School Board wants policy uniformity, and soon

The St. Landry Parish School Board took the initiative at its meeting Thursday, obviously tired of waiting on streamlining of policy, or policy enforcement, from school to school.

Back in February, the board approved a motion by member Scott Richard directing the Executive Committee to study the issue and report back to the board.

At the time, Supt. Michael Nassif said there were policies already in place, that the problem is enforcement from school to school.

In the interim, the question fell through the cracks, with a directive not getting from committee to Central Office until May when Richard asked for an update.

Thursday, the committee recommended that Asst. Supt. Joseph Cassimire be given additional time to huddle with principals at all levels.

Asked by board member Elinor Eaglin when the board could expect a report, he indicated December. That was not good enough for her and others.

Richard moved that the board follow its own policies and state law and have consistent policy for the upcoming school year.

“Summer has just started, We have time to get our schools consistent across the board,” he said.

Board president and Executive Committee Chairman John Miller said that panel felt principals should come together and set the policies.

Richard and Eaglin led the dissent, saying the board needed to move forward in a shorter time frame.

Frances Leday of the Central Office reiterated policies are in place but principals and administrators are not enforcing it.

“Cell phones are not allowed, for instance, but there’s not consistent enforcement, and the penalty varies. Cell phones, graduation, field trips, facial hair -- the policies are already there,” she said.

Supt. Nassif suggested reconvening with principals and discussing inconsistent enforcement.

“We need to define the consequences of not following policy as quickly as possible,” he said.

Richard subsequently modified his motion to stipulate consistency as soon as possible and the board passed it.

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