STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school district is studying whether it can offer stipends to math teachers to make the job more attractive.

Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Superintendent Eddie Peasant says math teachers in grades 7 to 12 are the hardest to retain because they can make more money in other places.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that this past school year, the nearby Columbus Municipal School District started offering a $3,000 signing bonus to incoming math and science teachers.

Peasant says that rather than a one-time bonus, he would like to offer a stipend at the end of the school year for three years to see if that helps keep teachers in the Starkville-Oktibbeha district.