Jeff Davis School Board agrees to one-time pay supplement for employees

Published 5:17 am Friday, August 19, 2022

Jeff Davis Parish school employees will receive a one-time pay supplement in November.

The School Board unanimously agreed Thursday to use $1.5 million from the general fund surplus to fund the supplements for the district’s 830 active employees.

“I think that our teachers feel like the School Board supports them when these things happen,” Superintendent John Hall said after the meeting. “This is not part of their salary. It is something extra that we can give during the year and we are giving it at a time that it is definitely needed with the economy that we are in.”

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As approved, full-time certified employees, including teachers, principals, counselors and supervisors, will receive $1,500.

Full-time support personnel, including custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and clerical aides will receive $1,000.

Those working part-time will get one-half of the approved amount.

“The board has always felt strongly about when we have money we need to invest back into our employees and make our salaries competitive with other parishes,” Hall said.

“It definitely means a lot to those new teachers who have only been in a few years at a lower level of the pay scale, but are coming in with a lot of high student loans,” he continued. “What seems to be a small amount of money can actually help them pay off those loans. Those younger teachers are trying to get established. They are in the stages of their life where they are finding roots so whenever we can enhance their pay, we try to do it as often as we can, then they plant those roots in Jeff Davis Parish.”

The checks will be issued to all active employees of the School Board that are employed as of the close of business on Nov. 1, 2022. according to Finance Committee Chairman Paul Trahan.

The checks will be distributed on Nov. 18 and will be subject to all required employee deductions including retirement and income tax withholdings, Trahan said.

The supplements are the same as approved by the board last October.