|No pay raise for School Board|
Concordia Parish School Board members won't get a $250 monthly pay raise although five members supported a measure to increase their compensation during the board's regular meeting Thursday night.
Board members receive $350 per month.
The measure needed a two-thirds majority vote to pass, but came short at 5-3, with board president Gary Parnham, Deanie Roberts and Diane Baker opposing the motion, offered by Raymond Riley.
In addition to Riley, the pay raise motion receive support from Martha Rabb, Mary Campbell, Fred Butcher and Darrell Price.
Ricky Raven was not present at the meeting.
Riley said before the vote that the board has provided employees with raises, extra checks and other compensation and the pay raise issue for board members has come up a number of times. If passed, board member pay would have been upped to $600 per month, which is the state average, said Riley.
"We've brought this up three times," said Butcher, who offered a motion that the board not bring up the matter again during its present term.
Parnham said he didn't know if the board could legally do that.
Butcher's motion died for the lack of a second.
In other business, the board approved the payment of invoices for the month of November totaling $3,596,945 and appointed John Bostic as interim principal at Monterey High.
The board also went into executive session to discuss legal matters.
In personnel matters, the board approved:
--Resignation :Andrea Wilson, girlís basketball assistant coach, Ferriday Jr. High, effective November 10, 2008
Leave: Christie Anderson, teacher, Ferriday Lower, maternity leave, January 5, 2009-February 27, 2009.
Correction: Kimelar Skipper, paraprofessional, Ferriday High School, effective November 14, 2008.