School Board learns of after school theatre program

At its Aug. 10 meeting, the Natchitoches Parish School Board was excited to learn about a new theatre program starting in the 2023-2024 school year, which will give students experience with the performing arts. Fairview Alpha Elementary School teachers Crystal Adams and Samuel Wright both graduated from Northwestern State University’s Theatre Program and are excited to bring this opportunity to students in the area. A stage production, a musical in partnership with NSU, is scheduled to take place on May 24-25.

The production will have 20 spots that any student within the parish can audition for. Rehearsals will be held after school hours to accommodate everyone. The final performance will take place in AA Fredericks Auditorium on the NSU campus.

Other agenda items included:

Approve teacher/leader incentive pay levels for 2023-2024 school year

Performance Pay approved in EIII Formula

Payment Levels:

$3000 for Highly Effective Teachers $2500 for Effective Proficient Teachers

$3000 for Highly Effective Principals $2500 for Effective Proficient Principals

Give permission to bid out for lease 331 acres of Agricultural land of Section 8100002000A in the Cloutierville Area for agricultural use.(Section 16 Property)

Allow bidding out of the construction of a new cafeteria at Marthaville Elementary/Jr. High.

Approve a contract amendment to the NPSB Eccoride contract to include the following: (i) provide for a one-time increase of the Annual Upward Rate Adjustment of 5.02%, resulting in an adjusted Annual Upward Rate Adjustment of 6.87% for the current School Year Term; (ii) effective July 1, 2024, to provide for annual adjustments to the standard 1.85% Annual Upward Rate Adjustment based on regional CPI, when the May CPI for the South Region for a given School Year Term exceeds 4.00%; and (iii) remove the maximum and average age restrictions for route buses utilized by Ecco Ride to render its performance under the Agreement.

Approve budget adjustments as presented for the year ending June 30, 2023.

TABLED: Discuss and consider awarding bid for AC and Ceiling Grid Replacement to Storer Equipment Company.

Approve Legislative changes to policy BCAD: Teleconference/Remote Participation; Declared State of Emergency.

Approve Legislative changes to policy BCBI: Public Participation.

Approve Legislative changes to policy BCBL: Participation by Disabled Board Members.

Approve Legislative changes to Policy EBBE-Carpool and Bus Line Safety Protocols for Grades K-5.

Approve Legislative changes to policy KH: Donations of National Motto Signage.

Approve policy DCBA.

Approve the 2023-2024 NPSB Pupil Progression Plan.