The District Students of the Year were recognized at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Morehouse Parish School Board.

These fifth, eighth and twelfth grade students began in the Fall working toward the goal of being chosen as the Students of the Year in their grade category by completing a portfolio including a bibliography of themselves and also by being involved in the community. Students then sat before a panel of six judges for interviews and spoke on a chosen topic. This year’s topic was social media and the pros and cons of students having cellphones.

The fifth grade Student of the Year is Victoria Malone, a student at Morehouse Magnet School. The eighth grade Student of the Year is LaJacia Hobbs, also a student at Morehouse Magnet School. The twelfth grade Student of the Year is Bastrop High School Senior Mallory Grayson.

The Outstanding Student School Attendance for December went to Pine Grove Elementary and the Faculty and Staff School Attendance was awarded to Bastrop High School.

Delta Jr. High School’s Joseph Johnson was chosen as Employee of the Month.

Child Welfare Supervisor Ralph Davenport presented the District’s plan for combatting the flu epidemic, which included the janitorial staff working longer on Fridays to clean and disinfect schools. This also includes school faculty disinfecting high traffic areas often throughout the day.

Concerned parent Dianna Paige addressed the Board about an incident at Bastrop High School in which her son, an eighth grade student, was in an altercation with an older student.

Paige’s son reported to a coach that the 10th grader was picking on him and he was trying to avoid a potential fight. No action was taken by the coach to prevent an altercation and both students were suspended. Paige spoke to Assistant Principal Rene Fonte about the situation and her son’s suspension was decreased from 10 day to three, yet the underlying matter of middle school aged students being in the vicinity of high school students was not addressed.

Paige later discovered this same student was involved in an altercation with the school’s principal. She is scheduled to meet with Superintendent Hazel Sellers later this week to discuss further actions.