Bossier Parish teachers speak out after voters refuse to raise pay

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One by one teachers approach the podium at the Bossier Parish School Board meeting to voice their concerns about teacher pay raises.

“We keep using the terminology it’s a marathon, not a sprint. The vote was the sprint,” said Spencer Kiper.

On May 4th 74% of voters shot down a tax proposal for teacher pay raises and technology upgrades. Combined they would have raised property taxes by 24%. 

“When it was voted down it was obviously a disappointment because our educators are worthy of this pay raise and they are worthy of being recognized for the work that they do in the classroom,” said Meredith McGovern, student. 

Leading up to the election the district was met by opposition from the business community. The district says they are now working with the community to find common ground.

“I’m also encouraged by the Bossier business group and their willingness to try to help us moving forward to come up with a sustainable solution,” said Mitch Downey, Superintendent.

Teachers say they will continue to perform at the highest level to remain one of the top districts in the region.

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