Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

School Board delays personnel changes

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Individuals interested in learning if their career in the Webster Parish school system is on the upswing will have to wait another two weeks to find out.

Parish school members had been scheduled to hear staff recommendations and then vote on three administrative positions Tuesday, but that didn't happen. Instead, the board voted 8-4 to postpone action on the appointments.

On the agenda were openings for assistant principal at Doyline High School and principal at both North Webster Lower Elementary and E.S. Richardson Elementary.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Daniel Rawls raised the issue of delaying at least one of the votes, saying the board members should be able to view files on the finalists for each opening before casting a vote. Rawls said he was prepared to make recommendations on two of the openings, but wanted additional time for consideration on the third opening.

"I can make recommendations on two positions tonight or at the next meeting," Rawls said, "but I can't say the same for North Webster Lower Elementary."

During the discussion on a motion to delay all three decisions until the April 22 meeting, member Penny Long said she believed the board could have been prepared to vote without having to see files on the finalists.

"We received the names of the individuals and the times of their interviews," Long said. "The board members had the opportunity to be here."

When discussing the "domino effect," creating an opening at a school when personnel are hired for position elsewhere, some members wondered if Rawls could make recommendations for the openings created without a vote from the school board. Frankie Mitchell didn't think he had that authority.

"We're still under the court order," she said.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the board approved spending a total of just more than $107,000 for a walk-in freezer for the system's warehouse and a school warehouse combo for Phillips Middle School. Money for the purchase will come from Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) funds.

Board members agreed to take under consideration a request from Springhill Mayor Carroll Breaux for a portion of land at the site of the old Howell Elementary School in Springhill. Breaux asked that the property either be donated to the city or given under a cooperative endeavor for 99 years.

Breaux said the city wants to build a 500,000-gallon ground storage tank for water.

And, board members gave approval to 25 requests for field trips from several parish schools.






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