OPELOUSAS — The St. Landry Parish School Board delayed action on whether to modify a job description for a coordinator of music after board members could not agree if there is even a need for creating the position.
After some discussion Thursday, the board voted to send the issue back to the Personnel Committee.
The initial matter concerned whether the description for the music coordinator’s job should be rewritten to require a music background.
Board member Hazel Sias said the job should require such a background.
“Can this (job) be done by someone who has no music background?” asked board member Albert Hayes.
Board member Donnie Perron suggested that, due to financial issues, perhaps other coordinators hired by the district could assume the role of music coordinator.
Perron noted the district is already attempting to find more funding to hire several part-time janitors to full-time positions.
Board member Randy Wagley said the board should discuss a description for the music coordinator’s job as soon as possible because Superintendent Edward Brown has the authority to appoint someone who might not have a music degree.
Brown, whom board member Charles Ross said was ill, did not attend Thursday’s meeting.
Personnel Director Matthew Scruggins told the board that Brown has no immediate plans to appoint a music director.
Under state law, Wagley said, the board has the authority to create guidelines for school district jobs, but a superintendent has the power to make appointments without the consent of the board.
In another matter, the board voted 12-1 to spend $374,500 on a lease-purchase agreement with Ross Bus Sales for seven used school buses.
Board member Milton Ambres, who cast the lone “no” vote, said he is opposed to buying used buses.
The board was unanimous in approving a recommendation to survey and appraise separate tracts of land in Port Barre and Sunset.
The survey and appraisal studies will be done in order to verify whether the district has ownership of the properties before entering into purchase negotiations with the towns.
Assistant Superintendent Joseph Cassimere said in an interview that the tracts in each town are slightly less than 1 acre.
“In some cases, there can be language in an ownership agreement where if the board does not choose to use the property anymore, the land can revert back to the original owner. We want to make sure (the district) has clear ownership,” said Cassimere.
According to a committee report, Port Barre wants to buy a parcel of land currently used as a softball park.
The report also says there are two tracts under purchase consideration by Sunset. The report did not indicate where the land is located.