School board millage rates unchanged
Millage rates for the St. Mary Parish School Board’s General Fund and special revenue funds for its three maintenance districts will remain at their same rates this year as last year, while millage rates in two other areas have decreased.
St. Mary Parish Chief Financial Officer Alton Perry also noted that Bond Retirement Consolidated School District 1 tax has been decreased from a high of 23.3 mills in 2007 to 14 mills this year, while Special Consolidated School District 4 in the Centerville area has decreased its mills from a high of 8.9 mills to a rate of 7 mills this year.
The rate in Consolidated School District 1 in 2010 was 18 mills, while the rate in Special School District 4 was 8 mills in 2010.
In the General fund, the two taxes remained the same. Constitution School Tax is 8.4 mills for this year, while the Consolidated School District 5 tax is 11.18
In the special funds, Consolidated School District 3 maintenance tax remained at 11.64 mills, Consolidated School District 2 tax remained at 12.25 mills and Six Ward School District 3 maintenance tax remained at 11.58 mills.
In other financial matters, Perry reported sales tax collections of about $1.35 million in May, or 10.4 percent more than anticipated. Through 11 months of the fiscal year, $16.36 million in collections — or 21.5 percent more than projected — has been collected.
In other news, the board:
—Revised its School Day Policy, increasing the amount of instructional minutes from 360 minutes to 370 minutes. School officials said that many schools already complete 370 minutes per year so it is not a big change. Assistant Superintendent Keith Thibodeaux said the change wouldn’t affect emergency days or the dates for the beginning or end of school, either.
—Approved summer employment paid by Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Medicaid funds.
—Approved 2011 policy updates from Forethought Consulting.
—Authorized an interagency agreement with the 16th Judicial District for the 16th JD to provide $25,000 of support for a Safe & Drug Free at-risk interventionist.
—Approved disability insurance, commencing Oct. 1.
—Approved use of $400,000, that was previously designated, for replacement of teacher computers. Chief Technology Officer Kevin Derise said that 350 computers will be replaced at 11 schools.
—Awarded bids for custodial supplies, playground equipment at J.S. Aucoin Elementary in Amelia and Berwick Elementary School’s Window Wall replacement project.
—Approved the St. Mary Community Action Agency’s Summer Enrichment Program at the St. Mary Parish Alternative Program.
—Learned from Superintendent Don Aguillard that St. Mary Parish ranks ninth among all parishes in the most improvement made in students approaching Basic and Above on test scores from 2007 to 2011. St. Mary has gained 11 percentage points and now sits at 68 percent. The Recovery School District in New Orleans gained 25 percentage points during that time frame. The parish also ranked 14th statewide with 87 percent of initial testers in fourth graders meeting the promotional standard report. Zachary Community School District was ranked first at 97 percent.
—Approved trips by the Morgan City High School and Berwick Junior High School BETA clubs to attend the 2011 BETA Club National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., later this month.