School Board discusses Superintendent’s evaluation, Superintendent gives board members 6-month update

The Natchitoches Parish School Board entered into an executive session at its meeting Thursday night, Oct. 8, to discuss Superintendent Grant Eloi’s evaluation. At the committee meeting Tuesday night, Oct. 6, Eloi provided board members with a recap for his first 6 months as Superintendent.

The district is now on a 1:1 ratio with iPads. Eloi has overseen the hiring of a new business manger, food service manager, and a communications manager; the hiring and placement of an amazing cohort of principals; helped navigate the start of school during a pandemic; worked with his team to create a virtual school option within the span of a two month period; navigated Hurricane Laura; worked to reduce the uncertified teacher population (90% of uncertified teachers have a bachelor’s degree and three have a master’s degree); started a discussion for the need to analyze the budget (this would be done with an audit through a third party or the group the district is already engaged with); started the process of reviewing all internal policies to ensure they’re up to date, accurate and appropriate (which should be finished within the calendar year); started a cultural diversity committee; started the process of moving the district into the 21st century through different software and policies to improve district processes; and entered into conversations and entered into initial agreements with Northwestern State University and the Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) in regards to associate degrees to change opportunities for students in the parish.

“Culturally, our system is on the move,” said Eloi. “We’re improving the moral and how we do school in this district.

Agenda items from the board meeting included:

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

Approve Louisiana Workforce Commission Social Services Contract

Approve an audit of the Natchitoches Parish School System Finances

Approve millage rates for year 2020

Approve contract for facility usage at Northwestern State University

Grant permission for School Board Architect Perry Watson to look at the roof of the office building and ceiling damage at Goldonna Elementary Jr. High School

Approve the installation of a sidewalk from the parking lot to the ball field and from the ball fields to the main building at Fairview Elementary Jr. High School

Approve Pupil Progression Plan updates

Approve the naming of the NCHS football field , The J.D. Garrett Football Field

Approve the naming of the NCHS Field House, The Eugene Christmas Field House

Discuss the adoption of board communication software BoardDocs

Approve Cultural Diversity Initiative update and District Anti-Racism statement