School Board will hold public meeting to gather input for Superintendent Search Process

Several agenda items at the Natchitoches Parish School Board meeting Thursday evening, Nov. 7, revolved around the upcoming search for a new superintendent for the school district. A motion was made and approved for the board to conduct the search themselves instead of hiring a private search firm.

The board also set a date for a public meeting to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 5 pm at the NSU Middle Lab Auditorium. The public and school board employees and invited to attend and give input on what qualifications and characteristics they think the next Superintendent should embody.

The board will make more decisions at its December meeting regarding qualifications, advertising, the hiring process and more.

Chamber President Laura Lyles offered the support of the A+ Coalition and the Chamber to serve on a Community Advisory Committee. She asked the board to acknowledge and support the formation of said committee to assist and advise in the entire superintendent search process. This was approved by the board with Emile Metoyer and Dorothy McGaskey voting no.

In other business, Ryan Johnson with ECCO Ride introduced their new Terminal Manager Michael Babin and new Community and School Liaison Melissa Blake. Babin moved to Natchitoches from South Louisiana and has been working as a driver since June. His background includes working as a fire fighter for 20 years before retiring. He was then an instructor at LSU. Blake has 10 plus years of leadership experience and has worked as a driver in Natchitoches Parish since July of 2018.

“I see they’re [ECCO] moving in a positive direction and I wanted to be a part of it,” she said.

ECCO will hold a job fair at the Super 1 on the bypass on Saturday, Nov. 16 to encourage more community members to become drivers.

“Everyone says they’re all about the children and they want to make a difference,” said Babin. “Here’s an opportunity. We’re moving forward and I think we have an absolutely wonderful team.”

An exciting announcement brought to the board was a Technology Grant that teachers in Natchitoches Parish will be able to apply for to receive up to $7,000 to bring innovative technology into their classrooms to enhance their learning environments. A press release will be put out on Nov. 8 with more information regarding the application process.

Other agenda items included:

Approve RFP process to request bids on four additional classrooms at Provencal Elementary and Jr. High School
Amend the current policy regarding orchestra restricted funds allotment to make it applicable to elementary and middle school orchestras
Approve agreement between NPSB and Save the Children for school food services to serve breakfast and lunch to the Head Start students at LP Vaughn and Fairview Alpha
An item was tabled to discuss and consider approving the purchase of an insurance policy on the vacant Cloutierville building
Approve transfer of school activity funds for Cloutierville to activity accounts at schools that received the students