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Effective August 1, OGB members will see some changes to their medical and pharmacy plans. Some of the changes include benefit limits on certain services, prior authorization requirements for specific medical services and procedures, and a new formulary. Details of the changes were emailed to all employees and may also be obtained by visiting the OGB website at groupbenefits.org. We encourage all employees to watch your regular mail and email for updated information. As always, don’t hesitate to call the insurance department at 432-5220 with questions or concerns.

Summer Hours for School System

Effective June 2, Ouachita Parish School System will operate a four-day work week—Monday through Thursday—for all locations except where summer school is held. Due to the variation in location operations, each campus will have their times posted. The Central Office will be open during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Regular hours will be resumed on July 28, 2014.


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

Welding Instructor, Richwood High
Must have NCCER or AWS certification and 5 years welding experience.

Contact Dr. Sharilyn Loche, Principal


Pupil Appraisal Facilitator, Student Support Services (12 Month)
Requires valid LA Teaching Certificate, Masters’ Degree, and 5 years satisfactory experience.
[Interview date: 7/30/14]

Middle/High School English Instructional Coordinator, Instructional Annex (12 Month)
Requires valid LA Teaching Certificate, Masters’ Degree, and 5 years successful classroom teaching experience in secondary English.
[Interview date: 7/30/14]

Assistant Principal, Sterlington Elementary (10 month)
Requires valid LA Teaching Certificate as Principal, Supervisor/Educational Leader.
[Interview date: 7/31/14]

Curriculum Coordinator, Richwood High School (10 Month)
Requires valid LA Teaching Certificate, Masters’ Degree, and 5 years successful classroom teaching experience.
[Interview date: 8/1/14]

Curriculum Coordinator, West Ridge Middle School (9.5 Month)
Requires valid LA Teaching Certificate, Masters’ Degree, and 5 years successful classroom teaching experience.
[Interview date: 8/1/14]

Submit hard copy of cover letter, resume, and teaching certificate for each position applied for by 12:00 noon on Thursday, July 24, 2014 to:

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


Building Supervisor (12 month)
Richwood Middle School

Submit hard copy of cover letter and resume by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2014 to:

Jimmie Presnall, Warehouse/Custodial Supervisor
Ouachita Parish School Board Warehouse
930 Thomas Road
West Monroe, LA 71292

New OPSB Email Information


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If you have problems or questions contact the OPSB IT Department at 432-5120


The next School Board meeting will be held Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:00 noon.

The next Finance Committee Meeting will be held Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

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.


Substitute applications will not be accepted May 27, 2014 through July 31, 2014. Acceptance will resume in August with the following schedule:

Starting August 1, 2014
Monday - Wednesday
8:30-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Only certified teachers need apply to substitute teach.

Questions may be directed to Janice Pierot at 432-5230 or Cheryl Hart at 432-5227.

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 (4 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 (446 reads)
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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 (417 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 (200 reads)
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WOHS FFA Members Receive Awards
OPSB News Congratulations to the West Ouachita High School FFA Chapter for having 11 members receive a total of 21 awards at the Louisiana State FFA Convention June 3-6 in Monroe. The members received the awards based on their Supervised Agricultural Experience program that they completed outside of class time. The members won a total of $2,675 for their ​accomplishments in their award areas. Members of the Veterinary Science team finished first in the event, and will compete at the National FFA Convention, October 29 to November 1 in Louisville, Ky. The chapter was also recognized for being a superior chapter, having 100 percent membership and being the largest chapter in the state for the second consecutive year. Way to go CHIEFS!

Posted by aline on Thursday, June 12, 2014 @ 15:31:48 CDT (716 reads)
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Parish Students Garner Awards in Duke TIP
OPSB News Duke Talent Identification Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented students. Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential. Now in its 34th year, the 7th Grade Talent Search identifies bright seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exams as seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. In addition, they gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students.

Ouachita Parish middle schools had 50 students participate in this year’s Duke testing. Of those, 21 qualified for state recognition. These MIDDLE school students earned an award by scoring at or above the national average of recent HIGH school graduates on at least one part of the ACT. One student, Simran Kang of Sterlington Middle, qualified for Grand Recognition by scoring 29 on the English portion of the ACT! All of these students were recognized at a special ceremonies in May. Honorees are:

Calhoun Middle
Olivia Edgar
Kailey Liner
Garrison Lowder
Brooklyn Nolan
Austin Pardue

Good Hope Middle
Michaela Austin
Matthew Duke
Michael Swanner
Connor Wiedemeier

Ouachita Junior High
Ashley Carey
Cheyanne Craft
Jennaka Dickey
Makayla Price

Sterlington Middle
Simran Kang
Calyn Lamanno

West Ridge Middle
Avneet Aulakh
James Aulds
Taylor Bailes
Hailey Davis
Kameron Olds
Abigail Powell

Congratulations to all!
Posted by aline on Monday, June 09, 2014 @ 10:29:42 CDT (315 reads)
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WMHS students earn MOS Certifications
OPSB News At West Monroe High School this year, all of Mrs. Beach's BCA students were given the opportunity to prepare for and take Microsoft Office Specialist Exams. According to Certiport.com, “Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is the leading IT certification in the world”.

Twenty-four students took advantage of this free opportunity and took the following exams. Thirty-three exams were passed.

Congratulations to all these students!

MOS Word, Excel and PowerPoint Certifications:
Jessica Lunberg
Cheryl Ricks
Cole Squyers

MOS Word and PowerPoint Certifications:
Aynsley Smith
Charles Wilkerson

MOS Word and Excel Certifications:
Jeremy McDonald

MOS Word Certification:
Christina Austin
Samita Bellevue
Victoria Bice
Brandon Eads
DeAnna Ellis
Dillon Fabacher
Nate Franks
Kinte Garner
Daniel Givens
Aniqua Hammond
Tatiana Hatten
Austin Howze
Trace Price
Savannah Smith
Hudson Spillers
Micah Valeriano
Isaac Warren
David Yanez
Posted by aline on Thursday, May 29, 2014 @ 10:32:03 CDT (1666 reads)
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SMS Students Marvel at La Tech's Professors
OPSB News 7th and 8th grade Gifted science students from Sterlington Middle, taught by Mary Beth McCoy, were in awe over the amazing sites, people, buildings and demonstrations they experienced while on a recent field trip to LA TECH University. Ms. McCoy is a lead teacher and presenter with LA TECH's LA-SIGMA RET Project.

Since being involved in this, the largest NSF funded grant of this type the state of LA has received, Ms. McCoy was able to offer her students the opportunity to meet and visit with world renown research scientists, tour labs, see projects and state of the art technology. Students participated in a computer modeling session later constructing models. They were updated on the latest discoveries at La Tech on alternative fuel, sensors used in the automobile industry, paper and pulp industry, drug delivery, nanotechnology, microbiology, brain research, cancer, and Alzheimer research. Dr. William Deese taught a chemistry lesson that literally sizzled, smoked, froze, ignited, popped and blew them away!!
Posted by aline on Thursday, May 29, 2014 @ 10:31:22 CDT (363 reads)
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OPHS Students Take Home MOS Certifications
OPSB News This year all of C. Carraway’s IBCA, BCA, and CMP students were given the opportunity to prepare for and take Microsoft Office Specialist exams. “Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) continues as a globally recognized, standards-based certification program—the premier credential chosen by individuals seeking to validate their knowledge, skills, and abilities relating to the Microsoft Office application suite.” (www.certiport.com)

Forty students took advantage of this free opportunity and took the following exams. Forty-nine exams were passed.

Congratulations to all these students for a job well done!!

MOS 2010 Word and PowerPoint Certifications
Devin Laborde, B. Zion Lemons, & Wesley Cannon

MOS 2010 PowerPoint Certification
Timothy Holdiness (Score 100%-- Because of the exceptionally high score Tim received on his Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint 2010 exam, he was selected to compete in Certiport’s 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia from June 20-22, 2014.)

MOS 2007 Word, Access, and PowerPoint Certifications
Amber Smith

MOS 2007 Word and PowerPoint Certifications
Devin Laborde, and B. Zion Lemons

MOS 2007 PowerPoint Certifications
Marshal Lee

MOS 2007 Word Certification
Ed’jim Beaver, Kristin Bridges, Myra B. Brown, Demarico Bursey, Ashleigh Cann, Caleb Clark, LaDarrius Cooper, Scott Daniel, Devarrius Z. Dean, Jacey Degree, Karmecia Dofford, Cody Dunkley, Jeremy Gatlin, Michael G. Healey, Jazmine K. Hollis, A'Kaylah J. Hunter, Marqueisha Johnson, Demetris Jones, Sequanna King, Jade, Landrum, Savanna McDowell, Tiandriah T. McNeal, Sherran Morehead, De’Yaisha Nash, Giang Nguyen, Roy Price, Shonderrick D. Rice, Christopher E. Robertson, James M. Simmons, Jalen M. Tolliver, Christian Walton, Joshua Weiland, Keyson M. White, Devin P. Wilson
Posted by aline on Thursday, May 29, 2014 @ 10:26:57 CDT (435 reads)
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OPHS Student Earns Entry to MOS National Championships
OPSB News Ouachita Parish High School sends its first student to the Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship this year.

Timothy Holdiness received a perfect score on his Microsoft Office Specialist Exam for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.
Due to this outstanding achievement, he has received a coveted invitation to compete in the prestigious Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship.

Timothy, a Graduating Senior at Ouachita Parish High School, will compete against 4 other students from around the United States in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.

Students qualify to compete at the national championship by scoring in the top five in their exam tracks, based on score and time. This event is the national qualifier for the world competition, determining which students will represent the United States at the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship.

During the national championship, which is being held in Atlanta June 20-22, students take a Microsoft Office Specialist exam in their competitive track and undergo a qualifying interview. One winner per track will be named the U.S. National Champion, for a total of six champions. Each will win an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the 2014 World Championship in Anaheim, California July 27-30.

Congratulations, Timothy, and best of luck in your competition!
Posted by aline on Monday, May 19, 2014 @ 08:38:52 CDT (1531 reads)
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