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Board to hear committee findings

by Minden Press-Herald

The Webster Parish School Board will hear a report from the curriculum committee at Monday’s board meeting in a follow up to concerns about children in Webster Parish who cannot read.

In February, Sam Mims addressed the board saying he’d done some research and learned there are children in the public schools who cannot read. He asked the board what could be done about it, saying he doesn’t believe the problem lies with the teachers.

Days later, a curriculum committee meeting was conducted in which administrators, teachers and board members came together to discuss the issue. Much of what was discussed centered on the current tools used to help children learn to read.

Interventions were discussed, where children who struggle are pulled out a certain amount of time each day to strengthen their weaknesses in reading. Also discussed were state standards, other tools used and materials purchased to assist teachers.

The curriculum committee is expected to meet again at 5:30 p.m., just prior to the regular board meeting.
In other business, the school board will consider adoptions of resolutions regarding refunding bonds for Consolidated School District No. 1 and Sarepta School District No. 35.

Also on the agenda:

  • Ron Anderson will address the board regarding the Youth Leadership Institute.
  • A request from District 6 Board Member John Madden with regard to information prior to board meetings.
  • A presentation to the employee of the month by Rodney Taylor, of Taylor and Sons.
  • A request from North Webster Junior High School to purchase furniture for $22,651.14 using Sarepta Bond money.
  • A request from Doyline High school for work on the fire alarm sprinkler system for $1,390 using the Doyline Bond Fund.
  • Approval of work on the Doyline fire alarm sprinkler system.
  • Approve a proposal from Johnson Controls for $3,380 to replace a fan motor for AHU 16 at Minden High School, using District 6 half-cent sales tax.
  • Approve Moro Electric LLC to install a 400 AMP and related electrical work at J.L. Jones Elementary School for $4,800 using District 6 half-cent sales tax.
  • Travel allocation for employees that has been dissolved; a request for the allocation to be increased.
  • Approved field trips: Central Elementary School sixth graders to visit Bossier Parish Community College for College Day on Feb. 24; take Doyline High School students who reached all four Accelerated Reader goals to Magic Springs Amusement Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas; 38 students from J.A. Phillips Middle School to travel to Ruston to attend a Louisiana Tech University basketball home game March 5; and North Webster High School art students to travel to Memphis, Tennessee to the University of Memphis Art Museum April 29 through May 1.
  • Personnel report
  • Superintendent’s report
  • Announcements

The board will meet at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at Central Office, located at 1442 Sheppard Street.

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