The Natchitoches Parish School Board met on July 6 and 8 to take care of business for the month.
Superintendent Grant Eloi informed the board that the district received new info from the Louisiana Department of Education saying that schools will continue to maintain 3 feet of social distancing during the 2021-22 school year. They will encourage anyone who remains unvaccinated to continue wearing masks. Also, President Biden has made masks mandatory on all forms of public transportation which includes school busses. Non-masking will be allowed in school buildings but masks will be required while riding school busses due to this federal mandate.
Two items added to agenda:
Verify the increase in pay as voted on by BESE. The increase in MFP is $800 for certified personnel and $400 for non-certified personnel.
Discuss dress code for teachers. There was a sunset date to move away from jeans and scrubs once the state hit a certain phase. This goal has been achieved.
Other agenda items included:
Advertise for bids for Lakeview high school turf, development of annual maintenance of an NPSB District Smart Phone App, and janitorial supplies for the district
Approve bids for milk products and paper products for the 2021-2022 school year and renovations to Natchitoches Magnet and LP Vaughn ($1.2 million)
Consider increasing funding for Natchitoches Parish 4-H, which is currently up to 35 clubs, of an additional $1,100 per year.
Consider delaying further discussion of consolidation to allow for in-depth studies of demographics, transportation, and other needs of the district by independent agencies to determine the needs of the district while moving forward with the renewal of millages for District 8 and District 10 as separate taxing districts
At the Aug. 5 meeting the Board will consider adopting a resolution ordering and calling elections to be held in consolidated school district 8 and 10 to authorize renewal of ad valorem taxes therein.