VILLE PLATTE — The Evangeline Parish School Board adopted a new annual operating budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year on Wednesday.

Business Manager Amy LaFleur reported that the school district anticipates $57.4 million in revenues while total expenditures are expected to be $58.8 million. Other revenue sources totaled $390,426. The board expects to end the fiscal year with a $50,000 surplus.

Also, LaFleur announced that sales tax collections for the months of July and August showed a $73,000 decrease over the same period a year ago. She urged school employees to do as much of their shopping in the parish as possible to help the sales tax efforts.

Other items discussed during the meeting included:

ASBESTOS CONTRACTS: The School Board approved renewing its three-year contract with Air Environmental Services for conducting asbestos re-inspections and management plan updates for all school buildings at a cost of $7,500.

Some board members wanted to know if the price quote had gone up since the last contract and board President Wayne Dardeau wanted to know if the board is paying for inspections at buildings where asbestos had been removed in the past, such as at Pine Prairie High School.

Central Office staff is expected to have the answers in time for the next meeting.

AWARD-WINNING TEACHER: The board was told that Ville Platte High School teacher Kenneth Kidder will be honored by the American Chemical Society for formulating a Pre-Advanced Placement course of instruction at the school.

SHOW OF APPRECIATION: The board received a plaque of appreciation from the Southern University Agriculture Center for sponsoring its annual “Back to School” summit, which drew 600 people.