School Board meets Girls Growing Gracefully Club members, elects new officers and more

The School Board met several members of one of a new club at the Natchitoches Jr. High at its meeting Thursday evening, Jan. 9. Girls Growing Gracefully is a mentoring group that began on the NJH campus for the 2019-2020 school year. Aqunette Morris and Shantonesia Below are the 7th and 8th grade leaders for the club.

The transition from elementary to junior high school can be hard. Students may have difficulties finding a balance and the club helps them grow into graceful young women. The motto on the club’s t-shirts states, “Girls with a Dream become Women with Vision.”

Other business conducted at the meeting included:

Elect Billy Benefield as President of the board for the coming year and approve Steven Harris as Vice President.

Accept bid from Skip Coverse Inc. in the amount of $1.4 million for additions and alterations to the Natchitoches Jr. High School including the ball field, track, new bleachers in the gymnasium, LED lighting and additions and renovations to the bathrooms.

Approve distribution of one-time MFP appropriations: $583 for all certified personnel and $300 for all other support staff. The total amount is approximately $317,265 and should be effective sometime before the end of February.

Approve a resolution to call a special election for consolidated School District No. 7 to levy a special tax on 12 mills on all property subject to taxation for a period of 10 years.

Approve a job description for the Superintendent.