The News-Star, Monroe, La. on school systems deserving a vote:

May 3

The News-Star, Monroe, La. on school systems deserving a vote:

Rural school systems in northeastern Louisiana are suffering financially.

In some communities, the dollars assigned to public schools are following the students to charter and voucher schools. In others, the tax base that supports the schools has shrunk as businesses have closed.

Two rural systems have tax proposals on today’s ballot. The editorial board does not offer a recommendation on either proposal, but we encourage residents of these school districts to go to the polls and vote.

The Morehouse Parish School Board is asking voters to consider a 9-mil, 10-year property tax that will generate between $730,000 and $750,000 per year.

The funds will be used to create a sixth-grade school at the former Eastside Elementary School to serve about 200 students.

In Union Parish, two tax proposals are on the ballot. Both are new property taxes; one a 20-year bond issue to fund renovations and the other a 10-year millage for operations.

The $55 million in bond money will fund school bus purchases and renovations to existing schools, all of which were built in the 1950s.

The district’s plan will touch every school: Bernice, Farmerville, Marion, Spearsville, Downsville Charter and Union Parish Middle/High School. The renovations will upgrade technology infrastructure and facilities.

Residents of these parishes should make their voices heard at the ballot box today. School officials deserve to know what you want to happen in your public schools.


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