Policy makers are the main job responsibilities of a School Board. To ensure that all Federal, State and Local mandates are followed, to approve the annual budget, to maintain oversight over the Superintendent, who by law is the Executive Officer and academic leader of the school board. The Superintendent is the only employee the School Board can terminate with cause.
I have attended all but three of the Committee as a Whole and Regular Board meetings over the last two years. I have attended many more Special and Small Group Meeting called by the Superintendent.
The Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) is the format used by the State Legislature to provide funding for Public School Districts in the State of Louisiana. This is done on a per pupil ratio. The State provides approximately 50% of the General Fund budget. There is no funding provided for construction and maintenance of our school and other facilities.
Technologies testing for many if not all of our Special need population. Professional Development for all employees, certified and non-certified employees. There is also Professional Development for Central Office staff and school board members. The school system also pays a percentage of retirement benefits for certified and non-certified employees. State testing will require one on one computer/student ratio by the year 2020.
The Child Welfare and Attendance Department have guidelines in place and policies to evaluate and determine whether a request for placement of Out-of-District is valid. Redistricting which last took place in 2014 addressed many of the issues with the overcrowding of all schools. This is a constant battle because certain areas are growing so much faster in our parish. Hardship for parents and students are dealt with by the Child Welfare and Attendance Supervisor and his staff on an individual basis.
The Superintendent, as the Executive Officer for the School Board along with his staff and the formation of varies committee will plan, evaluate and make recommendedations to the board before funding runs out. My suggestions are to give the Superintendent, his staff and committees the opportunity to make a recommendation first.
Nothing has been done at this point and time regarding the Industrial Ad Tax Exemption. A process and recommendation will be made in the future whereas all necessary information is made public. The School Board should accept exemption only if it benefits our school system and the parish.