Cell phone and drug testing policies, teacher retention and bus routes up for review


By Juanice Gray, jgray@natchitochestimes.com

The May 6 school board meeting began with a celebration of student achievement. Students of the Year from each school received certificates and the parish winners were presented plaques. In addition, they were all treated to a pizza party.

Jermaine Thomas, teacher at Natchitoches Jr. High, and members of his Boys to Men club recited their motto, “On my way to a better me” accompanied by a display board of their activities. Thomas said the curriculum doesn’t teach life skills such as tying a tie or social manners like opening the door for a lady or the elderly.

The Boys to Men club instills those skills and manners while the members learn the benefits of helping others through activities in and out of the classroom…


Parish Students of the Year are, on front row, Ben Hogg and Bryan Chen. In back is Tucker Henderson
The Boys to Men club at Natchitoches Jr. High outlined their purpose and motto at the May 6 School Board meeting. From left are Tyler Lucas, Anthony Benning, AJ Scott, Jaydian Creel, Robert Walker, Amarion Mitchell and Club Director Jermaine Thomas. Photos by Juanice Gray
Eighth grade parish level Students of the Year are, on front row from left, Austin Martin, Goldonna; Alexander Dunmiller, Natchitoches Jr. High; and Benjamin Hogg Jr., NSU Middle Lab. On back row are Richard Jordan, Marthaville; and Joseph Yount, Provencal. They were recognized, presented plaques and treated to a pizza party at the Monday, May 6 school board meeting.
Fifth grade Students of the Year are, from left, Annalice Romero, Bryan Chen, Zaveian Callahan, Blaine Mitchell, Tralyn Lofton and Kendal Presson.