St. James schools asking for federal communications subsidy

The St. James School Board will seek federal funding to help subsidize telecommunications and Internet services for the parish’s public schools.

Parish Schools Technology Administrator Rickie Boudwin asked the School Board on Tuesday to approve a resolution authorizing the move in time for the 2013-14 school year.

Boudwin said the district is responsible for $130,067, or 17 percent, of the federal government’s yearly assessed cost of services for the school district’s telecommunications.

The federal government’s “E-rate” discount program will save the parish $644,916 annually, according to the school district.

Board members George Nassar Jr., Carol Lambert, Kenneth Foret, Charles Nailor, Patricia Schexnayder, Richard Reulet Jr. and Diana Cantillo approved the resolution.

Other business coming before the board included:

Construction Payments: The School Board unanimously approved certificates of payment for construction work at several schools, including payments of $65,929 for new roofing systems at Gramercy Elementary and Sixth Ward schools; $477,960 for the construction of new media rooms and new classrooms at Paulina Elementary School; $595,122 for magnet additions to Gramercy Elementary School; and $27,000 for a transformer at Gramercy Elementary School.

Supplemental Pay: The School Board approved a supplemental pay list for high school and middle school athletic coaches and trainers.