Wouldn't it be great if more and more teachers received bonuses for all of the hard work that they do throughout the entire school year?

According to the Lansing State Journal, East Lansing Public Schools teachers and staff left school recently holding envelopes containing hand written notes from the superintendent and something the district hadn't seen for decades, bonuses.

School district officials reviewed the 2018-19 school year's year end audit and found a $687,000 surplus.

School board members approved the Superintendent's recommendation to spend $394,000 to reward the teachers and staff members who make the schools run.

Superintendent Dori Leyko said that it's been extremely rewarding for me to give a token of appreciation to our staff. They work so hard for our students and families, and I can't think of a better investment than one in our people.

In total, 341 employees regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week received a $1,000 bonus, while 36 employees working a regular schedule of fewer than 20 hours per week got $500 bonuses.