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Message from the Superintendent: September 2017

We’ve all felt the life changing impact of a teacher. Arguably the most important factor in the quality of your child’s education is the quality of their teacher.

We want the best for your child. Jefferson Parish, like school systems nationwide, must compete with surrounding district’s for the best and brightest educators. Attracting highly qualified teachers is even more of a challenge due to a teacher shortage that’s affecting the entire nation.

Strong teachers are the blueprint to our success.

The Jefferson Parish School Board approved an action during the August 8 meeting 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. 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.

I encourage you to make your voice heard in this upcoming election. Voting is just one important step. Please share this information with family and friends, and ask them to join you at the polls.