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School Board to consider authorizing raises

School Board to consider authorizing raises

The Lafourche Parish School Board is set to consider including salary increases for all of the school district’s employees during its meeting on Wednesday.

Lafourche Superintendent Louis Voiron proposed the addition of a step increase for all employees to the proposed 2019-20 budget during the Finance Committee meeting on May 14. Employee pay in the school district has been frozen for the past three years.

He also requested for the budget to include adding back one contract day to all employees with contracts for 185-plus days. Cutting the day of work was the equivalent of a pay cut for each of those employees, he said.

The single day of work was removed last year.

According to Wednesday’s agenda, the step increase will cost about $485,000, and the return of the contract day will cost $81,000.

“We’ve lost a lot of employees and teachers in particular over the last couple of years,” Voiron said during the board’s Finance Committee meeting in May. “If we don’t try to start addressing it, I fear we will lose more.”

This raise would be in addition to the state-financed raise that has been proposed in the legislature and approved by the House Appropriations Committee on Sunday. The raise from the state will provide teachers with $1,000 raises and support workers with $500 raises.

At the Finance Committee meeting, no school board members spoke out against the raise or the contract day. The committee unanimously recommended for the full board to authorize the district’s business manager to incorporate them into the budget.

Lafourche Parish School Board will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the school board office board room, located at 805 East Seventh Street in Thibodaux, and the agenda is on the school district’s website.

 

-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Halle Parker can be reached at hparker@houmatoday.com or 857-2204. Follow her on Twitter, @_thehalparker.