St. Landry Parish School Board

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School Board’s meeting challenged (pdfs)

The St. Landry Parish School Board is to meet at 5 p.m. today for its first regular session following an overwhelming defeat of two tax proposals it placed before voters on March 24.
(A meeting of the School Board as a committee is scheduled at 4 p.m. today)
Three out of four voters voted against a tax to raise school employee salaries and fund a 20-year, $99 million bond issue for capital improvements.

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Cheryl Milburn, St. Landry Parish registrar of voters

Up to 15% turnout predicted for school tax election

Cheryl Milburn, St. Landry Parish registrar of voters, said the early turnout points to a 13 to 15 percent turnout Saturday.
There are 59,764 voters in St. Landry Parish registered for Saturday’s election.
Milburn’s estimate means almost 9,000 votes may be cast Saturday when polls are open from7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There were 1,705 early votes cast in Saturday’s election in St. Landry Parish, according to statistics from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website.

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The St. Landry Parish Sales and Use Tax Commission met Thursday at the St. Landry Parish Economic Development Building in Opelousas. At the end of the table, in red, is Andy Dakin, Commission chairman. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Newly revived tax commission moves toward study of School Board tax operation

There’s a $65 million question about the collection of sales taxes in St Landry Parish that may be settled this year.
A newly revived nine-member St. Landry Parish Sales and Use Tax Commission met Thursday at the St. Landry Parish Economic Development office.
Among the Commission’s agenda items was hiring an independent third party to study the operations of the School Board’s tax collection office. That did not happen, but the process was set in motion.
The study may guide the determination about what entity collects sales taxes in St. Landry Parish.

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Kenneth Cochran, Opelousas General Hospital System president and CEO, talks about a pilot telemedicine program at Arnaudville Elementary at a St. Landry Parish School Board Executive Committee meeting Monday in Opelousas. The committee approved the program, which now goes to the full School Board meeting Jan. 4. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School panels OKs telemedicine pilot program

By Harlan Kirgan
Editor
OPELOUSAS — A telemedicine pilot program operated by Opelousas General Health System at Arnaudville Elementary School has been approved by the School Board’s Executive Committee.
The telemedicine program would allow medical professionals to conduct examinations on students and school employees.
The pilot program is assisted in its launch with a $20,000 grant from Cleco.
The committee’s approval must be followed by a postive vote from the full School Board for the program to start.

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Tressa Miller, left, finance director, and Patrick Jenkins, superintendent, are shown at the St. Landry Parish School Board Finance Committee meeting on Dec. 18.(Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School pay raise plan takes shape

St. Landry Parish public school certified employees would get a $3,000 a year raise and non-certified employees would get a $2,000 annual raise if two tax proposals pass.
The School Board’s Finance Committee approved the pay raise amounts, which were recommended Monday by Superintendent Patrick Jenkins.
The School Board has called an election on March 24 on two tax proposals. One proposal is a 11.3 mill, 10-year tax to pay for salary increases. The other is a 12.1 mill, 20-year tax to fund a $99 million bond for capital improvements.
Both proposals have to pass.

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