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Salute to Coach Scott gives way to worries about Miller-McCoy financial deficit

Jubilation over athletic director Jeremiah Scott’s coach-of-the-year award was dampened quickly by a review of Miller-McCoy’s finances at Monday night’s board meeting.

“We’re getting into some tricky times,” board member David Bailey said, before announcing a net negative income of approximately $293,000 during the July-to-November period.

The board discussed the main factors that contributed to Miller-McCoy’s expenses, including professional services, transportation and implementation of Common Core academic standards.

The generally glum report contained a sliver of good news: $76,000 is on the way after a revision of Miller-McCoy’s state allocation.

Bailey regretted that the official audit for the 2012-13 fiscal year was not ready Monday. He said the board should expect a full review at its January meeting.

Andrea Thomas-Reynolds, interim school CEO, reported on modifications to Common Core recently approved by Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“For Miller-McCoy, we’ve already invested in Common Core for this year,” Thomas-Reynolds said, adding that the standards would lead to greater academic rigor. She noted that a rule that could have stripped low-performing teachers of certification has been relaxed.

The board also discussed its current methods for advertising Miller-McCoy as an  enrollment choice. Board Vice Chairman Nathaniel Jones said that a survey distributed to recently enrolled students could be helpful in better targeting the school’s pitch. Billboard advertisements should be trilingual, he said, to reach Spanish- and Vietnamese-speaking families as well as English speakers.

Others in attendance along with Bailey and Jones included board Chairman Michael Todd, Martin de Laureal, Blake Oakes, and Betty Hope.

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  • nickelndime

    And the principal is where? Has the Miller-McCoy nonprofit board agreed to (1) overlook the principal’s lack of credentials (certification) or (2) ensure that Mr. Greely will obtain the necessary credentials to be a public school principal? Please do not make me look up Jeremiah Scott’s credentials on the state website. And then there are the escalating financial deficits. Can it get worse? You bet it does.