CLINTON — The East Feliciana Parish School Board plans to decide in November whether to extend Superintendent Douglas Beauchamp’s contract or hire a replacement.
Beauchamp’s contract ends June 30, 2012.
Board President Michael Bradford told members at Tuesday’s board meeting that he wants to be up and running by January on the board’s decision regarding Beauchamp’s future.
Beauchamp told the board that by law he must send each member a certified notice saying that his contract would automatically renew for another year unless the board notifies him in writing by Jan. 15, 2012, that his contract will be terminated.
Other business coming before the board included:
NEW ORLEANS TRIP: Eight board members expressed interest in attending the National Conference of Black School Educators convention Nov. 16-19 in New Orleans, but agreed to hold off on making a decision until the board’s accountant decides if money is available for the trip.
Beauchamp said the total cost would run about $10,000, but only $7,000 is budgeted for the event. Board members considered several options, including the possibility of sending one or two delegates to represent the board.
PUPIL ENROLLMENT: Bradford told the board that the school system must do everything in its power to increase enrollment.
Since 2001, the district has lost more than 500 students, he said.
In 2001, enrollment in East Feliciana public schools was 2,586. This year, the enrollment had dwindled to 2,075, he said.
COPYING MACHINES: The board approved Paul Kent’s motion to seek bids on leasing or buying copying equipment.
Financial adviser Sam D’Aquilla said it is not necessary by law to use a sealed bid process, but Kent said sealed bids are a preferred arrangement.
CHARTER SCHOOL: The board amended its contract with the parish’s charter school to allow charter school teachers to participate in the state teachers retirement system.
SALES TAX REVENUE: Beauchamp reported that sales tax collections for September totaled $586,309 and delinquent tax collections amounted to $16,176
The School Board receives 60 percent of these tax revenues, while the Police Jury gets 40 percent, officials said.