The Natchitoches Parish School Board committee meeting was brief Tuesday afternoon, July 9. One item on the agenda is directed toward teacher retention and attraction. It will consider granting authority to the Superintendent to determine beginning rate of pay, step increases, continued rate of pay and years-experience based on critical need performance.
HR Director Linda Page said long-term subs must work for 30 consecutive days in the same position at a rate of $60 per day. Moving forward from the 31st day the pay rate increases to $168 per day. The problem occurs, for example, when a long-term sub works for 40 days and is placed in a new position and they have to start all over again at $60 per day. This is unfair to them.
Another problem occurs, for example, when a teacher transferring into the system, or a teacher being promoted to a principal, is expected to start at the pay rate for “zero years of experience.” A beginning principal may end up making less than when they were working as a teacher. Or a certified math teacher who also coaches would have to start from the bottom of the pay scale. These situations are unfair.
This agenda item would allow the superintendent to make discretionary decisions based on experience and length of employment.
In other news, there are three long-term subs currently getting their practitioners licenses and four others who have become fully certified recently. There is also a need for an additional nurse on staff as there are incoming students with health issues that require special attention.
Another agenda item will initiate a labor market survey for the incoming superintendent. This will not begin a search for the new superintendent, but will give the school board an idea of what the pay structure will need to be if and when they initiate a superintendent search.
The last item on the agenda is to discuss documents from OpenGov that provide information on financial transparency. This would help the school board increase the public’s trust in what they’re doing.
The school board will vote on these items at their regular meeting on Thursday, July 11 at 5 pm at the School Board Office on Royal Street.