PPSB Meeting 6/5/2023: Discussions on Assessors Office and School Board Budget

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In this article, we will be discussing the Plaquemines Parish School Board meeting that took place on June 5, 2023. We will delve into the key points and discussions that occurred during the meeting, including the invocation, the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call, approval of the agenda, committee reports, property tax millages, and recognitions.

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

The meeting began with an invocation by Miss Monica Wertz, followed by the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by Christy Arbro. The attendees were urged to appreciate the blessings of summer and make their homes places of joy, love, and peace while also being considerate and helping others.

Roll Call and Declaration of Quorum

Mr. Russo, Parliament, Jennifer Sam, and Madam President were all present for the roll call, confirming the quorum required for the meeting to proceed.

Approval of the Agenda

A motion was made to approve the agenda with the following addendums: the elimination of agenda items 402 and 403, and the addition of agenda item 407 for discussion and appropriate action regarding the approval of a purchasing agent and property control of the salary schedule teacher account 233 days. The motion was seconded and passed.

Ad Hoc and Standing Committee Reports

Mr. Nico Testbitch presented the minutes of the ITEP committee meeting of the Plaquemines Parish School Board held on May 15, 2023. The committee discussed proposed ITEP applications for Stoltaven New Orleans at their Braith Wake plant, specifically focusing on job creation, salaries, and potential tax exemptions. The committee did not make a recommendation regarding the approval or rejection of these applications but discussed adopting a policy and procedures for future ITEP applications.

The Budget and Finance Committee report was presented by Miss Christie Arbro. The committee discussed renewing the property tax millages for 2023 and explored various scenarios associated with the renewal. The committee also discussed revising the purchasing agent and property controller salary schedule for teachers and accountants. Both reports were approved and will be presented at the next regular school board meeting on June 5th.

Property Tax Millages

Miss Catherine Phelan, the CFO for the school board, provided detailed information regarding the property tax millages for 2023. She explained the justification for going to the approved maximum millages for the year, emphasizing that reassessment might cause valuations to rise or fall, and going to the approved maximum would help keep revenues consistent. Different millages, including salaries and benefits, technology, and capital improvements, were discussed, and it was determined that going to the approved maximum millages would result in increased revenue. The impact on taxpayers was also addressed, with the increase on a two hundred thousand dollar home estimated to be approximately two dollars.

Recognition of Mr. Kenny Pekovic

The meeting included a special recognition of Mr. Kenny Pekovic, who will be retiring on June 30th after 33 years of service to the Plaquemines Parish School Board. Mr. Pekovic began his career as a kindergarten teacher at Burris High School, where he had previously graduated. He later took on roles as a Title One facilitator and the Director of Secondary Education for the district. His dedication and impact on the education of thousands of students were acknowledged, along with his ability to give constructive feedback that helps people grow. Mr. Pekovic expressed his gratitude for being entrusted with the education of children.


In summary, the Plaquemines Parish School Board meeting on June 5, 2023, covered various important topics. The approval of the agenda, committee reports, discussions on property tax millages, and the recognition of Mr. Kenny Pekovic were the key highlights of the meeting. The school board continues to prioritize the education and well-being of its students, with a focus on ensuring fair, equal, and high-quality education for all.

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