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The Concordia Parish School Board will decide next month whether to provide teachers and support personnel a pay raise above what they have just received from the governor and legislature during the past legislative session.

Board President Raymond Riley said at the board’s regular meeting Thursday, June 13, that he thought the state raises were “an insult.” The state upped teacher pay by $1,000 annually and agreed to provide support personnel a $500 raise.

Riley said he wanted the parish school system to raise teacher pay $1,500 yearly and support personnel $1,000 above what the state has done.

But the board wasn’t ready to move on Riley’s proposal without a study by the Finance Committee.

Finance Committee chairman Fred T. Butcher said the “wisdom of having committees” is that it allows them to hash out details and come back to the board with a recommendation.

Additionally, Business Manager Tom O’Neal said he needed to study whether the system can afford the proposed raises and how to best implement them.

Board member Derrick Carson said he would like to see the raises implemented in time for the upcoming school year.

Oneal said that if the board acts on the matter by July that there would be time to implement whatever the board decides.

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