NPSB Meeting – The New Junior High has another new name – The Natchitoches Junior High – Frankie Ray Jackson

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Superintendent Report

After meeting with the Parish attorney and Federal judge, the Board has been instructed to work out issues and get along for the sake of the Parish schools. The Board will be visited by an external source sent by the judge to work with the Board on their relations and problem solving.

Requests for Leave: Approved

Aaron Beaubouef, Sarah Dyson and Vincent Bahm, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Louisville, Kentucky October 26, 2015 – November 1, 2015, to supervise students competing in Nation FFA Competitions.

Finance, Facilities, Services & Insurance Report

Board approved the 2015-2016 Healthy Behavior School District Grant from the Rapides Foundation in the amount of $23,850 for twelve months.

Board voted to approve the proposal to enroll Natchitoches Parish Schools in the Community Eligibility Program. 6 or 7 schools that are of the 62.5% qualified for this program, will be able to provide free breakfast and lunch to all of their students. The program will last for 4 years. The proposal can be finalized and started when the annual budget report is finished, and the expected start date is September 1st.

Executive Report

  1. The 2015-2016 Pupil Progression Plan will be voted on at the next meeting.
  2. Discussion of changing the name for the new junior high school was added to the Agenda. The Board voted unanimously to change the name of the junior high school to Natchitoches Junior High – Frankie Ray Jackson.
  3. Board members agree that they can do a better to job to discuss issues and make proper decisions according to what is right and best for the children of Natchitoches Parish. Some disagree on bringing someone in from the outside to help deal with the relation issues, but Mr. Skinner made clear that the person will be coming at least once and the cost may be close to $10,000 for him to do so. Racism among the Board members was mentioned and addressed by others who stated that their opinions regarding the new junior high had nothing to do with race. Some members felt that changing the name of the school was offensive to the community and to the family members.

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