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

    • A teacher must be in the role and in a payable status for at least one day in the month in order to be eligible to receive the monthly bonus for that month.
    • Payment is in arrears on the second paycheck of the month following eligibility.
      • Example: If you work (or are in a payable status) one day in October, you will receive your monthly incentive payment on November's second paycheck (typically on the 22nd day).
    • The first payment will begin the month after your start, transfer or return to payable status. To receive payment for the month of August (paid in September), you must be a new or returning teacher/SSP for the upcoming school year.
    • 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 May's payment in June. If employee is eligible for payment in June, remains active in a ProComp position, and in a payable status during June and July, employee will also receive payment over the summer months (July 22 and August 22). The employee does not need a current CDE license or approved authorization in June, or July to qualify for payout during the summer months.
      • Transfers out of DCTA: Your DCTA position's last day in a payable status will determine when you receive the last incentive payment.  If your DCTA position's last payable status day is in June, you will receive your last incentive payment on July 22 for the month of June; if your DCTA position's last payable status day is in July, you will receive your last incentive payment on August 22 for the month of July.
    • NOT ELIGIBLE: If you are on unpaid leave or in a non-payable status for an entire month, you are NOT ELIGIBLE to receive the incentive payment for that month.
    • Payment is pro-rated by FTE.
    • Please review the detailed general eligibility guidelines for all incentives.

    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 ProComp Title I monthly incentive of $128 ($1,540 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 January. If the school meets the Title I FRL cutpoint and eligibility guidelines, it will be eligible the following school year to receive the ProComp Title I incentive designed for SSPs/teachers in our high-poverty schools.