Minden Press-Herald

Tuesday
Sep 30th

Board recognizes workers

Several awards were presented to teachers and administrators during Monday night's meeting of the Webster Parish School Board, along with much discussion about the Reduction In Force (RIF) policy changes.

Superintendent Steve Dozier recognized Crevonne Odom, director of business and finance, for her achievement and completion of requirements for the state of Louisiana.

"Crevonne has completed her certification requirements," Dozier said, "she is now officially a certified Louisiana school business administrator."

According to Secondary Education Supervisor Morris Busby, who presented the principal and teacher of the year awards, at the local level principals are chosen for this honor by the vote of their fellow principals and supervisors. Once chosen, each principal must complete a portfolio and submit it to the regional judges.

The Webster Parish Principals of the Year are Oreta Banks, Brown Upper Elementary, Melanie Jacobs, North Webster Junior High, and Robin Tucker, Minden High School.

Each faculty of the individual schools selected the Teacher of the Year candidates. The teachers nominated the teacher from their school that they felt has been exemplary in a variety of responsibilities.

The Webster Parish Teachers of the Year are Bridget Bridges of Jones Elementary, Todd Aulds of Phillips Middle School and James Croad of Minden High School.

Those chosen had to complete a portfolio to be submitted to the parish level where a team of evaluators will review them and select the parish winners.

RIF Update

Attorney Jon Guice presented an updated RIF Policy for board members to consider and approve although the adopted policy will only be used this one time because the laws will change in September.

The changes were necessary, according to Guice, because of several revisions to the laws since 1983 when the WPSB RIF policy was made current.

Some of the suggested changes were previously reported in the Monday edition of the Minden Press-Herald

Other changes include, that the definition of certification be modified and that it be clarified that seniority does not start over if a person takes a year of leave without pay.

Also included in the changes is the addition of the words, "child specific needs" to item number four of the policy.

"Let's say in the Special Education Department you have a child with extreme exceptionalities and they have a child specific teacher or aide with that child, (the child's needs) can be taken into consideration when the RIF is applied so as not to upset the education of that child," Guice said.

It was suggested that the policy include a way to decide who should be RIF'd when considering several at the same time and all considered have the same hire date.

According to Guice, the suggestion was made in this case to have the Superintendent look at the date of the applications of those in question. The one who applied the earliest would be considered tenured.

The suggestion to break a tie using a birth date in the event that all five were hired on the same date did not go over well with board member Frankie Mitchell. Guice made a note to take that phrase out.

The policy was adopted as presented, contingent upon a letter from Attorney Bob Hammonds which will address a court order as it applies to the policy.

Also approved during the board meeting was the payment of $10,000 for incentive retirement pay to the following personnel: Vicky Haygood, Carolyn Gantt, Melvyn Jones, David Kidd, Linda Moody, Donna Payne, Karen Applegate, Wallace Coile, Patricia Knesel, Patrecia Sullivan, Hilda Harris and Lenna Taylor.

In efforts to save jobs, these incentives are paid to those that line up with the positions that are on the to-be-cut list.

The Reduction in Force plan as well as a Reduction in Spending plan will be presented at the next board meeting Monday, April 30.

 

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