LUTCHER — Romeville Elementary School has been placed under corrective action by the state Department of Education for the first time in three years after its School Performance Scores fell just short of required levels, the school’s principal said.

Principal Becky Louque told the St. James Parish School Board Tuesday night the school’s performance scores, or SPS, from the 2010-11 school year totaled 63.5, just 1.5 points from the state’s requirement of 65.

If the school had been allowed to submit test scores from students enrolled in summer school, however, the scores would have topped 70, Louque said.

According to the Louisiana Department of Education’s website, SPS for schools with students in kindergarten through fifth grade are nearly entirely calculated through an assessment index.

Corrective action means the school must offer supplementary services to raise test scores, board member George Nassar Jr. said after the meeting.

Other items on the agenda included:

VACHERIE ELEMENTARY: Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at Vacherie Elementary School will be allowed to attend classes beginning Aug. 22 even if school construction projects are not finished, School Superintendent Alonzo Luce said.

Luce said the school system will make temporary accommodations at the school if construction is not finished.

JOINT AGREEMENT: The board unanimously adopted a resolution executing a joint agreement with the St. James Parish Council for collection of parish sales and use taxes from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012.

According to the agreement, the St. James Parish Council will pay a “pro-rata share” of 29 percent of all reasonable costs of collecting, enforcing and administering the sales and use taxes for both jurisdictions.

Of the $26.4 million in sales and use taxes collected by the School Board last fiscal year, the parish council’s share of expenses totaled $86,746 and the School Board’s share of expenses totaled $217,574, the resolution said.

ATHLETIC BUDGETS: The School Board unanimously approved a recommendation from the board’s Finance Committee to give $25,000 each to the athletic departments at St. James and Lutcher high schools.