October designated as Head Start Month
By Howell Dennis
CROWLEY - The Acadia Parish School Board met Monday night to discuss a variety of issues including the recognition of October as Head Start Month and the approval for groups from Iota High School and Midland High School to travel out of state for school functions.
Sondra Myers of the Head Start program thanked the council for their unanimous approval of the motion and gave a little history about how Head Start began back in 1964.
“These days nearly every pre-school program has derived from Head Start.
School Board President Lynn Shamsie thanked Myers for all the contributions that Head Start has made on behalf of education.
The next motion to come before the school board was a recommendation to consider digital fingerprinting as a way of getting quicker criminal background checks on potential school employees. However, the school board decided to refer this motion to a committee due to an unexpected issue that arose.
The board also considered a motion for a local sales tax exemption for crawfish bait for crawfish farmers. When asked when the potential exemption would go into effect Finance Director Mike Leonards stated that it wouldn’t be until January 1. The board decided that it would be best to wait and see how the other taxing bodies in the parish would respond to the request before making their decision due to the fact that they still had three more months before they had to decide.
A couple of school trips were also on the agenda as Midland High School requested a trip to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and Iota High School requested a trip to Indianapolis, Ind. to attend the National FFA Convention.
Both trips were unanimously approved.
“And I’d like to note that Midland’s trip is on a weekend and will be funded by the schools just in case you were worried,” said Shamsie to the laughter of those in attendance.
The school board also considered a motion to replace an old school bus that had been having problems. The board unanimously approved the purchase of a new bus.
Other items on the agenda included the recommendation of the Personnel, Insurance and Curriculum Committee regarding work experience for newly hired classified employees and a resolution authorizing the sale of bonds under the Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) program.
Both motions were passed by the board.
The next Acadia Parish School Board Meeting will be held on November 2, with committee meetings on October 21.