To encourage the use of computers among its employees, the Neenah, Wis., Joint School District is offering teachers a rebate of up to $1,000 toward the purchase of a home computer.

The local school board approved $150,000 for the program on Nov. 17. The rebate is open to all full-time district employees, including custodians and food-service workers.

The school district will reimburse employees for half the computer’s cost up to $1,000.

“I’d like to think that this is a thank-you and a pat-on-the-back sort of a way for the Board of Education to show its recognition that [school employees] do spend a lot money out of their own pocket,” said board President David Ellis.

School district officials hope that if employees become proficient with a home computer, those skills will carry over to the workplace.

Superintendent Richard Carlson said the school board might consider extending the program if it proves popular.