GREENBURG, La. (AP) — The St. Helena School Board will ask parish voters Nov. 6 to consider a scaled-back version of prior tax proposals in support of parish schools.

The school board is seeking a 10-year, 16.4-mill property tax for school employee pay raises and an $8 million bond issue, backed by a 40-year, 9.4-mill property tax for renovations at the elementary and high schools.

Superintendent Kelli Joseph tells The Advocate both taxes are needed to move the district forward.

Joseph says the schools are in deplorable condition, and teachers frequently leave the district for higher-paying jobs elsewhere.