The Natchitoches Parish School Board held a brief meeting Thursday night, Feb. 7.
The board tabled an agenda item to approve a drug test plan for all new employees until the March meetings. Until then, information will be gathered on feasibility and pricing. A policy will need to be set in place and a committee will be formed to examine the data once it’s gathered. Superintendent Dale Skinner will reach out to other districts to see what policies and procedures they have in place for drug testing.
The board did authorize the initiation of a study on pricing and feasibility to randomly drug screen all current NPSB employees. Currently the NPSB has 1,013 paid workers (tutors, day-to-day subs, etc.) and 680 full-time employees (teachers, principals, cafeteria workers, etc.).
Skinner addressed some negative reactions from parents regarding his decision to close schools on Jan. 29 due to a severe winter weather forecast. Once Skinner is apprised of the situation by the weather authorities and the Sheriff’s Office, the School District would be in trouble if Skinner allowed school to go on and something happened to students.
Board members agreed that they’d rather Skinner err on the side of safety.
The Tax Commission Report from Tuesday night’s committee meeting showed sales tax collections down 5.58 percent from December 2017 to December 2018. Director of Finances Richard Foshee said that year over year they’re still ahead of the previous year, but that it just won’t continue this way.
Other items included:
Approve contract between First Choice Therapy Inc. and the Natchitoches Parish School Board