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Monroe City School teachers get a 2% raise, the first in 10 years

MONROE, La. - The state of Louisiana hasn't given teachers a raise in ten years, for Monroe City School teachers that's all about to change.

"We believe we rewarded our teachers with a two percent. You know it should be a lot more, it should be a lot more than that across our state. I think we ought to put our teachers number one," said Superintendent Brent Vidrine. 

Teachers and administrators will be getting a two percent pay bump for the coming school year. 

"I'm not real sure how it's going to help because as anyone knows two percent is not a lot of money," said President of the Monroe Federation of Teachers Sandie Lollie. 

Lollie says there are non monetary ways that teachers can benefit given Lousiana's budget climate. 

"Sometimes it's not all about the money, sometimes it's about working conditions and boosting the morale of of the employees," she said. 

Superintendent Vidrine says it is his goal to do what's best for school employees.

"Hopefully it'll boost morale,show that we care and our goal is to try to increase their wages. Make it a better working situation for them."

Lollie believes at the end of the day some money is better than no money and that this pay increase is a step in the right direction.

In the mean time, there are more pressing issues to be considered. 

"Come on teachers are very important, teachers, make all other professions possible. Right now we need more counselors, we need more interventionists, we need to make sure that our students have a vehicle to voice their concerns with all the school violence and things going on," Lollie said. 

Board member Brenda Shelling made a motion for another two percent raise for the 2019-2020 school year. Members agreed to reconsider it after this coming school year.
 


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