Livingston board votes to expand Live Oaks High’s campus

The Livingston Parish School Board voted Thursday to purchase two plots of land near Live Oak High School in Watson to expand the school’s grounds.

The first plot of land, 7.44 acres on Weideman Road, is located at the back of the school, board member Kellee Dickerson said.

The land will be used to expand Live Oak’s softball and baseball facilities, Dickerson said.

The plot is valued at $282,000. Dickerson said its value is so high because a home is located on the land.

The second plot, 1.89 acres adjacent to Bush Lane, is located near a teachers’ parking lot, Dickerson said. It would be used to expand the parking lot.

The land is valued at $113,000.

Dickerson’s district includes Live Oak High School.

Other items taken up by the board included:

BUDGETS APPROVED: The board approved budgets for the 2013-14 school year, which include a projected $2.6 million deficit in its general fund budget.

The School Board’s budget and goals committee approved the system’s initial 2013-14 budget on Aug. 20. The full board approved the budget Thursday.

The school system initially forecast a $4.7 million deficit when budget drafting began in the spring, Superintendent John Watson has said.

The school system expects to take in about $183.8 million in general fund revenue this school year from a combination of local, state and federal sources.

Meanwhile, expenditures are expected to reach about $186.5 million, the bulk of which will go to instructional programs.

That leaves the school system with a $2,638,083 deficit and an ending fund balance of $11.3 million.

Revenue is up about $3.3 million from the school system’s final 2012-13 budget, while expenditures went up about $6.3 million.

MILLAGES SET: The School Board also approved its millage rates for the 2013-14 year.

The school system’s two parishwide general fund millages — a constitutionally dedicated millage of 3.29 mills and a voter-approved millage of 7.18 mills — remained the same as last year’s levels.

The parishwide construction millage increased by .27 mills, from 4.73 a year ago to 5 mills this year. The parishwide special maintenance millage stayed at 7 mills.