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SCCPSS board approves incentives for new, higher-ed teachers

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The Savannah-Chatham County Public School Board is adding incentives and bonuses to attract more teachers to work in the school system.

Wednesday, the school board approved more than $260,000 to add to the 2017 budget. They are offering relocation and signing bonuses for 70 teachers - who are not currently teaching in Chatham County - and are qualified to teach higher-ed math, science, foreign language and special ed.

While school officials say this is necessary to stay competitive to our surrounding counties, the board president says there are other ways the county can improve the retention rate.

"You know we like to use money to incentivize teachers but the reality is, teachers aren't in it for the money. If they were, they wouldn't be teaching so we need to be thinking about all of these intangibles that we can do to incentivize teachers,” said SCCSS Board President Jolene Byrne.

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