On Tuesday June 24, the Morehouse Parish School Board hosted meetings for the Finance Committee; Buildings, Properties and Transportation Committee and the Student Affairs and Personnel Committee at the former Bastrop Learning Academy at 1607 Martin Luther King South.
The largest discussions of the night revolved around the presentation of the 2014 to 2015 Budget by Ms. Flowers and the reporting of spring testing results by Cathy Yeldell.
A recommendation to adopt the 2014 to 2015 budget was not made. Instead, no action was taken, and the budget will be placed on the agenda and discussed again at the full school board meeting on July 1.
President Mike Stephens requested that a breakdown featuring each school including kids per class, teachers and administrations be presented at that meeting.
Yeldell presented the spring test scores including comparisons from 2013 to 2014.
In 2013, 55 percent of Morehouse Parish students scored at basic or above while only 51 percent did in 2014. According to Yeldell, schools in three other areas of Louisiana decreased more than Morehouse Parish during that same time period.
Within the state of Louisiana, 82 percent of students met the promotional standards for grade four while 72 percent within Morehouse did. In eighth grade, 74 percent in the state met promotional standards while only 55 percent in the parish did.
The lower performance experienced this year spawned accessory discussions about common core, personnel within the school system and the effectiveness of current tutoring programs.