GREENSBURG — The St. Helena Parish School Board approved hiring two teachers from the St. John the Baptist Parish public school system as supervisors of special education and instruction.

Sonia Fields, of San Diego, Calif., who has a master’s degree in elementary education and a doctorate in education leadership, will serve as supervisor of instruction and professional development.

Shayla Guidry, of Lawtell, who has a master’s degree in special education and a doctorate in education leadership, will serve as supervisor of special education.

The new supervisors each have six years of work experience. Both leave positions with the St. John school system to work in St. Helena Parish.

The new hires were approved during the board’s meeting Thursday are part of a restructuring effort instituted by Superintendent Kelli Joseph when she took office in June.

Other issues handled by the board included:

INCENTIVE BONUSES: The board approved payment of incentive bonuses to five teachers who completed one year of service with the school system.

Each of the teachers will receive $1,000.

Those teachers are: Lawanda James, Valery Johnson, Solomon Lee, Joseph McCarty and Glenda Rush.

YOUTH PROGRAM: The board approved extending its cooperative agreement with the LSU AgCenter for continuation of the Youth Development Program. Cost of the program is funded through the AgCenter.

HEALTH SERVICES: Southeast Community Health System CEO Selena Senegal announced receipt of a grant for assistance with St. Helena school-based health services.

Angela Myles, the program’s parish chairwoman, presented a slide show illustrating St. Helena students participating in 2010-11 program activities.