- Associated Press - Sunday, June 29, 2014

PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) - Teachers in the Picayune school district won’t be the only ones receiving pay raises next school year.

The Picayune Item reported (http://bit.ly/1mCSsiQ) trustees of the Picayune Municipal Separate School District have approved a raise of 75 cents an hour for all other staff members.

Earlier, the district had considered a raise of 50 cents per hour.

Finance Administrator Lisa Penton says the extra 25 cents will cost the district an additional $81,000 next year.

Superintendent Dean Shaw said their non-certified staff members are paid less than other schools along the Gulf Coast and the last time they received a raise was about five years ago.

“I feel these people need to be paid,” Assistant Superintendent Brent Harrell said.

Administrators were also approved for a raise, though Penton said she did not have figures to show how much their raises would increase the budget.

Shaw said the last time administrators received a raise was during the 2012-2013 school year.

Teachers are receiving state-mandated raises of $1,600 as well with $1,500 coming from the state and $100 from the district, Penton said.

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Information from: Picayune Item, http://www.picayuneitem.com

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