- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - An additional $1,000 will be added to the salary schedules of Lafayette Parish public school teachers.

The Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/1nLxX6O ) the Lafayette Parish School Board unanimously voted Wednesday to use some of the money from a 2002 sales tax in teachers’ regular pay. Teachers will still receive a supplemental check each year, which would be about $1,200 per teacher.

The decision came a day after a committee voted to recommend putting some of the money into teacher salaries, rather than lumping it all into an annual distribution. The additional $1,000 will be divided among teachers’ regular paychecks.

The vote came despite some questions about how other employees, whose salaries are not changed by the tax, would be affected because of the way the district’s salary schedules are structured. Board member Rae Trahan said she would like district staff to create indexes that clearly indicate which funds pay for which teachers.

Besides teachers, the move affects counselors, librarians and others.

Retired teacher Melinda Mangham said the 2002 tax was always designed to make Lafayette Parish teachers some of the highest paid in the state.

“Please consider putting the $1,000 into the teacher salary so we can begin the climb, so we can attract and retain the teachers that we want and the quality of teachers we want to have in this parish,” Mangham said.

Meanwhile, the board agreed to hire substitute bus drivers who don’t have a high school diploma, under the condition that they work toward their GED after being hired.

Assistant Transportation Director Brad Duhon said the district would like to hire 17 to 20 more bus drivers to fill vacancies and add more routes. Duhon said at least 10 drivers without diplomas had contacted the district and said they were interested in working for the system. Substitute drivers work almost daily, and can later be hired as full-time drivers.

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Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com


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