The St. James Parish school district’s B grade from the Louisiana Department of Education earlier this month has pleased local school officials.

“It’s good to see our district is still a B,” School Board President Alonzo Luce said during a School Board meeting Tuesday.

“Hopefully we’ll get an A next year,” School Board member Patricia Schexnayder said.

The school district’s B grade for the 2013-14 school year reflects an overall score of 88.1, down by 0.7 of a point from the previous year, according to state records.

The grading scale for an A is 100-150; B is 85-99.9; C is 70-84.9; D is 50-69.9; and F is 0-49.9.

The highest possible score is 150. The top district in the state, the Zachary Community Schools system, received a score of 114.4.

Elementary school performance scores are based on student achievement on annual assessments. High school performance scores are based on student achievement on annual assessments plus graduation rates and Advanced Placement achievements.

The schools in St. James Parish were rated as follows:

Fifth Ward Elementary received a C with a score of 70.0, down from last year’s 76.1.

Gramercy Elementary received a C with a score of 81.0, down from last year’s 83.4.

Lutcher Elementary received a D with a score of 68.0, an increase from last year’s 56.6.

Vacherie Elementary received a B grade with a score of 89.2, an increase from last year’s 86.4.

Paulina Elementary received a B with a score of 90.7, down from last year’s 96.7.

Sixth Ward Elementary received a B with a score of 97.0, up from last year’s 88.8.

Lutcher High received a C with a score of 81.9, a letter grade drop from last year’s B and 91.2 score.

St. James High received a C with a score of 77.9, up from last year’s 77.0.

In other business, the School Board approved an emergency measure for the purchase of a boiler, two cooling towers and two pumps for Lutcher High School after corrosion degraded the aging system, school district architect Perry Segura said.

The School Board also approved a second emergency measure allowing the near half-million-dollar cost of the new system to be included in the parish’s upcoming bond election in May.