School Board discusses what moving into Phase 3 means for Natchitoches Parish schools

The Natchitoches Parish School Board held brief meetings Tuesday and Thursday night, Sept. 8 and 10. Superintendent Grant Eloi said the work everyone in the district has put in over the past 6 months made the first day of school the success it was.

The Governor announced on Sept. 10 that the state will be moving into Phase 3 on Sept. 11. What this means for Natchitoches Parish schools is that capacity school busses to 75%, increase static grouping sizes from 25-50 students. Eloi said they’ll move away from the hybrid schooling at the three public high schools in the parish, which were doing hybrid schooling mainly due to transportation requirements. Eloi went on to say that the School District will not make an official announcement about the hybrid schooling until after the Governor makes Phase 3 official on Sept. 11. Once it’s official, the high schools will transition out of hybrid schooling on Sept. 22. This will give schools a week to ensure a smooth transition.

In other business, the School Board held a public hearing on Sept. 10 before its regular meeting started. The hearing dealt with the levying of increased millage rates for the year 2020 and rolling forward millage (rates not to exceed maximum authorized by law). SEE DOCUMENTS BELOW

When it came to approving the 2020-2021 Consolidated School Budget, Eloi said that if there are things that need to be addressed they can do so with the newly hired Supervisor of Business Affairs Lee Waskom.

The board also approved increasing the multiplier used to determine bud driver compensation in terms of bus capacity. This will be phased out as the state enters new phases regarding Covid 19.

“We don’t want to save money on the backs of people’s salaries,” said Eloi.

Agenda items included:

Take appropriate actions on bids for the following: Security camera systems for East Natchitoches and LP Vaughn, Reading assessment and progress monitoring system, and Reading assessment and progress monitoring system including math

Approve change order for the Lakeview construction project

Approve a resolution officially declaring the results of the Aug.15 election