Tangipahoa Parish School Board Finance Committee

The Tangipahoa Parish School Board Finance Committee met Tuesday, January 6.  

The Finance Committee approved the Accounts Payable Check Register dated November 22, 2008 through December 12, 2008 in the amount of $ 7,537,675.44.

They approved Bid #2008-19 School Food Service Serving Lines for Independence High, Independence Middle, Midway, and Martha Vinyard Schools to be supplied by Buckelew Hardware at a total cost of $156,860.00 which will be funded by the Pay-As-You-Go Fund.    

The Committee considered and approved to allow Dr. Lynell Higgenbotham, Elementary Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction and Chief Desegregation Implementation Officer for the Tangipahoa Parish School System, to exceed set Out-Of-Parish travel allotment by $846.00 to attend the 2009 National Legislative Advocacy Leadership Conference to be held in Washington D.C. The Conference's theme is "Supporting the Nation's Magnet Schools in Increasing Funding, Student Achievement, and Improving Student Diversity."

Also, the Committee approved Cathy Steven's request for permission to exceed her travel allocation by $941.41. Due to State Department changes and requirements in the area of early childhood, Director Diane Vaccaro had asked Cathy Stevens, Special Education Elementary Program Facilitator and Curriculum Specialist, to attend several information meetings back in November  which were Early Childhood Coordinators Update Meeting On Nov. 7 in Baton Rouge, and Trainer of Trainers Discipline/Behavior Program for Early Childhood in New Orleans on November 12-14.  The Committee agreed that this request be funded by the IDEA funds.

Ron Caruso, Director of Finance, and Scott Stulley, Maintenance Department, collaborated on a Parish Schools Roofing Data Book containing in one book in which roofing data on all of the buildings in each of the parish's school campuses. Listed is the particular school, then data on each of the school's individual building's roof such as roof type, when it was installed, the estimated roof life, when roof is expected to be replaced, square footage of the roof, and estimated cost of roof replacement.  The Roofing Data Book is to be updated every 3 - 4 years due to the ongoing maintenance work and fluctuating replacement material costs.

"We are trying to set up fund to anticipate the increased replacement costs," Ron Caruso said.  "These replacement cost estimates represent the same type roof the architects had placed on that particular building's roof."

The Roof Data Book even contains a recommended amount that each school district set aside for roof replacement.

"It is very important to maintain our roofs because the roof is on top and everything underneath will be affected," said Mark Kolwe, Superintendent.  ""We need to reserve funds for roof replacement to avoid costly damage."

Kolwe recommends that each school district set aside money for a roof fund.

"This comprehensive Roofing Data Book is a good thing for all Board members and everyone involved to have," said Danny Ridgel.

"It would also be smart to set aside money for A/C systems, untis and towers to make sure the proper funds are designated," Kolwe added.

"We intend to replace the current Freon with the new Freon 14 but this will cost more," said Caruso.  "We need to be ready for this with funds set aside."

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