The Natchitoches Parish School Board held lengthy meetings on Tuesday and Thursday evening this week, Dec. 3 and 5. The majority of the talk revolved around making decisions regarding the board’s search for a new superintendent, which they plan to hire for the 2020-2021 school year.
To help them with some of the decision making, Chamber President Laura Lyles formed a Community Advisory Committee with over 20 volunteers from throughout Natchitoches. The committee put out a survey asking residents to give their anonymous input on different factors concerning what the School Board should look for in potential candidates.
There were 873 electronic responses, plus several hard copies that were turned in. Of these, 94% were Natchitoches Parish residents and 48% have children currently enrolled in the school district. There were also 22 students that completed the survey and 20% of respondents were School Board employees.
Of all the responses, 87% asked that the salary offered for the position be comparable to other districts of similar size. The majority of respondents want the new superintendent to have experience with personnel and budgeting. They want someone with integrity, commitment to the community, and is a good team builder. The leadership skills they’re looking for are problem solving, working with diverse groups of people, oral communication and strategic thinking.
The School Board voted to begin advertising on Dec. 10 with an application deadline of Feb. 7. They’ll retrieve applications from a dedicated post office box on Feb. 10. The Board approved the salary range to be set at $120,000-145,000 (Emile Metoyer voted in opposition of this).
Once the board has the applications in hand it will have to decide how many applicants to interview, choose who to interview, and the order in which the interviews will take place.
Other agenda items included:
Receive update on Parish 4-H activities
Recognize Lakeview Football Program
Approve bids for processed and frozen foods for use in the child nutrition program during Jan. 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020
Approve bids for paper and cleaning supplies for use in the child nutrition program during the period of Jan. 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020
Approve board meeting calendar for 2020