Board to consider student discipline policy
The St. Landry Parish School Board’s Executive Committee has forwarded to the full board for approval the new parish discipline policy.
If passed, it will be in included in handbooks being prepared for the 2009-10 school year.
Its graduation provisions have been included in letters going out for this spring’s ceremonies.
In other matters at its meeting this week, the committee:
Sent to the board for information only the administration’s proposed certified staffing formula.
Superintendent Michael Nassif said the consolidating and/or closing of schools under the latest desegregation provisions make a staffing formula extraordinarily important.
He noted the formula represents targets, not absolute staffing criteria.
The K-2 target is 22 pupils to one teacher; the grades 5-12 target is 25:1.
After introduction to the board, the formula provisions will go back to committee for further study and discussion.
Heard what she termed a “courtesy” review of campus free-speech law from Sancha Smith of Opelousas, who is state director of Concerned Women for American of Louisiana.
She said students have the right to pass out literature at school about a religious-based Youth Fest being held March 21 as long as it is not done in the classroom and that they are doing so.
Committee members told her they would consult board lawyer Gerard Caswell about whether the board could permit the hand outs.
She essentially told them to save their time, which didn’t seem to play well.
“This is not my event. It’s student led and student initiated. The material is already being distributed on your campuses. We’re not here to be contentious, just to be informing,” she said.