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Students recognized, 2019 millage rates OK’d

During a regular April session of the Acadia Parish School Board, Superintendent Scott Richard and board members recognized the winners of The Pelican Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors’ Crafting Competition on March 14.
Those students included Iota High School’s Keaton Guidry and Devin Hebert, who placed first in welding; and Church Point High School’s Billy Leger and Garrett Wagley, who placed first in small engine mechanics.
Then the board voted to adopt the authorized millage rates for tax year 2019, those including:
• Constitutional Tax - 5.23 mills
• School Maintenance - 5.10 mills
• 5th Ward Maintenance - 13.45 mills
• Consolidated School Dist. 8 - 10.00 mills
• School District - 15.28 mills
• School District 6 -- Church Point - 10.00 mills
The board also adopted a Resolution of Support for the 2019-2020 Minimum Foundation Program to be forwarded to the Acadia Parish Legislative Delegation.
The resolution explains the MFP is the funding mechanism for public education funding from the state of Louisiana for local school districts. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) adopted the MFP formula for the 2019-2020 incorporating a permanent raise for teachers in the amount of $1,000 and permanent raise for support employees in the amount of $500.
The formula also incorporates a 1.375 percent inflationary increase in per pupil funding for local school districts. The inflationary increase will be used to help address mandated fixed costs required to operate a local school system that continue to escalate each year.
In other action items, the board approved a resolution to the state Mineral Board for a lease agreement on school board property so that royalties would be collected if any mineral leases were put on that property at some point in the future.
Routine items on the agenda included:
• approving the recommendation of the Budget and Finance Committee regarding bids received for larger equipment bids received for large equipment for the Child Nutrition Program;
• renewing the agriculture leases of Wesley Simon and Jake Dore; and
• granting permission to improve the bus fleet by one lift bus and two regular route buses for the 2019-2020 school year.
Board members also approved the recommendations of the Personnel, Insurance and Curriculum Committee, including:
• a travel request from Church Point Middle School to attend the National Jr. Beta Convention in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from June 15 to 18;
• travel request from Iota High School Beta Club to attend the National Beta Convention in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from June 18 to 22;
• job description updates for the positions of Accountability Facilitator and Student Services Facilitator.
The superintendent reported the sales tax collections are up by 3.4 percent, reflecting a positive 6.79 percent trend for the year.
The next Acadia Parish School Board committee meeting will be held on March 25 at 5 p.m. and the next regular session meeting is scheduled for May 6 at 5 p.m.

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