School board approves budget revision
By Howell Dennnis
CROWLEY - During the Acadia Parish School Board meeting several motions were passed including the finalization of a resolution for fund approval of Qualified School Construction Bonds and a pay supplement for parish school support and professional personnel.
The bonds will allot $3 million dollars for Acadia Parish schools to use for
maintenance repairs and other improvements. The bond approval was announced last month and Monday’s decision seemed to be a mere formality after having the issue discussed over the past four months. It is a low interest bond that the parish may pay back over a 15-year period.
“The nice thing about this is that it doesn’t cost the taxpayers anything,” said Acadia School Superintendent John E. Bourque, who was presented a plaque during the meeting to honor his selection as the Louisiana School Superintendent of the Year.
Another motion was passed to allow the budget to be revised to allow for pay supplements for parish school employees. The supplements will be for both professional (teachers and principals) and support (custodial, bus drivers) personnel and will be derived from the Board’s general fund. The supplements for the 624 support employees will be for $500. For professional employees it will be $700.
The board also passed a motion for Iota High’s Melanie Thompson to take an out-of-state trip to Olando, Florida for a dance performance by the school’s Golden Girls at Walt Disney World in March of 2010, as well as a motion to request the exemption of a local sales tax on crawfish bait for area farmers.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for December 7, 2009.