Policy 499 - Employee Recognition Compensation


The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance for the district in providing proper incentives and improvement of employee morale through district recognition of staff.


A. The school district shall provide recognition awards for employees for exemplary work or effort and/or years of service whenever fiscally possible. This form of in-kind compensation shall include, but is not limited to, recognition meals, plaques and similar awards. It shall not include cash or gift card payments of any kind.

B. The district, through the School Board, shall declare its intent to provide this recognition prior to the beginning of each school year. This declaration shall include a description of the types of incentives and the date they will be delivered. It is expected that the district will determine a list of priorities for each of the incentive types.

C. The district shall be fiscally responsible in determining the level of incentive for recognition that will be provided each year. The district priorities will guide decisions in making the determinations.

D. Nothing in this policy sets a precedent for the presence or absence of recognition awards on a year-to-year basis.

E. The funding source for employee recognition events and/or items will come from donations.


A. Recognition means the acknowledgement of exemplary work or effort and/or years of service.

Adopted: January 13, 2004
Revised: July 7, 2015
Reviewed: March 21, 2017
Revised: May 21, 2019