Schools, hospital officials tout importance of millage renewals

No public offices are on the Aug.15 ballot in Plaquemines Parish, but seven millage renewals are—six for Plaquemines Parish Schools and one for Plaquemines Medical Center. As the election draws near, critics are beginning to speak up on social media, so officials for the school district and the hospital district spoke to The Gazette about what to expect if the millage renewals pass or fail.

For Plaquemines Schools, nearly $20 million in annual tax dollars are at stake. Some of the six school renewals could pass while others fail, but the school district is working on the assumption that all will pass or fail as a whole.

Superintendent Denis Rousselle said last week that he believes the millages will pass based on the district’s record of success. Plaquemines Schools regained its A rating from the state Department of Education in 2019 after narrowly missing the top grade in 2018 when the state tightened its criteria. Plaquemines was the second-highest rated school district in the state in 2017 one year after earning an A in 2016. The district will retain its A through 2020 after the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the last nine weeks of the 2019-20 school year.

 

 

 

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