School Board agrees to increase in pay for teachers and support staff


Certified, non-certified and support staff of the Jackson Parish School Board (JPSP) will be seeing increases in their paychecks soon with the opportunity to receive even more. This is result of action taken by School Board members Gerry Mims, Ricky McBride, Wade McBride, Gloria Davis, Dennis Clary, Mary Saulters and Calvin “Bart” Waggoner taken at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting that was held on Monday, November 1st, in the meeting room of the JPSB central office, located at 315 Pershing Hwy in Jonesboro.

All certified staff and staff required to have a degree (IT Department, Nurses and Business Office Staff)will received a one-time compensation stipend in the amount of $2,000.00 with $1,000.00 be provided to non-certified staff.

Monthly stipends for those who qualify are to be distributed, effective immediately, as follows:
$500.00 – For Certified staff and staff required to have a degree (IT Department, Nurses and Business Office Staff) that has perfect attendance each month
$400.00 – For missing just one day.
$300.00 – For Support staff with perfect attendance each month
$200.00 – For missing just one day.

Addtional payment will be made to tutors for students in grades K-8 at Jonesboro Hodge Elementary School, Jonesboro Hodge Middle School, Quitman High School and Weston High School at a rate of $30.00 per hour for certified staff and $15.00 per hour for support staff.

“In the end it is about doing the best we can for our students,” said Board Member Ricky McBride. “It is a fact that when regular teachers are in the classroom students perform better so hopefully this will provide an extra incentive for them to be present.”

The original proposal was to pay a stipend just for perfect attendance but after much discussion it was agreed also to pay those who miss just one day, ableit, at a lesser amount.

The session began with JaKeshia Robinson Lard giving an impassionate plea to the Board about the plight of her child to which Superintendent David Claxton said he would folow up on. Payment to La. Delta Community College for Fall 2021 Dual Enrollment tuition, the purchase of 30 Dell All-In-One desktop computers and two (2) Pluxoptix S12C mobile vision screeners were then approved.

Payment of $24,700.00 to LocoRobo Innovations Inc. for registration fees and purchase of drone equipment needed for students in Grades 8-12 at all schools and $19,950.00 top APEL to provide K3 Literacy Training to a total of 50 educators at Jonesboro Hodge ElementarySchool, Quitman High School and Weston High School followed.

It was also agreed to authorize Superintendent Claxton to sign a Resolution of the JPSB regarding employment of Special Council and to declare a John Deere Tractor at JHHS as surplus to be auctioned or sold. As this was purchased by JHHS football funds the proceeds will be returned to the football account. The job description and salary schedule for a Grants Data Manager and revisions to four policies (BE, IDCC, JBC and ID) were approved in final action.

Before the meeting was adjourned the Board agreed to meet on Wednesday, November 10th in regard to possible redistricting and Superintendent Claxton gave an update on ongoing projects at the JHHS Auditorium and Girls Gymnasium.

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