CLINTON — The East Feliciana Parish School Board voted Tuesday to put three tax renewal propositions on the Oct. 24 ballot with candidates for governor and other state and local offices.
Superintendent Carlos J. Sam said he will soon outline his plans for promoting the tax renewals, bearing in mind that public funds cannot be used to advocate for a tax’s passage.
“It’s going to take all of us,” board member Broderick Brooks said.
The 10-year renewal propositions are a 17-mill property tax and two 1-cent sales taxes, which together provide nearly all of the local support for parish schools.
The wording of one sales tax proposition requires that 91 percent of its estimated $1.45 million in annual revenue be used to pay school employee salaries and benefits, with 9 percent designated to pay for maintaining and operating schools.
The other sales tax proposition calls for half of the revenue to be used for salaries and benefits and half for “constructing, supporting, maintaining and operating” schools.
The property tax, which is estimated to bring in $2.3 million per year, is dedicated to employee salaries.
Bond attorney David Henderson said the taxes, if approved, would take effect in 2017. The board would have time to call another election if voters turned down one or more of the renewals in October.
On another matter, the board approved Sam’s changes to the school district’s organizational structure.
Sam, who officially took over as superintendent July 1, said the changes will increase support and oversight of the schools, enhance the ability to offer innovative programs, attract support for the district’s reform efforts and provide the most efficient methods to deliver services to students and the community.
The plan eliminates the five positions of personnel director, administrative assistant, supervisor of operations and ancillary services, supervisor of exceptional student services and director of curriculum, school and community relations and homeless outreach.
The six new positions are executive director of school improvement and instructional services; executive director of human resources and business services; director of exceptional student support services; operational services supervisor; supervisor of ancillary and instructional support services; and confidential assistant to the superintendent.
Sam said all employees who report directly to him must apply for the new positions. He said interviews likely will be held next week and he will fill the posts as soon as possible.
The board also recognized retiring Interim Superintendent Edna Thomas and former Clinton Elementary student Kennedi Brown.
Thomas retired June 30 after 37 years of service, including two stints as interim superintendent of the school system.
Brown, who will enter the sixth grade in August, was one of 25 students in the United States to win a National Beta Club John W. Harris Leadership Award last month. She won the award for demonstrating her leadership as president of Clinton Elementary’s Junior Beta Club, her principal said.