Superintendent Timothy J. Cooley will continue to serve Beauregard Parish School through the year 2020. The Beauregard Parish School Board voted unanimously to approve the contract renewal for Cooley at Thursday nights regular meeting.

The contract is for two years and would see Cooley receive a one percent raise. Cooley stated during the meaning that he “would not ask for some enormous raise if I could not give the same to our teachers.”

Many board members stated that they wanted to make sure that Cooley was being compensated similarly to other Superintendents in neighboring parishes. BPSB President David Vidrine stated that Cooley “doesn’t get paid enough” for all the work he does.

Prior to the vote, the BPSB members asked Cooley a series of questions regarding his past performance, his opinions on improvements, and his plans for the future. When asked about how he felt about his job performance Cooley said that he felt his time as Superintendent has gone “very well.”

When BPSB President David Vidrine asked Cooley about how Beauregard Parish Schools could improve overall, Cooley responded by stating that he and his staff were actively working on changes to the curriculum to better prepare students parishwide.

He also noted that schools such as DeRidder Junior High School, Pinewood Elementary, and Singer High School had put in a lot of hard work recently. “We are certainly looking for ways that we can enhance all of our schools,” said Cooley.

The BPSB also asked Cooley about the safety of Beauregard Schools. Cooley explained the procedures and training that faculty and staff go through to prepare for emergency situations. He also emphasized that the BPSB has a strong relationship with the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Department, and that there is a strong police presence at all schools.