FARMINGTON – The Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative board of directors earlier this month approved a Covid-19 vaccination incentive bonus for employees.
The board unanimously approved the bonus at its first meeting of the school year. The council meets once a month throughout the year except in July and August.
Employees who can verify that they have received at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine will receive a bonus of $ 200, said Bryan Law, director of the cooperative.
The co-op will receive money from the Arkansas Department of Health to pay up to a total of $ 20,000 in bonuses for about 100 employees, Law said.
The policy will go into effect immediately, with premiums starting in late September, he said.
The co-op can’t legally ask employees if they’ve been vaccinated, Law said. He estimated that up to 90% of staff have received the covid-19 vaccine.
The board also unanimously approved the transfer of $ 150,000 to the co-op’s building fund. The transfer brings the fund balance to around $ 450,000, Law said. The fund will help the co-op if it moves from 4 N. Double Springs Road.
The co-op rents the old school building from the Farmington School District for $ 38,350 per month, said Jakki Vanhook, the co-op’s business manager.
The cooperative has been in the space since 2005, said Patti Wohlford, the cooperative’s sales assistant.
The organization has no plans to relocate at this time, Law said.