CPSB says employee email urging approval of tax renewal not authorized

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – An email sent Wednesday by a Caddo school district employee urging a “yes” vote on the tax renewal in this weekend’s election was not authorized, according to a statement released Thursday afternoon the school district. 

Since the Caddo Parish School Board called a millage election for May 4, district leadership has been consistent in reiterating state law which calls on staff members to provide factual information to community members to make an informed decision in their right to vote. It has come to our attention an unapproved, unauthorized email from a clerical staff member was sent to a small group of individuals on Wednesday afternoon which was not in alignment with our policies or guidelines. This email was not direct by Dr. Goree or his leadership team and was never seen by leadership prior to being sent. We have taken internal action to correct this concern and have once again called upon our staff members to only provide information and at no time asking individuals to vote for or against any ballot measure.

The millage renewal does not increase taxes but would allow Caddo to upgrade school buses and security measures.

School officials have said one of the most pressing problems is outdated heating and air conditioning systems.

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