Bossier Parish educators say fight for pay raise is a marathon, not a sprint

Post-election, Bossier School Board members discuss how to increase workers' pay

BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) - Bossier Parish teachers have not given up in their fight for a pay raise.

On May 4, Bossier Parish voters decided against two property tax proposals that would have increased employee pay and provided for technology improvements.

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce and other area businesses were openly against the proposals because they would increase property taxes.

Chamber President Lisa Johnson has said that there are other solutions to increasing pay and that those tax increases would hurt local businesses.

During the School Board meeting Thursday night, the last this academic year, several teachers spoke about how disappointed they were in the vote.

“Our educators have been able to remain positive and focused to the do the thing we are here to do, and that’s serve the students and their families every day in our classrooms,” educator Meredith McGovern said.

Teachers also thanked School Board members for their continued support of a pay raise.

“I’m very excited to work with the board that is as supportive as ours,” Spencer Kiper said. “Honestly I believe that the majority of our community is supportive of what Bossier schools need in order to be successful.”

School Board Vice President Dennis Bamburg Jr. addressed a few ways to gives employees a pay raise.

Two ways are a possible four-day school week and reviewing the budget and making adjustments.

Bossier schools Superintendent Mitch Downey said the board will keep working to find solutions and help their employees.

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