Less than two weeks after the Morehouse Parish School Board revamped the criteria for the business manager/CFO position, Superintendent Dr. George Noflin Jr. announced the hiring of Derenda Flowers.

The Board met for its regular meeting Tuesday night but due to low response for the business manager position, held a special called meeting Sept. 24 to discuss salary and qualifications needed.

A motion was made by Jeff Churchwell (District 4) to increase the salary from $81,700 to $95,00 with the stipulation that the qualifications be changed to 15 years experience in finance in a Louisiana public school setting. Louis Melton stated he thought the years were to high and the motion was changed to seven years. After the motion was seconded, it passed.

It was also stated that an advertisement would be placed in various local newspapers for the position with the new criteria with a two-week window to accept applications.

Flowers is currently the CFO of Monroe City Schools.

Shonnie Trotter, a paraprofessional at Morehouse Junior High, was recognized as the Employee of the Month and Dr. Noflin introduced new hires to the system.

Karen Diel (District 1) gave the Personnel and Student Affairs reports with the recommendation that a policy be created regarding a 50 percent lowest grade given. Mitzi Quinn, teacher at Bastrop High School, will head up this project. This recommendation carried.

For the Building, Properties and Transportation committee, Robert Fenceroy (District 7) gave the recommendation that the Superintendent be granted the authority to contact Tim Brandon from TBA Architectural Studio regarding services the firm will provide to the school system at no cost. This motion, as well as a motion to enter into an agreement with StudentConnect, passed.

StudentConnect is a program by which student locations can be tracked throughout the course of the school day. It will also monitor bus routes and bus drivers' speed. It is a five year agreement, but there is no cost to the system.

The Finance Committee Chairman Mike Stephens (District 5) recommended the adoption of the financial statements for August, which carried.

At the committee meeting, held Sept. 24, Dr. Noflin presented information regarding adjustments to the proposed 2013 - 2014 budget. There was much discussion regarding this topic and Churchwell made the motion to have the Superintendent and staff develop a 2013 - 2014 budget and a proposed 2014 - 2015 budget which would equal a balanced budget with cuts made by reduction in force, revised job descriptions and consolidation. This recommendation was brought to the full board and it carried.

In the personnel report, it was announced that Vera Tucker had retired from her position at Delta Magnet School and Patricia Taylor-Whaley retired from her position at Bastrop High School.

The Board will have a special-called meeting at 5 p.m. Oct. 17 to adopt a budget.