Before the agenda for the January meeting of the Morehouse Parish School Board could be approved Tuesday evening, Board President Karen Diel announced that Bastrop High School Football Coach Adrian Burnette wanted to address the members.
Burnette was terminated as head coach Monday by Superintendent Hazel Sellers following administrative missteps made by him, yet from the responses of Sellers, it appears he has been reinstated.
“It’s been a rough 24 hours and there have been a lot of assumptions and finger pointing,” Burnette said. “But, I am going to take responsibility and own up to the fact that there were some things that needed to be turned in that weren’t and I have now presented those and want to apologize to [Christopher] Broussard and Mrs. Sellers for that.
"I went to HV Adams, the Junior High and Bastrop High School and everything I do and think about are for those kids,” Burnette continued. “Don’t judge me on my imperfections, judge me on my intentions.”
Sellers replied, taking into consideration what Burnette had said.
“As superintendent, I have the responsibility to adhere to to policy, guidelines and procedures set by this board,” Sellers said. “And, taking into consideration the Mr. Burnette’s statements, we will will revisit this and look at all opinions.”
Following the approval of the agenda, Sellers presented the Bastrop High School faculty and staff with the High Attendance Award for December. The Student High Attendance Award went to Morehouse Magnet School and Employees of the Month were Ralph Davenport and Jessie Winston.
The monthly discipline report showed a spike in suspensions compared to December 2016, but Davenport reported that the system as a whole was still below the state and national averages and most of the suspensions were in-school, with less than one percent being out of school.
A resolution was passed to certify the existence of an extreme emergency caused by freezing weather conditions recently in the Parish. These conditions caused damage to the heating of buildings and properties of the school system. This resolution will allow the board to circumvent the bids process for repairs so to get the schools restored quickly.
A motion to allot up to 10 percent of the maintenance and operation sales tax fund to be used for raises to Level One, Two and Three support workers for the 2018-2019 school year was also approved. Those benefiting from the raise will include secretaries and clerical staff.