Posted: Oct 14, 2013 11:58 AM
Some St. Landry Parish teachers reached out to KATC, to get answers about their pay. At the beginning of the year we reported that a raise was approved by the school board, but teachers say they haven't received the increase. They also tell us that the salary schedule has been adjusted, so they're making less than they did last year.
If you compare the salary schedule from 2011-2012 to 2013-2014, some teachers are being paid less. A starting teacher goes from making $39,155 to $38,000. (see schedules below)
According to Tressa Miller, the Director of Finance in St. Landry Parish, the new salary schedule is in compliance with Act 1 of the 2012 legislative session for 2013-2014. Miller says the beginning salaries were decreased, so that ending salaries could be increased and so they could afford to pay stipends related to performance ratings.
You'll notice in 2013, a performance stipend of $650 will be factored into the total salary for all employees receiving an overall COMPASS rating of Highly Effective or Effective Proficient.
As for the raises, Miller says they'll be paid as a one-time stipend at the end of the year; they are not included in the salary schedule. They are waiting for the state to send the money; they estimate the raise being about $500.