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Officer contracts top WPSB agenda

by Minden Press-Herald

The school resource officer cooperative endeavor agreements between the Webster Parish School Board and the Cities of Minden and Springhill will come before the board again Monday for approval.

This proposed agreement, while simplistic, is more detailed as to what will be paid and stipulations for each officer.

If the proposed agreement is approved, the cities will be required to provide SROs at North Webster High School, Minden High School and Webster Junior High School. Each officer will be paid $25 per hour for each hour they work, not to exceed $44,000 per year ($88,000 for Minden as they will provide two SROs). The cities will send a monthly invoice for reimbursement by the school board for services rendered.

In January, some contention by board members led to both parties agreeing to scrap the original proposed contracts. After discussion with both Minden Mayor Tommy Davis and Springhill Mayor Carroll Breaux, they came to an agreement with the school board for the new proposed agreement.

In other school board news:

n Perry Watson will address the board in reference to a recommendation to use Fibrebond buildings at J.A. Phillips Middle School. He will also request using conventional construction at WJHS.

n Rodney Taylor, of Taylor and Sons, will present the employee of the month, Debra Corke, secretary at Doyline High School.

n The board will consider Horizon Mechanical Inc., for a water line replacement at North Webster Junior High School for $1,850, using the Sarepta Bond Fund.

n The board will consider approval of the purchase of storage cabinets for three renovated classrooms from Stevens Industries for $6,832.21, at NWJH using Sarepta bond money.

n The board will consider approval of renovations (sodding) of the football field at NWHS by NCAL Inc., for $56,400.

n The board will also hear a presentation by District 6 Board Member John Madden.

n The board will consider travel allocation for employees that have been dissolved, requesting the allocations be increased.

n The board will hear the following approved field trips: Doyline High School seventh and eighth grade classes to visit Melrose Plantation in Natchitoches on May 6; Honor students at E.S. Richardson Elementary to travel to Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport – the classes will travel three times during the school year; 125 students from J.E. Harper Elementary School will travel to Norton Art Gallery on April 22; Central Elementary blind students traveled to the Boardwalk in Bossier City on March 17; and the pre-K through second grades of Browning Elementary will travel to the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City for the production of “Disney on Ice” April 15.

n The board will also hear the personnel and superintendent’s report.

A finance committee meeting has been set for 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 4, to discuss the salary schedule. The board will then meet at 6 p.m. for its monthly meeting. Central Office is located at 1442 Sheppard Street in Minden.

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