ST. FRANCISVILLE — Superintendent Hollis Milton received a two-year contract extension from the West Feliciana School Board at its Oct. 17 meeting.
Milton’s contract was due to expire in 15 months and the extension is the maximum allowable, pushing his guaranteed contract to Dec. 31, 2020. The new deal does not include any changes in salary or benefits for Milton but lengthens his current deal.
During a 30-minute executive session, three goals were added to the previous six as part of Milton’s annual employment evaluation by the board: increase graduation rates, increase ACT composite scores and a personal education goal. The vote for the extension was unanimous after the executive session.
“I am very thankful to lead this school system and to serve this community,” Milton said.
In addition to the contract extension, the board agreed to call a special election for March 24, when parish residents will consider the renewal of two property taxes that fund employee salaries and operations for the school district. The election will put nearly 25.75 mills of the 34 mills the school system receives on the ballot.
“These two renewals are critical for us to continue the good work for the children we do every day,” Milton said.
One renewal is an existing annual tax of 14.75 mills for 10 more years beginning in 2019. The tax is expected to generate $4.27 million per year.
The second property tax renewal on the ballot will be for 11 mills for 10 years beginning in 2020. That tax generates $3.18 million per year. A portion of that tax goes toward computer and technology improvements throughout the district.
Milton reminded the board the annual Veterans Day program will take place 9 a.m. Nov. 10 in the West Feliciana Middle School gym and the next board meeting is Nov. 28.