The Natchitoches Parish School Board recognizes that a program of professional development and education is important for the constant professional growth and improvement of an employee.  Therefore, professional personnel shall be encouraged to keep up with new developments and take part in development opportunities in their academic fields and to cultivate an open mind and an experimental attitude toward current educational practices.


The School Board shall delegate to the Superintendent the authority to develop a plan for in-service teacher educational programs in conformity with guidelines established by the Louisiana Department of Education.  The School Board shall utilize the advice of the members of its teaching staff in developing the proposed plans.  Proposed staff development activities shall be planned and presented along with the total cost involved so that staff development does not exceed 2.5% of the total School Board annual budget.


The educational training to be undertaken may utilize the services of Louisiana Department of Education trained coordinators, who shall be designated by the school system from among its certified employees.  The coordinators, once trained, shall be able to provide classroom teachers with information, techniques, and skills to properly respond to required modifications of the classroom environment, as well as respond to inquiries and requests for assistance from classroom teachers.


The School Board may develop and have the Department of Education monitor the implementation of the in-service plan.  All teachers shall participate in the in-service program as provided in the approved plan.  Failure to participate unless a medical certificate attesting to illness is presented, or an emergency leave is granted, and the approval of the Superintendent or the principal is given, may constitute an instance of neglect of duty.  In-service training programs shall address matters related to all aspects of education in accordance with guidelines established by the Louisiana Department of Education.


Revised:  October, 1998



Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:24.1, 17:85, 17:3885


Natchitoches Parish School Board