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All visitors must wear name tags; rules set for social contact between teachers/students

The board of the International School of Louisiana gathered on Sept. 28 for its first regular meeting of the year. All members were present as was an audience of eight.

The meeting began with a question and answer session with ISL’s acting principal Sean Wilson. Topics Wilson broached included ISL’s decision to vigorously enforce its name tag policy for all visitors. Wilson also stressed that school rules define the only contact permissible between teachers and students or their parents, especially when it comes to social networking. No violations have surfaced, he said.

Wilson mentioned two important upcoming events. He urged attendance at the BESE Forum, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Dillard University, to hear candidates give their views on charter schools. Attendance at the Oct. 7 charter school summit is mandatory. Wilson will be attending along with two board members.

The governance committee announced that the board’s policy manual, in particular the part covering the code of conduct for board members, has been tweaked. A paragraph has been added to deal with removal of a board member for not disclosing potential conflicts of interest. There have been no incidents of this sort to date, the board was assured.

The Finance committee reported that field work for their annual audit was completed, and with no errors.

The board approved creation of two ad hoc committees. The first was set up as a standing committee, to speak for the board in dealing with the press or public. This move is intended to affirm the board’s desire to be transparent in all activities.

The second committee will deal with strategic planning. ISL has four applications pending that could result in acquiring more schools or more grades. The committee will be tasked with assuring a smooth transition if any or all of these applications come to fruition.

The board went into a closed executive session to discuss its evaluation of the principal. The board declined to make public the details of the evaluation public except to say that it is strongly supportive of Wilson’s leadership.

The board will meet again on Oct. 26, at 6 p.m., at 502 Olivier St.

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