluation used to assess the eligibility of the Guam Department of Education Employees for the Merit Bonuses. They also had to develop a policy to evaluate further and appropriately administer the Merit Bonuses.
"I thank my colleagues for their full support on this amendment as these Merit Bonus Payments for our teachers have been long overdue," said Senator Nelson.
For more information, please contact the Office of Senator
Telena Cruz Nelson at (671) 989-7696 or email@example.com
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