The main job responsibilities of a school board member is active, proactive representation of the voters who put that board member in office. It has to be that voters/parents children’s needs are met on a timely basis. He has to lobby legislators see that as much funding as possible met. When school functions take place and the doors are open, the board members should always be there.
Minimum Foundation Program. It is about 2/3 of the funding for each child with the other 1/3 derived from local sales tax and ad valorum tax being the balance of each child’s funding. Funding through the 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 the schools and students The MFP funding for 2018-2019 is about 51.5% of the total general fund revenues. Our ballpark cost per student for 2018-2020 is about $10,900.00 for general fund with the state providing about $5,600.00 per student through the MFP. This money is essential to maintain the high quality of education in St. Tammany Parish.
Employee and retiree health insurance is the largest unfunded mandate for our school system. This accounts for just under 16% of the general fund budget for 2019 or 63.5 million dollars. Other unfunded mandates: Retirement: Teachers and school employee—This accounts for over 14 % of the general fund budget for 2019or 59 million dollars. Other unfunded mandate we are having to address: English as a second language (ESL), Alternative Programs –Project Team West, East, Believe, Special education cost in excess of federal funding and MFP extra funding. Non-Public Transportation (Transporting non-public students) Leap, technology mandates for the testing, Extended Sick Leave, Sabbaticals.
Implement strict guidelines to keep the student population in their designated learning population area. If a “out of district” is requested it should require absolute proof of a hard case situation with no other exception to our policy.
I do not think we should impose raising a tax millage or increase a tax already in existence. We have plans and several options. The board and administration is strongly looking at that we plan to make known to the public in the very near future.
It should reject most tax exemptions.