Webster Parish School Board passes $78M budget

The Webster Parish School Board passed a nearly $78 million consolidated budget during its regular meeting Monday.

Business/Finance Director Crevonne Odom presented the budget during a finance committee meeting prior to the regular meeting. The Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget includes approximately six percent more MFP money from the Louisiana Department of Education than 2016-17 budget, however, the money has more stringent requirements.

“It (the MFP) is allocated to specific things,” Odom said.

The board also adopted a resolution to levy millages throughout the parish. Most property taxes were unchanged with the exception of some Doyline, Cotton Valley, and Dubberly taxes, which saw slight increases. A Springhill tax was decreased by 5 mills. Total revenue expected from the millages is approximately $11.5 million. However, most of the taxes are tied to specific uses, Odom said.

In other business, the Board approved change orders on a range of projects including sod work and irrigation work at Minden High School’s football stadium. “They had to regrade the visitor’s side from the washouts,” said Buster Flowers, head of maintenance for Webster Parish Schools. “They went ahead and sodded that.”

With regard to the irrigation change order, Flowers said upgrades had to be made to accommodate water pressure needs at the field. “The pressure was not enough for the (sprinkler) heads they had,” he said.

Superintendent Johnny Rowland confirmed the first Minden High School home game of the year will be Sept. 22. “We had a little battle with armyworms, but that isn’t uncommon,” he said.

The next meeting of the Webster Parish School Board is set for Oct. 2.

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