AMITE — The Tangipahoa Parish School Board’s Finance Committee elected Tuesday, at the suggestion of administrators, to hold a special meeting on the school district’s proposed 2012-13 budget.
The committee scheduled the meeting for 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Projections have estimated the 2012-13 budget deficit to be around $10 million, administrators have said.
Board members also chose to hold their next regular meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 10.
Other business before the board included:
PUBLIC RELATIONS: The School Board voted to form a public relations committee to “discuss and make recommendations” to the full board.
The idea to form the committee came from board member Andy Anderson, who placed the item on the agenda and made the motion.
“Right now in the U.S., we are having a problem with the image that public education is having,” Anderson said. “We need to have a strategy to bring forth public relations in our schools.”
The committee will be made up of board members, but would lack authority to make policy, Board President Rose Dominguez said.
The committee would be able to make recommendations to the full board, Anderson said.
LAW FIRM: Ponchatoula lawyer Parker Layrisson petitioned the Finance Committee to consider his firm for legal work related to the system’s transportation suits.
Layrisson’s firm could do the work for less than it is currently costing the board, he said.
The board asked Layrisson and current board attorney Christopher Moody to meet and discuss how hiring Layrisson’s firm as additional legal counsel to the board would work.
TRAVEL COSTS: The Finance Committee considered making an exception to a rule prohibiting out-of-state travel by School Board members and employees.
The prohibition was implemented as part of cuts made to the 2011-12 budget, said Bret Schnadelbach, the system’s financial chief.
Some board members said exceptions to the policy should be made so that Ann Smith and Sandra Bailey-Simmons could travel to Washington, D.C., to lobby lawmakers on behalf of the schools of Tangipahoa Parish and the state of Louisiana.