DeSoto School employees to receive bonus for ‘A’ rating

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Employees of the DeSoto Parish School System will soon receive a special bonus for a job well done. 

In recognition of the district earning, once-again, an “A” rating from the Louisiana Department of Education, the School Board authorized a $2,000 bonus for all full-time employees.

Dr. Cade Brumley, Superintendent said, “I’m thankful our School Board members accepted my
recommendation to honor our employees in a meaningful way. There is exceptionally important work taking place throughout our district and our team is doing a great job for students. This will be a significant spark for our system this Spring as we seek to recruit and retain a talented workforce.”

The DeSoto Parish School System was ranked 49th of approximately 70 Louisiana School Systems in 2010 for academic achievement. 

DeSoto currently ranks 9th, a significant improvement. This ranking is based on results from LEAP tests, End-of-Course Assessments, ACT scores, graduation rates, and credibility of diplomas.

Board President Dudley Glenn said, “As a School Board Member, I am very proud of our school system.  Our school system is drawing positive attention from throughout the state and we must keep moving in a positive direction.”

Over the last few years, the system has overcome a tremendous reduction of revenue. This year’s budget places system at a 10-year low. The School Board is providing the surplus through scrutinizing spending and a recent uptick in revenue from economic activity. 

Additionally, the Board freed an additional $1.2 million in sales tax revenue this month previously held for potential liabilities which have now been cleared.

Board Finance Chairman Dale Morvan said, “Our budget is stable and we’re in a good place to do this right now.  We think it’s responsible to invest back into our employees.”

All system employees stand to receive the supplement. The total fiscal impact on the system will be $1.9 Million. 

The proposed payout date is March 25. The motion was made by Board Member Tommy Craig, seconded by Board Member L.J. Mayweather and passed.

Board Vice President Bobby Boyd said, “This will really help both our certified employees as well as our
support staff.” Plus, our employees will invest this back into local businesses which helps everybody.” 

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