Retention & Recruitment Stipends


    Staff recruitment and retention is one of the areas where the U.S. Department of Education urged school systems to use resources from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). Jefferson Parish Schools leadership developed an employee stipend plan aimed at supporting the retention and recruitment of our valued workforce. The plan outlined on this page was unanimously approved by the Jefferson Parish School Board during their March meeting. Please scroll down this page for stipend details, schedules, and frequently asked questions. 

    Stipend amounts are categorized into four categories.

    1. Teachers & Paraprofessionals: Teachers including certified and non certified, master teachers, librarians, psychologists, educational diagnosticians/audiologists, speech pathologists, counselors, social workers, ROTC teachers, behavioral interventionists, early intervention specialists, ESL Coaches, nurse/nurse practitioners, OT/PTs. Paraprofessionals, including interpreters 
    2. School Administrators: Principals, Assistant Principals, Deans and Director of Cuillier/Connection
    3. Other School Based Employees: School custodial staff, school child nutrition staff, bus drivers, bus attendants, monitors, school clerical
    4. Other Eligible Employees: Employees who do not meet the definitions above

    Stipend eligibility is based on employment dates and employee status. This is a multi-tiered stipend. Payout dates will vary based on employee type and employment dates. In addition, contractors, temporary employees, substitute employees, coaches or special program employees such as driver's education or child care are not eligible for the stipend. Since these stipends are being funded through ESSER funds, charter school employees are also not eligible for the stipend. Charter schools operate with additional autonomy and were directly provided with their ESSER funds.

    During the May 3, 2023 School Board meeting, the Jefferson Parish School Board approved an increase the amount of the third recruitment and retention stipend to be paid out in June 2023. The board’s action increased eligible employees’ stipend amounts by $500 or $250, depending on their eligibility criteria:

    • If you were employed on October 1, 2022 and on the last day of school, then your stipend will increase by $500
    • If you were employed on February 1, 2023 and on the last day of school, then your stipend will increase by $250

    The eligibility criteria remain the same. The revised stipend amounts and the eligibility criteria can be found in the tables below.

Teachers & Paraprofessionals Stipend Schedule

School Administrators Stipend Schedule

Other School Based Employees Stipend Schedule

Other Eligible Staff Stipend Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What I plan on retiring or resigning at the end of this school year? Am I still eligible?

  • How do I know if I am eligible for the stipend?

  • Based on my position, how do I know which employee category I am?

  • I was an employee in the district; however, I was on leave during this time. Am I eligible?

  • Do I need to do anything to receive the stipend?

  • Do I receive two stipends if I hold two positions in the district?

  • I recently changed positions. Which position will my stipend be based on?

  • How will I receive the stipend?

  • When will I receive my stipend?

  • Why is there such a delay in paying the stipends out?

  • Will my stipend have taxes and retirement benefits withheld?

  • Will these stipends impact the millage stipends that are already in place?

  • Why does this plan go through payments in June 2024?

  • If the future calendars change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances will the stipend eligibility dates change?

  • Who do I contact if I have additional questions?