- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MONROE, La. (AP) - Ouachita Parish teachers and support employees will get a pay increase following approval by the Ouachita Parish School Board for the annual supplement salary bump.

Teachers and support employees will get the one-time payment in January.

“This is a permanent raise that will come back every year mid-January,” said Superintendent Bob Webber.

State lawmakers voted for the pay raise for certified teachers, but nothing was in the legislation for support employees, Webber said.

“Once again this board stepped up and wanted to do something for support personnel. We wish we could do more, but unfortunately this is just a hit on our general fund. We appreciate the Legislature voting for certified personnel, but we just hope in the future they think about support employees as well. They are our neediest group as far as salaries,” Webber said.

School Board Director of Business Juanita Duke tells The News-Star (https://tnsne.ws/1tYZmSW ) teachers will receive $934 to $1,232 depending on the employee’s contract with the system. Employees with a nine-month contract receive the smaller sum compared to 12-month contractual employees.

“It will be a one-time payment each year, but it will occur annually. We plan to pay it out after we return from the Christmas holidays, hopefully by Jan. 15,” Duke said.

Support employees who have been employed since Dec. 1 will receive $350 to $467, depending on the length of their contract.

Total cost for certified teachers $1.9 million. Total cost for support employees is $565,000.

School Board members also learned Tuesday the district will have a $1.9 million surplus after the board expected a $1.5 million deficit. Revenue increased during the fiscal year allowing the school board to collect more money than originally anticipated.

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Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com

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