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|Teacher raises coming this summer|
When Franklin Parish taxpayers approved a combination of sales and property taxes almost two years ago, teachers stood to benefit.
That benefit will likely come this summer in the form of teacher pay raises, according to discussions at the Franklin Parish School Board agenda meeting Monday night.
However, the school board will not know the size of the teacher pay increases until the State Legislature takes action later this year.
"The state gives monetary incentives when local taxes are passed," said Supt. Lanny Johnson, "half of the amount goes into the general fund and half goes to the teachers. It increased Level II funding from the minimum foundation."
Teacher salaries are also budgeted through the MFP, though local school officials are unaware of how much the teachers will receive. Level II funding is awarded to school systems based on local tax support the school system receives.
"As soon as we receive the money, we will divide it between the teachers," said Johnson. "We won't know how much that will be until the legislature votes on the MFP funds this summer."
According to Johnson, the state mandated pay raise will not take effect until July 1, 2009, and the money will be distributed with teacher salaries beginning the 2009-2010 school year.
The finance report presented to the board by Virginia Whitten revealed an operating loss of nearly $500,000 for the year. Board members adopted a motion to consider a general fund budget revision for 2008-09.
Dewanna Brown of Wellspring provided information for board members on the services offered by program. As a community out-reach service, the program is designed to provide education and awareness to the issues of domestic abuse. Brown requested that board members partner with Wellspring in an effort to educate high school teens on domestic abuse.
Renovation projects at Franklin Parish High School are 90 percent complete, according to the maintenance report presented by Benton Moore, transportation director. Projects at Crowville are approximately 50 percent complete and all projects at Baskin School will be completed today.
Following the agenda meeting, board members held a special meeting to discuss the purchase of three lots situated across from Gilbert School. Members passed a motion to purchase the lots for $1,600 each.
In other action, board members passed a motion to advertise for bids to furnish five classrooms in the new technology wing of the high school.
The regular meeting of the Franklin Parish School Board will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m.