The Evangeline Parish School
May 7, 2015
The Evangeline Parish School Board held it’s bi-monthly meeting tonight in the Media Center. The Board was presented with a Resolution currently being submitted by the Iberia Parish School Board opposing any changes to the Inventory Tax Repeal. Superintendent, Toni Hamlin explained that if the repeal of the tax collection is passed it would cost the School Board $1.1 million dollars and the Parish would suffer losing $3.5 million dollars. The Resolution asks that the State of Louisiana find alternate ways to recover from its $1.6 billion dollar deficit.
There were quite a few teachers and administrators in attendance at the meeting and the topic of teacher and support staff salary structure were discussed. The Executive Committee recently met to establish a salary structure which is based on “levels” teachers and workers are placed in and each level carries a different financial aspect to the structure. Yvonne Johnson, Resource Teacher at Pine Prairie High School addressed the Board and thanked them for addressing the salary issue. She also voiced concern over certain levels regarding the difference in a Bachelor’s Degree vs. a Master’s. Cheryl Deseneaux also addressed the Board and stated “After 36 years working in the Parish, she never was part of the financial aspect until now.” She now understands how the Board has been consistent with preserving the jobs of “everyone”. She stated due to all of the different financial aspects the Board and Parish continues to go through, she feels the Board should keep the current structure “as it is.”
Chief Financial Officer, Amy LaFleur, reported that the sales tax comparison for the month of April was $701,001.31 and that is down $51,631.07 from this time last year. However, she stated that the Board is still ahead for the fiscal year by $234,745.07.
Toni Hamlin announced the following graduation dates:
Mamou High School – May 15th ,Pine Prairie High School – May 14th ,Ville Platte High School – May 14th, Basille High School – May 15th
Ms. Hamlin also announced that it is Teacher’s Appreciation/Employee Appreciation Week and she thanked all employees for the hard work and great job they do every day.