The main responsibilities of a school board representative are to manage tax payor dollars through financial oversight and approval of the annual budget in such a way that every dollar spent on the District goes toward Improving Student Achievement. Additionally, the Board has the responsibility of hiring a quality Superintendent who then is charged to hire an appropriate staff that oversees the day to day activity of all schools in the district. Lastly, the Board is responsible for approving policy that is to be administered throughout the District. I’ve attended 8-10 school board meetings in the past two years.
The Minimum Foundation Program is a formula to equitably allocate funding for education to school districts. Funding through this program is provided to school districts as a block grant. After satisfying all mandated requirements, school districts have the flexibility to spend the funding to meet the needs of their schools and students. It is important to St. Tammany Parish because it currently makes up approximately 50% of the funding for the Parish’s school district budget.
We should absolutely uncover abuses of this policy and get these children attending the schools they are supposed to attend based on where they live to alleviate overcrowding and underutilization. I think the best way to resolve this is by doing more regular residence verifications after a child is initially registered. We could also have an anonymous whistleblower “policy” when abuses of this policy are known.
Yes, whether it be through tax millage increase, finding areas in the current budget, or pushing for an approval of a bond issue; the funding for SROs and MHPs must be found and made permanent. It is both a proactive and reactive way to protect our children against violence at school.
The School Board needs to adopt appropriate policies, procedures and guidelines for evaluating which businesses should be granted exemptions under this program.These guidelines should address where the business is domiciled, revenues and resulting sales tax generation, employee hiring and potential property and income tax generation. If the taxes generated from economic growth provided by the company outweigh those lost by the property tax exemption then I would generally be in favor of granting the exemption.