Board adopts 2014 tax millages; recognizes state fair winners
From left, Arielle Johnson and Shy Vincent placed first at the state social studies fair at the elementary school level while Lilly Smith placed first at the high school level this year.
By a unanimous roll call vote, the Acadia Parish School Board adopted a resolution to adopt the millage rates for the 2014 tax year at its June meeting Monday night.
All eight board members were present for the vote.
Via resolution, the board announced the millages levied on the 2014 tax roll on all property subject to taxation by the Acadia Parish School Board. The millages levied are:
• General Fund
- Constitutional Tax, 5.15 mills
- School Maintenance, 5.02 mills
- Special School Tax, 15.04 mills
• Maintenance Fund
- Fifth Ward Maintenance, 13.45 mills
- Consolidated School District 8, 10.00 mills
The resolution continued, “Be it further resolved that the proper administrative officials of the Parish of Acadia, state of Louisiana, be and they are hereby empowered, authorized and directed to spread said taxes as hereinabove set forth upon the assessment roll of said parish for the year of 2014, and to make the collection of the taxes imposed for and on behalf of the taxing authority, according to law, and that the taxes herein levied shall become a permanent lien and privilege on all property subject to taxation as herein set forth, and collection thereof shall be enforceable in the manner provided by law.”
Officially, the measure adoption of the resolution to adopt the millages for the 2014 tax year was approved by a vote of eight yeas to zero nays with zero abstaining and zero absent.
Prior to its approval, the board opened the measure up to a public hearing. No one spoke out for or against the millages from the crowd.
Additionally in the meeting, the board approved several items of note, including accepting the low bid from Fruge Lumber for the Iota Elementary School classrooms project. The bid contract is for 180 days and will see the school expanded by four classrooms and two bathrooms.
Also, the board declared a “State of Emergency” pursuant to the water damage, cleanup and repairs at Church Point Elementary School in order to prevent additional damage to the structure and to prepare the school for reopening in August 2014 for the 2014-15 school year.
In his comments, Superintendent John Bourque was complimentary to the board’s insurance company which saw two claims this year as the year began with a fire at South Rayne Elementary School.
It wasn’t just procedural work to be done at the Acadia Parish School Board’s June meeting Monday night, as the board recognized three individuals who placed first at the state level with their two social studies fair projects.
Arielle Johnson and Shy Vincent, students at Ross Elementary School, placed first at the state level of elementary school competition with their project on Hawaiian culture.
Crowley High sophomore Lilly Smith’s project focused on her grandparents’ lives during World War II.
The girls all explained their projects to the board in the opening items segment of the board meeting.
The board also heard a report on the parish’s test scores and approved many recommendations from the Budget and Finance and Personnel, Insurance and Curriculum committees.
The board will hold June committee meetings on June 18 and its general July meeting on July 14 due to the central office’s July 7 closure.