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Issues concerning the operation of local school boards and proposals which can play a role in the makeup of school athletic teams are scheduled to be aired this week during the State Legislature meeting in Baton Rouge.
Three proposed bills are important in rural parishes such as Franklin Parish.
One bill concerns the management of local school boards and is aimed at directing local board actions more toward policy than daily operations and two others can affect the rosters of athletic teams. On proposal increases the grade requirements for athletes and another allows home-school students to become local team athletes without attending the school.
A bill by Rep. Steve Carter would indirectly help local school boards focus on establishing policy by placing all personnel matters in the hands of local superintendents, is expected before the entire House of Representatives in the near future.
A bill by Rep. Rickey Hardy would require the state Board of Education and Secondary Education to adopt a policy which would require students to attain a 2.0 GPA in all courses in order to participate in any interscholastic athletic or other extracurricular activity.
This comes before the House today in Baton Rouge, when hearings on the bill were cancelled last week. Several athletic coaches, including Barry Sebren of Franklin Parish High School, had planned to appear at the cancelled hearing.
Still another bill which may affect extracurricular activities will be heard in committee this week.
The proposed bill, filed by Rep. Cameron Henry, would allow students who participate in home-study programs approved by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to be eligible to participate in athletics and other activities.
Student's participation must be approved by the principal, must meet the same academic requirements as the public school students and must be in compliance with all additional state laws, including insurance coverage.
The school board proposal would require a two thirds majority vote of members to hire or fire a superintendent. Bill sponsors feel this will insulate a superintendent from pressures in managing the district.
The bill will also: prohibit board members from interfering with personnel decisions and made the board accountable for prescribe duties, fix salaries and hold tenure hearings for all employees. All board member personnel requests would have to be in writing or in meetings.