A major problem was addressed at the School Board committee meeting Tuesday evening, June 4. The School Board approved amendments to the 2019-2020 school calendar at its April 18 meeting (the original calendar was approved in March).
The problem is that, with the new amended calendar, schools will be out during the week of Natchitoches Central High School’s homecoming. Principal Bill Gordy said as soon as his staff received the original calendar they scheduled everything for the 2019-2020 school year. When the amended calendar was released, they realized that their homecoming game fell on Oct. 25. However school is out that week and students would miss out on homecoming activities which would normally be scheduled for Oct. 23-25.
Superintendent Dale Skinner said this oversight in the amendment of the calendar was an honest mistake.
No Board member moved to put this item on the agenda for further discussion and a vote at Thursday’s regular meeting. It seemed to be the consensus that voting to approve yet another calendar would make the Board seem foolish. They instead questioned why the date for homecoming couldn’t be moved to the end of September or the beginning of November, since there were conflicts with the other weekends in October.
Gordy said moving the date was feasible, but several other events would have to be moved as well, not counting for the number of other smaller issues that would arise because of the shifting of events (class reunions, planned time off, etc…).
The Board seemed against changing the calendar for a third time for a single school. In the end they chose to not do anything about the conflict and let the high school rearrange events on their own. The Board agreed that the NCHS football coach now has four-and-a-half months to figure it out.
“It’s a done deal,” said Skinner. “The board has spoken. I hate it for the alumni if they can’t make it on another weekend but it’s about what’s best for the kids.”