School changes e-cigarettes, out-of-zone student policies

By By Kara Carrier / American Press

The Calcasieu Parish School Board made changes Tuesday to two district policies during the personnel committee meeting.

The board unanimously approved a ban on

the use of electronic cigarettes and similar devices on school grounds

and at all

school system facilities. The ban was added to the district’s

policy on tobacco/smoking and applies to both students and staff.

The board also approved a change to the out-of-zone transfer policy. Parents or guardians will now only have to apply for

a transfer request one time per school instead of every year.

Gary Anderson, district assistant superintendent of auxiliary services, said the change means that if a child attends, for

example, an out-of-zone elementary school, the request will be good for all grades in that particular school.

However, if the child transfers to

another school or goes into a middle school that is out of zone, parents

will have to reapply.

“This should just help ease the process,” he said.

In other business, the board held a Superintendent Search Committee meeting. Board members unanimously passed a motion that

candidates selected for consideration will be subject to both open and closed interviews.

Board member Joe Andrepont said the decision will give the public a chance to see and hear from the applicants. “The public

can see their background and what their beliefs are,” Andrepont said. “Then in closed session, we will have the discretion

to ask those applicants specific questions in private. I think it’s a win-win.”

R.L. Webb, search committee chairman,

said that so far only one application has been submitted for the

position, which has

been open for less than two weeks. Webb said it’s still early in

the process and that he’s not worried. “I bet you there will

be at least 15,” he said. “There is plenty of time. We have until

May 1.”