Story by staff reporter Nora Drenner
Next steps in superintendent search and the 2020-2021 school calendar will likely be the hot topics during the upcoming Natchitoches Parish School Board meeting slated for Thursday, February 6.
The board held its regular monthly committee meeting, which is always open to the public, to discuss upcoming agenda items. Those pre-meetings are typically held two days before the regular meeting. Action is taken during the regular meeting; never during the committee meeting.
On February 4th the board discussed the potential process and calendar dates for the new superintendent search. On the table is for the board president and vice president to pick up superintendent applications from the post office on Monday, Feb. 10. Later in the day, those applications would likely be available to board members. Soon after they could be available to the public, minus personal information.
Additionally, on the table is a special meeting on Feb. 13 to set the parameters for candidate interviews, followed by interviews on Feb. 19-20. Finalists would probably be determined in early March, followed by a public meet and greet.
During discussion of the proposed school calendar, cited was concern regarding the start and end dates for support staff who are on a 10-month calendar work year. Reportedly the proposed calendar extends a bit beyond those 10 months.
Other agenda items include approval of out of state for various filed trips, recognition of a classroom grant recipient, budget update and Rapides Effective School Grant update among other routine matters.
The Feb. 6 NPSB meeting will be held at 310 Royal Street beginning at 5 p.m.