Monroe City School Board Asks Voters to Support $58.8 Million Bond Proposal

Monroe City School Board Asks Voters to Support $58.8 Million Bond Proposal

The Monroe City School Board will be asking voters for nearly 60-million dollars next month.
MONROE -- The Monroe City School Board will be asking voters for nearly 60-million dollars next month.

The bond proposal is a slight reduction to the one passed in 1994. It would generate 58-point-eight million dollars to be used for renovations of the school district's facilities. Improvements include security upgrades and roofing, among many other upgrades.
   
Superintendent Brent Vidrine says he's hopeful voters will support the measure.

"We're asking them to support the City of Monroe. Our buildings are 52 years old, on the average, and we have a lot of things planned for that to enhance our schools and make our community better," says Vidrine.

Opponents worry the proposal is not specific enough. Also officials from Monroe's charter school, The Excellence Academy, are concerned about their school be excluded.

That election is set for November 16th.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the school board decided to move forward with advertising for a new chief financial officer. Vidrine says the current CFO Derenda Flowers accepted a job with Morehouse Parish Schools.

"It's a big loss. She's been with our district for many years now. She's done a great job with our CFO office, as chief financial officer and as interim superintendent, so we wish her well and the best and we look to fill the position," says Vidrine.

Flowers' last day with the district is November 10th.
   
The Monroe City School Board wants the next CFO to focus solely on finances. Flowers currently has some school services responsibilities.  Those will be shifting elsewhere and that's up to Superintendent Vidrine to decide.
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