Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

School board term limits OK’d

Webster Parish School Board members will be subject to term limits, and the Evergreen Fire District has secured funding after the polls closed yesterday.

Scott Richard, Executive Director of Louisiana School Boards Association, said the new term limits law will take effect January 1, 2014.

"All board members' service prior to January 1, 2014 does not count toward the term limit," he said. "The term limit would be effective after two and a half terms in three consecutive terms from the date of January 1, 2014."

This means board members who have already served two and one-half terms will continue to be able to serve for another 12 years and the number of terms of office that school board members may serve is now limited to three consecutive four-year terms.

Both Richard and Johnnye Kennon, Webster Parish School Board President, said they were pleased to see voters exercise their rights.

"We respect the rights of voters and their opinions," Kennon said.

"This decision was made across the state by voters in local districts," Richard said. "We now hope the administration will focus on more meaningful measures to truly support the improvement of public education."


Voters in Evergreen Fire District 1 chose to continue funding their local volunteer fire department yesterday, with 86 percent (178 individuals) of voters in favor and 14 percent (30 voters) against.

The proposition will tax property owners served by the Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department 10 mils for 10 years. This is the fourth consecutive time millage has been passed by voters for the Evergreen Fire District.

Evergreen Fire Department President R.O. Machen, said he is deeply humbled by the support of the Evergreen Fire Department, shown in the passing of the proposition.

"On behalf of the Evergreen Fire Department, I want to thank voters for their tremendous vote of confidence," Machen said. "We want to continue to provide the best rating so the lowest insurance rates are available to property owners in the district.

"We would appreciate the opportunity to speak to those who opposed the proposition and always welcome public comments regarding the department," he continued.






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