Georgetown ISD added a one-time lump sum payment option to its 2021-2022 compensation plan in response to the recent COVID-19 surge.

The one-time payment will be sent out to all staff covering classes and performing duties beyond their positions, Superintendent Fred Brent said. An extensive substitute teacher shortage has been exacerbated by the current COVID-19 surge, requiring teachers to fill in vacancies, Assistant Superintendent Lisa Napper said. Full-time staff will be paid $250 and part-time staff will be paid $125. The district has been in coordination with Williamson County Commissioners to use funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to fund the one-time payments, Brent said.

“It was recommended by our principals that we pay everybody one lump sum because they are asking everybody across the district to wear multiple hats,” Brent said. “I really appreciate the work of our campus principals and the platform they have. It’s always a good time when you can make good things happen.”