The Natchitoches Parish School Board approved the 2019-2020 Student Handbook at its Thursday meeting, June 6. Part of this included revisions to the Cell Phone Policy (SEE DOCUMENT BELOW).
Superintendent Dale Skinner said for the 2018-2019 school year there were 367 violations among 292 students, which accounts for 5.67 percent of students.
Principal Bill Gordy said Natchitoches Central High School had 204 offenses last year among the 1,300 students enrolled. Of those, 176 were first offenses.
Provencal Elementary/Jr. High Discipline Coordinator Dwayne Poe said K-8 students aren’t mature enough to handle phones.
“Having no phones at school makes us a better and stronger school,” he said. “There’s no place in education for a cellphone.”
The Board was informed that Natchitoches Central High School moved the date for its Homecoming from Oct. 25 to Oct. 11.
According to the new amended calendar, schools will be out during the week of NCHS Homecoming (Oct. 23-25). The concern was that students would miss out on homecoming activities if they were out of school the days leading up the football game.
Superintendent Dale Skinner said he’ll take a lot of credit for the mistake made in the creation of the new calendar.
Council member Emile Metoyer was assured that Natchitoches Parish Detention Center inmates and School Board maintenance staff will do some grass and weed upkeep at Cloutierville Elementary.
Other agenda items included:
Approve salary for new Senior Network Technician position
Award bid for Processed and Frozen Foods for July 1 – 12-31 (Child Nutrition Program)
Award bid for Milk and Milk Products for 2019-20 (Child Nutrition Program)
Award bid for Paper and Cleaning Supplies for July 1 – Dec. 31 (Child Nutrition Program)
Award bid for Parking Lot and Drives Reconstruction at Natchitoches Jr. High
Approve grant agreement with the Rapides Foundation for the renewal of the Healthy Behaviors Partnership Grant for the 2019-2020 school year over 12 months beginning July 1
Approve grant agreement with the Rapides Foundation for the renewal of the Youth Volunteers School District Grant for the 2019-2020 school year over 12 months beginning July 1
Approve grant agreement with the Rapides Foundation for the renewal of the 2019-2020 Effective Schools Initiative Grant in the amount of $142,000 over 12 months beginning July 1