MONROE -- The Monroe City School board tackled a lot Tuesday night on their agenda in tonight's first meeting of the year.
"We got a lot of things accomplished," said board member Vickie Krutzer.
The evening started off with the superintendent search committee coming together for the first time, and selecting chair people to lead the search process.
Sandie Lollie, the president of the Monroe Federation of Teachers, was selected as chair, with Jennifer Haneline as the co-chair to lead the committee.
"We do have a time limit to select a superintendent by March, so we have to get busy," said Lollie.
The 20 person committee will use a rubric, or guideline, to help evaluate the 19 superintendent applications. The two chair persons will meet with school board attorney Doug Lawrence on when the committee will come together again.
Next, the Monroe City School Board kicked off their meeting by electing who will head the school board this year. Verbon Muhammed was re-elected as board president and Mickey Traweek, vice president.
"We've traveled some rough roads," said Muhammed during the meeting. "We have a lot of things on our plate, and we need to work on them together."
Next on the agenda was a rundown of the 2012 audit report, which found the school board to be in good shape alongside the parish.
"We are very pleased with the audit report," said Muhammed
Finally, a big topic discussed at the meeting was safety at Monroe schools.
"We need to make sure that we're doing everything we can do to make schools safe," said board member Vickie Dayton.
The board discussed securing entrances, setting up fences around schools, and locking all doors.
Krutzer stressed educating the staff on safety.
"On what to look for, counseling for mental health -- looking at what's there," she said.
In addition, the board approved matching funds for a memorial monument at the Carroll High School stadium and a marquee at Wossman High School.
The board also approved officially naming the board meeting room after former Monroe school board president, Henrietta George, who died last year.
The schools board will have their next meeting on February 5th.