Bossier Parish voters have a history of opening their wallets for schools. These propositions, however, have drawn some opposition. The most recent is from the Bossier Parish Republican Executive Committee.
Here are links to articles both pro and con.
- Superintendent D. C. Machen answers questions
- Allliance for Education opposes
- Republican Executive Committee opposes
- Bossier Chamber of Commerce opposes
School employees haven't had a raise in seven years. I have heard opposition to the pay proposal because, simply put, a lot of people don't want to raise the salaries of some upper echelon who already make $100,000 per year plus, while they have no objection to raises for teachers and support personnel. This may be a problem.
The other objections that I have noted are that there are no plans beyond the construction of facilities for payroll and maintenance associated with them.
Another objection which is noted is that the election itself will cost about $85,000 and could have been held during last month's election. The school board insisted on having it on the April 21st date on its own.
That decision may backfire on them if the opposition organizes.
Prediction - I don't have one at this point. At first I assumed that it would pass, but now I'm not so sure. We'll find out Saturday.