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School Board to issue 13th check in May 2020

By Cyndi Sellers

The Cameron Parish School Board will provide a 13th check to all school employees in May, 2020, based upon a percentage of salary to be determined at a later date. The decision was made at the regular School Board meeting held Monday, Aug. 12. Employees will be receiving the second disbursement from the Cheniere LNG CWIP lawsuit settlement in December.

School Supt. Charley Lemons said the staff appreciated the first CWIP disbursement coming in May of this year, and spreading out the extra money works well for them. He also said he is working to find ways to increase salaries in a more permanent format.

The Board approved the final draft of the 2019-2020 budget as presented at the last meeting. The financial statement for June showed a positive FEMA balance, with $1.3 million more coming in from FEMA than being billed out. More income from FEMA payments means less money being taken out of reserve funds to pay the bills, bookkeeper Michelle Trahan said. The Grand Lake classroom pods are nearly paid for, with $246,000 remaining, so that expense will soon go away, she said.

The pods will need a sidewalk, and the Board agreed to add it, along with a sidewalk from the elementary wing to the parking lot for possible future ADA compliance.

Decisions on a playground, perimeter fencing under the building, and a new marquee sign for South Cameron High School were not made due to the absence of a board member representing that district.

Phase II of the Hackberry High School ADA upgrades and modifications is expected to go out for bid in September.

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