School Board receives report on 2013 audit

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish School Board received a report on its 2013 audit at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

Postlethwaite & Netterville director Michael Schexnayder told the board there was $47 million in its general fund and expenses reached $39 million. A $1.8 million surplus was created leaving $21 million in the board's fund balance.

Schexnayder also told the board a new charter school being built on Enterprise Blvd. will have a negative impact.

"The loss of revenue is more than expanses cut," Schexnayder said.

In other news, Loren McIntrye presented the board with a proposed science program that will allow selected students to attend space.

"This is a very exciting time for teachers because we are preparing our students for jobs that don't even exist, yet," McIntyre said.

The MSA-West Aerospace Science, Robotics, Technology and Engineering program is set to launch Feb. 24 with a predisposed nine-week timeline and proposals due April 28.

"It is not free flying up in space," McIntyre said.

The "superexpensive" program has got a pledge of $12,000 from the Louisiana Space Consortium and sought matching funds from the board.

The board also heard from Relay for Life chairperson Lauren Stein seeking participation from the board.

"We are just trying to raise cancer awareness in the school system," Stein said.

Relay for Life is the main fundraising campaign for the American Cancer Society and will be held April 4 in Plaquemine at COPAC.

"There is probably no family that hasn't been affected by cancer," board member Nancy Broussard said.

The board also approved an intergovernmental agreement to collaborate on the District Attorney's Early Intervention Program.

"This keeps someone in your family from being a victim 20 years down the road," assistant district attorney Marty Maley said.