Aurora Public Schools is trying to stay competitive by offering 400 teachers a $3,000 stipend to stay in positions that are usually hard to fill.

Those positions are secondary science and math teachers, elementary special education teachers at 20 different schools with high turnover rates. Nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists are eligible district-wide.

The one-year pilot program will give $3,000 to teachers already employed at APS. A $2,500 stipend will go to new teachers.

In all, the program will cost $1.8 million.

The district says the money comes from an increase in property taxes that taxpayers already paid in the spring.

School officials argue the pilot program will ultimately save money because the district won't need to contract out teachers to fill those positions.