School Board adopts Member Training Resolution, allocates funding

Andrew Green agreen@postsouth.com

Iberville Parish School Board members and Superintendent Arthur Joffrion unanimously adopted and approved a School Board Member Training Resolution at their February meeting.

The resolution proposes that each member of the parish board will receive a minimum six hours of training and instruction, as required by ACT 705 of the 2011 Louisiana Legislature.

ACT 705, which went into effect January 1, 2011, requires board member to annually receive six hours of Continuing Education, and the progress of each member shall be made public.

The resolution states that “this training and instruction shall consist of school laws of this state, laws governing the powers, duties and responsibilities of city and parish school boards, educational trends, research and policy”.

The instruction received by each member may come from an institution of higher education in the state of Louisiana, from instruction sponsored by the State Department of Education or by an in-service training program conducted by the parish board central office, Louisiana School Boards Association or National School Board’s Association.

Additionally, the board approved that each member of the board shall receive one hour of ethics training per year of their tenure as a board member.

In the required public release, the resolution noted that members Chris Daigle, Pam George, Michael Hebert, Jr., Polly Higdon, Glyna Kelley, Yolanda Laws, Melvin Lodge, Darlene Ourso and Theresa Roy have successfully received their six hours of training and have fulfilled their mandated one hour of ethics training for 2016.

“The resolution speaks to the value of School Board Trainings,” Superintendent Arthur Joffrion said.  “Each of our board members regularly participates in LSBA and NSBA training opportunities.  This speaks to how effectively our board functions to provide the best opportunities for students.”

After the adopted resolution, Board Members also unanimously discusses and approved allocations of funding for the following items:

School Resource Officers to receive an additional $50,000 per year; funding for security cameras set at $414,000; access control, $525,000; welcome center entrances, $260,000; relocating the administrative office at Dorseyville Elementary, $225,000; installing a secured entrance and offices at the Federal Program Building, $100,000; the purchase of two-way radios, $5,600 and weather radios, $1,500.