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LPSS approves new health, online positions amid ongoing pandemic

Lafayette School Board to discuss superintendent search, begin budget hearings
Posted at 12:52 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 13:52:14-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Lafayette Parish School Board approved several positions in health and online learning during its regular board meeting Wednesday to support its schools during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

According to school board documents, the first position discussed and approved was for an Assistant Supervisor of Nursing Health Services, which will assist the Supervisor of Nursing Health Services in planning, developing, and administering a school district health care program.

This position includes $66,583.35 for salary and benefits and requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, possession of a license as a registered professional nurse in Louisiana and five years of experience in nursing.

To create and pay for this position, the board moved to collapse a vacant Registered Nurse position that cost $63,115.83 in salary and benefits.

The board also approved the new position of Lafayette Online Academy Curriculum Coordinator, which will be federally-funded through the CARES Act and presents no impact to the school board’s budget.

According to board documents, if/when federal CARES Act funding is no longer available for this position, then it will be recommended that the position be abolished. Otherwise, another funding source would have to be identified.

The LOA Curriculum Coordinator will coordinate functions with regular school programs and activities, assist in program planning and assists in helping other online teachers with structuring and managing curriculum and instruction.

The budgeted amount for this position's salary and benefits is $75,788.79, and requires a master’s degree in education or equivalent training, three years of professional experience and a Level 1 Louisiana teaching certificate or higher.

The board also discussed reorganizing the Office of the Superintendent and approved the newly created position of Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education, which eliminates the Administrative Office Coordinator position.

The position involves assisting the superintendent in the daily operation of the district as well as the planning, implementing, directing and maintaining of district programs by providing a wide variety of complex administrative support; analyzing requests and providing recommendations for action; and communicating information on behalf of the district and the governing board to its staff, other districts and public agencies, according to job description provided by LPSS.

This position requires a high school diploma and two years of college, five years working in a central office environment and three years of office experience.

The board approved a budget revision in the amount of $12,481.00 to the general fund.

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