The Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB) voted a “fifteenth check” to employees at last night’s meeting, approving a $3 thousand bonus for certificated employees and $1,500 for support staff. The money became available after a recent flurry of oil and gas activity in the parish resulted in sales tax collections considerably above budget.
See here the memo.
Also approved was payment of the June salary supplement check (14th check) of $5,025 and $2,513 for the two employee classifications. The 13th and 14th bonuses have been paid consistently for the past several years, even though the district’s group health benefit fund is underfunded.
See here our story: (Auditor: School Board Unfunded Group Health Liability Over $120 Million – LPNO 2/4/15).
Business Manager George Murphy conceded last night that future sales tax windfalls would likely be applied to that fund.
The district has just under 1,100 employees, with 833 of them full time. Of the full time, 580 have teaching certificates, with 253 support personnel. 467 of the 580 are classroom teachers.
As we had reported last week, several new principals were appointed, and were introduced to the board.
No board vote was taken, as school superintendents have the authority to make personnel assignments unilaterally.
During the Building & Grounds Committee Meeting, Architect Mike Walpole reported on the construction projects in the district. He noted that the Hillcrest Elementary project had been delayed by weather, and would likely not be ready in time for the fall, 2015 school opening.