School Board receives budget update, addresses staffing rumors

Natchitoches Parish School District Finance Director Lee Waskom told board members that everything appears to be on target in the General Fund budget during his budget update at the March 9 Board meeting. Sales tax collections are 6.84 percent higher than they were in February of last year. The cumulative increase for the year is an 8.28 percent. Motor vehicle sales are also up, by $120,000.

Superintendent Dr. Grant Eloi addressed the rumor mill that’s been spreading untrue statements about a large number of resignations among teachers at several schools and among bus drivers.

“We are well staffed and I have heard these rumors and I just wanted to put them to rest,” said Eloi.

Board member Reba Phelps said staffing is in the best shape it’s been in since she’s been on the board.

Agenda items included:

Approve the items of the Consent Agenda 3A through 6D which includes the adoption of the agenda, approval of February 9, 2023 minutes, and out-of-state travel for Major Wiggins, Chief Thomas, and Jessica Church.

Approve 2023 summer school salary schedule for Nurses, Teachers, Site Coordinators and Janitors.

Approve Alliance compressors request for Industrial Tax exemption.

Approve March 2023 Budget revisions as presented.

TABLED Approve changes to NPSB policy GBRH and DJH allowing out of state travel to be approved by the Superintendent.

Adopt 2022-2023 revision to NPSB Pupil Progression.