School Board recognized educators

Natchitoches Parish School Superintendent Dr. Grant Eloi began Tuesday night’s School Board meeting, Nov. 15, by recognizing three of the best and brightest educators in the district.

Alecia Hudlow, former band director at Natchitoches Central High School, is now running some of the feeder programs for the Natchitoches Parish School District. 

“It’s helping us to the point where we’re going to see our high school programs grow substantially over the next few years,” said Dr. Eloi.

Hudlow was recently honored withe Robert L. Wilhite Award of Excellence for her work at Natchitoches Central. This award specifically recognizes quality instrumental music programs serving historically disadvantaged student populations.

“She’s a huge advocate for music education,” he added.

Hudlow said when she first came to Natchitoches Parish there weren’t many music programs and there wasn’t a lot of support and that has changed one-eighty.

“I’m proud of the work we’re doing and I hope it continues,” she said.

The next two educators (Em Horton and Sheila Warner) being recognized come as a combination because they were both recently awarded the Gallaspy School of Education Distinguished Educator Award at Northwestern State University. 

Horton started her career at the Preschool Center. She is now in her 32nd year working in education.

Now at the NSU Lab schools, Warner has spent over 20+ years teaching. 

“I love the children in Natchitoches,” she said.

Agenda items included:

Approve advertising for an English Learner Para-professional.

Approve updates to Policy KG, Use of School Facilities, following the 2022 Legislative Session.

Approve updates to Policy GBRIB, Sick Leave, following the 2022 Legislative Session.

Approve updates to Policy CN, Administrative Records, following the 2022 Legislative Session.

Approve updates to Policy JCDAF, Bullying and Hazing, following the 2022 Legislative Session.

Approve updates to Policy GBN, Dismissal of Employees, following the 2022 Legislative Session.

Approve updates to Policy GBK, Employee Discipline, following the 2022 Legislative Session.

Approve new Policy JGFI, Removal of Students from Campus, following updates from the 2022 Legislative Session.

Approve new Policy JT, Student Voter Registration, following the 2022 Legislative Session.

Approve updates to Policy JBCE, Public School Choice, following the 2022 Legislative Session.

Approve updates to Policy IDDFA, Special Education Advisory Council, following the 2022 Legislative Session.

Approve updates to Policy EBCB, Use of Video Cameras, following the 2022 Legislative Session.

Approve updates to Policy EDD, School Bus Scheduling and Routing, following the 2022 Legislative Session.

Approve updates to Policy EBBH, Use of Automated External Defibrillator (AED), following the 2022 Legislative Session. 

Approve updates to Policy DJE-R, Purchasing Regulations and Procedures, following the 2022 Legislative Session.