Parish School Board addresses student transfers

Published 9:40 am Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The high number of transfers from the Varnado/Angie school district is something that needs to be addressed, Washington Parish School Board member Lesley McKinley said during Monday’s committee meeting.

He asked the board to look at the volume of student transferring from Varnado High and Wesley Ray Elementary to other schools over the years.

“When you continuously lose students, you’re losing dollars to those districts also,” he said.

McKinley said some of those cases need to be examined to determine how to keep the students in the district where they reside.

“We’re going to have to do something,” he said. “You keep losing 15 students a year, that adds up over time.”

He asked the board to consider what programs or activities might need to be added at the schools experiencing a high number of transfers.

“If those schools are lacking in something, then we’ve got to put it there so we can keep those kids where they live,” he said.

During its regular meeting Thursday, the board will consider a list of student transfer requests for the 2014-15 school year.

Also on the agenda for that meeting is the adoption of millages to be levied on the 2014 tax roll on all property subject to taxation by the School Board.

District-wide taxes for the general fund are constitutional tax, 3.91 mills; general operational tax, 5.12 mills; general maintenance and operations tax, 5.12 mills; and general maintenance and operations tax, 4.83 mills.

The board will also consider the Angie district maintenance tax — a special tax of 5.19 mills. Bond and interest taxes are Mt. Hermon district, 13.0 mills; Varnado district, 10 mills; and Tax District No. 4, 18 mills. Those three millages are down from last year. All others would remain at the 2013 rates.

The meeting will take place Thursday at 6:30 p.m.