Teacher pay topic of Tuesday’s finance committee meeting

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The Webster Parish School Board finance committee will meet to discuss teacher pay structure.

Set for 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 15, the finance committee will consider options on how to unfreeze the pay structure set in place several years ago as well as discussion on pay for paraprofessionals.

Some teachers say since the pay freeze three years ago, they are losing money, even as insurance, retirement and expenses increase.

Three to four years ago, teachers’ salaries were based on a step schedule, and with the implementation of Act 1, teachers’ pay is now based on the need, the certification and years of experience and their performance.

When the 2.75 percent “cost of living” increase was frozen three years ago, pay raises in Webster Parish stopped too.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dan Rawls says the board voted to set an amount for the highly effective teachers but nothing for those who met proficient and emergent about three or four years ago.

The idea is for all to come together to find a viable solution that works for both the school system and the teachers, he said.

They will meet in the board meeting room at Central Office, located at 1442 Sheppard Street.

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