The Morehouse Parish School Board met in their regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening at the Student Services Center on Martin Luther King South. Among the items discussed was National Principals Month which is being celebrated in October. In addition to a proclamation, the School Board members presented corsages to the principals present at the meeting. Nancy Lowery was also recognized as the School Board Employee of the month.
An agenda item that was discussed was the possibility of purchasing a textbook for every student in a class. Board member Louis Melton started that in some cases there are not enough books in the classroom. Superintendent Hazel Sellers advised the board that one problem that exists is that some of the courses taught simply do not have textbooks, such as Eureka Math. Staff also explained that in other cases the textbooks are currently being used as just a "resource", as they do not always align with the state's standards. The plan is to purchase more textbooks once new versions are published that do align with the state's standards.
Several agenda items were not agreed to by the board. A motion to make the Transportation Coordinator a 12-month employee failed to garner the votes to pass. Several proposed policy changes also failed. Melton proposed a change to the Board's travel policy that would allow for a board member to be reimbursed for more than one conference a year. That failed. Another would allow non-exempt employees to serve as coaches and sponsors of school teams and organizations. That failed out of concern for the need for the board to pay overtime for those activities. A first reading of a new school visitor policy did garner the votes needed to move forward.
A discussion about the possibility of the Board purchasing some of the portable classrooms at Delta Junior High was tabled, as not enough information on the wording of the contracts for the lease of the buildings was available. Delta Jr. High wants to allow one building to go by to the lessor while buying out the leases of several others. East District tax funds would pay for the purchase of the buildings that are currently leased.
At the conclusion of the public portion of the meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss the yearly evaluation of the Superintendent, Hazel Sellers.