Board panel to review schools' policy manuals

School Board member Scott Richard has been waiting a couple of months for report back on disparities in policies for such things as cell phone use, dress code, and the like at St. Landry Parish schools.

With the school year winding down, he finally asked last week about the report.

His query was none to soon.

It turns out that the 2008-09 handbooks for various schools were about to be sent to the printer.

Asst. Superintendent Joe Cassimere told Richard he did not understand that the board wanted to review the documents.

Earlier this year, Richard had raised a question about perceived differences in basic school policy from campus to campus.

At that time, Casimere was assigned the task of getting principals together and review the various policies.

He did, but didn’t get back to the board.

After last week’s discussion, it was agreed the policies will be forward for review to the Executive Committee before going to the full board for consideration.

At the time of the initial discussion, Supt. Michael Nassif said policies in place are specific and there would be no issues if all principals would stick to them.

In other business this month, the board:

-- Voted to advertise for a purchasing agent.

Hiring a purchasing agent and two degree accountants is part of the Central Office’s planned response to recurring criticisms in the school system’s annual audits.

The board is seeking an purchasing agent with background in construction and general repair work.

-- Awarded the contract for mechanical & electrical renovations at Eunice High to Bernhard Mechanical, with a total offer of $302,215.

-- Awarded the contract for re-roofing Eunice Jr. High to Morgan Roofing, $210,000.

-- Awarded the contract for several items in the school materials and supplies list to Bertrand’s Printing, including premium letter-size duplicator paper, $73,839; standard-size Gem clips, $156.48; Manila clasp envelopes, 9x12, $883.96; No. 10 envelopes, $450.45; white poster sheets, $742.50; assorted colors poster sheets, $1,106; adding machine tape, 61-pack, $338.55. Total bid value of all items on the list, including those awarded Bertrand, was $111,403.69.

-- Received a resolution from the Association of Administrators asking that $50 per teacher for classroom supplies be re-instated in the 2008-09 budget. The administrators noted that teachers currently purchased such materials with their own funds.

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