CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Calcasieu Parish School employees are getting the largest sales tax salary supplement they've ever received.
The school board voted unanimously Tuesday to dole out $2,850 in lump sum payments to teachers.
Other school employees will receive $2,000.
Second-grade teacher Shauna Shamise says "We're just thankful to the board for voting it in and for the extra money, the supplement. Feel like you earned it? Absolutely. We are teachers. We're grateful to have our jobs. But at the same time, we're always grateful for extra money because it is hard work."
$16 million of surplus funds from sales taxes are making this increase possible.
The school board released a follow-up statement Wednesday afternoon: