STEP Increases restored, late lunch penalties strengthened

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish School Board votes to restore STEP Increases, build new stadium facilities in Westlake, and crack down on late lunch charges.

At Tuesday evening's school board meeting, the board voted unanimously to restore the $1.3 million for eligible teachers to receive their STEP Increases.

"The board wanted us to restore the STEP increases for our employees the first opportunity we had," said Wayne Savoy, Superintendent of Calcasieu Parish Schools.

The board is getting the money to restore the increases through sales tax revenue dollars.

"For the latter part of the year we took a look at our sales tax revenue and discussed the option of what we had and what we could do with this money," said Savoy.

Another issue the board voted on was to enforce that all students in Calcasieu Parish pay their lunch fees on time.

"We're going to feed the children," said Savoy. "But we also want to get a handle on those charges that are excessive."

This coming school year the board plans to implement procedures to ensure students pay their lunch bill on time.

These procedures include using a school messenger to work with parents on the issue, providing principals with a list of students who paid every Friday, and denying all extra curricular activities to students who have an outstanding balance.

And finally, the board has sent out a bid to rebuild the facilities at Westlake High School that were damaged in the storm on May 26th.

The bid includes restoring the entire gymnasium roof for $400 thousand, rebuilding a new ticket booth, and restoring restroom facilities and fencing at Westlake High School Stadium.

"We felt like by taking this opportunity to include it in one bid item as alternates that we would save some money and we're lucky enough to do so," said Savoy.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for July 13th.

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