Jefferson voters to decide if teachers get pay raise

Voters asked to approve new tax to fund >$3K raise

Chris Miller
December 14, 2018 - 11:46 am

The Jefferson Parish School Board voted Thursday night to send a pay raise proposal -- funded by a new millage -- to the voters. The plan would generate an extra $3,360 on average for teachers' base salary.

Superintendent Cade Brumley's proposal totals $32 million. It asks voters to approve a 7.9 mil increase to cover $27 million, with the rest coming from the school district's existing budget.

"The proposal I presented comes from hundreds of meetings over the last year with employees, parents, community members, and business leaders," said Dr. Brumley. "Without a doubt...there will be components of the plan that are liked and some that are disliked. I do believe, however, the comprehensiveness of the plan shows value to our employees and is cognizant of our public's desires."

According to Brumley, 1,555 teachers have left the Jefferson Parish Public School system in the last three years, and currently, 44 teaching positions throughout the system are vacant. Brumley says that has an impact on more than 1,000 students.

More information on the teacher pay proposal can be found by clicking here. The vote will be held May 4.

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