While the budget reduction plan was the main draw for the attendance of over 100 Morehouse residents at the Morehouse Parish School Board meeting Tuesday night, it was not the only thing on the agenda.
Before the meeting was called to order, the room at the resource center had to be cleared of all but 85 people, which is the maximum occupancy, according to the State Fire Marshal. This left a large crowd of South Side Elementary parents standing outside, awaiting the final decision on the closing of that school.
Superintendent Dr. George Noflin Jr. began the meeting by recognizing the schools with the highest attendance. In the Faculty and Staff division, H.V. Adams was recognized, with an attendance of 98.60 percent. In the Student division, Morehouse Magnet School was recognized with an attendance of 97.62 percent.
First year bus driver Michelle Hobbs was named Employee of the Month following an incident in which one of her riders began choking on a piece of candy and she was able to stop the bus and perform the Heimlich maneuver on them. Hobbs, who was standing outside, came into the building as the crowd gave her a standing ovation.
A new Food Services Supervisor was introduced. Paula Weeks has an extensive background in food services and will take the place of Susan Spence.
Dr. Noflin also announced that the Louisiana Department of Education had monitored the Special Education Department and their report showed zero deficiencies, which has not happened in over 10 years.
Reports from the Personnel and Student Affairs Committee were given by chairperson Karen Diel. The only report requiring action was to agree to a first reading of the Leave without Pay Policy, which carried.
From the Buildings, Properties and Transportation Committee meeting, a motion to allow the Bastrop Fire Department the use of the Morehouse Jr. High track for training purposes carried as did a motion to allow the City of Bastrop Parks and Recreation Department the use of the track.
The board lastly considered modifying the grade configuration of Delta Magnet School to include the ninth grade. Pam Benton presented a proposed new configuration of the school, which will have a sixth grade academy as well as a freshman academy. The funds needed for extra teachers would be paid through the Eastern Morehouse Taxing District. The motion to allow Delta the new configuration passed.