Three Sussex County school districts are on the list of schools eligible for what are described as a “talent attraction/retention initiative”.
Under the federal program Race to the Top selected schools would be allowed to spend up to $10,000 as a teacher bonus to make sure top tier teachers remained at the schools where they currently taught.
John Clayton Elementary in the Indian River District, Laurel Middle School, and West Seaford Elementary are on the list.
Out going Delaware Education Secretary Lillian Lowery praised the program. “Research has shown that the most important in-school factor for student success is an excellent teacher,” Lowery said. “Reward programs such as this one have helped retain top-performing teachers and principals in high-needs schools nationally. This initiative will help our buildings in need of top educators to attract and retain them in the months and years to come.”