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Jul 8, 2011 10:33 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Livingston school board freezes pay

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish School Board has voted 6-1 to freeze all district salaries and eliminate three work days for the 2011-12 fiscal year in a bid to cut costs from the financially strapped system.
Superintendent Bill Spear tells The Advocate the moves mean that some employees will not receive scheduled pay raises, called "step raises."
Spear say employees will also work three fewer days during the school year.
For teachers, those days will be Jan. 6 and May 23, which are staff development days; and Oct. 14, a parent-teacher conference day.
Spear says the cuts, approved Thursday, would not have an effect on students' time in their classrooms.
He says the cuts are necessary to avoid layoffs.

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