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JPPSS Teacher and Employee Raises Placed on the Nov. 18 Ballot

The Jefferson Parish School Board approved an action during its meeting on August 8 that will place teacher and employee raises on the November 18 ballot.

Jefferson Parish citizens will vote on an 8.45 mill property tax to provide the pay raises. If approved by voters, all certified teachers in JPPSS would receive an annual salary increase of $4,000. The increase would rank Jefferson Parish’s starting teacher pay just above St. Charles, East Baton Rouge, and St. Tammany.

Increasing teacher pay will help JPPSS compete with surrounding districts for highly qualified teachers. Currently, Jefferson Parish’s starting teacher pay ranks below that of surrounding districts.

Parish Teacher Starting Pay

  • Plaquemines: $46,300
  • St. Charles: $44,565
  • East Baton Rouge: $44,500
  • St. Tammany: $44,284
  • Acsension: $43,683
  • St. John Baptist: $42,818
  • Orleans: $41,913
  • Jefferson: $40,949

Along with teachers, the mills would also be dedicated to a 10% pay raise for support staff whose position’s average annual salary is under $20,000. Employees whose position’s average annual salary is over $20,000 and are not certified teachers would receive a $3,000 pay increase.

Early voting for the November 18 election is November 3-11. The deadline to register in person or by mail is October 18.