ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Abilene ISD announced Wednesday that all AISD faculty and staff members who are currently fully vaccinated or who will be fully vaccinated will soon receive stipend payments in the amount of $1,000. Those that wish to participate in the voluntary program must be fully vaccinated and enroll on or before November 8.
The payments will be added to checks received by district employees November 26.
This stipend comes out of the districts Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER-III) Grant which was supplied by the Federal Government as an emergency COVID relief fund.
AISD Superintendent Dr. David young says the school received around $42 Million in the grant. A portion of that has been allocated for the staff vaccination stipend.
“In our thinking we have to be prepared for. What it 100% of our employees get the vaccine? Then we would need roughly 2.5 million dollars. And if that happens we are 100% prepared to do that.” Says Dr. Young.
AISD administration stresses that this is NOT A MANDATORY PROGRAM. Employees will be vaccinated on entirely voluntary grounds.
“We want to make sure that we’ve done everything we can do to keep the doors open at Abilene ISD. And kids at school learning in person” Dr. Young says.
Read more about the program in a message from Superintendent Dr. David Young below:
Good afternoon AISD Faculty and Staff.
… I would like to announce that the district will be offering a Voluntary Vaccine Program for all employees who have already been fully vaccinated or choose to do so prior to the end of the program on Monday, November 8th. Each employee who completes the program enrollment form and provides acceptable proof of complete vaccination by this date will receive a stipend payment of $1,000 on their November 26th paycheck. I would like to point out that this program is part of our ESSER-3 grant (Federal COVID-19 relief dollars) and that no local dollars are being used to fund vaccine stipends. I hope you will consider participating in the Voluntary Vaccine Program.