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Beauregard School Board proposition on December 11 ballot

Posted Date: 11/18/2021

           The Beauregard Parish School Board has placed a millage continuation on the December 11, 2021, ballot. The funds generated by the millage will provide for the maintenance and upkeep of Beauregard Parish schools and board-owned facilities, according to Superintendent Timothy J. Cooley.

            The proposition asks the voters to authorize the School Board to levy 9.25 mills tax continuation for the purpose of maintaining and operating public schools in Beauregard Parish.

           “This is not a new tax,” Cooley explained. “It is a continuation of a tax that has been remitted since 1981.”

            The millage generates approximately $2,615,000 annually for a ten-year period.

    The funds will provide for maintaining 13 parish schools and seven support facilities as well as all buildings, property, fixed assets, playgrounds, and sports fields at the schools. It will also be used to maintain new facilitiesBPSB Millage Poster built at all parish schools since the 2011 bond issue and all new structures currently in process or soon to be built under the 2019 bond issue. The funds will also be used to maintain all renovations and repairs to parish schools due to damages from the 2020 hurricanes.

            “Well-maintained schools translate into better learning environments for students,” he said. “This includes plumbing maintenance and repairs, A/C and heating maintenance, mowing and care of school grounds and sports fields, and cleaning and supplies for all buildings.”

            The Beauregard Parish School Board relies on two millage proposals to maintain and operate Beauregard Parish schools for the benefit of approximately 6,000 students and 860 employees who use these facilities on a daily basis as well as the public-at-large who attend sporting events, assemblies, public gatherings, graduations, and other occasions at our parish school facilities, he explained.

            In addition to upkeep and maintenance of board-owned facilities, the millage helps procure fixed assets, instructional aids, technology, and textbooks essential to the operations of public schools in the parish.

            “All citizens of our parish invest in the future of our community by investing in our public schools,” Cooley stated. “Part of that investment is the operations and maintenance of our schools and related facilities.”

            School board administrators have been visiting with local civic organizations to explain the details of this millage continuation and to answer questions. A brochure explaining the proposition is available at the Central Office Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

            The citizens of Beauregard Parish understand the importance of public education and have overwhelmingly supported our public schools for over a century, said Cooley. We appreciate our citizens allowing our School Board to continue its many services to the students and staff as well as to the public through the maintenance and upkeep of our facilities.

            “Please plan to vote during the early voting period November 27 – December 4 or on Saturday, December 11,” Cooley concluded.