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St. Tammany school board sets bond issue election

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Posted: Feb 22, 2013 9:05 AM
Updated: Feb 22, 2013 9:05 AM
Source: AP

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Topics: COVINGTON, ST. TAMMANY PARISH SCHOOL BOARD, MILLIONS, $135 MILLION, EMPLOYEE SALARIES, TEACHERS

COVINGTON- The St. Tammany Parish School Board has called a May 4 election seeking voter approval for a $135 million bond issue and expanding use of some tax money to include employee salaries and benefits. School leaders said the measures are necessary to support teachers in the classroom and meet new requirements from the state.

Superintendent Trey Folse said with no increase in funding from the state and rising health care and retirements costs, the school system has been forced to cut millions of dollars from the budget in recent years. He says the proposals being made to voters are necessary to maintain the quality of education.

The Times-Picayune reports the school board approved the election Thursday with no debate.

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