Hammond, Lake Ridge teachers earn state bonuses

June 21, 2017

Top-rated teachers at 10 Hammond schools and one Gary school will receive a share of $2 million in bonuses awarded statewide to Indiana educators who teach large numbers of students from low-income families.

The State Budget Committee recently approved the Excellence in Performance Grants recommended by the Indiana Department of Education following a competitive application process that relied on teacher evaluations and a measure of student career readiness.

“Funds provided under this grant are specifically awarded to highly effective teachers in Title I schools,” said state Rep. Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, chairman of the State Budget Committee.

“These educators work in the state’s highest-need schools and are dedicated to being a positive influence on the students in their classrooms, regardless of their special needs or obstacles they may face.”

Eligible teachers at the School City of Hammond will split a total of $491,567.74.

Another $16,927.34 will be distributed to highly effective teachers at Hosford Park New Tech Elementary School in Gary’s Lake Ridge Schools.

“The recipients of this grant go above and beyond to prepare Hoosier children for their academic futures,” said state Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“They deserve recognition, and I am pleased this grant is able to honor their efforts.”

All Hoosier educators separately will be eligible for $30 million in Teacher Appreciation Grants to be awarded later this year.