On Tuesday, August 5, the Morehouse Parish School Board held a meeting that largely saw the speedy conclusion of routine business, such as updating existing school board policies to reflect changes at the state level, reporting on insurance policy renewals and financial updates.

During the recognitions and presentations portion of the meeting, Dr. George Noflin Jr., Superintendent of Morehouse Parish Schools, recognized new hires for the school system.

The superintendent also recognized the LA GEAR UP program at Bastrop High School for receiving a $55,000 grant from the state department of education. The program has received a performance score of 75, and is the number one program in the state of Louisiana.

All present members of the board — Jeff Churchwell was absent — approved a motion to adopt a resolution for the incurring of debt and issuance of $980,000 of Limited Tax Bonds, Series 2014, of Consolidated School District No. 12 of Morehouse Parish, State of Louisiana.

According to Grant Schlueter, who presented this agenda item, this is the item to provide construction funds for the Beekman district and is payable solely from the Beekman tax. It provides for $980,000 and is for a 15-year bond issue.

"A portion of that [$980,000] would be used to refinance and extend the Beekman bond issue from last year and provide $625,000 new money for actual projects," Schlueter said. "...Assuming passage of this resolution this matter is scheduled for consideration by the state bond commission at their August 21 meeting and would be scheduled for delivery the next morning, Friday, August 22 at which time the money would be in the bank and available for projects."

The board also voted to name a building at Morehouse Junior High in honor of Mr. Charles Ross Strickland. Board member Ron Vollmar, District 3, was the only nay vote. Additional information about this agenda item, which was presented during the public comments portion of the meeting, will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Enterprise.