Hard to Serve Incentive

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    For the 2018-19 school year, ProComp teachers and specialized service providers (SSPs) can earn a monthly incentive of $228 ($2,738 annually) for working at a school designated as Hard to Serve.

    How do I know if my school is Hard to Serve?

    The list of DPS schools that qualify for market incentives, including Hard-to-Serve schools, is updated annually in the spring and is effective starting in the following school year in August.

    The Hard-to-Serve school designation is based on the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (FRL) at each school, as follows:

    • 92+% of students receiving FRL in Elementary schools
    • 85+% of students receiving FRL in Middle School schools
    • 75+% of students receiving FRL in High School schools 

    To see the FRL count as of October for the current school year, please refer to the Master School List.


    Eligibility and Payout Information

    • You must be active with benefits (not on leave) to be eligible to receive a market incentive. Please review the detailed general eligibility guidelines for all incentives.
    • A teacher must be in the role and in a payable status for at least one day in a month in order to be eligible to receive the monthly bonus installment for that month. You will receive your stipend by the following month’s pay cycle after your transfer or return to payable status.
    • Traditional Teachers are not eligible for the Hard-to-Serve Incentive.
    • Employees that meet all requirements and successfully serve in the month of May are eligible for payment in May. If employee is eligible for payment in May, remains actively enrolled in ProComp, and in a payable status, employee will also receive payment over the summer months (June - August). The employee does not need a current CDE license or approved authorization in June, or July to qualify for payout during the summer months.

    Are Traditional teachers eligible for the Hard to Serve Incentive?

    Traditional Teachers working in a Hard-to-Serve school can earn the equivalent of a Title I monthly incentive of $125 ($1,500 annually).

    What if my school no longer meets the FRL cutpoint to be designated a Hard to Serve school?

    Schools that do not meet the FRL cutpoint based on the current school year's October FRL Count will continue their Hard to Serve designation for the remainder of the current school year.  The school will be removed from the Hard to Serve list for the following school year.  Teachers affected by a drop in the Hard to Serve school designation will receive communication in December. If the school meets the Title I FRL cutpoint and eligibility guidelines, it will be eligible the following school year to receive the Title I incentive designed for SSPs/teachers in our high-poverty schools.