Monroe City Schools

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 Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued an emergency declaration after malware attacks against three school systems in the state have been detected.

Edwards didn't provide details about the attacks affecting school systems in Sabine and Morehouse parishes and the City of Monroe. He says the declaration makes state resources available to help local governments respond to the cyberattacks and stop future data loss.

Edwards' office says the declaration will remain in effect through Aug. 21, unless terminated earlier.

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The Ouachita Business Alliance achieved many goals benefiting the Monroe community and is continuing these efforts in the new year. 

The Ouachita Business Alliance (OBA) was formed in 2014 by members of CenturyLink and the Northeast Louisiana business community. Current chair Carrick Inabnett helped found OBA with the community in mind. "We wanted to form a business group that tried to help the community in ways that may not be addressed by local government or other organizations."

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Forecasters at the National Weather Service are predicting winter weather will move into the region Monday night and into Tuesday morning. An Arctic cold front will bring extreme cold after sunset on Monday. Rain will transition to sleet and snow. 1/2 to 2" of snow are possible with 2-3" in northwest Louisiana and southwest Arkansas. 

Travel could become difficult because of slushy roadways and bridges.  Temps won't get back above freezing until Wednesday afternoon. The system will produce temperatures low as 15 degrees.

Local students read their favorite holiday stories as part of the 90.3 KEDM Give the Joy of Learning reading campaign.  1,700 books were distributed to area 1st and 2nd graders in 13 local schools.   

Layla Calhoun - I Love Christmas by Hans Wihelm

Riley Trappey - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Santa's Big Day! from Bendon Publishing

Cruse Flowers - Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

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Give the Joy of Learning with 90.3 KEDM Public Radio this holiday season!! Your gift to KEDM puts a book in the hands of a child in northeast Louisiana. 

KEDM partnering with the United Way of Northeast Louisiana and the Read, Learn, Succeed program to give books to students in 13 schools in our community.

Neville Selected As Louisiana's Most Beautiful High School

Sep 15, 2017
Neville High School

Neville High in Monroe has been named the most beautiful public high school in Louisiana by Architectural Digest. Dana Jefferson, Executive Director of the school’s Alumni Association, says Neville has undergone many renovations to preserve the 86-year-old building.

Jefferson says Neville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and that’s something the students and staff are really proud of. She says they are glad they chose to renovate instead of tear down and build a new school.

Listening Tour Seeks Ideas To Improve Schools

Apr 23, 2015
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Educators, parents, and community members are encouraged to attend a discussion to foster ideas on improving public schools.

The Monroe City Association of Educators hosts a listening tour that encourages interaction between parents and educators.  "Getting parents involved in the process is perhaps the biggest challenge," says MCAE President Nancy Farley.

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Discussions on collective bargaining grew during Clarence Sharp's time as a member of the Monroe City School Board.  Monroe Federation of Teachers President Sandie Lollie says his interest gave hope the item could gain approval some day for teachers.

"Because Louisiana is a right to work state, it's imperative that we get board members to buy into the right to vote," she said.  Lollie believes the current board, which took office in January, will continue the dialogue over bargaining.