Monday, July 2, 2018

LMSD Community Meetings Draws Crowd - Uniforms/Cellphones Major Topics

Dr. Grierson speaks at community meeting at LHS

A crowd of 200 or more gathered in the Louisville High School Auditorium on Monday night for the first of three community meetings with the Louisville Municipal School District’s new Superintendent Randy Grierson.

Dr. Grierson took the opportunity to introduce himself to the public and inform them of his upcoming goals and philosophy for the District. Grierson noted his hands-on methods and his desire and intent to be heavily involved on a day to day basis with students, telling the crowd, “No one in this room expects less than the best we can give our kids.”

Overall goals for the District includes:
  • ·        Increased attendance
  • ·        Higher graduation rates
  • ·        Attain a “B’ rating for the District
  • ·        Increase parent engagement
  • ·        Increase parent/teacher engagement
  • ·        Build better relationships between home and school

Grierson also forwarded some ideas and plans related to a number of issues and took parents’ concerns and questions. Some changes to the dress code are expected. Some components of the existing code are expected to remain concerning pants and shoes but the loosening of some restrictions on allowed shirts and belts are being considered.

The Superintendent also indicated that cell phones will not be allowed in the upcoming year and cited several incidents of issues that were the result of cell phone cameras and social media.

Other issues including bullying, unexcused absences, drug testing and parent involvement were discussed as well.

Additional public meetings will be held tomorrow, July 3rd at Noxapater Attendance Center at 6:00 pm and on July 5th at Nanih Waiya Community Park at 6:00 pm. 

The LMSD Board will meet on July 10th to finalize any policy changes to the student handbook.