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First Readings from the January 10, 2019 School Board Meeting

First Reading authored by Mr. North

Move that the Jefferson Parish Public School Board approve the hiring of an accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit of the school system. The firm hired may not have any personal, professional, financial, or political affiliation or ties to a current school board member, superintendent, or chief financial officer or anyone who has served in these positions since January 1, 2011. The firm must be selected by March 15, 2019 and must provide a full report to the Board no later than May 15, 2019. The report must also include a recommended spending plan encompassing the next 10 years. The cost of this project must not exceed industry average.

Rationale:
It is imperative that this newly elected board continue to earn and build public trust. One of the most effective ways of doing so is to inform and ensure the public that their tax dollars are collected and spent prudently and efficiently. Our taxpayers deserve to know from an independent source that their representatives are ever watchful stewards of their hard earned money. They deserve to know from an independent source that the school system receives the best price for the highest quality of goods and services as a result of fair and healthy competition among suppliers and vendors. They also deserve to be reassured from an independent source that practices, procedures, and protocols that are currently in place prevent and detect wasteful, inflated spending and fraud. Finally, an independent forensic audit will also recommend the latest best practices that may not be current practice in the school system. This independent transparent financial assessment of our school system will be a significant first step in conveying to the citizens of Jefferson Parish that this body is openly committed to furnishing them facts regarding the stewardship of their tax dollars and will continually seek more effective means of preserving and spending those funds wisely.

First Reading authored by Mr. Dickerson

Move that the Jefferson Parish School Board approve, subject to the terms and conditions negotiated by the facilities committee, acquire a certain tract of property comprising approximately 40 or more acres land together with all the improvements thereon, the same being a portion of the property commonly known as NOLA MOTORSPORTS PARK, for the purpose of establishing a standalone, full day ACADEMY FOR ADVANCED TECHNICAL AND CAREER EDUCATION, to open school year 2020-2021 in partnership and cooperation with local and regional trade and industry professionals.