Board considers calendars for upcoming school year

Dusty Rangel, Title II Supervisor, Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor, explains a frequently asked question for board members Monday.

A pair of potential academic and employee calendars for the 2023-24 school year will go under review by a three-member Webster Parish School Board committee and school system employees, with recommendations scheduled to come after study and employee surveys.

Parish Superintendent of Schools Johnny Rowland said the two prospective calendars are the result of “…a lot of study and hard work by our staff, and multiple conversations with employees and our board members.”

Rowland said during the upcoming weeks, input from school system employees will be sought through surveys submitted through school Internet sites.

“Any of our employees are welcome to comment and give us their ideas,” Rowland said.

During Monday’s school board meeting, Rowland and department heads gave members a presentation of frequently asked questions from board members, employees and parents, covering subjects from school intersession to discipline and ACT performance.

On school performance, Rowland noted that Webster Parish schools, like other systems throughout the nation, had suffered during the Covid pandemic but  numbers show students are rebounding in the aftermath.

Figures show in 2022, nine of 14 school performance scores were higher than their 2019 (pre-Covid) scores, while the district performance score in 2022 was higher than 2019.

Also during Monday’s meeting, school board members approved a number of payments from district maintenance and sales tax funds  including $13,134 for two ice machines plus installation for Webster Jr. High and $7,990 for chillers at Minden High.

Rodney Taylor of Taylor and Sons recognizes the March Employee of the Month, Candice Miller, Special Ed Facilitator.

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