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Mid-Year Pay Increases of School District Employees

Get an overview of legal issues relating to increasing employee compensation mid-year, including the constitutional restrictions on gifts of public funds.

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School districts frequently ask whether they can increase an employee’s compensation in the middle of the school year. This question may be related to an increase in annual salary, a onetime bonus, or additional pay for additional duties. In each of these situations, the answer depends on the facts. In some instances, the school board may be required to hold a public hearing in order to approve the increase. Learn more about the legalities of a mid-year pay increase for employees in this overview.