May 15, 2013 10:41 PM by Tina Macias

School board approves discipline survey, learns bus driver shortage getting worse

Lafayette Parish teachers will soon have a chance to anonymously voice their opinion about discipline issues.
The Lafayette Parish School Board tonight unanimously approved the dissemination of a discipline survey. The questions include ones about the percentage of students that are disruptive, the helpfulness of school administration and the effectiveness of new programs.
Survey creator Greg Awbrey said the survey is a way to understand teacher issues more, but school staff took issue with the working of the survey, saying it is leading.
The survey will be compiled by the Lafayette Parish Retired Teachers Association, and results will be presented at the board's first meeting in July.
The surveys will be numbered and sealed by one groups of people and addressed by another to ensure anonymity.
The board also struck down a request to waive the high school diploma requirement for bus drivers, which Transportation Director Bill Samec said is needed to fill open positions. He said with such a good economy, it is difficult to find applicants.
He said the board has 41 bus driver substitutes, but yesterday 49 drivers were absent. Tomorrow, at least one school will not receive transportation because of the shortage.
"I only see it getting worse," Samec said.
The board also:
-Revised the 2013-14 school calendar. Students will spend 174 days in class, down from 180 this year. The calendar accommodates more time for teacher professional development.
-Struck down an additional 30-minute class period that would be used to remediate some students and give other students "enrichment" work.
-Approved the evaluation form for Superintendent Pat Cooper. The results of the evaluation will be presented to Cooper at the board's June 19 meeting.


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