More school staff may be hired
CENTERVILLE, La. -- Among items for discussion by the St. Mary Parish School Board Thursday is whether to allow the superintendent to hire up to seven additional instructional and support personnel to fill unanticipated staffing needs.
The personnel would include four paraprofessionals, three of those to be paid with federal funds; one Junior ROTC instructor for Franklin High School; one special education coordinator position for special services; and one additional teaching position as a reserve, according to Superintendent Donald Aguillard.
This comes after 26 teaching positions were cut through attrition to begin this school year. Those included four on the elementary level, eight in junior high, six in high school and 17 special education teachers. The cuts were made during the budget process.
Once the school year started, five of those positions were reinstated due to student population shifts. Teachers were added at Hattie Watts, Raintree and Foster elementary schools, Morgan City Junior High and B. Edward Boudreaux Middle School.
Also on the agenda are an update on flood policies, casualty insurance and a quarterly group health insurance claims update.
A resolution adopting the operating budget for the fiscal year ending June 30 is up for consideration. A public hearing on the budget will precede the meeting at 4:45 p.m.
Also to be discussed during the regular meeting is replacement of a $20,000 intercom system at Berwick High School and approval of using funds previously designated for technology upgrades to purchase computers to meet state benchmark requirements.
The regular meeting is slated for 5 p.m. Thursday at the Central Office Complex in Centerville and is open to the public.
Also of note, the District 1 (Franklin area) Maintenance Committee will meet at 4:15 p.m. Thursday in Centerville to discuss entrance and egress improvements to the Centerville School campus as well as funding an all-weather track resurfacing at Franklin High School.