An Atlanta Principal Got A $10,000 Bonus. He's Donating It To Students.

Generosity wins.

Marietta school district Superintendent Grant Rivera said he is donating a $10,000 bonus he received to help students pay for their college applications.

The donation will go to the Marietta Schools Foundation which will be tasked with divvying it up for students. Rivera's annual salary is $190,136, according to The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionRivera says he is reviewed for a bonus every three years, but the money doesn't reflect his work alone — it's about the teachers.


"I don't believe that a bonus provided by the board should be earned on the backs of the teachers," he told the paper..

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So, instead of pocketing it, he's hoping the money can cover some of the college application fees for students at his high school. Kelly Herrero, the high school's IB Middle Years Program coordinator, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that application fees for public schools average about $70 to $90 each. 

Leftover funds that aren't used for application fees will be spent on helping students tour colleges in Georgia, Rivera said.

"My hope is that it's an incentive for kids to do the right thing," he added.


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