State employees, schools, teachers, school support staff get early Christmas gifts

A state employee retention pay supplement of $1,000 for each of the roughly 112,000 state employees and 196,000 educators and school support staff across the state was announced by Gov. Brian Kemp and other state officials Monday morning.

Kemp also announced school safety funding that will be added to the yearly base budget and will provide every public school in Georgia $45,000 to use on personnel or infrastructure improvements that strengthen campus security.

The amended FY 2024 budget submitted to the General Assembly in January will include about $330 million for these one-time pay supplements, including $202 million for K-12 teachers and school support staff. The budget will also include more than $100 million to provide ongoing annual funding for local K-12 schools for school security and safety.