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|School board votes to save pay raises|
Teachers and support staff in Ouachita Parish schools will get their scheduled step increases in pay, even though the school district has been making reductions to deal with a projected $9-million budget deficit for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
At its regular meeting Thursday night, the Ouachita Parish School Board agreed to a recommendation by its finance committee to "forego" consideration of a step freeze. The recommendation reserves the right to implement a freeze on the automatic raises if financial conditions deteriorate in subsequent budget years. Keeping the pay raises in place will cost the district nearly $1 million.
Business manager Juanita Duke told the board that the committee believes the previous steps taken to reduce expenses have brought the system within reach of a balanced budget for the year. Those steps include a hiring freeze, elimination of travel and suspension of sabbatical leave.
Board members also approved a recommendation to suspend the $75 annual allotment to teachers for classroom supplies. That recommendation, too, can be considered again in future years. The suspension is expected to save just under $95,000 this year.