Livingston Parish School officials met with state legislators who represent Livingston Parish this week at the new Walk On’s Conference Center on the campus of Walker High School to share with them priorities and funding needs for the school district.
Superintendent Rick Wentzel noted that district leadership – including administrators and school board members – is supporting the governor’s proposal for a pay raise for teachers and school staff, and he said an increase in funding for the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) is long overdue and much needed. The MFP is the formula used by the state to determine funding for local school districts.
Those state legislators in attendance included Senators Dale Erdey, Eddie Lambert and Mack “Bodi” White, and Representatives Valerie Hodges, Sherman Mack, Rogers Pope, and Clay Shexnayder.
“We have hard-working, dedicated employees who do their job each day, and they do it with a high-level of skill and passion for our children,” Wentzel said. “They deserve to be fairly compensated for the outstanding job they do, and they need to know that we as a state value the important jobs they do.”
Wentzel also told legislators that the state currently allocates no funding for facilities; yet in parishes with growing populations – like Livingston Parish – that creates a tremendous financial burden.