RPSB accepts superintendent's resignation, approves extra check for employees

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The Rapides Parish School board officially voted to accept Superintendent Nason Authement’s resignation at the Tuesday board meeting.

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The superintendent search process will begin on May 8. The board appointed a search committee with board members Darrell Rodriquez (chair), Sandra Franklin (co-chair), Mark Dryden and Dr. Stephen Chapman.

The committee will meet regularly to search for applicants, but also have the duty of reporting all findings to the full board, every meeting. They will advertise regionally in several Louisiana journals and online. The application deadline has been set to June 6. They hope to make their choice by the end of June.

The committee is also charged with conducting public forums to get opinions on what the community wants to see in a superintendent.
Superintendent Authement’s last official day is July 1. He addressed the board listing some of the achievements and initiatives that have been accomplished over the last six years:

-Increasing the district’s letter grade from a ‘C’ to a ‘B’
-Receiving an ‘A’ for overall growth in the district, last year
-Graduations rates have increased each year
-There have been a record number of students taking dual-enrollment courses through CTLCC
-Moved eight schools out of turn around status
-Passed a sales tax that provided employees with an 8 percent pay raise
-Created ‘RAPPS’, the alternative school for expelled students
-Added eight additional JAG programs. They now have nine, the highest number in any district in the state
-Started ‘RAVVL’, a school for gifted academic students
-Implemented freshmen academies at Bolton High School and Peabody Magnet High School
-Started the community school zone initiative
-Created a career and technical education center located at Peabody
-Started the Bolton Conservatory for visual and performing arts

Authement thanked the board and the district for a great six years.

"I also want to thank all of the people that I've been surrounded by,” Authement said. “I've been blessed to be surrounded by some tremendous people, educators. We have got a tremendous group of educators across the district, support personnel. And again, it has been a privilege and an honor to serve as superintendent of schools, so thank you very much.”

The board also approved the distribution of excess sales tax revenues on May 22.

Employees with degrees will receive $3,810. Employees without degrees will receive $1,905. The district’s CFO Liz Domite said the checks increased from last May when employees received a $3,540 check or a $1,770 check.

The May distribution comes from the 1967 Sales Tax Fund and the 1987 Sales Tax Fund.

The checks will come through direct deposit. Regular paychecks will be distributed at the end of the month.

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