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Bossier Parish School Board President speaks about upcoming property tax millage renewal propositions at Republican Women of Bossier meeting

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Bossier Parish Schools Public Relations Liaison Sonja Bailes discussing the property tax millage renewals that voters will be asked to consider on April 30, 2022 during The Republican Women of Bossier meeting. Photo By (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)

(Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)

The Republican Women of Bossier held their monthly meeting at Silver Star Smokehouse in Bossier City on Tuesday, March 22, where they hosted Bossier Parish School Board President Adam Bass and other school board personnel. During the meeting, the Bossier Parish School Board officials spoke to the audience concerning the upcoming property tax millage renewals that Bossier Parish voters will be asked to consider on April 30, 2022.

Bossier Parish Schools Public Relations Liaison Sonja Bailes said “There will be three propositions up for renewal that affect every student, every school and every teacher. Note that I said “renewals.” They are not new property taxes. Each of the millages is for a 10-year term and they have been on the rolls for well over 20 years. And, they fund our daily core operations.”

The renewal of the three millages totals 47.19 mills. That is approximately $48.5 million.

“The Senior Class of 2021 received more than $31.4 million in college scholarships and TOPS funds. Last year, our students completed more than 1,200 Advanced Placement credit classes and acquired nearly 5,800 hours of Dual Enrollment,” said Bailes.

Bossier Schools is the fastest growing public school district in North Louisiana. And, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that Bossier Parish will continue to grow. In turn, Bossier Schools’ current enrollment of approximately 22,700 students is anticipated to increase to nearly 25,000 students by 2025.

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors passed a resolution to support the three property tax millage renewals by a unanimous vote. The property tax millage renewals have also received the endorsement of the Bossier Parish Republican Executive Committee.

The Republican Women of Bossier is a group of active Republican women who want to be informed and involved in the political process. While their focus is largely political, they offer an element of community service by providing an annual scholarship to encourage young women in politics and by actively supporting law enforcement and the military.

Listed below is a breakdown of the property tax millage renewal propositions:

Proposition 1:

Proposition 1 funds a portion of the existing salaries and benefits earned by BPSB’s nearly 2,900 educators and support personnel. These employees include paraprofessionals, School Resource Officers, librarians, bus drivers, secretaries and others that support student learning.

Proposition 2:

Proposition 2 funds the day-to-day operations and maintenance of BPSB’s 45 schools and facilities, which range from new construction to schools that are nearly 100-years-old. The majority of the schools in the school system were built during the baby boom era of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Thus, these schools are 50 to 60 years-old.

This millage also pays to keep the lights on. It pays for utilities, as well as the existing salaries and benefits earned by maintenance staff.

(The maintenance department has been operating on the same budget for the last 14 years, despite adding new schools and school wings).

Proposition 3:

Every penny of Proposition 3 goes toward paying teachers’ salaries and benefits.

Bossier Parish currently has 1,558 classroom teachers, 1,486 of which are certified.98% of Bossier Parish teachers were ranked highly effective in 2020-21. And, more than a third (525) have a Masters degree or higher. The school system also has 95 teachers and employees with National Board certifications.

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