Bassett Unified School District's 227 teachers will receive a one-time bonus from the district's first-year allocation of $686,000 in state lottery funds. The Board of Education promised teachers half of the lottery money during salary negotiations last year. The bonus will be 4.9% of teachers' wages, equaling about $1,500 for those earning $31,000 a year.
Supt. Ron Raya said the remaining lottery money will be spent on textbooks, replacing old equipment and reinstituting fine arts studies and counseling in middle schools. Raya said the lottery allocation was larger than expected for the 5,000-student district.