Employees of the Lafayette school system will see their salaries increase, plus allowances

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Lafayette School employees can expect to see a pay raise after a special meeting of the Lafayette Parish School Board on Tuesday.

The council approved a 2% wage increase for all employees with an additional 4.7% increase for craft and trade professionals, such as janitors, cafeteria workers, electricians and plumbers .

It also approved a proposal to attract and retain teachers in the following 12 schools:

  • Dr. Raphael A. Baranco Elementary School
  • J. W. Faulk Elementary School
  • Alice Boucher Elementary School
  • Lafayette College
  • Acadian middle school
  • Carencro high school
  • Northside High School
  • Lerosen Preparatory School
  • Evangeline Elementary School
  • SJ Montgomery Elementary School
  • Carencro College
  • Paul Breaux College

“When evaluating the data, the identified schools have the highest turnover rate compared to other schools in the district and this is something we need to address,” Superintendent Irma Trosclair said in a statement. “We know that the foundation of education begins with our teachers. This incentive is necessary for our students to achieve academic growth.”

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These one-time stipends would begin in the 2022-23 school year, and a qualified teacher could be eligible for multiple stipends for a combined net effect of $9,000, if certain eligibility requirements are met, according to a district statement.

Three proposals were approved at the meeting, with two stipends being paid in one lump sum. They are:

  • A one-time $5,000 recruiting allowance to attract new teachers to the district to teach at one of the identified schools. This also applies to teachers transferred to one of the 12 schools.
  • A return stipend of $5,000 to be paid in one installment to existing teachers returning to an identified school.
  • A $4,000 retention allowance for any returning, transferred, or newly hired teachers to remain at these schools, paid over two years, based on attendance.

“Along with other school districts across the country, LPSS is focused on attracting and retaining talented teachers to serve our students,” Trosclair said. “We are very grateful to the Board for recognizing the need and approving these allocations to help us in our efforts.

LPSS will host a career fair on April 9 at the David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy from 9 a.m. to noon.

Contact Leigh Guidry, Children’s Issues Reporter, at [email protected] or on Twitter @LeighGGuidry.

Jeremy S. McLain