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Where is the Money?

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Welcome back Caddo.  Let’s get straight to the point.  The five year drought on teacher pay has finally ended!  Politicians called it austerity—our translation: they cut the funds; we suffer; they benefit.  But, at last, we have seen a small reprieve.  With much pressure from the legislators who truly value public education, classroom teachers will receive a one-time supplement.   Once taxes and retirement are taken out, the check you receive should be somewhere above $500.  When, you ask?

 

The Caddo Parish School Board first said the issue needed to go to a committee for recommendation.  When we expressed our concern, they moved it to the next school board agenda on August 20th.    This is one of those issues where teachers need to weigh in.  By golly, you earned this. We fought for it, and there should be no pussyfooting on allocating your money to you.  Pick up the phone, point that mouse, and send a message to the school board saying to them, “Now is the time!”

 

And while you are at it, there are two other issues you need to address.  We don’t do this job alone.   When we consider the promise of public education and all those who are essential in providing it, there are those who shouldn’t be forgotten. They too need recognition for their hard work.  The money allocated from the state is for certified teachers only, but that doesn’t mean support employees should be left out.  The Caddo Parish Finance Director said they were scrubbing the budget to identify local funds for a support employee pay supplement.   Let us stand together in calling on the board members  to place an item on the agenda for a support employee pay supplement.

 

Finally, where’s the CEEF?  CEEF, or the Caddo Educational Excellence Fund, is money we receive from the riverboats.  The district is only allowed to spend the interest off this account each year. A committee meets to make recommendations to the CPSB who then approve the allocation.    When we looked at the proposed budget last May, there was $400,000 in that line item.  It certainly appeared that since these monies are to be used for classroom enhancements, this would be an excellent way to offset the money cut from the $200 per teacher supply allotment.  We immediately inquired, and we were told the committee had not met, but we were assured that the meeting would soon occur.  As of Tuesday night, despite all the assurances, the committee still had not met.  So once again, the funds are there, and they couldn’t be going to a nobler place than classroom materials and supplies. SHOW UP to the CPSB meeting August 20th.  Encourage the board to step up and see that the funds are allocated now.  Tell them to vote:

 

YES to allocation of MFP salary supplement for classroom teachers…

 

YES to a support employee supplement…

 

YES to supply money…..

 

Contact the Board Members:

  

District 1 Steve Riall

 8033 Old Moorningsport Road

Shreveport, LA 71107

Tel: (318) 929-2672

Email: SRiall@caddo.k12.la.us

 

District 2 Jasmine Green

 1433 Audrey Lane

Shreveport, LA 71107

Tel: (318) 703-6251

Email: Jagreen@caddo.k12.la.us

 

District 3 Carl A. Pierson, Sr.

First Vice President

2106 Wyoming Circle

Shreveport, LA 71101

Tel: (318) 222-0132

Email:capfromallendale1@gmail.com

 

District 4 Charlotte Crawley

 4741 Thornhill

Shreveport, LA 71106

Tel: (318) 470-7851

Email:CMCrawley@aol.com

 

District 5 Curtis Hooks

 3309 Sun Valley Court

Shreveport, LA 71109

Tel: (318) 423-1582

Email: CHooks@caddo.k12.la.us

 

District 6 Mary Trammel

229 E 75th Street

Shreveport, LA 71106

Tel: (318) 840-7813

Email: MTrammel@caddo.k12.la.us

 

District 7 Lillian Priest

2613 Parham Drive

Shreveport, LA 71109

Tel: (318) 635 – 8335

Fax: (318) 636 – 2177

Email: LPriest@caddo.k12.la.us

 

District 8 Bonita Crawford

Second Vice President

295 Patton Ave

Shreveport, LA 71105

Tel: (318) 868 – 3684

Fax: (318) 868 – 5119

Email: BCrawford@caddo.k12.la.us

 

District 9 Barry F. Rachal

P.O. Box 5545

Shreveport, LA 71135

Tel: (318) 918-1240 or (318) 469-2277

Email: BarryRachal@gmail.com

Email: Brachal@caddo.k12.la.us

 

District 10 Larry Ramsey

President

9006 Marlow Dr

Shreveport, LA 71118

Tel: (318) 686-7611

Email: LRamsey@caddo.k12.la.us

 

District 11 Ginger Armstrong

9800 Chase Way

Shreveport, LA 71118

Tel: (318) 688-0676

Email:GArmstrong@caddo.k12.la.us

 

District 12 Dottie Bell

7881 Jefferson-Paige Road

Shreveport, LA 71119

Tel: (318) 635-4667

Email: DBell@caddo.k12.la.us