Voters will have the opportunity to vote on improving the education settings for the students who attend District 9 schools during voting Nov. 8. District 9 schools include Weaver, East Natchitoches, L.P. Vaughn, Natchitoches Magnet, NSU-E, NSU-M, Frankie Ray Jackson Technical Center, NCHS and Natchitoches Junior High-Frankie Ray Jackson.
The proposition on the election ballot focuses on renovations, repairs and new construction of all District 9 schools.
If your home qualifies for Homestead Exemption the cost is very minimal. If your home is valued at $75,000 or less, there will be no cost to you. If your home is valued at $100,000, it would increase your tax by $5.63 per year and a $200,000 home would increase the tax by $28.13 per year.
The district school performance scores have improved 4.2 points over the last two years and only 8 out of 75 districts grew more than District 9. The district’s graduation rate improved 8 points and only 8 out of 69 districts grew more. District 9 was 6th in the state for increasing opportunities for students with disabilities, growing 17.8 points. The district grew 12.1 points and was 7th in the state for increasing opportunities for African-American students.
“While we are proud of the growth we have experienced, it is our duty to provide the safest learning environments possible for our students,” said Superintendent Dale Skinner. “By supporting and passing this proposition, voters will make an investment in our community, in our schools, and in our children. Our students deserve the best.”