Caddo Parish teachers and staffers are getting a little something extra in their next paycheck. The Caddo School Board has ok'd $1,000 back-to-school supplement for teachers and staff.

This is a onetime benefit to serve as a thank you for their efforts and a successful start to the school year.

This one-time supplement was proposed by Board Members Dottie Bell and Dr. Terence Vinson. These checks will go out in September to the nearly 5,000 workers in the system.

Bell says

The teachers, principals, cafeteria workers, custodians and everyone else in this district works hard to make sure our sweet babies have what they need and I’m proud we were able to come together and thank them for all they do. Every employee is important and I’m grateful we got this done for them.

How much will this cost? Money crunchers say this extra pay will cost the system just over $6 million dollars. The money will be coming from higher than estimated sales tax revenues.

“Our longstanding commitment to the community has been to provide academic opportunity from a fiscally responsible school system,” said Superintendent Dr. T. Lamar Goree. “We have worked diligently to be good stewards of the taxpayer dollar and in that, we have outperformed our budget while investing in academic recovery and acceleration.”

Who Gets the Supplemental Pay Checks?

To qualify for the back-to-school supplement, an employee be actively employed by the district on Sept. 1 and must be eligible to participate in the district’s benefits program.

“Every individual profession comes from the hands and minds of teachers,” said Dr. Vinson. “Beyond COVID and all our employees have faced in recent years, teachers have long been on the front lines of shaping all other professions. It is an honor to recognize our teachers and staff for all they do.”

Board President Tony Nations says

Our priority as a Board is to provide the best education for every child and to do so we must have the highest quality employees across our parish. The supplement approved today and the incentives we have provided are a part of our commitment to our employees to show our appreciation and celebrate all they do for students.

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