Meladie Munch pleased with stipend for fulltime employees, wants freeze lifted on step pay increases
The head of a Jefferson Parish teachers union says the group is pleased that the proposed budget for the public school system for the coming school year includes a stipend for every fulltime school employee, thanks to a one-time state allocation of $3 million.
But Meladie Munch of the Jefferson Federation of Teachers also says she'd like the school board to consider giving employees a pay increase which they haven't had in three years.
"I think they need to find a way and realign the revenues to try to come up with a way to give the step increases that employees have been frozen at for three years," Munch told 99.5FM Tuesday.
"People who've been in the school system are not receiving the same salaries as people new to our school system and I think that's unfair, so I think they need to find a way to correct that inequity," Munch said.
School Superintendent James Meza has proposed a $423 million general operations fund budget for the 2013-2014 school year.
A public hearing on the proposal will be held at 4:30pm August 6 at Bonnabel High School in Kenner.