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I AM GONNA CALL.

WAIT, WHERE DID, WHERE DID THE BOARD SECRETARY GO TO .

GENERAL COUNSEL.

ALL RIGHT.

UH, WITH THE GENERAL COUNSEL.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, AS SOON AS THE SECRETARY TO THE BOARD GETS BACK, I'M GONNA CALL US INTO ORDER AND GET HER TO TAKE THE ROLE.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

I'M GONNA FIND HER.

THERE IT IS.

ALRIGHT.

ALRIGHT.

MADAM SECRETARY, I GAVELED THE, I THINK WE'RE DOING PRAYER FIRST.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

ROLL CALL.

SUE.

LET'S DO THE ROLL CALL FIRST, AND THEN WE'LL DO THE PRAYER AND PLEDGE.

YEP.

YEP.

ROLL CALL FIRST.

[A. Meeting Opening]

ALL RIGHT.

CALL ON THIS MEETING OF THE, THIS WORKSHOP OF THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD TO ORDER.

UM, MADAME SECRETARY, PLEASE CALL THE ROLE DISTRICT THREE PRESIDENT POWELL LEWIS, DISTRICT ONE, VICE PRESIDENT.

MARTIN PRESIDENT.

YOU MEAN DISTRICT NINE NINE.

THAT, YES, SIR.

SORRY.

DISTRICT ONE.

MR. BLUE HERE.

DISTRICT TWO.

MR. ALANIS.

DISTRICT FOUR.

MS. STEWART, PRESENT.

DISTRICT FIVE.

MR. LEWIS.

HERE.

DISTRICT SIX.

MR. RUSS.

PRESENT.

DISTRICT SEVEN.

MR. GODDE.

PRESENT.

DISTRICT EIGHT.

MS. SOLE.

HERE WE HAVE A FORUM.

THANK YOU.

UM, THE INVOCATION WILL BE LED BY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER EMILY SOLE, AND THEN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY CADET SECOND LIEUTENANT MALIA FINLEY MCKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL.

ACCOMPANIED BY SENIOR ARMY INSTRUCTOR, LIEUTENANT COLONEL RETI.

UH, RETIRED.

KENNETH D COPPEL.

MS. SOLE.

THANKS FATHER.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE TOGETHER TONIGHT AS WE SERVE THE COMMUNITY OF EBR SCHOOLS.

MAY WE LOOK AT THINGS TONIGHT WITH, UM, OUR HANDS OPEN AND OUR HEARTS OPEN, AND OUR MINDS OPEN, AND OUR EARS OPEN TO HEAR FROM EACH OTHER AND TO RESPOND IN KINDNESS AND BOLDNESS.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE TOGETHER.

IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN.

GOOD EVENING.

LEADING US IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

THIS EVENING IS CADET SECOND LIEUTENANT MALIA FINLEY.

SHE'S JUST COMPLETED HER FRESHMAN YEAR AT MCKINLEY SENIOR HIGH AND SERVES AS THE PANTHER BATTALION ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, WHERE SHE'S MADE AN IMMEDIATE POSITIVE IMPACT WITH HER GREAT ATTITUDE AND PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP STYLE.

HER DUTY, HER DUTIES INCLUDE MAINTAINING ACCOUNTABILITY, PROMOTIONS, AND AWARDS FOR ALL CADETS.

IN THE PANTHER BATTALION, SHE MAINTAINS A 4.0 GRADE POINT AVERAGE WHILE ENROLLED IN DUAL ENROLLMENT CLASSES FOR GEOGRAPHY IN US HISTORY.

SHE'S ALSO A MEMBER OF THE MCKINLEY BLUE DIAMONDS DANCE TEAM.

G-R-O-T-C.

DRILL TEAM GIRL SCOUTS ATTENDS BALLET AND CHEER CLASSES.

THIS SUMMER, CADET FINDLAY WILL PARTAKE IN AN INTERNSHIP WITH MAYOR WESTERN BROOM'S OFFICE.

CADET FINDLAY'S.

MOST INTRIGUING QUALITIES INCLUDE HER HIGH CHARACTER, INTEGRITY, EMOTIONAL GOVERNANCE, RESPONSIBILITY, AMBITION, AND MATURITY.

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, CADET SECOND LIEUTENANT LEAH FINDLEY.

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OKAY.

I, OKAY.

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

DOES SHE HAVE A WELL, WE OWE YOU A MET WITH RECOGNITION, BUT I VERY RIGHT NOW, SO CONGRATULATIONS VERY MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK AND YOUR EXEMPLARY GRADE CORN AVERAGE AND ALL THE GOOD THINGS THAT YOU'RE DOING WITH THAT.

AND WE WILL GET ONE FOR YOU.

YES, SIR.

AND MAKE SURE IT GETS DELIVERED.

WE'LL MAKE SURE WE GET IT.

OKAY.

WE ALL GONNA GO, MARK, WE'RE ALL GOING DOWN.

MEET.

CONGRATULATIONS.

I AM COMING WITH A MEDAL.

CONGRATULATIONS.

THANK YOU, SIR.

WE, WE ALWAYS HAVE SUCH IMPRESSIVE J-R-O-T-C CADETS THAT COME UP HERE EVERY TWO WEEKS.

AND, AND, YOU KNOW, THEY, THEY, THEIR, THEIR, THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE SO SPECTACULAR AND WE'RE VERY PROUD OF 'EM.

WE DON'T ALWAYS GET TO, TO REALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THEM, BUT, YOU KNOW, IT'S, IT'S, IT'S REALLY IMPRESSIVE THAT PROGRAM AND THE QUALITY AND CALIBER OF STUDENTS IT PRODUCES.

SO, UH, MANY THANKS TO, TO THE COLONEL AND ALL THE PEOPLE IN OUR JR ROTC PROGRAM FOR THE WORK THEY DO FOR OUR KIDS.

[B.1. Presentation of the Proposed 2024-2025 General Fund Budget ]

UM, OKAY.

MOVING RIGHT ALONG, UH, TO ITEM B, ONE, PRESENTATION OF THE PROPOSED 20 24, 20 25 GENERAL FUND, UM, UH, BUDGET.

NOW, UM, MR. SANDLIN, UH, UH, OR MS. ARMAN, UM, WE, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, WE, WE WILL NOT BE TAKING PUBLIC COMMENTS TONIGHT 'CAUSE THERE ARE NO VOTES TO BE TAKEN OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO, UM, BOTH EMAIL US AS THEY ALWAYS DO, AND TO, UH, UH, UH, GIVE THEIR INPUT AT ANY OF THE THREE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS WE'RE GONNA HAVE AT SEVERAL SCHOOLS, WHICH WE'LL ANNOUNCE A LITTLE BIT LATER, AS WELL AS AT THE, UH, NEXT BUDGET HEARING, WHICH WILL BE ON JUNE 6TH, UH, RIGHT HERE.

AND OF COURSE, THE FINAL, UH, BUDGET HEARING HOPE, PERHAPS FINAL BUDGET HEARING ON JUNE 20TH.

SO, UM, UH, TODAY IT IS JUST GONNA BE A PRESENTATION FROM, UH, MS. LOPEZ, AND THEN THE BOARD MEMBERS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO, TO ASK QUESTIONS.

AND WITH THAT, MAY I HAVE A FEW COMMENTS, PLEASE.

UH, BEFORE MS. LOPEZ STARTS, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO, UH, THANK STAFF, THE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM ALONG AS WITH OUR PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF FOR THE FEEDBACK THAT THEY'VE GIVEN ME OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS ABOUT, UH, BUILDING THIS 24, 25 BUDGET.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE FEEDBACK FROM THE BOARD, AS WELL AS DEMEANING QUESTIONS THAT YOU GUYS HAVE ASKED AND PROBABLY WILL ASK THIS EVENING.

UH, NOT TO STEAL KELLY'S THUNDER, BUT THERE'LL BE A FEW THINGS THAT YOU THEMES THAT YOU'LL HEAR THROUGHOUT HER PRESENTATION.

UH, WE SORT OF STARTED WITH THE END IN MIND.

STEPHEN COVEY TALKS ABOUT, UH, HIS SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE.

YOU START WITH THE END IN MIND.

SO WE KIND OF BACKFILL LOOKING AT THE 20 2021, UH, STRATEGIC PLAN.

WE'RE LOOKING AT THOSE STRATEGIC INITIATIVES THAT THE, UH, BOARD ADOPTED, UH, BACK THEN.

UH, ALSO YOU'LL HEAR HOW, UH, WE PLAN TO TACKLE, UH, TEACHER AND, UH, EMPLOYEES PAY RAISES, UH, IN THE BUDGET.

AS YOU PROBABLY ARE AWARE, WE OFFERED A, UH, PERMANENT RAISE OF $1,300, AND I'M SURE THERE'LL BE MORE CONVERSATIONAL HOW WE, UM, UM, PAY OUR STAFF IN THIS DISCUSSION THIS EVENING.

ALSO, YOU'LL HEAR, UH, HOW, UH, STAFF AND I, WE WERE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE NOT DEFICIT SPEND, UH, BY BUILDING A, UH, A RESERVE ACCOUNT AND SO THAT WE CAN ACCESS FUNDING.

UH, AS I APPRECIATE IN THIS CURRENT

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BUDGET, THAT WAS, UH, $111 MILLION SURPLUS.

AND, UH, WE DID SOME DEFICIT SPENDING.

SO WE DIDN'T WANT TO PUT, UH, THE DISTRICT OR THE BOARD IN JEOPARDY WITH CONTINUOUS DEFICIT SPENDING.

AND KELLY WILL TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT.

UH, HOW DISTRICTS ARE PENALIZED IN THE STATE IF THEY, I THINK IT'S FIVE YEARS, THREE TIMES, UH, DEFICIT SPENDING THAT YOU GET DEEMED BY THE STATE.

SO WITH, UM, THIS INNOVATIVE WAY THAT WE WOULD ABLE TO ACCESS THAT RESERVE ACCOUNT BECAUSE, UH, RIGHT NOW WE'RE ALMOST TRIPLE THE ALLOTTED AMOUNT.

UH, THE STATE REQUIRES 7.5.

THE DISTRICT POLICY IS 15%.

I THINK WE WERE RIGHT AT 24%, UH, FUND BALANCE.

SO STILL, KELLY, KELLY, I DIDN'T MEAN TO STEAL SOME OF YOUR PRESENTATION RIGHT NOW ANYTIME, BUT I JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THOSE THINGS AS WE, UH, GET INTO YOUR PRESENTATION.

SO, GOOD EVENING, UH, BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT SMITH.

I WILL BE PRESENTING THE 24 25 PROPOSED BUDGET.

THE ENTIRE BUDGET WAS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON MAY 20TH.

AS AS STATUTE REQUIRES THE BUDGET OF EVERY LOCAL GOVERNMENT MUST FOLLOW THE REVISED STATUTE 39 13 0 7 NOTICE HAS BEEN PROVIDED TO THE ADVOCATE.

A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 6TH IN ALIGNMENT WITH STATUTE.

AN ADDITIONAL HEARING WILL BE HELD PRIOR TO THE JUNE 20TH BOARD MEETING.

WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE BUDGET ON THE AGENDA.

THE DISTRICT HAS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 15TH TO APPROVE A BUDGET.

THE BUDGET IS NOT APPROVED BY JULY 1ST, WHICH IS THE BEGINNING OF THE FISCAL YEAR.

THE DISTRICT WILL BE ALLOWED HALF OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S BUDGET, AND THE SALARY SCHEDULE WILL REMAIN AS IT IS APPROVED IN THE 2324 BUDGET.

A BALANCED BUDGET IS ONE OF WHICH REVENUES EXCEEDS EXPENDITURES.

AS A DISTRICT, OUR FINANCIAL STABILITY IS OF OUR UTMOST IMPORTANCE.

IT ALLOWS US TO PROVIDE FOR THE INSTRUCTIONAL NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS, STUDENTS, AND THE NEEDS OF OUR STAFF.

OUR GOAL IS TO ALIGN OUR FINANCIAL NEEDS OF THE DISTRICT ALONG WITH THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS.

AS, UH, SUPERINTENDENT SMITH EARLIER STATED, WE THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT WERE THE STRATEGIC GOALS, THE PLANS OF THE BOARD AS WERE APPROVED IN JULY OF 2021.

WHAT WERE WE LOOKING FOR IN THIS BUDGET? THESE WERE OUR TOP FIVE PRIORITIES IN NO SPECIFIC ORDER.

EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY, HIGH DOSE TUTORING TO SUPPORT CORE CONTENT MASTERY COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS AND ATTENDANCE AND TRUANCY.

AGAIN, THESE ITEMS ALIGN WITH THE COMMITMENTS AND ACTION FOUND ON PAGE EIGHT AND THE BOARD APPROVED, APPROVED STRATEGIC PLAN.

REVENUES INCLUDE FUNDS THE DISTRICT RECEIVES IN ORDER TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO OUR STUDENTS.

THE GENERAL FUND RECEIVES FUNDING FROM PROPERTY AND SALES TAXES.

OTHER LOCAL SOURCES ARE INCLUSIVE OF MEDICAID.

WE RECEIVE MFP FUNDS AS WELL AS INDIRECT COSTS FROM OUR FEDERAL GRANTS.

SPECIAL REVENUE SOURCES ARE OUR GRANTS THAT ARE IN A SEPARATE BUDGET THAT INCLUDE OUR FEDERAL FUNDS, SUCH AS TITLE AND IDEA STATE GRANTS.

AS EARLY CHILDHOOD AND LITERACY AND LOCAL GRANTS, FEDERAL DOLLARS ARE RECEIVED FROM ALL FROM EACH OF THESE SOURCES.

AND WE WILL GET INTO FURTHER DETAIL INTO THESE WITH THE SPECIAL REVENUE PRESENTATION.

THIS CHART SHOWS MULTIPLE ITEMS TO UNDERSTAND THE REVENUES OF THE DISTRICT.

IN TOTAL, THE NAVY BAR SHOWED THE TOTAL REVENUES RECEIVED BY THE GENERAL FUND FOR EACH OF THE YEARS LISTED.

THE GRAY BAR SHOW THE TOTAL RECEIVED FROM THE SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS INCLUSIVE OF THE PROPOSITIONS AND GRANTS FOR EACH OF THE YEARS LISTED.

THE GREEN IS A SUMMATION OF THE TOTAL REVENUES RECEIVED BY THE DISTRICT FOR EACH YEAR.

THE BLUE LINE AT THE TOP SHOWS THE TOTAL ENROLLMENT POPULATION OF TRADITIONAL RUN SCHOOLS, AND THE GREEN LINE IS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS AT ALL SCHOOLS INCLUSIVE OF TYPE ONE, TYPE TWO, AND TYPE FIVE CHARTER SCHOOLS.

THE NUMBERS AT THE BOTTOM ARE INCLUSIVE OF PROPOSED BUDGETED STAFF FOR EACH OF THOSE YEARS, AS WELL AS THE ACTUAL STAFF AS OF FEBRUARY 1ST OF THE YEAR, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO COUNT THE STUDENTS AND THE STAFF AT THE SAME TIME SO WE CAN CONSISTENTLY PROVIDE ACTUAL NUMBERS.

AS YOU CAN SEE, IN 2018 19, THE TOTAL REVENUE OF THE DISTRICT WAS 630.1 MILLION WITH TRADITIONAL STUDENTS AT 37,503 AND TOTAL STUDENTS OF 44 745.

AS WE MOVE FORWARD TO OUR 24 25 FISCAL YEAR, THE DISTRICT IS PROPOSING TOTAL REVENUES OF 802 MILLION WITH PROJECTED TRADITIONAL STUDENTS OF 32,000 6 0 7 AND PROJECTED TOTAL STUDENTS OF 43,963.

THIS SLIDE SHOWS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN REVENUES RECEIVED THROUGH THE DISTRICT AND THE TOTAL FUNDS PROVIDED TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.

OVER A PERIOD OF TIME.

THE SAME POPULATION STAFFING INFORMATION IS PROVIDED AS IT WAS ON THE PREVIOUS SLIDE.

THIS SLIDE INCLUDES THE REVENUES FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND THE THREE PROPOSITIONS LESS THE CAPITAL PROJECT FUND.

AS YOU KNOW, WHEN THE TAXPAYERS APPROVED OUR PROPOSITIONS, SPECIFIC SITES WERE CHOSEN AS WHAT WE WOULD DO FOR BUILDING SCHOOLS OR IMPLEMENTING NEW FACILITIES AT THE SCHOOLS.

WE CANNOT USE THAT MONEY FOR ANYTHING ELSE

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WHEN THE LOCAL PER PUPIL IS CALCULATED BY THE LDOE.

THESE ARE THE REVENUE FUNDING SOURCES USED TO DETERMINE THESE NUMBERS.

WHILE THE ENTIRE COLLECTION AMOUNT IS USED IN ARRIVING AT LOCAL PER PUPIL, THE DISTRICT IS BOUND BY TAXPAYER VOTE TO BUILD THOSE SCHOOLS.

AS YOU CAN SEE, IN 2018 19, A TOTAL OF 488.8 MILLION WAS RECEIVED IN 2018.

1980 1 MILLION WAS PROVIDED TO CHARTER SCHOOLS FOR AN ENDING NET REVENUE OF $407.4 MILLION.

FOR 24 25, A TOTAL OF 631.9 MILLION IS PROJECTED TO BE RECEIVED.

153 MILLION IS PROJECTED FOR CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR AN ENDING NET REVENUE REVENUE PROJECTION OF 4 78 0.5 EXPENDITURES OF THE PURCHASES THE DISTRICT MAKES TO PROVIDE FOR THE INSTRUCTIONAL NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS.

I HAVE COMPILED THE SAME CATEGORIES THAT THE DISTRICT REPORTS TO THE LDOE, SO IT'S ALWAYS CONSISTENT FOR THE 2324 YEAR.

YOU WILL SEE THAT 54% REPRESENT SALARIES AND BENEFITS.

WHILE WE HAVE ALWAYS STATED THAT 70% OF THE GENERAL FUND IS SALARIES AND BENEFITS, THAT IS NOT TRUE OF ALL FUNDS.

FOR EXAMPLE, PROPOSITION ONE, A LOT OF VERY FEW IS SALARIES.

THE VAST MAJORITY IS CONSTRUCTION PROPERTY AND CONTRACTED SERVICES.

AS THIS IS A COMPILATION OF ALL FUNDS, IT SHOWS AN OVERALL PICTURE.

THIS CHARGE SHOWS MULTIPLE ITEMS TO UNDERSTAND THE EXPENDITURES OF THE DISTRICT AND THE TOTAL.

THE NAVY BAR SHOW THE TOTAL EXPENDITURES BY THE GENERAL FUND FOR EACH YEAR LISTED.

THE GRAY BARS SHOW THE TOTAL EXPENDITURES FOR THE SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS INCLUSIVE OF PROPOSITIONS IN THE GRANTS FOR THE YEARS LISTED.

THE GREEN IS A SUMMATION OF THE TOTAL EXPENDITURES BY THE DISTRICT FOR EACH OF THE YEARS.

THE BLUE LINE AT THE TOP SHOWS THE TOTAL ENROLLMENT POPULATION FOR THE TRADITIONAL DISTRICT RUN SCHOOLS, AND THE GREEN LINE SHOWS TOTAL ENROLLMENT FOR ALL SCHOOLS INCLUSIVE OF TYPE ONE, TYPE TWO, AND TYPE FIVE CHARTERS.

THE NUMBERS AT THE BOTTOM SHOW THE PROPOSED BUDGET STAFF FOR EACH OF THE FISCAL YEARS AS WELL AS THE ACTUAL STAFF AS OF FEBRUARY ONE.

AS YOU CAN SEE, IN 2018 19, THE TOTAL EXPENDITURES OF THE DISTRICT WERE 651.4 MILLION, WITH TRADITIONAL STUDENTS AT 37,503 AND 44, 745 FOR TOTAL DISTRICT TOTAL DISTRICT STUDENTS.

AS WE MOVE FORWARD TO 24 24, THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE OF THE DISTRICT IS 755.1 MILLION WITH PROJECTED TRADITIONAL STUDENTS AT 32,000 6 0 7 AND PROJECTED TOTAL STUDENTS AT 43,963.

AS YOU CAN SEE, BEGINNING WITH 20 20 20 21 EXPENDITURES AND SPECIAL REVENUES BEGAN TO INCREASE WITH ESSER FUNDING.

WITH 24 25 PROPOSED EXPENDITURES ARE COMPLETED.

YOU WILL SEE AS IT'S SLOWLY GOING BACK DOWN.

AS THE ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM WORKED THROUGH THE PROPOSED 24 25 BUDGET, WE SAW BOTH CHALLENGES AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT.

WITH THE ENDING OF ESSER FUNDING THE POSITIONS CURRENTLY ESSER HAVE ALLOWED US TO STRATEGICALLY PLACE STAFF WHERE WE CAN BEST AFFECT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.

THE DISTRICT ENDED THE 2223 FISCAL YEAR WITH AN ANY BALANCE OF $141.4 MILLION WITH 35 AND A HALF MILLION IN ASSIGNED FUNDS.

THE REVISED BUDGET ON THE AGENDA TO BE APPROVED TONIGHT HAS A DEFICIT ENDING BALANCE OF 5.2 MILLION WITH AN ENDING FUND BALANCE OF $136.2 MILLION AND AN ASSIGNED FUND BALANCE OF $35.5 MILLION.

THE PROPOSED 24 25 JOURNAL FUND BALANCE PROVIDES FOR AN ENDING BALANCE OF 2.3 MILLION.

THE TOTAL ASSIGNED FUNDING BALANCE WILL BE 83.5 MILLION WITH AN ENDING FUND BALANCE OF $90.6 MILLION.

THIS SLIDE SHOWS THE GROWTH OF THE FUND BALANCE OVER THE PERIOD, AND I THINK IT'S A REALLY SHOWING SLIDE.

SO WE STARTED IN 1819 WITH $43.4 MILLION.

AND YOU CAN SEE AS IT'S GONE ALONG THE INCREASES, WHICH IS 100% DUE TO ESSER, WE WERE ALLOWED TO NOT ONLY MOVE EXPENDITURES, BUT COLLECT INDIRECT COSTS.

THE ENDING BALANCE IS STATED EARLIER FOR 2324 IS $136.2 MILLION.

SO ADMINISTRATION IS RECOMMENDING A BALANCE BUDGET, TOTAL REVENUE OF 5 78 0.2, TOTAL EXPENDITURES OF 5 75 0.9 FOR AN ENDING BALANCE OF $2.3 MILLION.

WITH ESSER ENDING, THE DISTRICT'S GONNA BENEFIT FROM THE FACT THAT 24 20 20 24 IS A REASSESSMENT YEAR FOR THE PARISH.

PROPERTY TAXES ARE BEING REASSESSED AND WE ARE PROJECTING A 10% INCREASE OR $20.9 MILLION INCREASE IN PROPERTY TAXES.

SALES TAXES ARE BEGINNING TO FLATTEN.

WE ARE PROJECTING 1% INCREASE OR $1.3 MILLION INCREASE.

MFP WILL INCREASE BY $7.8 MILLION.

AND THIS IS INCLUSIVE OF THE DIFFERENTIATED STIPENDS PROJECTED BY LDOE.

INDIRECT COSTS WILL DECREASE BY 12.9 MILLION AS SRNS AND THESE REVENUES WILL RETURN TO PRE COVID COST.

UM, THE INCREASE IN MFP IS BASED LARGELY ON THE FACT THAT LAST YEAR WE WERE AFFECTED BY THE

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WEALTH FACTOR, WHICH DECREASES BY $5 MILLION AS NONE OF OUR PROPERTY, OUR SALES TAX WILL INCREASE, REACH THAT LEVEL.

WE WILL NOT BE AFFECTED THIS YEAR.

WHILE ESSER HAS ENDED, THE DISTRICT HAS WORKED TO ALIGN EXPENDITURES WITH THE NEEDS OF OUR DISTRICT.

SALARIES WILL INCREASE TO $212.7 MILLION WHILE ESSER POSITIONS WILL STILL BE NEEDED.

PRIMARILY PEOPLE LIKE OUR ESL TEACHERS, OUR ESL INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALISTS, THESE POSITIONS AND OTHERS HAVE RETURNED BACK TO THE GENERAL FUND.

THE DISTRICT IS EXPANDING LITERACY AND FUNDING CURRICULUM NEEDS OF ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, AS WELL AS THE TRANSPORTATION ROUTING NEEDED TO MAKE SURE ALL OF OUR STUDENTS GET TO SCHOOL.

AS YOU WOULD SEE THE SALARIES INCREASE, OF COURSE, OUR BENEFITS ARE GONNA INCREASE AS WELL.

HOWEVER, WE DID HAVE A SLIGHT BENEFIT IN THE FACT THAT TRSL IS REDUCING THEIR EMPLOYEE OR CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT TO 21.51% AND LESSERS IS REDUCING IT TO 25.8%.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACTS WILL DECREASE TO 18.2 MILLION.

AS THE ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM REVIEWED EACH OF THESE CONTRACTS AS WELL AS MET WITH BOARD LEADERSHIP, THIS ALLOWED THE DISCUSSION OF GOALS, NEEDS AND COMMITMENTS OF THE DISTRICT TO THE STRATEGIC PLAN TO ALIGN WITH OUR CONTRACT SERVICES.

PROPERTY SERVICES WILL INCREASE SLIGHTLY AS THE DISTRICT MOVES TO LEASING MORE BUSES RATHER THAN PURCHASING.

THIS WILL ENSURE THAT MORE BUSES ARE ON THE ROAD AND AS OUR ALLOWS OUR MECHANIC SHOP TO CATCH UP, OTHER PURCHASE SERVICES WILL INCREASE BY $12.7 MILLION.

AS OUR PROPERTY INSURANCE HAS INCREASED, AND WE WILL CONTINUE DUAL ENROLLMENT IN THE DISTRICT.

AS THE GRADE LEVELS CONTINUE TO GROW OUT, MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES WILL INCREASE TO $31.3 MILLION AS LIBRARY BOOKS, TEXTBOOKS.

MATERIALS OF INSTRUCTION AT OTHER ITEMS THAT WERE FUNDED BY ESSER IN PREVIOUS YEARS ARE RETURNING TO THE GENERAL FUND.

PROPERTY WILL INCR WILL DECREASE TO 2.1 MILLION.

AS WE STATED EARLIER, WE ARE GONNA FOCUS ON LEASING MORE OF OUR BUS FLEET RATHER THAN PURCHASING BUSES.

APPROPRIATIONS WILL DECREASE AS THE BOARD STIPENDS HAVE ENDED AND THE DISTRICT WILL NO LONGER BE FUNDING THE 10% OF NON-REFUNDABLE FEMA PORTION OF THE FLOOD FROM 2016.

CHARTER SCHOOLS WILL GROW, BUT THEY'RE GONNA GROW AT A SLOWER RATE.

ONLY FIVE SCHOOLS ARE INCREASING GRADE LEVELS AND NO NEW TYPE ONES ARE OPENING THIS YEAR.

AS STATED BEFORE, THE ADMINISTRATION IS CLEAR ON THE INITIATIVES AND THE COMMITMENTS THE BOARD HAS INCLUDED IN THE STRATEGIC PLAN WHEN THEY APPROVED IT IN 2021.

THESE ARE ALIGNED WITH THE GOALS OF LDOE WHEN BUILDING THE BUDGET ADMINISTRATION ENSURED THESE AREAS WERE KEPT TOP OF MIND SO THAT FUNDING WOULD FOLLOW THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS.

SO LET'S GO THROUGH EACH OF THESE KEY INITIATIVES AND TALK ABOUT THE GENERAL FUNDS SPECIAL REVENUES AND THE TOTAL FROM ALL FUNDS.

EARLY CHILDHOOD.

AS ALL KNOW, WE DO NOT RECEIVE MFP FOR OUR YOUNGEST STUDENTS.

THESE WILL BE FUNDED THROUGH OUR GRANTS AT $18.1 MILLION FOR NEXT YEAR.

LITERACY WILL BE FUNDED AT A TOTAL OF 17.1 MILLION.

HIGH DOSE TUTORING WILL BE COVERED AT $3.7 MILLION.

TOTAL COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS WILL BE AT 17 POINT A HALF MILLION.

AND ATTENDANCE AND TRUANCY WILL BE AT $7.7 MILLION.

TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION IS A TOP PRIORITY OF THE ADMINISTRATION.

WE ARE PROPOSING A $1,300 RAISE FOR ALL STAFF, EXCLUDING 81 0 1, WHICH IS YOUR TOP LEVEL CHIEFS.

FURTHER, THE DISTRICT IS PROPOSING A SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT STIPEND BASED UPON SCHOOL SITE PERFORMANCE MEETING CERTAIN GOALS.

THE LDOE PROPOSED DIFFERENTIATED STIPEND WILL FUND THE CONTINUATION OF THE EFFECTIVE RATING STIPEND FOR OUR HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHERS.

AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS IS THE 2324 COMPENSATION FOR A TEACHER OF THIS YEAR.

SO FIRST YEAR TEACHER, IT WAS 47,800.

THIS IS A FIRST YEAR TEACHER WITH JUST A BACHELOR'S DEGREE.

A BOARD PROVIDED A STIPEND OF $2,000.

LDOE PROVIDED A STIPEND OF $2,000 FOR A TOTAL COMPENSATION OF $51,800.

AS THESE WERE BOTH STIPENDS, THEY WERE NEVER BUILT INTO THE SALARY SCHEDULE AND WERE ONE-TIME PAYMENTS ARE.

THEY WERE PAID TWO DIFFERENT TIMES DURING THE YEAR.

FOR THE 24 25 SCHOOL YEAR, THE DISTRICT IS RECOMMENDING A $1,300 RAISE FOR ALL STAFF.

WE WILL CONTINUE WITH THE EFFECTIVE RATING STIPENDS FOR HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHERS AND THE SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT STIPEND THAT IS POSSIBLE FOR INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF AT ALL SCHOOL SITES.

FOR AN A SCHOOL, THERE IS A POSSIBLE 5% INCREASE ABOVE THE CURRENT SALARY SCHEDULE, OR FOR A FIRST YEAR TEACHER, 50,150.

FOR AN F SCHOOL, THERE IS A POSSIBLE 6% INCREASE ABOVE THE CURRENT SALARY SCHEDULE ARE 51,150.

SO HOW WILL WE CONTINUE THIS ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION? A TRANSFER WILL BE MADE INTO FROM THE UNASSIGNED GENERAL FUND BALANCE INTO A SPECIAL GENERAL FUND RESERVE.

THAT MUST BE DONE THROUGH A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD MOVING 50% OF ANY FUNDS REMAINING

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AT THE END OF THE YEAR OF THE GENERAL FUND, INCLUDING ALLOWING THE FUND TO INCUR ALL OF ITS INTEREST EARNED ON ITS PORTION OF THE MONEY TO ASSIGN FOR THE USE OF ONLY SALARIES AND STIPENDS.

NOTHING ELSE.

IT WILL BE VERY SIMILAR TO PROPOSITION THREE AT ANY TIME THE SPECIFIED RESERVE FUND WAS UNABLE TO SUSTAIN THE FUNDING FOR THE RAISES, THEN THE ADMINISTRATION WILL HAVE TO WORK TO DETERMINE THE FUNDING SOURCE FOR EACH OF THEM.

HOWEVER, THROUGH CONTINUED IDENTIFYING OF EFFICIENCIES IN THE RIGHT SIZING OF THE DISTRICT, THE ADMINISTRATION'S CONFIDENT THAT THIS FUND WILL REMAIN HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE.

AND IT WILL BEGIN WITH A BALANCE OF $45 MILLION.

SO WHAT IS THE SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT STIPEND? SO THE ADOPTION OF THE SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT STIPEND ALLOWS THE ENTIRE INSTRUCTIONAL FACILITY STAFF TO INCREASE THEIR COMPENSATION THROUGH MEETING CERTAIN GOALS.

SO THEY WORK TOGETHER TO MEET THESE GOALS, WHICH IS SO IMPORTANT AS WE WORK, OUR STAFF WORK TOGETHER WITH OUR STUDENTS AND BECOME A GROUP WORKING AS ONE.

SO FOR OUR SPS RANGE OF 80 OR HIGHER, THESE ARE OUR A OR B SCHOOLS.

THEY EARN TOP GAINS AND OPPORTUNITY HONORS LABELS, WHICH IS NOT ONLY DO YOU EARN TOP GAINS, BUT YOU MOVE SUBGROUPS, WHETHER THAT BE OUR ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED OR AN ESL POPULATION.

YOU RECEIVE $500 FOR EACH INSTRUCTIONAL EMPLOYEE OFFICIALLY LISTED AT THAT SCHOOL SITE FOR SCHOOLS WITH AN SPS OF 50 TO 70.9, THESE ARE OUR C OR D SCHOOLS.

IF THEY INCREASE THE SPS BY A LETTER GRADE OR BY FIVE POINTS, THEY RECEIVE $750.

SCHOOLS WITH AN SPS OF 49.9 OR LOWER WOULD RECEIVE $1,500 IF THEY EXIT A US STATUS FOR THE SCHOOL THAT HAS A LIFE BELOW A 40.

IF THEY MOVE THE SCHOOL EIGHT POINTS, WHILE THAT WILL NOT GET THEM OUT OF A US STATUS, EIGHT POINTS IS AN AMAZING, AMAZING EFFORT BY OUR STAFF.

THEY WOULD STILL RECEIVE THE $1,500.

SO WHAT IS THE DISTRICT STRATEGIC INITIATIVE FUND? THE DISTRICT DISTRIBUTOR EVENT WILL PROVIDE A TOTAL OF $3 MILLION FOR BOARD LEADERSHIP TO WORK THROUGH BOTH THE STRATEGIC PLAN AND THE MASTER FACILITIES PLAN WITH THE RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD.

THE FUND WOULD ALLOW ONLY CONTRACTED SERVICES TO BE FUNDED, NO POSITIONS, NO SALARIES, AND NO BENEFITS WOULD BE INCLUDED.

ALL CONTRACT SERVICES, REGARDLESS OF THE AMOUNT, WOULD BE SUBJECT TO AN RFP TO ENSURE THE ACCOUNTABILITY AND THE TRANSPARENCY OF ALL, UM, EXPENDITURES TO THE PUBLIC.

AS THESE ARE ONE-TIME ITEMS FOR THE BOARD.

THAT WOULD BE COMPLETED BY JUNE OF 2026.

THE FUND WILL NOT BE REPLENISHED AND ANY REMAINING FUNDS WOULD GO BACK TO THE GENERAL FUND.

SO WHILE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, LET'S TOUCH ON THE BOARD PRIORITIES FOR THE OPERATIONS TO SUPPORT OUR CHILDREN.

SO TRANSPORTATION IS GOING TO WORK WITH GPS ON ALL THE BUSES AND BEGIN WORKING WITH VENDORS ON CAMERA INSTALLATIONS FACILITIES.

THAT'S ARAMARK $500,000 FOR FENCING AND A MILLION DOLLARS FOR GROUNDS WORK.

WE ARE THE ADMINISTRATION'S ALSO WORKING RIGHT NOW ON DIFFERENT GRANT OPPORTUNITIES THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR ADDITIONAL FENCING TO BE PURCHASED SO WE CAN GET MORE SCHOOLS DONE QUICKLY AND QUICKER.

SECURITY IS INCREASING BY $300,000 FOR OUR DAY-TO-DAY OFFICERS AT OUR SCHOOLS.

AND IT IS WORKING DILIGENTLY TO PLACE CAMERAS AT OUR CAMPUSES TO ENSURE THE ABILITY TO MONITOR BOTH OUR STUDENTS AND OUR STAFF.

SO WHAT ARE OUR OPPORTUNITIES? NUMBER ONE IS ROLLING FORWARD TO THE MILLAGE.

AS I SAID BEFORE, WE ARE VERY THANKFUL OF THE FACT THAT IT HAS LANDED IN 2024 AND IS A REASSESSMENT YEAR SO THAT WE ARE ABLE TO INCREASE OUR PROPERTY TAXES.

WE'LL CONTINUE TO IDENTIFY EFFICIENCIES TO THE DISTRICT FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO REVIEW LAND SALES AND THE EVALUATION OF UNDERPERFORMING SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

AND THE ADMINISTRATION HAS CHARGED EACH DEPARTMENT WITH LOOKING FOR DUPLICATED PROCESSES AND DEVELOPING INDIVIDUAL STRATEGIES FOR EFFICIENCIES.

AGAIN, THIS IS OUR BUDGET TIMELINE.

WE WILL HAVE PUBLIC HEARINGS AGAIN, AS STATED BEFORE ON JUNE 6TH AND JUNE 20TH.

THE DISTRICT IS PLANNING THREE SCHOOL-BASED BUDGET MEETINGS THAT WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON THROUGH BOARD DOCS SO THAT WE ARE COMPLETELY TRANSPARENT WITH ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS THROUGH THIS ENTIRE PROCESS.

ANY QUESTIONS? GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE, UM, WITH COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS FIRST THAT WE HAVE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH MS. LOPEZ FOR SHARING.

IT'S SUCH A DETAILED PRESENTATION, MS. STEWART.

THANK YOU MS. LOPEZ.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

OKAY.

SO I HAVE A QUESTION AS IT RELATES OF COURSE, TO THE PROPOSED OPPORTUNITIES FOR INCREASED COMPENSATION.

SURE.

AND, UM, I'M A LITTLE CONFUSED BECAUSE,

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UH, I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION WHEN IT WAS INITIALLY EXPLAINED TO ME MM-HMM.

THAT, UH, THE INCENTIVES WERE GOING TO BE GIVEN TO THOSE INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF THAT ARE ALREADY EXISTING AT THOSE SPELLING SCHOOLS TO TRY TO, UM, PROMOTE, UH, THOSE PERSONS TO WANT TO BE THERE VERSUS THEM HAVING TO, UH, EXIT OUTTA A US OR MOVE THE NEEDLE.

SO IF THEY DON'T EXIT OUT OF A US OR MOVE THE NEEDLE, THEN THAT COMPENSATION ISN'T CONSIDERED.

MY UNDERSTANDING WAS TO INCENTIVIZE THOSE PERSONS OR STAFF THAT ARE AT THOSE FAILING SCHOOLS TO TRY TO, UH, ENCOURAGE OUR TEACHERS TO WANT TO GO TO THOSE SCHOOLS.

'CAUSE WE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH, UH, STAFFING AT THE FAILING SCHOOLS.

SO THOSE ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS, RIGHT.

AS FAR AS WHAT I'M SAYING AND WHAT ACTUALLY THE INCENTIVE IS, NO, THE INCENTIVE IS BASED ON MOVING THE SCHOOLS THERE.

IT, IT BENEFITS, IT BENEFITS THEM TO WANT TO GO TO THAT SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY GET ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION AS IF I'M AT AN A SCHOOL, I WOULD ONLY GET 500, BUT IF I GO TO AN A US SCHOOL OR A FAILING SCHOOL, I WOULD GET 1500.

BUT REGARDLESS OF WHAT SCHOOL THEY'RE AT, THE PURPOSE OF THE STIPEND IS TO ASSIST OUR STAFF TO BE MOTIVATED TO MOVE THE NEEDLE.

RIGHT.

BUT MY REQUEST AND, UM, SOME OF THE BOARD MEMBER DISCUSSION WAS TO ACTUALLY TRY TO INCENTIVIZE TEACHERS TO WANT TO GO TO THE FAILING SCHOOLS PERIOD VERSUS, UH, GOING THERE TO MOVE THE NEEDLE.

AND DON'T GET ME WRONG, WE WANNA MOVE THE NEEDLE.

SURE.

UM, BUT IF GOING THERE, UH, ENTAILS THAT I HAVE TO MOVE THE NEEDLE AT CERTAIN POINTS OR OUTTA A US AND THEY DON'T GET THERE, THEY WON'T RECEIVE THAT STIPEND.

CORRECT.

THEY WILL NOT.

NO, EXACTLY.

SO I WOULD ASK THAT SOME TYPE OF CONSIDERATION BE GIVEN TO THE BUDGET TO GIVE, UH, AN INCENTIVE TO THOSE, UH, FACULTY AND STAFF THAT ARE ALREADY AT THE EXISTING FAILING SCHOOLS OR FOR, SO FOR, FOR THOSE STAFF TO WANT TO GO TO THOSE EXISTING SCHOOLS TO BE THERE BECAUSE WE ARE HAVING HARD PROBLEMS STAFFING THOSE SCHOOLS.

AND MOST DEFINITELY OUR BOARD MEMBER STUART, WE CAN TAKE THAT UNDER CONSIDERATION.

UH, THIS PAST MAYBE A FEW MONTHS AGO, WE DID APPROVE, UM, A DIFFERENTIATED STIPEND WHERE FOR RECRUITING WITH HR WITH, UH, DR. HALL.

UH, BUT ALSO WHAT HISTORY HAS TOLD US IS THAT HAS SHOWN US THAT SOMETIMES THEY START OFF THERE BUT THEY DON'T STAY.

AND SO THAT'S WHY WE WANTED TO BUILD IN A PERFORMANCE BASE STIPEND TO ENSURE THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT THEY STAY THERE AND STAY WITH THE DISTRICT.

BECAUSE OFTEN THAT WE GIVE THE STIPEND UP FRONT AND THEN THEY GONE BY SEPTEMBER.

MM-HMM.

.

AND YEAH, I UNDERSTAND THAT AND THAT MAKES SENSE.

BUT I WAS JUST TRYING TO SEE HOW WE CAN MAYBE COLLABORATE AND THAT IT MAKES SENSE, UM, NOT TO JUST GIVE THE MONEY AND NOT HAVE ANY TYPE OF, UH, THINGS SET IN PLACE FOR THEM TO STAY, BUT I WANTED TO INCENTIVIZE THEM AT LEAST TO GO THERE AND THEN MAYBE KIND OF BREAK IT DOWN AND STAY THE, YOU KNOW, GET THE OTHER PORTION OR SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT.

SURE.

SURE, SURE, SURE.

MOST DEFINITELY.

THANKS MR. GORE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK YOU MS. KELLY AND YOUR STAFF AND ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WORKED ON THIS WITH YOU.

UH, I VIEW THIS BUDGET PRESENTATION AND THE BUDGET AS IT'S PRESENTED IN A CONSOLIDATED MANNER WITH THE STRATEGIC INITIATIVES OUTLINED AND THINGS LIKE THAT AS A VAST STEP FORWARD THAT, UH, I, I REALLY WANT TO SEE US CONTINUE, UH, AND, AND GET MORE INVOLVED AND DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO THAT.

UH, I ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE RECOGNIZES THAT DESPITE THE, UH, THOUGHTS OF MANY, UH, WE HAVE HAD VERY PRUDENT FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP BY THIS BOARD AND THE PAST ADMINISTRATION LEADING US TO THIS POINT WITH A VERY MINOR DEFICIT THIS YEAR.

MM-HMM.

AND IN A POSITION TO DO A DEFICIT, UH, BE ABLE TO WORK OUT NEXT YEAR AND DO THOSE KINDS OF THINGS WITHOUT FINANCIAL DISTRESS.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE ONLY ENDED UP WITH THE $5 MILLION DEFICIT THIS YEAR AND PEOPLE WERE SCREAMING THAT WE WERE $30 MILLION AND SO ON AND SO ON, AND WE'RE NOT FALLING OFF A CLIFF.

YEAH.

AND SO PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING.

THAT UM, A COUPLE OF THINGS I I'D LIKE TO SPEAK TO, AND PARTICULARLY I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS FUND THAT WE'RE ESTABLISHING FOR SALARIES.

THE PURPOSE OF THAT FUND, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, IS TO BE ABLE TO SMOOTH TRANSITIONS INTO SALARY INCREASES AND THINGS LIKE THAT WITHOUT TECHNICALLY HAVING A DEFICIT SPIN.

CORRECT.

NOW I JUST WANT MAKE SURE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT IS.

'CAUSE BEING A CFO

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OF A, A PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANY, THIS WOULD BE ILLEGAL TO DO THIS.

BUT IT'S NOT, I'M NOT SAYING WHAT WE'RE DOING IS ILLEGAL AT ALL.

IT'S NOT NO.

BUT THE AUDITORS AND THE LAWYER SAID IT'S OKAY.

YES.

NO, NO.

IT'S TOTALLY OKAY.

IT WOULD BE ILLEGAL IF WE WERE A PRIVATE COMPANY OR SURE.

OR FOR-PROFIT COMPANY, UH, DOING THIS.

BUT RECOGNIZE, AND I WANT TO ASK YOU TO AMEND SOMETHING YOU SAID.

SURE.

THIS IS NOT LIKE PROP THREE.

PROP THREE IS PUT IN BY A VOTE OF THE PEOPLE BY LAW.

IT CAN ONLY THAT ONLY HAPPEN.

CORRECT.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE AS A BOARD ARE ESTABLISHING BY A RESOLUTION AND BY A RES RESOLUTION IT COULD BE DONE AWAY WITH.

SURE.

THERE IS NOTHING IN HERE EXCEPT THE WILL OF THE BOARD KEEPING THIS FUND TOGETHER.

CORRECT.

AND GOING IN THIS, SO IT IS NOT LIKE PROP THREE.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT.

NOW I'D LIKE FOR YOU TO WALK THROUGH WITH ME THE SALARY INCREASES.

MM-HMM.

BECAUSE I THINK SOME OF THE VERBIAGE HAS REALLY GOTTEN AWAY FROM THE IMPACT.

OKAY.

SO LAST YEAR, A STARTING TEACHER, AND I'M LOOKING AT SALARY SCHEDULE RIGHT NOW, A STARTING TEACHER WITH ZERO EXPERIENCE WOULD MAKE $47,800.

CORRECT.

AND THEN TO THAT $47,800 WE HAD AN EBR BONUS OR EBR STIPEND OF $2,000.

CORRECT.

AND A STATE STIPEND OF $2,000.

CORRECT.

SO THAT TEACHER SAW IN HER PAYCHECK, HER NET OR TAKE HOME, NOT NET HER OR NOT TAKE HOME, HER GROSS PAY WAS $51,800.

CORRECT.

AND WE STILL HAD THE PERFORMANCE STIPEND AVAILABLE TO THEM IN THAT YEAR.

ALSO.

THE EFFECTIVE WRITING, CORRECT.

YES.

THE EFFECTIVE RATE.

OKAY.

SO THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ANOTHER, WAS IT $500, $550 FOR HIGHLY EFFECTIVE IF, IF YOU GET THAT.

OKAY.

AND THAT'S AN IF YOU GET THAT CORRECT.

OKAY.

SO THIS YEAR WHILE WE HAVE RAISED THE SALARY SCHEDULE MM-HMM.

TO 49 100.

SO WE'VE RAISED THE SALARY SCHEDULE BY $1,300.

CORRECT.

WHICH I FULLY AND A HUNDRED PERCENT SUPPORT.

I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE DONE IT LAST YEAR.

BUT I FULLY AND SUPPORT THAT BECAUSE ONCE IT'S IN THE SALARY SCHEDULE, IT BECA IT IS MUCH MORE PERMANENT.

'CAUSE WE HAVE TO BE IN SEVERE FINANCIAL DISTRESS YES.

TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.

SO I'M TOTALLY INVOLVED IN THAT, BUT I JUST WANTED PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT A TEACHER THIS YEAR, BECAUSE THE STATE STIPEND IS UP IN THE AIR AND WE REALLY CAN'T DO THAT.

AND WE HAVE NO STIPEND OF OUR OWN IN HERE TO DO THAT.

SO THAT STARTING TEACHER THIS YEAR WHO LAST YEAR MADE $51,800 PLUS A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE OPPORTUNITY THIS YEAR WOULD ONLY BE MAKING 49,001, UH, $49,100, OR SEE THAT THEIR CHECK BE $2,700 LESS THIS COMING YEAR THAN IT WAS LAST YEAR.

YES.

THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THE 1300, LIKE YOU POINTED OUT, IS IN THE SALARY SCHEDULE WHERE THE OTHER ONES WERE STIPENDS THAT WERE PAID TWO TIMES THE YEAR.

SO, SO THERE IS MORE MONEY IN THE SALARY SCHEDULE, BUT THE NET IMPACT IS THE TEACHERS TAKE HOME $2,700 LESS THAN THEY TOOK ON THIS YEAR.

YES.

OKAY.

BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE IT IN A SALARY SCHEDULE, BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT THE TOTALS.

SURE.

SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT PAY RAISES, I THINK WE NEED TO BE VERY CLEAR BECAUSE IT'S NOT REALLY A PAY RAISE, IT'S A SALARY SCHEDULE CHANGE.

AND TO ME, CALLING THAT A PAY RAISE IS A LITTLE BIT DISINGENUOUS BECAUSE WE'RE ACTUALLY GONNA BE PAYING THEM LESS AND I CAN'T SUPPORT THIS BUDGET WITH THAT IN THERE.

OKAY.

AT A MINIMUM, I THINK WE OUGHT TO HAVE AS A BOARD A MINIMUM OF $700 STIPEND GOING IN THERE.

SO AT LEAST OUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE TEACHER SALARY IS EQUAL TO LAST YEAR.

AND WITH INFLATION AND EVERYTHING ELSE, I DON'T THINK THAT'S EVEN ENOUGH.

I'D PREFER US TO SEE A THOUSAND DOLLARS STIPEND COMING FROM US AND WE CAN ROLL IT INTO THIS FUND THAT WE ARE ESTABLISHING AND TAKE IT OUT OF THAT FUND.

SO WE DON'T IMPACT THE NEGATIVE IMPACT.

BUT I CAN'T SIT HERE IN GOOD CONSCIOUS, SAY I'M GONNA PAY TEACHERS LESS THAN I PAID THEM THIS YEAR.

OKAY.

I CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE STATE.

THE STATE IS THE STATE AND THAT'S UP TO THE LEGISLATURES AND WHAT THEY DO.

BUT I REALLY FEEL VERY, VERY STRONGLY THAT WE NEED TO SUPPORT OUR TEACHERS AND NOT AS A DISTRICT PAY THEM LESS NEXT YEAR THAN WE PAID THEM THIS YEAR.

SURE.

I'D LIKE TO SEE THEM, I'D LIKE TO SEE US EVEN PAY THEM.

LIKE I SAID, I'D LIKE A THOUSAND DOLLARS STIPEND ON TOP OF THIS TO AT LEAST WE GIVE 'EM A $300 RAISE ACROSS THE BOARD, UH, FOR THIS.

AND I, AND THE SUPPORT STAFF IS, IS THE SAME THING, BUT A LESS LESSER NUMBER BECAUSE IT WAS A THOUSAND DOLLARS STIPEND, I BELIEVE IT WAS.

I, YEAH.

I PUT THAT ON THE BOTTOM OF SLIDE, UH, 19 SO

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I COULD REMIND EVERYTHING.

SO I I I'M JUST SAYING, I, I THINK, I THINK WE'RE NOT BEING PRECISE WHEN WE CALL THIS A A PAY RAISE.

IT'S A SALARY SCHEDULE INCREASE, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT PAY AS TO WHAT PEOPLE GET IN THEIR PAYCHECK, IT'S NOT A PAY RAISE.

SURE.

IT'S ACTUALLY A PAY CUT SURE.

IN THIS.

SO THAT'S SOMETHING I, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE DONE.

AND I REALLY HAVE A HARD TIME.

I, I CAN'T ACCEPT THE SCHEDULE, UH, AS THIS ALSO, UM, WE DID TALK ABOUT TRANSPORTATION AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

I'M GRATEFUL THAT YOU PUT THIS IN, BUT WE ALSO HAVE A HUGE AMOUNT OF DEFERRED MAINTENANCE AT SCHOOLS AND I THINK WE OUGHT TO LOOK AND SEE AND IF WE CAN DO SOMETHING, BECAUSE WE GOT LOTS OF AIR CONDITIONERS COMING UP.

I GO AROUND SOME OF THE SCHOOLS AND WE GOT RELATIVELY, I WAS AT HIGHLAND AND WE GOT RELATIVELY NEW BUILDINGS AND THE FASCIA BOARDS ARE STARTING TO ROT AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO, UH, I, I THINK WE OUGHT TO THINK ABOUT IS THERE SOME WAY WE CAN START MAKING A PRIORITY PRIORITIZED SCHEDULE AND DEFERRED MAINTENANCE TO GET SOME OF THESE THINGS THROUGH.

I RECOGNIZE I'M ASKING FOR A WHOLE LOT AND WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DO ALL OF THAT THIS YEAR.

AND THEN THE LAST THING YOU MENTIONED, AND I WANT TO KEEP COMING BACK TO HIGHLIGHT, PART OF THE REASON WHY WE GOT THIS TYPE OF PRESENTATION IS YOU AND YOUR TEAM UTILIZE THE NEW COMPUTER SYSTEMS THAT WE GAVE THEM.

I THINK VERY EFFECTIVELY.

I HAVE TALKED WITH, UH, PURCHASING AND THEY'RE NOW USING THE WORKFLOW AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

WE HAVE TO GET ALL OF OUR SYSTEMS ON THAT NEW SYSTEM.

WE, I, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US SET DEADLINES FOR WHEN WE NO LONGER WRITE PAPER CHECKS TO VENDORS SURE.

AND SET DEADLINES FOR WHEN HR IS FULLY ON BOARD, UH, IN THIS.

SO WE CAN COORDINATE PAYROLL AND WE CAN COORDINATE ALL OF THE HIRING AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

UH, ON HERE.

AND THE OTHER THING ON TRANSPORTATION, I REALIZE I'M GIVING YOU A LAUNDRY LIST.

I'M TRYING TO GO SLOWLY.

THE OTHER THING I WANT TO HAVE ON HERE IS AS WE ADDRESS TRANSPORTATION, IT IS CRITICAL AND WHETHER OR NOT WE GO, BECAUSE I THINK WE OUGHT TO GO WITH THIRD PARTY SOLUTIONS FOR CAMERAS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT WE HAVE TO HAVE POSITIVE CLOCK IN, POSITIVE CLOCK OUT FOR BUS DRIVERS SO THAT WE CAN START TO MAKE SENSE OF HOW WE PAY, PAY OUR BUS DRIVERS.

UM, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT'S GONNA LEAD INTO, BUT UNTIL WE HAVE THAT INFORMATION, WE'RE, WE'RE FLYING IN THE DARK BECAUSE I DON'T, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING.

AND I, WHEN I RUN THE NUMBERS, I COME UP WITH INSTANCES WHERE WE'RE PAYING.

I'M NOT SAYING BUS DRIVERS ARE OVERPAID, SO DON'T ATTACK ME.

BUT WE ARE PAYING SOME BUS DRIVERS AT AN HOURLY RATE HIGHER THAN TEACHERS.

AND I THINK WE REALLY HAVE TO GET OUR ARMS AROUND THAT AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT IS.

SO THOSE, THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS AND THOSE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS I'D LIKE TO SEE.

BUT THE MOST IN PARTICULAR IS, UH, I THINK WE HAVE TO FIND A WAY THAT WE DON'T REDUCE THE TEACHER TAKE HOME.

AGAIN, I CAN'T DO, I CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT THE STATE DOES, BUT I CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT WE DO HERE IN THIS DISTRICT.

SURE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

BEFORE WE MOVE FORWARD, I JUST HAVE A, A QUESTION TO ASK MR. SHALIN, AND NO, NO OFFENSE TO YOU, MR. GOD.

SHOULD WE HAVE BEEN SETTING TIME LIMITS FOR OUR COMMENTS OKAY.

WORKSHOP, RIGHT? THAT'S, YEAH.

NOT FOR WORKSHOPS.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

UH, I'VE ENTERED INTO THE QUEUE AS WELL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH MR. GODDE, FOR SHARING.

UM, AND MY QUESTIONS OR FOLLOW UP TO MR. GOD'S QUESTIONS.

UM, MS. LOPEZ, JUST FOR THE SAKE OF TEACHERS AND, UH, EMPLOYEES WHO MAY BE LISTENING, UH, AS WELL AS THOSE EVEN IN THE ROOM THAT MAY NOT HAVE CLARITY ON WHAT THIS PROCESS IS LIKE.

SO THE FIRST IS MR. GODDE MENTIONED ABOUT, UM, PROP THREE MM-HMM.

AND HOW THIS IS NOT OPERATE HOW PROP THREE MM-HMM.

DOES.

COULD YOU GIVE MORE CLARITY IN REGARDS TO THAT IN LAYMAN'S TERMS? SURE.

I USE PROPOSITION THREE JUST AS A COMPARISON BECAUSE PROPOSITION THREE IS ONLY FOR SALARIES.

IT WAS ONLY USED FOR COMPARISON'S SAKE.

HE IS CORRECT THAT IT'S NOT EXACTLY THE SAME.

SO PROPOSITION THREE IS IN THE TAX PLAN, VOTERS VOTED TO ALLOW US TO HAVE THE PERCENTAGE OF THE PENNY.

SO 51% GOES TO PROP ONE, 8% GOES TO PROP TWO, AND THE REMAINDER GOES TO PROPOSITION THREE.

AND THAT IS ONLY TO BE USED TO COVER A PORTION OF SALARIES FOR ALL NON-GRANT FUNDED EMPLOYEES.

AND THAT IS WHAT WE USE IT FOR.

IT CAN BE ADJUSTED UP OR DOWN AND THE PERCENTAGE WISE BASED UPON THE GENERAL FUND, BUT IT IS USED ONLY FOR SALARIES AND BENEFITS.

SO THAT'S HOW I USED IT IN THE COMPARISON.

SO THE RESOLUTION THAT Y'ALL WOULD BE DOING IS WE'RE TAKING UNASSIGNED GENERAL FUND MONEY AND WE'RE PLACING IT IN A SEPARATE FUND CALLED THE GENERAL FUND RESERVE.

AND THE REASON I USE THAT EXAMPLE WAS THE INTENT OF ADMINISTRATION IS THIS IS

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TO ONLY BE USED FOR SALARIES AND BENEFITS FOR OUR STAFF.

THAT IS THE THOUGHT, THAT IS THE PURPOSE.

AND BY PUTTING IN A RESOLUTION, A A, A SINGLE PERSON OR A SINGLE ADMINISTRATOR, A SINGLE BOARD MEMBER COULD NOT SAY, I WANNA USE ALL OF THIS AND BUY A THOUSAND BUSES.

IT CAN'T BE DONE THAT WAY.

THE ONLY WAY TO UNDO THIS IS BY A FIVE VOTE RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD.

SO IT'S KIND OF LIKE A LITTLE SAFETY NET.

YOU GOT SOME GUARDRAILS ON IT.

THIS IS WHAT IT IS MEANT TO DO AND IT'S MEANT FOR THE GOOD OF THE DISTRICT.

SO THAT IS WHY I USE THAT COMPARISON THOUGH.

HE IS 100% CORRECT.

PROP THREE IS TAXPAYER MONEY SPECIFICALLY VOTED ON FOR THAT REASON.

SO FOR CLARITY, THAT MEANS, AND DID YOU WANNA RESPOND FIRST? NO.

AND I WAS JUST GONNA ASK KELLY JUST TO SAY THE ALTERNATIVE, IF WE DIDN'T ASSIGN IT, WE WOULD PROBABLY DEFICIT SPIN.

NO, NO, NO.

THAT'S NOT, YEAH.

DEFICIT SPIN.

YES.

SO THEN MY, MY FOLLOW UP QUESTION IN REGARDS TO THAT MEANS THAT AT ANY POINT WITH ANY FUTURE BOARD MM-HMM, THAT THIS COULD BE CHANGED IS WHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

YES.

OKAY.

THAT WAS ONE QUESTION.

THE OTHER IS, UM, MR. GODDE MENTIONED MR. SALARY SCHEDULE CHANGE VERSUS PAY RAISE.

WILL YOU EXPLAIN THAT FOR THE SAKE OF THOSE WHO ARE LISTENING? SURE.

SO MR. GODES, AND, AND HE'S AGAIN, 100% CORRECT .

SO LAST YEAR THE TAKE HOME YEARLY PAY FOR A TEACHER WAS MORE BECAUSE SHE HAD THE $2,000 LDOE STIPEND AND THE $2,000 BOARD STIPEND.

SO THE OVERALL YEARLY PAY FOR A TEACHER WAS AN ADDITIONAL $4,000 IN THIS BUDGET.

WE ARE PRO PRODUCE, WE ARE ASKING TO GIVE A $1,300 RAISE.

NO, IT IS NOT $4,000.

IT IS A $2,700 DIFFERENCE.

ABSOLUTELY.

THE REASON THAT THIS IS BUILT INTO THE SALARY SCHEDULE IS IT'S PERMANENT.

IT IS A RAISE.

IT DOESN'T GO AWAY UNLESS WE, AS HE SAID, POLICY.

IF WE ARE IN COMPLETE DIRE STRIKES BANKRUPTCY, THEN YOU CAN ADJUST A SALARY SCHEDULE.

THAT'S ABOUT THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN TAKE AWAY A RAISE.

AND, AND CAN I, CAN I ADD ALSO THERE IS NO STIPULATION ON THE $1,300 LIKE WE PUT ON STIPENDS.

FOR EXAMPLE, IF A TEACHER START IN NOVEMBER, THEY MAY NOT GET THE STIPEND, BUT IF YOU START IN NOVEMBER, YOUR SALARY IS THAT $1,300 RAISE THE PAYMENT PROCESS FOR A STIPEND AND FOR A RAISE ARE DIFFERENT.

SO A RAISE IS JUST WHAT IT SAYS.

IT'S BUILT INTO YOUR SALARY.

SO FOR A TEACHER WHO GETS 20 PAYCHECKS, THAT $1,300 IS DIVIDED BY 20.

YOU GET A LITTLE BIT EVERY TIME.

IF YOU QUIT, OF COURSE YOUR SALARY GOES AWAY.

SO THAT'S THE END OF THAT.

A STIPEND IS A ONE-TIME PAYMENT.

SO WE PAID IT TWICE THIS YEAR, SO WE PAID ONE IN OCTOBER AND WE PAID ONE IN MARCH.

SO THEY RECEIVED $2,000 LESS RETIREMENT AND TAXES AND $2,000 LESS RETIREMENT AND TAXES THOSE TWO TIMES OF THE YEAR.

IT'S NOT BUILT INTO THEIR PAYCHECK.

AND ALSO I'D LIKE TO ADD, SO IF YOU WERE A FIRST YEAR TEACHER, ZERO EXPERIENCE, AND YOU WAS DECIDING WHICH A PARISH THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK FOR, WELL THIS $1,300 WOULD PUT US AHEAD OF SOME SURROUNDING PARISH.

CORRECT.

WHICH WAS THE GOAL OF THE SUPERINTENDENT.

THAT WAS HIS FIRST QUESTION.

KELLY, GET ME IN TOP FIVE .

OKAY.

SO THANK YOU.

SO WHAT THAT, AND, AND YOU'VE ALREADY ANSWERED THIS QUESTION, BUT I JUST THINK ABOUT, LIKE I SAID, MYSELF AS I WOULD APPLY FOR A JOB.

THE FIRST THING THAT I'M GONNA DO IS CHECK OUT THE SALARY SCHEDULE AND IT'S GOING TO DETERMINE WITH MASTERS AND HOWEVER MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, HOW MUCH WOULD I MAKE? AND AUTOMATICALLY WE'RE SAYING THAT THAT WOULD BE PLUS $1,300 AS COMPARED TO PRIOR YOUR SALARY SCHEDULE.

YES, MA'AM.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

OKAY, MR. MARTIN.

UH, LATER.

OKAY, MR. RUSS PUT ME ON MY BACK FOOT.

MR. MARTIN, I WAS WAITING FOR YOU TO SEE WHAT YOU HAD TO SAY.

UM, SO FIRST OFF, THANK YOU TO, UM, OUR CFO AND OUR SUPERINTENDENT, UM, FOR DOING THEIR ABSOLUTE BEST TO, TO PUT TOGETHER AN ORGANIZED BUDGET FOR US.

UM, I CAN, I CAN AT MINIMUM SAY THAT AT LEAST THE, THE PRESENTATION AND THE PROCESS OF, OF HOW YOU'RE PUTTING THIS IN FRONT OF YOUR BOARD IS IMPROVED.

UM, THE, THE, THE, THE FIRST THING I DO WANNA SPEAK ON THOUGH THAT I WOULD BE REMISS IF, IF WE DON'T KIND OF COME BACK TO THIS WELL, IS THAT WE, WE'D STILL NEED A VASTLY IMPROVED BUDGET PROCESS.

AND MY CONCERN HERE IS WE ARE IN A VERY, VERY SIMILAR SITUATION TO WHERE I FOUND MYSELF A YEAR AGO WHERE FOR THE FIRST TIME I'M SEEING A, UH, A BUDGET PROPOSAL IN MAY.

AND WE'VE GOT A VERY TIGHT TIMELINE, UH, TO GET A BUDGET PASSED IF, IF WE WANT TO,

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UH, PREVENT, YOU KNOW, DISRUPTIONS IN HOW WE PAY OUR EMPLOYEES AND, AND KEEP THE DISTRICT RUNNING.

AND, UH, I CERTAINLY APPRE APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN PUT INTO THIS, UH, THE, THE PRIORITIES THAT YOU PUT INTO THE BUDGET.

UM, BUT, BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT, THAT WE NAME THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE A BETTER PROCESS BEFORE WE GET TO THIS POINT FOR HOW, HOW OUR ADMINISTRATION ENGAGES WITH ITS BOARD, EITHER THROUGH WORKSHOP FORMAT OR, OR EVEN JUST SIMPLE MEETINGS AND ENGAGES WITH THE PUBLIC IN DECIDING WHAT, WHAT YOUR PRIORITIES ARE GOING TO BE WHEN BUILDING A BUDGET.

AND, AND I DON'T, I CERTAINLY BELIEVE AND AGREE THAT A BIG PRIORITY FOR OUR BUDGET THIS YEAR HAS TO BE HOW WE COMPENSATE OUR TEACHERS AND SAY, YOU'RE NOT OFF THE MARK THERE.

UM, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT WE HAD A GOOD PROCESS FOR HOW WE GOT HERE.

AND SO THAT'S, THAT'S NOT TO, UM, JUST TO, YOU KNOW, STICK ANYBODY IN PARTICULAR.

IT'S JUST THAT WE HAVE ALL TALKED ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR PROBLEM AS A BOARD, UH, SINCE I JOINED THE BOARD.

AND I WANT TO CONTINUE TO HARP ON THAT UNTIL WE DO BETTER, RIGHT? AND, AND THAT TAKES ALL OF US, UM, FIGURING OUT HOW WE'RE GONNA DO THAT.

WHETHER THAT'S WE WE BRING IN OUTSIDE HELP OR WE'RE LED BY OUR SUPERINTENDENT OR BY OUR STAFF, OR WE DO IT AS A BOARD.

UM, I I, I SWEAR IF WE GET TO NEXT MAY, AND IT'S NO DIFFERENT, I'M JUST GONNA LOSE MY MIND.

BUT WE GOT A YEAR, SO LET'S TRY TO DO OUR BEST.

SO SPECIFIC FEEDBACK ON THE BUDGET THAT I DO WANT TO GIVE, UM, I'M GONNA TRY TO KEEP IT REALLY HIGH LEVEL.

I'VE GOT A LOT OF OTHER QUESTIONS, BUT I'M JUST GONNA TRY TO SEND THOSE, UM, TO OUR SUPERINTENDENT, UH, TO HELP ME UNDERSTAND DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF WHAT WAS BUDGETED AND WHY.

UM, I, I THINK THAT THE, THE IDEA OF CREATING A $45 MILLION FUND, UM, I THINK IS A NOVEL WAY OF SOLVING TWO PROBLEMS, RIGHT? UM, WE, OF COURSE, WE DON'T WANT TO BE OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH WHAT THE STATE SAYS WE SHOULD BE DOING FINANCIALLY, AND I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, WE ALSO WANT TO SHOW COMMITMENT TO OUR STAFF.

UM, AND SO I I, I, WHEN I WAS PRESENTED WITH THIS IDEA, I KIND OF SAW IT AS WELL, WE'RE, WE'RE EFFECTIVELY, WE'RE DOING MULTI-YEAR BUDGETING, RIGHT? WE'RE DRAWING ON THE SURPLUS WE HAVE AND WE'RE SETTING ASIDE SOME MONEY FOR THE FUTURE.

AND, AND THAT SENTIMENT I CAN GET BEHIND WHAT CONCERNED ME IS A COUPLE OF THINGS.

ONE $45 MILLION IS A HECK OF A LOT OF MONEY.

THAT IS AN INCREDIBLY, UH, LARGE DECISION TO BE MAKING HERE.

AND I WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE MAKE THAT DECISION CAREFULLY.

UM, TWO, I I, WHILE I SEE ALL THE BENEFITS OF THIS PROPOSED SOLUTION, I THINK ULTIMATELY IT HOWEVER CREATES A SCENARIO WHERE WE'RE KICKING A CAN DOWN THE ROAD, UM, AS OPPOSED TO DOING THE HARD WORK AND THE TOUGH THINGS TO FIND A PERMANENT RAISE FOR OUR STAFF AND OUR GENERAL BUDGET.

WE ARE DRAWING ON TODAY'S SURPLUS AND SETTING IT ASIDE FOR TOMORROW AND THE NEXT YEAR AND THE NEXT YEAR, AND WE'RE EFFECTIVELY MAKING THIS ANOTHER BOARD, ANOTHER SUPERINTENDENT'S PROBLEM.

AND I DON'T KNOW THAT I CAN AGREE WITH THAT.

UM, I DON'T DISAGREE THAT THIS MAY BE A GOOD SOLUTION, UM, TO, TO GET INNOVATIVE ABOUT HOW WE PAY OUR STAFF.

BUT I THINK THAT WE HAVE TO GO BACK AND, AND DIG A LITTLE DEEPER.

I THINK WE NEED TO FIND A WAY TO, TO EFFECTIVELY FIND THIS MONEY FOR AT LEAST THE, AT LEAST THE CHANGE IN THE SALARY SCHEDULE.

THAT $1,300 OR WHATEVER WE'RE GONNA DO NEEDS TO BE PAID FOR OUT OF OUR GENERAL FUND, AND WE'VE GOTTA FIND THAT MONEY.

UH, IF WE'RE NOT, THEN WE ARE NOT DOING THE WORK FOR OUR DISTRICT.

WE, WE ARE PULLING THE WOOL OVER OUR STAFF'S EYES AND MAKING IT APPEAR THAT EVERYTHING'S FINE WHEN IT'S NOT.

WE, WE DON'T HAVE A WAY TO SUSTAINABLY PAY FOR THAT RAISE, MAYBE FOR THREE YEARS, FOUR YEARS, BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHERE WE'LL BE IN THREE, FOUR YEARS.

AND IF THAT MONEY RUNS OUT, THAT'S NOW ANOTHER PERSON'S PROBLEM.

AND SO MY RECOMMENDATION WOULD BE, UM, THAT WE SHOULD STILL TAKE SOME OF THIS SURPLUS FUNDING AND PUT IT INTO A FUND.

BUT MY SUGGESTION WOULD BE, UH, FUND ABOUT THREE YEARS WORTH OF STIPENDS THAT WOULD INCENTIVIZE THE TOP PERCENT OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHERS, UM, TO GROW OR TO REMAIN IN OUR DISTRICT.

UM, SO THAT WE CAN, CAN RETAIN TOP TALENT AND ATTRACT TOP TALENT INTO OUR SCHOOLS AS WELL AS OUR, OUR STRUGGLING SCHOOLS.

UM, AND FUND THAT FOR A FEW YEARS SO THAT WE CAN MEASURE THAT, SEE IF IT IS EFFECTIVE AND PIVOT, UM, IF IT IS OR IF IT ISN'T, AND CONTINUE TO DECIDE WHETHER WE WOULD WANT OR NOT WANT TO PUT MONEY INTO THAT.

UM, I THINK WE NEED TO GIVE A REAL PERMANENT RAISE FROM OUR GENERAL FUND, UH, MAKING CHOICES IN OUR PERMANENT BUDGET ON HOW TO DO THAT.

I WOULD ALSO ASK THAT OUR, OUR

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SUPERINTENDENT AND TEAM COME UP WITH A WAY, UH, ON HOW WE'RE GONNA FUND FUTURE INCREASES.

WE, WE KEEP SAYING YEAR AFTER YEAR, UH, THAT WE'VE GOTTA PUT TOGETHER A MULTI-YEAR PLAN FOR HOW WE'RE GONNA ESTABLISH PERMANENT PAY INCREASES.

I, I DON'T THINK THIS $45 MILLION DOES IT.

I THINK IT'S A BANDAID.

UM, I WOULD ALSO LIKE THAT WE ASK THAT WE BUILD THE COST OF IMMEDIATE STRATEGIC INITIATIVES INTO OUR EXISTING BUDGET, THOSE THAT WOULD BE FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR.

UM, I KNOW THAT MANY OF US HAVE TALKED FOR QUITE SOME TIME ABOUT THE WORK THAT WE WANT TO DO THAT'S AHEAD.

UM, BUT I WOULD ASK FOR COSTS FOR A BUDGET CONSULTANT, A FACILITIES MASTER PLAN, FUTURE STRATEGIC PLANNING, AND THEN WE'RE PROBABLY GONNA NEED ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO F FACILITATE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ON, UH, FUTURE POLICY DECISIONS AROUND FACILITIES, ACADEMIC AND ENROLLMENT POLICIES, BUDGET, FINANCIAL POLICIES, ALL THOSE THINGS COST MONEY.

UM, AND I THINK WE'RE GONNA NEED A LOT OF OUTSIDE HELP.

UM, AND SO THOSE ARE, THOSE ARE THE THREE KEY PIECES OF FEEDBACK I WANT TO GIVE ON THE BUDGET.

UM, I REALLY APPLAUD THE I, THE, THE CREATIVE THINKING THAT YOUR TEAM HAS PUT BEHIND THIS.

UH, I'M ASKING YOU TO GO BACK AND DIG A LITTLE DEEPER AND CUT A LITTLE DEEPER AND, UH, AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO.

UM, I, I ALSO DO AGREE, UM, WITH SOME OF MR. GOODE'S SENTIMENTS THAT, UH, WE MAY NEED TO LOOK AT AT COMPENSATION AND HOW WE MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE NOT EFFECTIVELY GIVING OUR STAFF A DECREASE IN COMPENSATION THIS YEAR.

UH, SO I THINK THERE'S A LOT TO TALK ABOUT, BUT, UM, THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START.

THANKS.

THANK YOU, MR. SHAMBLIN.

OKAY.

THANK YOU MR. ALANIS.

THANK YOU.

UH, MADAM PRESIDENT.

UH, IT'S A LOT TO BE SAID.

FIRST I'LL SAY, UH, SUPERINTENDENT SMITH AND YOUR STAFF, PHENOMENAL WORK STRUMMING THROUGH THIS.

UM, A LOT OF THE CONVERSATION THAT CAME OUTTA LAST YEAR, AND I'M NOT PUTTING THIS ON YOU, I'M NOT PUTTING THIS ON YOUR STAFF, BUT I WILL SAY THE RUMOR MILL HAD ENOUGH SO MANY PEOPLE THINKING THAT WE WERE IN SUCH A CRITICAL DIRE PLACE, AND WE HEARD NUMBERS AS HIGH AS $50 MILLION, $70 MILLION, WHICH HAS ESSENTIALLY PLACED US IN THE POSITION THAT WE WERE IN LAST YEAR WHERE WE WANTED TO GIVE HIGHER RAISES TO THE PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR OUR DISTRICT, BUT WE DIDN'T BECAUSE WE WANTED TO BE GOOD STEWARDS.

THEN.

NOW WE'RE HEARING A TOTALLY DIFFERENT STORY, WHICH I GUESS PUTS SEVERAL OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS IN A PLACE WHERE, LIKE, WHAT IS TRUE AND WHAT ISN'T TRUE, RIGHT? AGAIN, NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU, BUT A LOT TO DO WITH THE INFORMATION THAT'S BEEN GIVEN OUT TO PEOPLE.

UM, ONE OF OUR FORMER COLLEAGUES, UH, MS. KATIE KENON WAS, IS ONE OF THE MAIN PROPONENTS OF SAYING THAT SHE HAD RECEIVED THE SAME LEVEL OF INFORMATION AND WE DON'T KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM.

WHAT I WILL SAY IS, THOUGH, UH, SEVERAL PIECES, RIGHT? ONE, THE STIPEND FOR THE 1500.

I JUST DON'T SIMPLY THINK THAT'S GONNA BE ENOUGH NOT TO MAKE TEACHERS GO TO, UH, ACADEMICALLY UNDERPERFORMING SCHOOLS AND EXPECTING TO WANNA STAY THERE.

UH, I REMEMBER WITH LAST YEAR, WE OFFERED AS MUCH AS, UH, I THINK IT WAS $5,000, MAYBE $6,000 FOR THOSE WHO WANTED TO GO INSIDE OF THOSE ACADEMICALLY UNDERPERFORM, UH, UNDERPERFORMING SCHOOLS.

AND I COULD SPECIFICALLY REMEMBER ONE OF THE COMMENTS THAT WERE SAID WAS, I WILL QUIT MY JOB BEFORE I GO TO SCHOOL IN NORTH BATON ROUGE AND WORK SOMEWHERE WHERE I'M NOT HAPPY AND WHERE I FEEL LIKE I'M NOT SAFE.

THOSE THINGS SETTLED REAL DEEP INTO MY SPIRIT.

AND I, AGAIN, I CAN APPRECIATE THE 1500.

I JUST DON'T THINK IT'S ENOUGH.

I THINK WE HAVE TO GIVE MORE AND WE CAN FIND MORE TO GIVE.

UM, THE $1,300, THE THING THAT CONCERNS ME IS THAT WE HAVE TO START FORECASTING THINGS THAT, UH, ARE ON THE HORIZON.

ONE OF WHICH IS GONNA BE THE BREAKAWAY.

F ST.

GEORGE CREATES THEIR OWN DISTRICT.

AND WE PUT OURSELVES IN A PLACE WHERE WE CREATE A BUDGET THAT GETS BIGGER, BUT THEN OUR DISTRICTS BEGINS TO SHRINK.

DUE TO A LOT OF THOSE CHANGES IN OUR SYSTEM, THAT'S GONNA CREATE A PROBLEM.

AND I JUST WANT US TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THAT AND, UH, PAY VERY, VERY CLOSE ATTENTION IN KNOWING THAT WE'RE MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS ON BEHALF OF EVERYONE.

ANOTHER THING I'LL SAY IS, UM, WE, I HEAR A LOT ABOUT US GIVING MONEY TO TEACHERS, AND I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT, AS I WILL ALWAYS SAY THEY'RE FRONTLINE WORKERS, BUT WE ALSO HAVE OTHER FRONTLINE WORKERS.

WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO TO COMPENSATE BUS DRIVERS WHO HAVE TO RIDE IN THE BUSES IN THE HEAT THAT THEY'RE IN? UM, I DO HAVE QUESTIONS AROUND THE BUSES, UH, IN TERMS OF LEASING, BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US GET OUR OWN FULL-TIME FLEET IF WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO.

BUT I ALSO UNDERSTAND THIS IS THE MEANS OF TRYING TO SAVE MONEY.

SO IT MAKES SENSE.

UM, WHAT ARE WE DOING FOR OUR CAFETERIA WORKERS? IF WE RECALL LAST YEAR, WE HAD OVER A THOUSAND PEOPLE THAT WALKED OUT BECAUSE THEY SAID THAT FOR YEARS THEY WERE BEING LOOKED OVER AND UNDERAPPRECIATED BECAUSE WE DIDN'T DO ENOUGH.

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