ST. FRANCISVILLE — Superintendent of Schools Hollis Milton commended the “overall team effort” of teachers, staff, students and parents as the West Feliciana School District received its third consecutive A grade when the Louisiana Department of Education released new performance scores.
“It bodes well for us as a district for the third straight year,” Milton said during the regular monthly West Feliciana School Board meeting Tuesday. “This is a high achievement for our kids and it’s great to see them reach their potential.”
Bains Lower Elementary, Bains Elementary and West Feliciana Middle School each earned A grades, while West Feliciana High School earned a high B.
“We have some work to do but I’m very pleased with the high level we are at,” Milton said. “It’s all about student achievement.”
Also at the meeting, Jim Ferguson, director of Public Works for the parish, talked about the steps necessary for the cleanup and hazardous material abatement of the old St. Francisville High School site on Pecan Grove Road.
Ferguson said the first step is to get general bids from different firms that specialize in deconstruction and abatement of existing structures.
After qualification statements are received and analyzed, contracts should be negotiated and a firm should be selected not based on lowest estimate, but by “looking at qualifications.”
“There are a lot of contractors who will bid on this,” Ferguson said.
Human Resources Supervisor Beverly Grant discussed policies that have undergone minor changes, and Interim Child Nutrition Supervisor Carla Greggs updated the board on the school wellness policy and briefly discussed the first quarter financials of the food and nutrition program for Fiscal Year 2014-15.
Later, Supervisor of Finance and Management Helen “Ruthie” Davis gave an update on the fiscal year 2014-15 budget, saying the first quarter beginning July 1 showed that the system is on track despite running a small initial deficit.
“We’re fine, we’re right at the same spot we were at this time last year,” Davis said. “The good news is sales tax revenues are about 1.5 percent over what we anticipated and the rest will trickle in. I’m pleased with our numbers at this point of the year.”
The board also recognized Contessia Brooks, who has been selected as a member of the Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Council by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Louisiana Department of Education.