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Extra paycheck in store for St. Tammany school employees

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Employees of the St. Tammany Parish school system will receive an extra paycheck this month following a decision by the school board to give every employee a share of $4.9 million it received from the state. 

The board unanimously approved a one-time payment of $774 for more than 3,000 classroom teachers and others who hold teaching certificates but are not in the classroom, including principals and assistant principals. 

More than 2,000 personnel who do not have teaching certificates, such as janitors, bus drivers, aides and other staff, will receive $662 each. 

Employees are scheduled to receive their checks Friday. 

The amount they receive could vary somewhat, depending on their tax situations and what they have declared as deductions. 

"Every employee is different, depending on what their withholdings are," Superintendent Trey Folse said. 

A school board committee had approved Folse's plan to provide all employees with bonuses at a meeting earlier this month. 

The stipend they'll get this week is a one-time payment and will consume most of the $4.9 million the district received from the state this year. 

The district plans to use its remaining $1.1 million to cover employee benefits.

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