PLAQUEMINE — A unanimous vote Monday by the Iberville Parish School Board to buy additional playground equipment for the new Math and Science Academy West came under fire as some board members said existing campuses were being overlooked.
During the board’s earlier Finance Committee meeting, members voted 5-2 to recommend the proposal to the board.
Board members Michael Barbee, Nancy Broussard, Pam George, Yolanda Laws and Albertha Hastings voted to approve the purchase in committee while board members Darlene Ourso and Dorothy Sansoni voted against it.
Ourso and Sansoni questioned how the school district can purchase new equipment for the academy when Iberville and Dorseyville elementaries need new playground items.
“Iberville Elementary only has one playground, and we have a larger enrollment,” Sansoni said. “I feel like all of the schools need to be treated fairly when it comes to this.”
Project Manager Pat Norris said Iberville Elementary School’s playground equipment is “functional, but there’s not much there.”
Ourso added she felt many playground items at Dorseyville Elementary are damaged and unusable.
During the regular board meeting, Chief Financial Officer Jolain Landry said the purchase for the academy was the final one of three previously approved playground equipment projects in the district.
Board President Melvin Lodge said he would like to see playgrounds at all schools reviewed to assess the need for new or updated equipment.
PUPIL PROGRESSION PLAN: In other matters, the board voted to put its proposed 2011-12 pupil progression plan on display to the public.
Chief Academic Officer Elvis Cavalier said two major changes include a new state-mandated grading scale and rewording of policy regarding retention of students who do not pass certain grades.
The School Board will discuss the playground equipment and pupil progression plans in August. Board members Tom Delahaye and Freddie Molden were absent.