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The Supplemental Earnings Handbook provides general guidance relative to practices and procedures that govern supplemental pay (stipends and bonuses) for academic, athletic, fine arts, and pertinent programs in the District. The handbook is subject to change at any time based on the leadership of Human Resources and MSCS.


Extended Day Pay:  Extended Day Pay is supplemental pay in the amount of $6,000 added to the base salary of those eligible instructors who provide an additional hour of instructional time at designated iZONE schools. 


What is a bonus?

SCS defines a bonus as a non-discretionary amount of earnings above an employee’s base pay. SCS establishes bonuses that focus on improving student achievement or rewarding quality performance. Bonuses are paid out at a predesignated time within the fiscal year.


The chart below provides details of two of the most well-known educator certifications in the District, along with the associated compensation, eligibility, and details related to payment administration.  

Bonus Type

Who is Eligible?

Annual Payout

Installment Amount

Career Ladder
  • Instructional Positions 
    (Teacher, Principal, Librarian, Professional Counselor, Instructional Facilitator, Manager - Mental Health

  • ILD, Director - Mental Health, Psychologist, Social Worker.

    Career Ladder recipients who have transferred from another accredited district may be eligible for the bonus upon hire.
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
National Board Certification (NBCT)
  • NBCTs who maintain an active and current certification


Must be an active employee at the time of payout.

  • Minimum
  • Mid
  • Max
  • Minimum
  • Mid
  • Max


How do I request a new stipend or bonus for my department?

A new Supplemental Earnings Request must receive budget approval and be submitted to the Office of Compensation by the divisional leader and/or stipend owner to support a department’s new or ongoing initiative.


When should I submit a Supplemental Earnings Request?

  • If you are requesting approval for a new stipend or bonus
  • If you are requesting updates to an existing stipend or bonus
  • After confirming available funding and receiving budget approval (view flow chart)

What is needed to complete a request?

Who completes the request for supplemental earnings?

What is necessary for budget approval?

  • Complete the supplemental earnings budget request form with approval signatures and submit to the MSCS Budget Department at [email protected].
  • If available funding is confirmed, submit the approved form to the Office of Compensation along with the completed Supplemental Earnings Request Form.
  • If funding is not available, the requestor should follow up with the SCS Budget Office.

What is necessary for Compensation approval?

  • Complete the Supplemental Earnings Budget Request Form, including:
  • Stipend/Bonus Title
  • Stipend/Bonus Code (completed by HR)
  • Department/School
  • Owner
  • Official Position Titles that are eligible for the stipend
  • Stipend/Bonus Amount

What details must be included for the stipend/bonus?

  • Purpose – description & explanation of the purpose of the stipend/bonus
  • Eligibility – outline of steps that will determine eligibility
  • Requirements – list of requirements that must be met to receive the stipend/bonus
  • Additional Information – any additional details relevant to the request

What is the final step to complete my request?


For general questions, please feel free to email us at [email protected].

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