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School opening talked by board

Superintendent says district will remain in Phase 2 for now

Superintendent Scott Richard talked about the start of the 2020-2021 school year when the Acadia Parish School Board met in regular session here Monday.
Richard said he visited several schools during the first few days of classes, and that “it was a smooth start overall with the considerations of many changes for students and staff due to COVID-19 and Hurricane Laura.”
Richard noted that the staff are doing a great job and thanked the parents for patience and for working with the district so that the school year could start successfully.
He explained that the district would be staying in Phase 2 despite the state having moved to a modified Phase 3.
“In an effort to establish constancy in scheduling, the district will continue to keep the Phase 2 scheduling,” he said. “At some point in the future the district will consider change the schedules.”
Richard said the district is continuing to monitor COVID-19 rates, and will work towards changing schedules at an appropriate time. He also noted that any changes in schedule would be communicated well in advance to staff and parents.
Lastly, the superintendent reported that sales tax revenue is down 4.2 percent compared to the same month in 2019. However, collections are up 7.05 percent for the year in comparison to 2019.
The school board approved substantial completion of Iota High School Roof Replacement.
Board member Milton Simar said the work had been done by “a tremendous crew who worked very fast and did a great job.”
The board also learned that a tree had fallen on the roof of the central office during Hurricane Laura. However, there was no significant damage and the roof repair company swiftly removed the limb.
Routine items that were approved by the board were:
• The recommendation of the Budget and Finance Committee regarding approval of the Audit Compliance Questionnaire for the year ending June 30, 2020. This is an annual requirement of the Louisana Auditor.
• The recommendation of the Budget and Finance committee regarding approval of bids received for a hunting lease on the approximately 310 acres of the wooded portion of board-owned property in Evangeline.
• The recommendation of the Personnel, Insurance and Curriculum Committee regarding and agreement with AMIKids Acadiana for 2020-2021.
Partnering with the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice, AMIkids Acadiana, located in Branch, is a residential program for boys ages 14-18, and has served more than 600 boys since its founding in 2008.
• The recommendation of the Personnel, Insurance and Curriculum Committee in regards to the adoption of Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedures drafted by the legal counsel.

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