OPELOUSAS — The St. Landry Parish School Board on Thursday agreed to build a 10-classroom building rather than an 8-classroom building at Leonville Elementary, which will also get a new cafeteria.
Supervisor of Curriculum Claudia Blanchard said the Leonville project will cost an estimated $3.8 million.
Blanchard said funding for the project will come from $10 million in bond money the board approved in August. The remainder of the bond money will be used to repair roofs and remove temporary buildings at most school sites, said Blanchard.
In another matter, the board briefly discussed a proposal providing a one-time Christmas payment for all full-time employees.
The board took no action, but Finance Committee Chairman Raymond Cashmere said in an interview that board members will review the proposals and then vote on the matter later.
According to a Finance Committee report, the board made a similar payment to 1,878 full-time employees last December, although the total cost was not disclosed in the report.
The board received three proposals for the 2015 payment, ranging from $1,000 to $250 for each employee.
Finance Director Tressa Miller is recommending the district use funding from a sales tax designated for employee compensation. The sales tax fund contained $5.5 million as of Aug. 31.
“Using this (sales tax) money will result in no additional expenses on the general fund,” Miller wrote in the committee report.
Also, the board voted 12-0 to send to the Executive Committee a recommendation that a numerical rating system be used in the annual evaluation of Superintendent Edward Brown.
In March, the board approved a form to be used in the evaluation that includes performance objectives, educational leadership, business and finance, and community relations.
Board member Mary Ellen Donatto said she would like to see Brown evaluated on a numerical scale from 1 to 4.
Donatto said the current evaluation form does not contain a clear scale that indicates Brown’s performance for each of the objectives.
“Using a rubric or numbers gives a better idea of rating and performance of the superintendent,” Donatto said. “We need something that is measurable that has traditional standards.
“This gives more detail to the ratings and certainly more clarity.”