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Some teacher salaries, like those with 23 years of experience, have been relieved of the pay freeze set last year. But, others with less years of experience are making thousands less, and will stay frozen.

"We knew from the onset that we were not going to reach all of the employees, but we're trying to reach the greater number and come back and revisit something that's going to be more equitable to everyone," says St. Landry Superintendent Edward Brown.

But, Brown says if you weren't among the over 1,500 employees who didn't see an increase after the board's vote on Thursday, all is not lost.

"We have gone up with our salaries, because of the cut in general fund spending and we are going to take a look at those and see if we can give them up to our other employees that were not fortunate," says Brown.

Dozens of administrators and staff, along with teachers, received increases that will cost more than $566,000.

"It's not coming from the actual budget, as I've said, it comes from a special taxing fund that's going to cover that particular cost," says Brown.

Board member Josie Frank was the only dissenter saying the increases were unsustainable, but board member Anthony Standberry disagrees.

"A sales tax is not a renewable tax it's just a tax that remains as such, if it was a property tax I sure would have been in question of it cause a lot of times property taxes are not renewed," says Standberry.

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