City school board holds routine meeting

Published 6:53 am Friday, July 29, 2016

The Bogalusa School Board met Monday evening for their regular board meeting.

At the meeting, the school board approved a variety of routine items, including a code of conduct for the new school year, bids for milk, bread, frozen and processed foods and kitchen supplies, two handbooks, a revised budget and a policy with a consulting group. The board also approved disposing of certain fixed assets and of some contracts.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation from Bogalusa High School administrators who recently attended a disciplinary conference.

Tonyah Jefferson, the school’s assistant principal in charge of discipline, spoke about the conference to the board and she said the conference instructed administrators to depend more on counselors and other school officials as opposed to resource officers to reduce discipline in schools. Resource officers are often police officers or sheriff’s deputies who patrol school halls.

Superintendent Toni Breaux has said in the past that resource officers can be limited in what they may do in most disciplinary matters.

“We don’t feel that a resource officer is the answer,” Breaux said. “Kids need to be around their administrators. And a resource officer is limited. They can’t do anything except bring the kid to the administrators anyway.”

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at district headquarters.