Grading changes proposed for Lafayette School Board consideration _lowres

Advocate file photo by BRAD KEMP -- The Lafayette Parish School Board discuss the budget during a May 12, 2015 , meeting in Lafayette, LA. The board currently is looking at a number of changes in the way it will conduct the meetings.

More changes in how and when the Lafayette Parish School Board conducts its meetings could be coming down the line.

The board will decide Wednesday whether to change its meeting dates. Traditionally, the board has met the first and third Wednesday of the month. Now, a recommendation to move the meeting to the second Wednesday of the month is on the table.

The change was proposed during an Executive Committee meeting held May 21 and supported by new Superintendent Donald Aguillard.

The two-week gap for staff or board members to introduce a proposal and for the board to make a decision can be a hindrance to staff, Aguillard said.

The board also could switch to a new meeting software management program called BoardDocs. The system is used by other districts in the area, including Aguillard’s employer for the past 11 years — the St. Mary Parish School Board. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education also uses the program.

The Executive Committee received information from a BoardDocs representative who quoted a flat annual fee of $9,000 for the meeting management system.

The board will take up the matter Wednesday.

If approved, the system would replace the board’s current meeting management system, Electronic School Board. Both programs enable the public to search agendas — current and past — and other related meeting information online.

Since starting its term in January, the board has made other changes to improve efficiency during board meetings, such as the creation of committees.

One change to take effect at Wednesday’s meeting is the removal of the public comment period at the conclusion of the board’s business. State law requires public comment before action is taken on an issue.

In the past, the School Board also has allowed the public to make comments on any topic before the meeting adjourns. Angelle announced his decision, which he said was based on attorneys’ advice, at the board’s June 3 meeting.

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