The Calcasieu Parish School Board offices at 3310 Broad St. (Photo courtesy of the Calcasieu Parish School Board)
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 11:16 AM
The Calcasieu Parish School Board unanimously voted Tuesday to approve the superintendent application packet recommended by the Superintendent Search Committee, with only a few minor revisions. R.L. Webb, committee chairman, said that by the board approving the packet the superintendent position will officially open Wednesday, March 12.
Revisions to the packet included changing the salary base from a maximum of $150,000 to a minimum negotiable salary of $150,000. Other revisions were to wording, removing personal information from documents available to the public and changing some advertising sources.
“I want the very best that we can get for our children, teachers and administration,” Webb said. “As a committee, we have done everything we could to get ready to search for the right person. We are putting a wide net out there to capture who can be the best for our school system.”
According to Webb, if print advertising goes according to the approved schedule, the job will close on May 1. The law says the position has to stay open at least 30 days after the last print advertisement runs, he said. The search committee’s next meeting will be at 4:45 p.m. March 25 at the central office.
In other business, tempers flared over a new welding shop for Starks High School. The budget committee voted last month to recommended that the board approve construction of a building at a cost of $600,000, which would be paid for with riverboat funds.
Board member Jim Karr said the school’s current shop is in disrepair with flooding problems and outdated ventilation. According to Karr, the welding program at Starks helps provide job-ready graduates for the community.
Board members Clara Duhon and Mack Dellafosse questioned spending such a large amount of money for a small number of students.
“We chose to close Reynaud Middle School with 130 or so kids, but we will spend $600,000 for 15,” Duhon said. “That shows some bias on this board.”
In response, board member Randy Burleigh said the board spent more than twice that amount on Reynaud over the years. “Until that community decides that they want to change, there won’t be change,” Burleigh said. “I don’t care how much money we throw at them. To say that we didn’t do anything, I think that is a slap in the face, and it’s an outright lie.”
The board ultimately approved the construction of the welding shop, with only Dellafosse and Duhon voting against it.