Central Community School Board approves pay raise for staff

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CENTRAL, La. (BRPROUD) – Central Community School System board members approved of a pay raise for all employees.

The approval was voted unanimously at a board meeting on Aug. 9.

. Certified teachers will receive $2,000 more this year and support personnel will receive $1,000 more this year from the local district. Beginning teachers will receive $48,500 and teachers at the top end of the district’s scale with 30 years of experience will make over $62,000.

“Investing in quality teachers, administrators and staff is essential to ensuring our school district offers our students a world-class education,” Gardner said. “Every year, our district must compete for the area’s best educators. This pay increase helps to keep us competitive, and we hope it sends a strong message to our employees that we recognize their hard work and dedication, especially during these challenging times, and we want to reward them where we can.”

“In past years, this school board has returned some tax dollars back to voters to lessen their cost as we managed with less. But we knew these pay raises would require that we accept a greater portion of what voters approved to fund our district. This board prides itself on being fiscally responsible in managing the wellbeing of this school system,” Gardner added.

Superintendent Jason Fountain said the “roll forward” of the millage rates is expected to increase revenues by $800,000.

“All that increase is going directly back to our teachers and staff in pay raises,” Fountain said. “Every penny we can invest in our people is a tremendous down payment on our success as a school system.”

“What has always made Central Community Schools special has been our unwavering commitment to excellence, our investment in hiring and retaining quality educators, and our community support, which includes our parental involvement and our greater community’s willingness to create and support our own school system,” he said.

Fountain thanked the school board members for awarding the recommended pay raises to district employees. “Our employees appreciate your support,” he told board members. “And I think we all can agree that we greatly appreciate the work they do each day to make our community a better place.”

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