Virtual classes take place during snow day

Educational Diagnostician Todd Ketchum is named employee of the month. Ketchum receives a plaque for his accomplishment from Scott Walker representing Taylor and Sons.

Ice and a sprinkling of snow may have shut down Webster Parish schools last week, but the winter weather didn’t stop students from attending classes.

Parish school board members heard Monday that plans already in place were activated for virtual classes and students did not miss a day as a result of the weather. Parish Supervisor of Elementary Education Oreata Banks and Supervisor of Secondary Education Linda Hudson reported the parish’s plan was “…already prepared and carried through.”

Banks said she and Hudson conducted a survey to get input on the plan from teachers, administrators, parents and students and the results were favorable. Grading on a scale of one to five (with five the highest), 58 percent of 324 responses graded the success of the plan from four to five, Banks and Hudson reported.

“Only 32 percent of those responding gave a grade of three or below,” Banks told board members. “We will use the results of this survey for the future as a basis for improvement.”

Superintendent Johnny Rowland emphasized the plan helped the district save a day of school.

“This was a better alternative than doing nothing,” he said. 

In other business, board members approved a bid of just over $1.260 million to Precision Construction and Contracting (PCC Sports) for a synthetic turf football field for Lakeside Jr./Sr. High School. 

Another bid of $943,000 was awarded to Thrash Construction Services for renovations to North Webster Junior High School’s football stadium in Sarepta. 

Board members also approved invoices for payment from various school district maintenance funds. 

Also at Monday’s meeting, school district Educational Diagnostician Todd Ketchum was named employee of the month. Ketchum received a plaque for his accomplishment from Scott Walker representing Taylor and Sons.

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