BISD Trustees provide COVID effort bonus to staff

Trustees of the Bowie Independent School District Friday approved and delivered one-time bonuses of $300 to district employees in recognition of their extra efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The board met for a brief called session on Jan. 8 to consider the proposal offered by Superintendent Blake Enlow at the December board meeting. Enlow told the board several other area school districts approved similar bonuses and he recommended something in the $250 to $300 range.
There was trustee consensus to go with $300 with Enlow and Chief Financial Officer Paula Peterson to prepare a budget amendment. Thanks to a small cushion in the payroll categories no amendment was needed for the approximately $84,000 for 280 employees. However, Enlow said as the budget year draws to an end they may need to move some stuff around.
The superintendent said there were some happy employees who appreciated the bonus when they were delivered.