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OPSB SEEKS SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS



OUACHITA PARISH SCHOOL BOARD
is seeking a dynamic, motivated
educational leader to join them as

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Qualities desired: Strong background in educational leadership, a collaborative management style and excellent communication skills.

Qualifications: Certified or eligible for immediate certification as a superintendent of schools in Louisiana; minimum of 10 years in PreK-12 education, including 5 years administrative and/or central office experience; 5 years teaching experience preferred; experience in working with school and district budgets a plus.

District size: 36 schools / 19,650 students

Salary: to be set by the School Board

Application Period: Hard copy of the application must be received by Friday, November 14, 2014, at 12:00 noon.

Applications Available: Click here to download the application with instructions. The form can be completed and printed to mail or hand deliver along with the additional items requested.

Applications can be mailed to:

ATTN: Juanita Duke, Director of Business
Ouachita Parish Superintendent Search
P.O. Box 1642
Monroe, LA 71210-1642

Or hand delivered to:

ATTN: Juanita Duke, Director of Business
Ouachita Parish Superintendent Search
100 Bry Street
Monroe, LA 71201


Electronic Applications Are Not Acceptable

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer - Ouachita Parish School Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment or the provision of service.

IMPORTANT OPEN ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

OPSB Employee Notice Regarding
Office of Group Benefits Open Enrollment


This is a very important notice to all Ouachita Parish School System employees who are eligible for health insurance offered by the Office of Group Benefits, or OGB, through payroll deduction. OGBs annual enrollment period for health insurance has been extended to November 30, 2014. Now is the time for you to consider all health insurance coverage options for you and your dependents whether or not you currently participate in OGB.

The following applies to all eligible employees….

Due to OGBs new “no late applicant” rule, annual enrollment is the only time you will be able to voluntarily enroll in an OGB health plan, change health plans, cancel a plan, and add or drop dependents. Otherwise, you will have to wait to make voluntary changes during the next annual enrollment. You will only be able to make these changes during the year if an IRS qualifying event occurs. All eligible employees who choose not to enroll in an OGB health plan during this year’s Annual Enrollment will need to sign a waiver.

The following applies only to employees who are currently enrolled in OGB health plans…

OGB is offering all new health plans for 2015…This means for everyone currently participating in Blue Cross or Vantage health plans through payroll deduction must select a new health plan by the November 30th date. If you do not choose a new health plan, OGB will automatically place you in the Blue Cross Pelican HRA 1000 plan, and you will not be able to change plans until the next year’s annual enrollment. All Blue Cross plan selections will be effective March 1st. All Vantage plan selections will be effective January 1st.

OGB is mailing Annual Health Plan decision guides to current plan participants. Please be looking for this information in the mail at your home. The decision guides, informational webinars, comparison of the new plans, how to change your plan, and premiums are all available online at www.groupbenefits.org under the 2015 Benefit Enrollment Information link.

Please see the designated insurance contact at your work location if you have not received any information about this year’s annual enrollment or health plan changes to date. If you have any questions please contact our insurance office at 432-5220.




POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Ouachita Parish School Board is now accepting applications for the following positions:

Principal, West Monroe High School (12 Month)

Applicants mush hold a valid LA Teaching Certificate as Principal/Educational Leader.

Submit hard copy of cover letter, resume, and teaching certificate by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 to:

Dr. Don Coker, Assistant Superintendent
Ouachita Parish School Board
P.O. Box 1642
Monroe, LA 71210-1642

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Science Teacher, Riser Middle School
This is a long-term substitute position for the remainder of 2014-15 school year. Must be certified in secondary or middle school science.

Contact: Principal Rodney Lloyd
318-387-0567

OFFICIAL MEETINGS

The next School Board meetings will be held
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 12:00 noon.

Ouachita Parish School Board will conduct its regularly scheduled meeting. All public is invited to attend. The location will be Ouachita Parish School Board Room - 100 Bry Street, Monroe. For more information: 318-432-5000.

The next Finance Committee Meeting will be Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 9:00 in the Central Office Board Room.


SUBSTITUTE APPLICATION SCHEDULE

Substitute applications are accepted Monday - Wednesday
8:30-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Only certified teachers need apply to substitute teach.

Note: No substitute applications or fingerprinting will be done during the following weeks:
9/22/14-10/3/14
10/27/14-10/31/14
12/1/14-12/5/14
1/5/15-1/9/15
3/2/15-3/6/15
4/27/15-5/1/15

Questions may be directed to Cheryl Hart at 432-5227.

Jack Hayes Student Featured in Magazine
OPSB News Congratulations to Kimora "Kimmie" Daniel on being featured in the October issue of Sports Illustrated Kids! Over the summer, Kimmie competed in the USATF National Track and Field Championship where she finished first in javelin throw and shot put. She won those same events in 2013. Kimmie is in the 5th grade at Jack Hayes Elementary. Her proud parents are Rod and Serita Daniel.

Posted by aline on Monday, September 29, 2014 @ 13:59:39 CDT (507 reads)
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GHMS Congratulates All-State Choir Members
OPSB News The following 30 Good Hope Middle School Colonel Choir members were selected to participate in the 2014 All-State Choirs. The singers will meet with others from around the state in New Orleans October 23-25 and work with world renown conductors. They will present a final concert on the afternoon of October 25th. We are very proud of our Good Hope singers! The choirs at Good Hope Middle School are under the direction of Lisa R. Johnson.

6th Grade:

Cheyene Blake
Lauren Calhoun
Katie Compton
Laura Katherine Dupuy
Lauren Green
Celeste Hearne
Elise Kirkland
Kourtney Lemoine
Hannah Price

7th and 8th Grade Girls:

Brooke BeDoit
Julia Hogan
Emma McCandlish
Lanie Scott
Ema Stone
Grace Waren
Annalee Watson
Callie Williams

7th and 8th Grade Boys:

Ross Albritton
Gordon Bennett
Brady Brown
Andrew Cady
Hagen Cascio
Collin Duffey
Hayden Gissendanner
Gavin Gresham
Connor Hill
David Myers
Wyatt Perkins
Landen Vessel
Reid Wallace
Posted by aline on Monday, September 29, 2014 @ 13:44:35 CDT (235 reads)
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Congratulations to These Riser Singers!
OPSB News Riser Elementary and Middle Schools would like to announce the singers who will be traveling to New Orleans next month to participate in the 2014 LaACDA All-State Honor Choir.

Congratulations to the following students:
Ernest Jackson
Sam Blue
Breunna Capers
Malachi Bidleman
Ali Morehead
Lauren Lawson

These singers are under the direction of Mindy LeBlanc. School principals are Nicole Zordan and Rodney Lloyd, respectively. Keep up the good work students!
Posted by aline on Monday, September 29, 2014 @ 09:31:53 CDT (406 reads)
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WRMS ANNOUNCES ALL STATE CHOIR MEMBERS
OPSB News Congratulations to the following West Ridge Middle School Choir members on being selected for the prestigious Louisiana All State Choir for 2014-15. West Ridge is honored to have 32 students selected this year! Choir Director is Mrs. Pam Givens and Principal is Mr. Jim McKay.

6th Grade Treble Girls:
Nena Grace Williams
Marleigh Moody
AnnaClaire Bannister
Rylie Brock
Karoline Edwards
Erin Norris
Ella Pennabaker
Ranie Stegall
Ashlee Hayner
Harley Hicks
Jaylynn Graves

6th Grade Boys:
James McMahan, Tenor
Graham Stephenson, Tenor
Keagan Jones, Tenor

SSA Treble Chorus:
Mikayla Jackson, Soprano
Ellie Frye, Soprano

SATB Mixed Chorus:
Sierra Shoemaker, Soprano
Piper Finley, Soprano
Morgan Oden, Soprano
Breanna White, Soprano
Paige Freeman, Alto
Astrid Guerrero, Alto
Lauren Henry, Alto
Lauren Wallace, Alto
Riley Johns, Alto
Will Robertson, Tenor
Ryne Little, Tenor
Jacob Womack, Tenor
Clay Zizzi, Tenor
Daniel Hawthorne, Bass
Devereux Guillory, Bass
Corbin Gulde, Bass
Posted by aline on Thursday, September 25, 2014 @ 09:12:25 CDT (268 reads)
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WOHS Art Work Is On the Move
OPSB News WOHS Talented Art Senior Gillian Holder and Junior Jordyn Hodnett were winners in George Rodrique Foundation scholarship competition. If you are interested in seeing the show with these two winners from West Ouachita, see the dates below.

August 1 - 31, 2014
The R. W. Norton Art Gallery
Shreveport, LA

September 12 - October 6, 2014
Imperial Calcasieu Museum
Lake Charles, LA

October 17 - November 22, 2014
Alexandria Museum of Art
Alexandria, LA

January 15 - February 23, 2015
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans, LA

Congratulations to Gillian and Jordyn! Their work will travel throughout the state of Louisiana. What an honor for our school and Ouachita Parish!
Posted by aline on Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 10:30:28 CDT (643 reads)
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WMHS Student Earns Culinary Scholarship
OPSB News Brian Tyler Day, a West Monroe High School 2014 graduate, was awarded the LRAEF/NRAEF ProStart Scholarship by the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation to further his culinary and hospitality-related studies at a post-secondary institution.

The LRAEF/NRAEF ProStart Scholarship is awarded to student who has achieved the nationally-recognized ProStart II Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts certification.

He is attending El Centro College, located Dallas, Texas, where he is pursuing an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. Congratulations and best wishes to Brian!

Follow the link for more information:
NewsStar Article
Posted by aline on Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 10:26:31 CDT (356 reads)
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Sterlington Art Congratulates State and Congressional Art Competition Winners
OPSB News Sterlington High School is pleased to announce two winners in prestigious State and Regional Art Competitions.

Maggie Remoy, sophomore, placed first with her entry in the annual Governor's Inclusion Art Contest. Maggie, along with her art instructor, Mrs. Leah Reitzell, have been invited to the Governor's mansion, where Maggie will be presented with a medal and certificate from Governor Jindal.

Zachary Lowery, senior, placed second in the annual Congressional Art Competition . His work will hang in Congressman Vance McCallister's Monroe Office for the entire year, and he was also awarded a special certificate from the Congressman's office.
Posted by aline on Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 14:07:27 CDT (1184 reads)
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WOHS Talented Art Student Wins Art Scholarship
OPSB News Jordyn Hodnet, upcoming WOHS senior, attended the summer art workshop at the Art Institute in Dallas last year. During this time,she received a scholarship which would pay for this summer's classes. Professors were so impressed with her abilities they wanted her to return closer to her senior year. Her work in animation was so impressive she received the top award of $2,000 in the hopes that she will return next fall.

Congratulations Jordyn as you earn the recognition you deserve for the high quality art work you have produced!
Posted by aline on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 @ 10:05:53 CDT (2305 reads)
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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER TRAINING COURSE
OPSB News Attention coaches and interested applicants: Bus Driver Re-Certification and New Driver Training will be held on Monday through Thursday, July 21- 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Ouachita Junior High School Auditorium.

Re-Certifications attend Monday only. New certifications attend entire course. Call 388-8924 for more information.
Posted by aline on Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 08:18:51 CDT (1878 reads)
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OPHS Student Wins Championship Title
OPSB News On June 20-22, Ouachita Parish High School student Timothy Holdiness competed in the Certiport 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. “I studied with my teacher, Mrs. Carraway, for weeks before the event. Every school day I would spend at least an hour studying PowerPoint© 2010,” said Timothy.

All of the studying paid off when Timothy was invited to compete in the Certiport 2014 U.S. National Championships. He competed against 9 students. The students took an exam based on their exam track and a qualifying interview. Out of the 44 total students competing, only 6 would advance to the World Championships in Anaheim, CA.

“My heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest,” Holdiness says. “First they announced third place, and it wasn’t me. Then second place, and it still wasn’t me. And then they said ‘the Microsoft Office PowerPoint© 2010 specialist U.S. Champion who will go and represent the United States at the World Championships at Disneyland in Anaheim, California is . . . Timothy Holdiness.’ I couldn’t believe it! I was shaking as I walked up to the stage to receive the 1st place trophy and the Microsoft Surface tablet that all of the 1st place winners received,” explains Timothy.

Timothy and the 5 other champions will go on to represent the United States in the World Championships on July 27-30, 2014. Congratulations Timothy, and good luck in Anaheim!!

Posted by aline on Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 08:14:48 CDT (973 reads)
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