The Natchitoches Parish School Board shall rely on various advisory committees to counsel it as one means of discerning the needs and desires of the school system and its residents.  The central purpose of all advisory committees is to contribute to the educational program by conducting studies, identifying problems, and developing recommendations that will enhance the effectiveness of the decision­ making process.  The ultimate authority to make decisions will continue to reside in the powers and duties of the Board as imposed by law.




Such committees shall be formed by the Board at such times and for such specific purposes as the Board deems necessary.  They shall function until their assigned goal has been accomplished, and then shall be dis­solved.  Generally, citizens' advisory committee shall be assigned to in­vestigate areas of the educational program which need development, change, or reorganization and areas of community involvement in system affairs.  Members shall be broadly representative of the community's population and chosen from among residents who have shown an interest in the topic to be studied and who express a sincere interest in the advancement of public education.  Once activated, the committee shall report periodically to the Board, keeping it informed of progress and problems.  The Board may designate the intervals at which it will hear from the committee, but any significant developments shall be reported as they occur.  No announcement may be made by any committee or its members to the public or press until such release has been cleared with the Board president or his/her designee.  The Board shall provide citizens' advisory committees with a suitable meeting place and other required facilities.




Recognizing the unique contribution to be made by staff members to its deliberations, the Board shall provide for participation of professional personnel in a district-wide advisory committee to the Board.  Composition of this committee shall include professional employees representative of the administrative, supervisory, and instructional staffs in the system and may be developed in consultation with organized faculty groups.




Student concerns in policy areas may be conveyed to the Board through the student government which consists of members elected annually by students of grades 7 through 12.  The student government shall make its presentations to the Board after consultation with its faculty advisor.



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:81


Natchitoches Parish School Board