Parish schools get ‘clean’ audit

Published 1:31 am Saturday, December 12, 2015

Washington Parish School System Board members received good news at their meeting Thursday night, regarding the district’s 2014-15 audit of general purpose financial statements.

In their report to the board, Todd Tournillon and Brandy Smith represented Postlethwaite & Netterville Accounting Firm of Baton Rouge. They said the district had no findings and the audit was clean and unmodified with no findings.

Assessment and Accountability Coordinator Jackie Jenkins gave a positive presentation concerning test scores.

“Overall, we did see a number of students increase basic and above on all testing across the board,” Jenkins said. “We are very pleased with that.”

District students fared much better than last year on ACT. Scores of 18 and above increased by 22 percent.

“We are very proud of our teachers and students to have that kind of increase on the ACT,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins said the most improved results came in reading skills in the Explore Test.

“It’s really been an effort working to increase our reading scores, and we did it,” Jenkins said.
In business matters, the board:

• Approved advertising for telecommunication service and equipment for e-rate.

• Approved a revision for the Washington Parish School Board Policy File. Student records will be filed under the heading of JR.

Near the end of the meeting, District 1 board member Dan Slocum congratulated Franklinton High School’s football team for making to the Class 4A state semifinals for the second consecutive season. He concluded his comments by wishing everyone a merry Christmas. The remainder of the board members seconded his comments. District 2 board member Dr. John Wyble was absent from Thursday’s meeting.