WISE COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – The Wise County School Board approved one time hazard pay stipends for all district employees at its meeting Tuesday night.

The board voted unanimously to give all fulltime faculty and staff a $1,000 stipend for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Part-time employees will get a $500 stipend.

The money for the one-time payments will come from a combination of state COVID-19 relief funds and local school funds.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Superintendent Greg Mullins said he proposed the hazard stipends following conversations with state education officials and neighboring schools systems.

Mullins said that the stipend is not just due to the hazards of being in close contact with others throughout the school day, but because of the “above and beyond efforts” of the district’s employees.

Information shared at the meeting revealed that after paying the stipends, there would be relief funds leftover to use for personal protection equipment needs.