School Board approves superintendent contract extension, MFP appropriations for personnel

At its Dec. 16 meeting, the Natchitoches Parish School Board approved the extension of the Superintendent Contract through December 31, 2024 for Dr. Grant Eloi with a 2% raise allowed for in his contract. The board also approved a one-time distribution of MFP appropriations of $583 for certified personnel and $300 for all other support personnel for January 2022.

At the committee meeting on Dec. 14, Eloi shared some information regarding simulated data recently released from the Louisiana Department of Education. Seventy-one percent of the state saw a drop from the simulated data. The Natchitoches Parish School District dropped (1.5 points) less than the average for the state. Younger students who spent longer amounts of time in virtual and historically disadvantaged populations suffered the largest drops.

“We definitely saw this as well in some of our schools though we do want to mention some of our schools were recognized for being in top growth and some of our schools were highlighted for equity meaning they showed improvement,” said Eloi.

The schools that showed top growth were East Natchitoches, Goldonna, Marthaville, NSU E-Lab and Middle Lab, Provencal and Magnet.

“We’re not satisfied…moving forward we think this is definitely something that we can build on,” said Eloi.

The board approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Office and the Natchitoches Parish School Board.

This partnership will provide truancy officers for the school district on an as-needed basis. Principals have been asking for this and there’s a lot of students who need to be addressed in a different way when their truancy becomes an issue.

Other agenda items included:

Grant permission for the advertisement of leasing School Board land for hunting.
Approve recommendation for winning bid for District wide Lawn Care Service to Payne’s Lawn Service LLC for a base bid of $258,390 per year, in which they were the sole bidder for the service.
Approve Recommendation for winning bidder of Timber Bid Tract – 0807
Approve the adoption of a new Salary Schedule for Food Service Workers and Managers effective July 1, 2022.
Approve job descriptions and adjusted pay scale for the Maintenance Department effective January 3, 2022.
Approve amended job description for Grant Manager.
Approve revisions to the NPSB Purchasing Policy (DJE).
Approve revisions to the NPSB Bids and Quotations policy (DJED).
Approve dual enrollment agreement with Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC).
Approve changes to NPSB policy GBN, section School Employees.
Approve the 2022 NPSB Board Meeting calendar.
Add position at Natchitoches Central for Edgenuity/Dual Enrollment Monitor. Salary for this position is being paid out of Title I and ESSER funds