Livingston School Leaders Share Priorities With Local Legislative Delegation in Atnicipation of Session

Livingston School Leaders Share Priorities With Local Legislative Delegation in Anticipation of Session
Posted on 03/21/2019
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‚ÄčLivingston School Leaders Share Priorities With Local Legislative Delegation in Anticipation of Session

WALKER La. – Livingston Parish School officials met with those state legislators who represent Livingston Parish this week (March 18) at the new Walk On’s Conference Center on the campus of Walker High School to share with them priorities and funding needs for the school district.

 Superintendent Rick Wentzel noted that district leadership – including administrators and school board members – is supporting the governor’s proposal for a pay raise for teachers and school staff, and he said an increase in funding for the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) is long overdue and much needed. The MFP is the formula used by the state to determine funding for local school districts.

 Those state legislators in attendance included Senators Dale Erdey, Eddie Lambert and Mack “Bodi” White, and Representatives Valerie Hodges, Sherman Mack, Rogers Pope, and Clay Shexnayder.

 “We have hard-working, dedicated employees who do their job each day, and they do it with a high-level of skill and passion for our children,” Wentzel said. “They deserve to be fairly compensated for the outstanding job they do, and they need to know that we as a state value the important jobs they do.”

 School Board President Buddy Mincey, Jr., said a pay raise and increase in the MFP funding formula is important to the morale of the educational system, to sustain good teachers and good employees.

 “We are able to remain a top-performing district each year because of all of our employees. It is past time to compensate them for their dedication and hard work. It’s becoming harder each year to recruit new teachers because our level of pay is not keeping up with the challenges and demands of the industry. We are also struggling to fill support worker positions. We have to invest in our future and educating our children is our future,” Mincey said.

 Wentzel also told legislators that the state currently allocates no funding for facilities; yet in parishes with growing populations – like Livingston Parish – that creates a tremendous financial burden. 

“There’s only so much we can squeeze out of existing funding,” Wentzel said. “When the demand for new facilities is endless, as it has been in Livingston (Parish) for the past 15 years, there has to be a way for the state to help us build new schools.”

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School Board President Buddy Mincey, Jr., addresses a room full of state legislators and school leaders during a Legislative Breakfast meeting at the Walk On’s Conference Center at Walker High School on March 18 to discuss priorities and funding needs of the district in anticipation of legislation to be considered during the 2019 General Session.

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