Employee Benefits

The St. Tammany Parish School Board makes available a comprehensive benefits program for employees working 30 or more hours per week. Employees have a variety of benefits including group insurance, investment options, sick leave, retirement, employee assistance program, and professional development. Additional information about these and other benefits may be obtained through the Human Resources Department of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System.

Employee Group Health Insurance is offered to employees on a voluntary basis. Employees may elect coverage for themselves and certain dependents at a shared cost to employees. The School Board pays a portion of the employee’s premium. Employee and Board contributions for coverage, that includes dependents, vary according to the specific plan. Health insurance is available to employees who work 30 or more hours per week. For more information, click here.

A Tax-Sheltered Payroll Deduction for health insurance plans is offered through the School Board.

Employee Post-Retirement Health and Life Insurance is offered. Upon retirement, employees may elect to continue their insurance programs, provided they are covered at the time of retirement. For more information pertaining to the health insurance vesting schedule, please click here: Health Insurance Vesting Schedule

Employee Group Life Insurance in the amount of $5,000 is provided free of charge by the School Board for all employees. Employees may purchase additional coverage, determined by annual salary.

Investment Options and other types of Insurance

Investment Programs in the form of mutual funds and annuities are offered for participation in a 403b and 457 plan. Tax-deferred/sheltered investments must follow federal Internal Revenue Service requirements. In addition, employees may elect to participate in a variety of other insurance programs through First Financial Group of America. Some programs may include disability, cancer, etc. For more information about insurance programs, click here: First Financial Site for STPSB Employees

Credit Unions

Two Credit Unions serve School System employees. Both provide comparable services and rates. Employees may decide which, if either or both, credit union(s) to use. Information on each may be obtained from the Human Resources Department. Both Credit Unions offer payroll deduction programs.

Sick Leave

Up to (10) sick days annually, three (3) of which may be used as "personal" days, are offered to 9 month employees. These days are pro-rated for part-time employees, based on their workdays. Additional days are given to extended program employees.

Vacation Time for 12 Month Employees

Vacation time for 12 month employees is based on a fiscal year cycle.  Therefore, on July 1 of each year, active 12 month employees will receive vacation time for that fiscal year as well as vacation days rolled over from the previous year, within system guidelines.  Employees are permitted to roll over no more than 5 vacation days per year.  Any excess days will be lost.

For those 12 month employees who are on leave at the beginning of a fiscal year, vacation days will not roll up.  Once a 12 month employee who is on leave returns, vacation time will be prorated for the fiscal year in which the employee was on leave. 

If a 12 month employee receives vacation days for a fiscal year and takes a Leave Without Pay for more than 60 days, when the employee returns, the vacation days will be prorated.  If a 12 month employee takes a Leave Without Pay for less than 60 days, the vacation days will not be prorated.  

Retirement

The State of Louisiana requires teachers, paraprofessionals, clerical, administrators and lunchroom technicians to join the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL). Bus drivers, bus attendants, custodians and maintenance workers all contribute to the Louisiana School Employees’ Retirement System (LSERS). Retirement contributions are tax-sheltered payroll deductions.

Retirement benefits are based on years of service and age. Information about retirement options is available from the Human Resources Department upon request. To help prepare employees for retirement, those contemplating retirement may attend informational planning meetings sponsored by the retirement systems which are held twice yearly. Or employees may contact the Human Resources Department for an appointment to discuss retirement options.

Additional information concerning purchase of previous service credit, military credit, transfers between public retirement systems, calculations of estimated retirement benefits, disability retirement benefits, survivors' benefits, and other related questions also may be obtained from the Human Resources Department or the retirement systems directly. For retirement savings information from First Financial, click here: Retirement Savings Newsletter

Louisiana School Employees’ Retirement System 1-800-256-3718 www.lsers.net

Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana 1-877-275-8775 www.trsl.org

 

Employee Assistance Program

Employees and members of their households may access mental health professionals using a toll-free help line at no cost to the employee. Confidential consultations focus on guidance and referral in securing appropriate care. Contact the Human Resources Department for more information.

Professional Development

The St. Tammany Parish Public School System is committed to providing professional learning activities that are high-quality, sustained, intensive, and classroom-focused to engage all students in meaningful learning. These professional development opportunities are created to fulfill the varied needs of employees, the needs expressed in each school’s improvement plan, district/state initiatives, and compliance issues. Professional development activities are presented at the school, department, and district levels.

To access the professional development opportunities, employees use Go Sign Me Up (GSMU), the district’s on-line professional development registration system. GSMU allows teachers to view professional development offerings, register for professional development activities, and build a transcript of their professional development participation. To access GSMU, type the following address into the web address bar at the top of your computer screen: http://prodev.gosignmeup.com/dev_students.asp.

Teachers new to the district participate in a New Teacher Induction Program to prepare them to enter the professional culture of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System. The New Teacher Induction Program is a mandatory program conducted each year prior to the beginning of the school year. Topics covered in the New Teacher Induction Program include curriculum, best teaching practices, classroom management, and district policies and procedures.

Participants attending professional development activities must adhere to the Professional Etiquette associated with such events. Instructional staff will follow the district’s dress code. It is not appropriate to wear blue jeans or other clothing that is not appropriate for the classroom to professional development activities. Proper use of electronic devices is also required. Participants must turn off all electronic devices during presentations. Additionally, it is not acceptable for participants to leave early because their base school’s dismissal time is prior to the end of the workshop. A commitment to attend a professional development activity involves being on time and remaining for the duration of the session.

LEAD Academy

LEAD Academy accepts candidates interested in learning more about the School System administrative career track. Sessions include topics covering all aspects of administrative responsibilities along with the advice of veteran administrators. A culminating activity allows candidates to practice what they have learned at school sites.

STAR Program

To thank you for your valued service and dedication to the children of St. Tammany Parish, the School System has partnered with local businesses and service providers to develop a School System employee discount program. As a School System employee, the St. Tammany Advantage Reward (STAR) Program allows you to get discounts on various kinds of goods and services throughout the parish.

To take advantage of these great savings, all you have to do is show the participating business or service provider your STAR Card and your School System or School ID at the time of purchase. It really is that easy!

You can quickly find a list of all participating businesses and service providers with the discounts they offer by looking for Official STAR Partners signs at participating business locations or by visiting this website: www.stpsb.org/star .