Some schools warrant ‘hazard pay’



August 14, 2019 - 10:14 AM

A tentative contract deal between the Wichita school district and service workers includes a new incentive for employees who work at some of the district’s most challenging schools — Greiffenstein, Wells, Sowers and Gateway.

Custodians, security guards and para-educators at those schools, which serve children with mental illness, emotional disturbances and those who have been suspended from other schools, would make an additional 50 cents an hour under the proposed contract.

A kind of “hazard pay,” union officials said, for braving classrooms that can be grueling, exhausting and at times even dangerous.

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