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The Livingston Parish School Board approved contracts Thursday for four administrators. From left are Ginger Bishop, principal of Northside Elementary; Misti Thomason, principal of South Fork Elementary; and Zachary Ray, substitute assistant principal at Westside Junior High. Missing is Kelly Jones, supervisor of high school curriculum.

LIVINGSTON – The Livingston Parish School Board approved contracts for a Central Office supervisor and three school administrators on Thursday.

Kelly Jones, principal of Denham Springs High for the past 11 years, received a three-year contract as high school supervisor of instruction. He replaces Jody Purvis, who was recently elevated to assistant superintendent.

Three-year contracts also were approved for Ginger Bishop to be the next principal of Northside Elementary and Misti Thomason as principal of South Fork Elementary.

Zachary Ray received a one-year contract as substitute assistant principal for Westside Junior High.

In other business, the board approved the following property millages for the 2019 tax year.

School parish-wide:

• Constitutional tax – General Fund: 3.29 mills.

• Additional support tax – General Fund: 7.18 mills.

• Special maintenance – 7-mill Maintenance Fund: 7 mills.

• District 5 – Construction Fund: 5 mills.

Sinking Fund (debt service):

• District 1 Denham Springs: 10.14 mills. This is a decrease of 1.50 mills, Hughes said.

• District 4 Walker: 8.19 mills.

• District 4-1 Walker: 11.25 mills. This is a decrease of 1 mill, she said.

• District 22 Live Oak: 13.67 mills. This is a decrease of 1.50 mills., she said.

• District 33 Maurepas: 12.07 mills.

The following districts have no millage: District 24 Albany, District 25 Holden, District 26 Doyle, District 26-1 Doyle, District 27-A Springfield, District 31 Frost and District 32-A French Settlement.

In other business, the board:

• Heard there will be one meeting next month, at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 11.

• Approved advertising for bids to build a new two-story Denham Springs Elementary on Range Avenue. The school was demolished after being closed by the Great Flood of 2016.

Jim Ziler, of Ziler & Associates, said everything is “95 percent complete” to seek the bids and the bid should be awarded by August.

• Approved a change order for $21,676 for the new classroom building project at Albany High School.

Ziler gave the following breakdown: demolish an existing canopy and sidewalk and install new sidewalk and canopy, $12,152; install new sidewalk and canopy, $8,644; and add a handicapped ramp, $880.

• Named Ziler & Associates professional of record for classroom and cafeteria renovations for Albany Lower and Upper Elementary schools. 

• Approved solicitation awards to Canon Solutions for digital copier equipment and services and Economical Janitorial & Paper Supplies for both food service disposables and custodial supplies.

• Accepted bids from Sun Coast Resource Inc. for gas and diesel fuels.

• Approved changes to the school system credit card with First Guaranty Bank for the Central Office to change it from Rick Wentzel to Joe Murphy and retain its $10,000 limit.

• Named the Livingston Parish News the official journal for the 2019-20 school year.

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