The Bossier Parish School Board has approved a $50,000 pay raise for Superintendent D.C. Machen.
Along with a raise, the board also agreed to extend Machen’s contract through December 2016 and will give him a monthly car allowance of $1,000.
The increase will now make his annual salary to $180,000, up from his previous salary of $130,000 since taking the superintendent position in 2009.
“I am honored by the vote of confidence of the board on my effectiveness as superintendent of the Bossier Parish School system with the contract extension and most appreciative of their desire to bring my compensation package in alignment with neighboring school districts and other districts the size of Bossier Parish across the state,” Machen said in a statement to the Press-Tribune.
Machen is now among the top payed superintendents in northwest Louisiana, only surpassed by former Caddo Superintendent Gerald Dawkins left at an annual rate of $202,000.
Machen said he feels blessed to be part of the Bossier Parish school system and looks forward to seeing its continued growth and academic excellence within the system.
“God has truly blessed me to have been a student and product of the Bossier Parish School system and to have given me 40 years as an educator in the Bossier Parish School system,” he said. “I pray God continues to bless me with the health, strength, and wisdom to continue to be an effective leader for our district as we continue to grow, achieve and progress as an exemplary educational system in our state.”