School Board approves 2019-2020 consolidated budget
The Natchitoches Parish School Board adopted a consolidated budget of $64,861,141 for 2019-2020 (SEE DOCUMENT BELOW).
The board is is looking at the feasibility of using OpenGov to improve its transparency. It would be an annual subscription fee, based off price and budget tiers by size of the entity. It was stated that on further examination the Lafayette Parish School Board’s “checkbook” website through OpenGov is not very user friendly. Some felt that the School District can make some of these improvements to its transparency on its own by updating its website.
OpenGov is the only integrated budgeting, performance, communications, and reporting solution for the public sector. Its cloud based software allows entities to improve performance outcomes and budgeting efficiencies while enhancing internal and external collaboration and communications. It streamlines and unifies the end-to-end budgeting process, seamlessly ties budget dollars to key organizational initiatives, and draws actionable insights that maximize performance outcomes. It also allows organizations like school boards to connect with the community on the topics that matter.
See estimated pricing below:
$28K / yr for subscription for transparency and management/financial reporting (budget v actuals, fund balances, debt, etc )…we map your chart of accounts and organization structure, integration with financial system. You can use for internal reporting and transparency portal.
B) $35K / yr for Communications and reporting package which includes the above plus performance dashboards and reporting for financial and non-financial data, a stories function for narrative reporting internally and with citizens, and an unlimited open town hall/survey function to solicit feedback from citizens or employees
C) $50k / yr for Full OpenGov Cloud – the above plus Budget Builder with Workforce Planning – personnel forecasting
There would be a one time implementation fee ranging from $12-$50k depending on scope selected scope.
The School Board also adopted a revised travel policy to change milage reimbursements from 44 cents to 50 cents. The revisions will take affect Oct. 1. The revisions also increased the meal structure by increasing reimbursement amounts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to be equivalent to other school districts.
Other agenda items included:
Approve addendums to 2019-2020 Pupil Progression Plan
Adopt the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for Fortenberry & Ballard
Award bid for athletic improvements to the Softball Field at Fairview Alpha Elementary to Testament Construction Services LLC in the amount of $141,314
Award the bid for a security camera system at Natchitoches Central High School to A&G Computer Services in the amount of $54,720