There are some big changes on the way for the Lafayette Parish School Board and Superintendent.
Governor Bobby Jindal's Education Reform Act became law July 1. Any school polices that are in conflict need to be changed.
Assistant Superintendent Sandra Billeaudeau says Wednesday's school board is about housekeeping.
For example, the superintendent can now hire personnel without the school board's approval.
"We have chosen to keep our school board informed, but we don't have to go before them for their approval."
Another change that goes before the school board Wednesday is the policy for administering discipline.
Saturday suspension for students is out the door.
"Every school has an in school suspension person. It will be handled more on a campus by campus basis," explains Billeaudeau
Ramona Bernard is the Director of Risk Management for the Lafayette Parish School District.
Bernard says the transition of personnel hiring power from the school board to the superintendent makes sense.
The new law places performance bench marks in the superintendent's contract. If a school fails, he can fail too.
"He wants good people in there because if they don't achieve he won't keep his job," says Bernard
And speaking of jobs - tenure for teachers is no longer automatic. Five of six years of service must be rated effective.
School bus drivers hired after July 1st - tenure will not be an option.
"I think we're the only state in the union where our bus drivers acquired tenure," says Bernard.
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