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.”