Webster school board approves brochure for Phillips, Webster

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The Webster Parish School Board approved a brochure that will explain what will take place if voters approve a proposition to extend the current bonds for district 6.

The brochure will go out to affected students no later than Friday, says architect Perry Watson, with Perry Watson, of Yeager, Watson and Associates LLC.

The brochure explains the issues kindergarten and first grade students face daily at J.E. Harper Elementary School – namely infrastructure and logistics issues.

Inside the brochure, a scaled down site plan shows the additions and renovations that will take place at both J.A. Phillips Middle School and Webster Junior High School. The project is expected to cost approximately $7 million.

“It also has a chart for homeowners that relate to them as far as how much they would have to pay,” buildings and maintenance committee chair Linda Kinsey said. “This brochure is to be sent out to each student who is involved in (bonding) district 6.”

The chart shows how much homeowners and businesses will have to pay per year on their property taxes, and homestead exemption does apply, Watson added.

Along those same lines, two town hall meetings will be conducted at both Phillips and WJHS at 6 p.m. each night. The first one will be at Phillips Monday, Nov. 9, and the second will be at WJHS Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Bonding district 6 includes students who attend schools in the school board districts of Jerri “JJ” O’Neal, Kinsey, Johynne Kennon, John Madden, Frankie Mitchell, Ronnie Broughton and Ronnie Rhymes.

“We need the support of all board members,” Kinsey said. “We know that this is a tax for district 6, but we need everybody’s support.”

The proposition on Nov. 21, will be asking voters in bonding district 6 to extend the current 29 mill property tax already being paid. The extension would be done without raising property taxes.

In other school board news, the board approved:

– Mark Dunn Builders LLC to repair the ceiling to the boys eighth grade restrooms at Webster Junior High for $4,225, using district 6 half-cent sales tax.
– Mitchell Dirt and Asphalt Contractors Inc. to furnish, haul and lay dirt for metal building; compact hot mix at Central School for $5,000, using district 3 maintenance fund.
– Ground Work of Louisiana to refinish the gym floor at Minden High School for $2,630, using district 6 half-cent sales tax.
– The sale of a surplus food service van by auction.

The next school board meeting will be at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7.

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