Summer class ended for middle grades

The Ouachita Parish School Board voted unanimously to approve finance committee recommendations reinstating teacher supply allocations and discontinuing the summer school program for middle schools.

Assistant Superintendent Don Coker said discontinuing the traditional summer school program would save the district $35,000 and eliminate duplication of services between the summer school and the LEAP remediation.

“Everybody around us has stopped offering summer school, and they’ve been sending their students to our program,” Superintendent Bob Webber said.

The district will continue to offer LEAP remediation in the elementary and middle schools and credit recovery in the high schools.

The board also voted to use money from the district’s maintenance and operations fund to reinstate the $75 teacher classroom allowances that it had voted earlier this year to suspend.

Director of Business Juanita Duke said an increase in the student population would bring more Minimum Foundation Program money into the district and would help offset the supply expense.

“We would stipulate that this would be in addition to any allocations teachers may have already received from their schools,” Duke said.

In other action, board members voted unanimously Thursday to name the West Monroe High School football field after a longtime coach.

The board voted to name the football field after Don Shows who has coached at the school since 1989 and led the school to eight Class 5-A state championships.

“He’s sent numerous players to LSU on football scholarships from West Monroe High School,” board President Jerry Hicks said.