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The next School Board Meeting will be held Tuesday, September 8, 2015 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.

To access past Board Meeting Minutes, click here.



Notice is hereby given that the Ouachita Parish School Board’s proposed 2015-16 annual operating budget is available for public inspection at 100 Bry Street, Monroe, LA, during regular business hours from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, in the Ouachita Parish School Board meeting room at 100 Bry Street, Monroe, LA. The School Board will consider the adoption of the proposed budget at its regular meeting at 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

The next Finance Committee Meeting is Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 9:00 in the Board Room at the Central Office.


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

Reading Interventionist for Pinecrest Elementary and Woodlawn Elementary (9 Month)

Applicant must hold a valid LA Teaching Certificate. Master’s Degree and 5 years K-3 teaching experience preferred.

Submit hard copy of cover letter, resume, and Teaching Certificate by 12:00 noon on Monday, August 31, 2015 to:

Todd Guice, Personnel Director
Ouachita Parish School Board
P.O. Box 1642
Monroe, LA 71210-1642


West Ouachita High School is accepting applications for Cheer Coach. Interested persons should call Mrs. Robinson or Mrs. Wigley at 249-2117 by August 28, 2015 for details.


If you are 14-17 years old, you will need a work permit. Here are steps to follow:

1. Obtain a copy of the "Application to Employ Minors Form" which can be found on the laworks.net website or you can pick one up from the CWA office.

2. Give the form to your prospective employer to complete. After it's filled out, have a parent or legal guardian sign the form.

3. Take the completed form, along with proof of age, to the CWA office (address below) to apply for an employment certificate.

4. Bring the original employment certificate to your new employer.

Issuing Officer: Sadie Scott
OPSB Child Welfare & Attendance (CWA)
910 Thomas Road
West Monroe, LA 71292
Phone: (318) 432-5610
Fax: (318) 387-0921

Note: During the school year, work permits are also issued at each high school in Ouachita Parish.


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 unless you are directly referred by an OPSB school principal.

Note: No substitute applications or fingerprinting will be done during the following dates:

August 10, 2015 ~ 8:30-11:00
August 11, 2015 ~ 8:30-11:00
August 19, 2015 ~ 8:30-11:00
August 31, 2015 - September 4, 2015
September 28, 2015 - October 2, 2015
October 26, 2015 - October 30, 2015
November 30, 2015 - December 4, 2015
January 4, 2016 - January 8, 2016
February 1, 2016 - February 5, 2016
February 29, 2016 - March 4, 2016
April 4, 2016 - April 8, 2016
April 25, 2016 - April 29, 2016
May 31, 2016 - July 29, 2016

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

After-School Program Job Openings Still Available

Job Openings for the
21st CCLC-Broaden Horizons After-School Programs

21st Century Community Leaning Centers Grant (21st CCLC) in conjunction with their Faith-based Partner Broaden Horizons has immediate openings for After-School Teachers and College Age Mentors.

General Program Dates are Monday, August 31, 2015 through April 28, 2016. General Academic Program Hours are Monday – Thursday, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Teachers 3:30-5:00 / Mentors 3:00-6:00) Training will be scheduled for the week of August 24, 2015.

Campuses include Riser Elementary, Riser Middle, Shady Grove, Swayze, Richwood Middle and Riverbend. (Program Dates vary per campus.)

Deadline for applying: September 15, 2015

You may download the Applicant Information Sheet here.

All inquiries and completed information form
should be directed to: OPSBafterschoolprograms@gmail.com

Jana Hutzler, M.S., Project Director,
OPSB Competitive Grant Department
21st Century Community Learning Centers

OPHS Student a National Scholarship Recipient
OPSB News Taijah Nelson, a freshman at Ouachita Parish High School was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Scholarship this year. The award she has won will last over the next four years. She was selected from a pool of academically talented students across the Nation. With this scholarship, she will be traveling across the country learning in various accelerated college based summer programs. This past summer she completed studies at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD as well as Xavier University in New Orleans, LA. She will be doing service learning in Washington, D.C. and attending Emory University this upcoming summer to study Neurology and Mathematics. Congratulations to Taijah!
Posted by aline on Friday, August 14, 2015 @ 14:49:58 CDT (117 reads)
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JAG Students and Coordinators Honored
OPSB News Two Riser Middle School students, Jamaria Promise and Moriah Banks, were selected to present at the 32nd National Jobs For America’s Graduates Leadership Conference held on July 16 in New Orleans, Louisiana .

Moriah Banks, 7th grade, was selected to sing the national anthem at the opening ceremony of the conference. Her beautiful rendition was well-received by the audience of over 500 individuals.

Jamaria Promise, 8th grade, was selected to present “The Spoken Word” to the same audience which included members of the Jobs for America’s Graduates Board of Directors on the local, state and national levels; corporate partners; council of state affiliate representatives; nationally certified trainers; school administrators; JAG national staff; and special VIP guests. Jamaria’s speech delivered a heart-felt message to her listeners of how JAG has helped her to live her passion and direct her toward her dreams. She has come to the realization that the choices made impact goals achieved.

Congratulations to both young ladies for representing not only their school, but also Ouachita Parish School System and our community with grace and professionalism. JAG Coordinators for Ouachita Parish are Junnie Gage and Marquita Bowman, both of whom were recognized at the conference for their outstanding work and achievements with the JAG program.
Posted by aline on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 @ 11:14:28 CDT (287 reads)
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Two Ouachita Parish Teachers Garner National Recognition
OPSB News Congratulations Donna Patten, Algebra I Teacher at West Monroe High School, and Darron Underwood, Algebra I Teacher at Ouachita Parish High School for being selected as two of the four 2015 LA State Finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. One of the four finalists will be selected for the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning.
Posted by aline on Thursday, July 16, 2015 @ 08:47:46 CDT (548 reads)
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OPSB News Event Date: Monday, July 13, 2015  
Start Time: 09:00 AM
End Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015  
Ending Time: 03:00 PM

Any COACHES still needing to obtain their BUS RE-CERTIFICATION should attend this course on WEDNESDAY, JULY 15.

New applicants or coaches needing the initial certification will attend all four days.

The class will be held at Ouachita Junior High Auditorium.

Call 388-8924 for questions.
Posted by aline on Monday, July 06, 2015 @ 09:57:05 CDT (788 reads)
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Biedenharn Museum Invites SHS Digital Design to Exhibit Work
OPSB News After a recent field trip to tour the facility and to take pictures in the garden, the museum asked Sterlington High School students to share what they came up with after their field experience. SHS obliged, sending imagery of the min-exhibit they created to Mr. Ralph Calhoun, Museum Director. They were so taken with the pieces that they invited SHS to feature their digital art at the museum for Moonlight in the Garden for the duration of the summer. The students, their parents and SHS administration received a special invitation to this wonderful community event to view the art and stroll through the gardens.
Posted by aline on Monday, June 08, 2015 @ 14:29:10 CDT (1110 reads)
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Louisiana State Social Studies Fair
OPSB News Lakeshore Winners
Emily Jester and Riley Hall - 5th place Economics

Isabella Comacho and Gordy Lepp - 2nd place Political Science

Jake Kepper and McKenzie Montgomery - 1st place Political Science
Posted by aline on Monday, June 08, 2015 @ 14:27:03 CDT (1352 reads)
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West Monroe High School 2015 Color Guard
OPSB News Congratulations to all returning and new members!
Kayla Smith - captain
Taylor Bailes
Aimee Bourgeois
Carelena Brooks
Savannah Brown
Deryn Chaisson
Katy Cole
Phoenix Cotton
Sydney Duncan
Natalie Ford
Raven Killian
Heath Kimball
Katie Pogue
Brittany Powell
Annie Pylant
Mary Margaret Trahan
Elisabeth Williams
Katie Beth Young
Posted by aline on Monday, June 08, 2015 @ 14:26:44 CDT (1269 reads)
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Sterlington Sophomore's Art To Travel to Washington DC and Central LA
OPSB News SHS Sophomore Madison Mitchell 's entry placed 2nd in the annual Congressional Art Competition. Her piece depicting bayou life will travel to Congressman Ralph Abraham's Alexandria and Washington DC offices, to be displayed for one full year. Congratulations Madison! Washington will surely enjoy it's bayou view.
Posted by aline on Monday, June 08, 2015 @ 14:26:27 CDT (666 reads)
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Lawyers in the Classroom at Shady Grove Elementary
OPSB News Attorney Thomas Hayes visited the fourth grade class at Shady Grove Elementary for a Lawyers in the Classroom presentation. The 57 students learned the basics of both civil and criminal court.
Posted by aline on Monday, June 08, 2015 @ 14:25:54 CDT (1331 reads)
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WMHS Students Receive Microsoft Certifications
OPSB News West Monroe High School is pleased to announce that 47 students in Mrs. Sharon Traweek’s business computer applications classes obtained 83 Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications for the 2014-15 school year. Students gained valuable knowledge about Microsoft Office Suite 2010 and were able to pursue certifications in PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Word Expert. Zac Hadley and Kateria Allen obtained all four certifications for the class. Benefits to students obtaining certifications are: students achieve industry-recognized certifications, students are able to enhance their workforce resume with these certifications, students will be more marketable in the work force, and students will gain valuable experience and learn the computing skills companies are looking for.

Students who obtained certification as a Microsoft Office Specialist Word Expert are:
Zac Hadley and Kateria Allen

Students who obtained certification as a Microsoft Office Specialist in Microsoft Word are:
Kateria Allen, Alex Best, Eric Bishop, Mario Byrd, Brittany Carter, Demontae Charleston, Dynisha Davis, Lynette Elmore, Hunter Franklin, Samuel Gilbert, Zac Hadley, Blake Harper, Alasha Hollis, Christopher Johnson, Jesse Juneau, Sarah Lenard, Austin Lucas, Josh Machen, Kristen McDougald, Andrew Meza, Tyler Morris, Britney Nettles, Carla Ramos, Vance Richardson, Micah Turnage, and Josh Webber

Students who obtained certification as a Microsoft Office Specialist in Microsoft Excel are:
Kateria Allen, Alex Best, Eric Bishop, Mario Byrd, Hunter Franklin, Zac Hadley, Christopher Johnson, Jesse Juneau, Tyler Morris, Britney Nettles, and Josh Webber

Students who obtained certification as a Microsoft Office Specialist in Microsoft PowerPoint are:
Kateria Allen, Alex Arizpe, Demeka Benton, Alex Best, Eric Bishop, Christian Blackmon, Logan Bridges, Tania Brown, Brandi Butler, Mario Byrd, Jay Calhoun, Brittany Carter, Nick Carter, Demontae Charleston, Dynisha Davis, Edy Deras, Jamie Dray, Rachel Ellis, Lynette Elmore, Hunter Franklin, An Frost, Jose Garcia, Molly Gibson, Samuel Gilbert, Zac Hadley, Blake Harper, Kyla Harris, Starla Harris, Amanda Hattaway, Alasha Hollis, Josh Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Jesse Juneau, Sarah Lenard, Josh Machen, Andrew Meza, Tyler Morris, Britney Nettles, Kelsey Phillips, Carla Ramos, Vance Richardson, Jurmeekiciya Smart, Micah Turnage, and Josh Webber

Congratulations to all these students for their outstanding achievements. ​
Posted by aline on Monday, June 08, 2015 @ 14:25:22 CDT (858 reads)
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