Posted: May 5, 2014 4:49 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: May 5, 2014 6:30 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - West Feliciana Parish missed out on millions of dollars to improve its schools after voters in the parish shot down a new property tax.
However, West Feliciana Schools Superintendent Hollis Milton says the top-ten ranked district will continue to do more with less.
"Our hope was that we could get this tax passed so we could get some new opportunities for students, be able to handle the unfunded mandates that are coming down from the state. Right now what we'll have to do is become more efficient and just leaner and meaner," he said.
Parents we spoke with say they are disappointed the 14-mill property tax failed to pass.
"It is upsetting, but I do think we'll find a way to make those things happen.I feel like we're going to fight hard, and we're a very positive school system. I feel like we'll find a way to make it happen somehow," said Laura Lindsey.
The tax would have paid for expanded dual enrollment, opportunities in robotics, advanced placement courses and technology improvements, according to Milton.
"We're disappointed for the students, because there were some new opportunities that we were gonna offer. However, our community is very supportive of us, and the sun will continue to shine as it is today and students are still learning. We're still going to be a very high performing school district," he said.
Milton says the school board will have to make some cuts in programs, but he does not see teachers losing jobs.