TUPELO – Tupelo Public School District staff will receive a cost-of-living raise this year.
The roughly 4 percent raise covers all employees except teachers, who automatically get a bump in pay according to the state salary scale. This raise is for employees not on the state scale, including cafeteria workers, maintenance staff, central office staff, principals and assistant teachers, among others.
The district created its own salary scale for these employees last year. However, those employees can only advance a step on the scale with board approval.
“We are blessed across the board with quality employees who are giving everything they have to meet the needs of our children,” said TPSD Superintendent Gearl Loden, who brought the request to the board.
“… The cost of living adjustment, even though it isn’t a true raise, will help keep our employees in line with inflation. We want to know we are competitive not just in our region but in our state so we can cast a wide net and have the best people to work with our students.”
Loden said he made the recommendation based on the performance of staff in moving the district forward and on the district’s finances, which allowed it.
The district’s total cost for the raises will be about $593,000, which includes fringe benefits.