Fred T. Butcher, a retiree from the state of Louisiana who also works as Superintendent of Natchez-Adams Schools, publicly supports a $35 million dollar debt increase for property owners in Adams County.
On Thursday, March 30, the Natchez-Adams School District (NASD) board voted to borrow $35 million to build a new school building.
The vote on the new debt will occur Tuesday, May 23. NASD’s request for $35 million tax payer requires 60% of the vote to become reality.
Superintendent Fred T. Butcher, who lives in Louisiana, supports foisting the increase in debt and taxes on Adams County property owners the debt referendum represents.
Fred T. Butcher does not live in Adams County, does not pay property taxes in Adams County, and so would not be affected by the increased taxes.
According to public records, Fred T. Butcher lives at 220 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Ferriday, Louisiana, which is in Concordia Parish.
Butcher, who has also worked as a car salesman at Sango Chrysler Jeep Dodge, is reported to be taking a pension from Louisiana, according to sources.
The $35 million in new debt Natchez-Adams School District will assume won’t even cover the cost of the school building project, which is estimated to cost $45 million, according to reports by the Associated Press.
The Natchez-Adams School District, which educates approximately 3,500 students, spends more than $33 million per year in its annual budget.
In fact, only $4,599 – or fewer than half of the dollars spent per student by Natchez-Adams School District – are spent directly on instruction.
NASD’s administrators are paid just short of $5 million of the district’s $33 million per year budget.
Mississippi Conservative Daily is still looking for NASD administrators who oppose the $35 million school debt.