At the July 1 Morehouse Parish School Board meeting, decisions were made with the potential to positively impact the school system, school children and the parish for a multi-year period. Among these were the decisions to accept funding that will provide every child in the Morehouse Parish school system with two free meals per day and the decision to support turning Morehouse into a work-ready community.

However, before old and new business were discussed, announcements were made by Superintendent Dr. George Noflin Jr.

Noflin recognized students Ni'Gena Brooks, Darian Johnson and Isaac Porter. These three students will be representing the parish at a nationwide LA GEAR UP conference in Washington D.C.

School system retirees were also recognized during the meeting. According to Noflin, the retirees have worked from nine to 42 years and an accumulative 534.5 years.

Also present at the meeting were Boy Scouts from Troop 56 under Troop Leader Webber. Webber stated that the scouts were attending the meeting after having learned about citizenship and community.

Old business on the meeting agenda included considering a land exchange by the school board of the East 1/4 of Section 16, Township 23 North, Range 9 East in exchange for property that is adjacent to Beekman Charter School. Previously, at the May 6 meeting of the school board, the board voted to begin the process, which included scheduling a public hearing and securing appropriate advertising for the hearing.

The board voted to approve the exchange with Louis Melton opposing.

The school board also approved a resolution to support the Work Ready Communities initiative and to place representatives of the school district on the panel. The presentation for Work Ready Communities and the National Career Readiness Certificate was made by Henry Cotton and focused on how the parish could benefit from having a documented work ready community.

At this point, no funds are committed but the possibility of having students in high school take the NCRC was discussed as were the potential benefits for Bastrop High School if students score silver or gold on the test.

Also approved were changes in substitute pay per day based on the new work week, new dismissal times and a new absentee policy. More information on the new school schedule will appear in tomorrow's Enterprise.