LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Already, preparations are underway for next year's Texas budget crunch.
Teachers that turn in an early resignation at Lufkin Independent School District are getting a bonus to part ways.
The school board voted Thursday night to offer $1,000 to teachers and $500 for auxiliary and paraprofessionals who are planning to resign.
Many teachers often wait until the end of the year to resign.
For the school district, knowing early could give administrators a head-start on grappling with the budget.
The superintendent is aiming to avoid terminating contracts at all costs.
"This should in no way be taken as an offer of appreciation for years of service," said Lufkin Superintendent Roy Knight. "It's not large enough for that. We can't afford to pay teachers what they're really worth. We've got million-dollar employees that we pay far less than that."
Knight makes it clear the move is not an incentive for retirement, which would be illegal.
Resignations would take effect at the end of the school year.
Knight said the money spent on the program would be offset with salary savings in the long- run if those employees are replaced with less-tenured teachers.