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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Morehouse Parish School Board approves timber sale at meeting of tabled discussions

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  • The May 6 meeting of the Morehouse Parish School Board was largely an evening of tabling agenda items until the next school board meeting.
    Discussions about personnel positions that were removed or faced a reduction of working months as part of the previously passed five-phase plan to balance the budget occurred at several points in the evening.
    The first discussion took place while the board reviewed an item discussed at the April 29 committee meeting, a motion to reinstate the Child Welfare and Attendance Supervisor and Data Entry Clerk to 12- month positions. After further discussion, a second motion tabled the item to allow for time to review multiple employee positions.
    Because the personnel review affected multiple agenda items, job description changes for positions affected by the budget reduction plan and two personnel transfers were also tabled.
    Unrelated items tabled until the next meeting included a recommendation, presented by Dr. George Noflin, to revise the grade configuration at Morehouse Magnet School to include two Pre-K classes, the execution of and signing of the 2013 to 2014 shared services agreement with Beekman Charter School and the Community Eligibility Program, which would provide all public school students in Morehouse Parish with free lunches.
    Approved items included the Morehouse Parish Summer School program, a Pupil Progression Addendum and a report recommending that select pieces of school board property be appraised, so that they can be put up for sale at a future date.
    The board also approved a high bid award for a timber sale. Mark Brown presented the bids, and Richard Cassinger Sawmill of West Monroe had the high bid with $180,151.01.
    Keith Huntsman, President of the Beekman Charter School, also presented and discussed the details of swapping land located behind Beekman Charter School for current school board property. The board voted to begin the process, which will include scheduling a public hearing about the land swap and securing appropriate advertising for the hearing.
    Tabled items are set to be discussed at the next committee meeting on May 20 and the next school board meeting on June 3.

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