The Morehouse Parish School Board met in their regular monthly meeting at the Student Services building on Martin Luther King South on Tuesday evening. One of the first items on the agenda was the introduction of the newly appointed Principal for Bastrop High School.
Superintendent Hazel Sellers told the Board that eight people had applied for the Principal position at the High School, with six of those being interviewed for the position. Sellers introduced Christopher Broussard, as the new Principal for Bastrop High School. Broussard was most recently the Director of Operations for Delhi Charter School and has previously served as a Principal. Broussard who attended the meeting with his family said, "I am very excited about the challenge. I think I have the necessary education, training, and experience to make a difference."
In other business, the board agreed to continue the MPSB's property insurance through Brown and Brown and it's workers compensation coverage through Files Insurance Agency. Numerous policy revisions were on the agenda for first and second readings including policies required by recent changes in state law as pertains to corporal punishment and litter prevention and awareness instruction that is now required for public school students in kindergarten through grade five.
Numerous changes were also made to various job descriptions for board employees, with several employees being moved from 11-month employees to 12-month employees because of the need to have them present year round.
One agenda item that was apparently the subject of an "executive session" of the finance committee last week was an outstanding bill to Varsity Sports for "Cheerleader Supplies" at Bastrop High School. Board members and the school board's Business Manager, Ursula Norwood, somewhat cryptically discussed the outstanding bill that was apparently as much as $42,000. From the discussion held it was apparent that the bill, that dated from 2014 - 2015, was something that should not have been allowed to accumulate to that extreme, but now needed to be dealt with as an outstanding bill. The board voted to allow Norwood to attempt to negotiate a cash payment or make payment arrangements for the bill. Last week's Finance Committee meeting agenda listed the executive session to discuss "misconduct".
Mayor Henry Cotton spoke to the Board about the WorkKeys Program as well as invited the School Board to hold their meetings at City Hall once again, pending City Council approval. The School Board had held meetings at City Hall for a time, which allowed the meetings to be televised locally. After several raucous meetings, the City withdrew permission for the School Board to meet at City Hall.