BAKER — The Baker School Board policy manual will soon be updated to reflect new state and federal laws for the first time in four years, board attorney Winston DeCuir said Tuesday night.
“We’ve been following the laws; we just haven’t updated the manual,” DeCuir said after the board meeting.
The policy manual, which the board will vote on at their April 5 meeting, covers many aspects of school administration, including employee contracts, student field trips and how medications are administered to students at school. Many of the policies are mandated by law, but certain specifics are left up to individual school boards, he said.
The board worked on the updates for almost five months with guidance from Forethought Consulting Inc., a company that tracks policy changes, DeCuir said.
He encouraged the public to examine the proposed updated manual, which should be available in the next week at the school district’s website, bakerschools.org, and to comment about it at the board’s April meeting.
In other business, the school board recognized districtwide teachers of the year: Whitney Walker, a fifth grade teacher at Baker Heights Elementary, and Derrick Walker, band director at Baker High School.
Chanel Brooks Nettles, Park Ridge Academic Magnet; Dominique Metoyer, Baker Heights; and Sandra Anthony-Grimes, Baker Middle School, received teacher of the year awards from their schools.
Districtwide principals of the year are Lakesha Reese-Penn, Baker Heights; Tammy Armand-Golden, Park Ridge; and Traci Morgan, Baker High.
The board also awarded medallions to students of the year Katelyn Roche, Baker Heights; Tamicia Daron and Gabrielle Williams, Park Ridge; and Kendrick Shavers, Baker High.
Students Amya Sanders, Baker Heights, and Anthony Palmer, Park Ridge, received recognition for being winners in the Louisiana School Boards Association Art Contest. A sit-down dinner event to honor teachers and students will be held May 9, Superintendent Herman Brister said.
Brister also announced the district will hold a recruitment fair for teachers beginning at 9 a.m., March 31 at the School Board office, 14750 Plank Road.
“We want to recruit the best and the brightest,” he said.