Full-time HCPS employees will get $500 fall bonuses; division will boost new teacher pay, add days off

Henrico, Va. May 9, 2022 — Henrico County Public Schools is instituting aggressive moves to reward and retain current staff members and recruit new ones. In a message to employees Monday, the school division announced that it will:

  • Pay all returning full-time employees a $500 bonus at the start of the 2022-23 school year.
  • Boost starting pay for new teachers, to fill critical vacancies and help reduce the workload of existing staff.
  • Offer a $500 referral bonus for employees who refer someone who is hired for a full-time HCPS job.
  • Add two new days off for HCPS staff during the 2022-23 school year to promote physical and mental health. Schools and offices will be closed during the two wellness days.

In addition, Henrico County’s fiscal 2022-23 budget includes measures to boost staff pay. The budget, approved by the Henrico Board of Supervisors in April includes a 5% pay raise for eligible full- and part-time HCPS employees and a 2.6% raise for temporary and substitute workers.

“Our staff members are the ‘heart of Henrico,’ and these measures express that,” said Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent. “We’ll continue to work for opportunities to boost staff pay, benefits and well-being wherever possible.

“I want to thank the Henrico School Board and school division staff who worked to make these measures a reality. This continued investment in our workforce will help keep public education in Henrico County strong and continue our status as a compensation leader.”  

Under the increase in starting pay, teachers with limited experience and a bachelor’s degree will earn $50,464 for the 2022-23 school year, up from $48,033 for starting teachers at the beginning of 2021-22. Beginning teachers with a master’s degree and limited experience will be paid $52,887. Under the previous pay level, they earned $50,338.

The $500 retention bonus is a one-time payment.

To qualify for the referral bonus, full-time staff members can fill out a form referring someone they know for a position as a full-time teacher, exceptional education instructional assistant, nurse, psychologist, social worker, bus driver, custodian or school nutrition services staff member. The candidate must be new to HCPS for the 2022-23 school year and the referral must be made by Aug. 15. If the person is hired, the staff member who refers them will be paid $500. Referring staff members must be full-time employees of HCPS through Nov. 30.