GREENSBURG — St. Helena School Board members and administrators agreed Thursday they were not surprised the district and its two public schools they oversee received failing letter grades from the state earlier this month.
Both schools under the board’s supervision received letter grades of F, according to the Louisiana Department of Education website.
The St. Helena School System was the only parish district in Louisiana to receive an “F,” said Superintendent Kelli Joseph.
“It was expected,” Joseph, who has been the school system’s superintendent since June, said. “I know that I inherited it, but I take responsibility for it.”
The St. Helena School Board has six members.
Other business before the board included:
MODULAR BUILDING: The School Board voted unanimously to purchase a permanent modular building that would house Southeast Community Health Systems and 12 classrooms on the high school campus.
The cost will be about $1 million, Joseph said. Funding will come from a mixture of school grant funds, dedicated construction funds, and a grant received by the Southeast Community Health System, Joseph said.
The new building will be erected on the surviving slab of a building that burned down several years ago, Joseph said.
HONORS PRESENTED: The board named three teachers as September teachers of the month: Kelli Lutz, Central Elementary; Robin LeCompte, Central Middle School; and Swarna Manda, Central High School. Students of the year are Tresade Wyre, Central Elementary School; Armand Oates, Central Middle School; and Imani Chandler, Central High School.
JOSEPH’S EVALUATION: Board President Edward “Scott” Galmon distributed a form board members will use to evaluate Joseph’s performance. Galmon said that the board should help Joseph improve her performance and as such, should evaluate her after her first 100 days in office.
Board members plan to discuss the evaluation during upcoming committee meetings, Galmon said.