THE OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRANT PARISH SCHOOL BOARD OF THE PARISH OF GRANT,

STATE OF LOUISIANA, TAKEN AT A REGULAR MEETING HELD ON

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2007

 

            The Parish School Board of the Parish of Grant, State of Louisiana, met in its regular meeting place, the Grant Parish School Board Office, Colfax, Louisiana, in Regular Session, Tuesday, January 9, 2007, at Six (6:00) P.M.

 

            There were present Randy Browning, A.J. “Tony” Lavespere, Karen Layton, Eddie Baxley, Marvin DeLong, Terry Oliver, Craig A. McCain and A.D. Futrell.

 

            ABSENT: None

 

            Mrs. Sheila S. Jackson, Secretary-Treasurer was also present.

 

            The Parish School Board of the Parish of Grant, State of Louisiana, was duly convened by Honorable Eddie Baxley, who then stated that the Parish School Board was ready to transact any business which may come before the Board.

 

            ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

            Mr. Futrell nominated Mrs. Karen Layton as President of the Grant Parish School Board. 

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved that Mrs. Karen Layton be elected President of the Grant Parish School Board for 2007 by acclamation.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Lavespere and seconded by Mr. Browning to nominate Mr. Craig A. McCain as Vice-President of the Grant Parish School Board.

 

            Mr. Craig A. McCain was elected Vice-President of the Grant Parish School Board for 2007 by acclamation.

 

            The Superintendent presented Mr. Baxley a gavel for his 2006 year as President and thanked him for doing a great job.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved to accept the revised agenda.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the minutes for the December 5, 2006 regular meeting to be published in the official journal.

 

            The President of the Board recognized Laurie LaFollette.  Lou Altazan Brown, parish chair for the LSU Agriculture Center for Grant Parish, introduced Ms. LaFollette as the new 4-H leader for Grant Parish Schools as of October 2006.  Ms. LaFollette gave the Board some information on what 4-H is doing in our schools such as Character Counts and also invited the Board to the advisory meeting to be held on January 22, 2007.

 

            The President of the Board recognized Steve Templin of Templin Forestry.  Mr. Templin presented the Board information on replanting the timber at Grant High School.  Following a discussion on replanting the timber at Grant High, motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved to add to the agenda to proceed with replanting the timber at Grant High.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved to proceed with the proposal presented by Mr. Templin to replant the timber at Grant High and to give the Superintendent authority to execute the contract given by Mr. Templin.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved spending $3,500.00 for 2 new heaters for Georgetown High gym with the money coming out of Georgetown High funds.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved spending $3,680.00 for gutters to eliminate flooding at Georgetown High with the money coming out Georgetown High funds.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to place band uniforms for Grant High as a budget item on the 2007-08 Budget.

 

            The Superintendent and Mrs. Nugent, Transportation Manager, gave the Board information on routing school buses on bridges with weight limits.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved to add a $25.00 administrative fee to the cost of repairing bus seats.

 

            A brief discussion was held on the possibility of the Board buying own fuel with the decision being made to get more information on this item.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the following resolution of agreement of Signatures for Colfax Banking Company:

 

            Motion was made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved to grant the Superintendent permission to disburse millage checks when money is available.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved to accept the Superintendent’s recommendation to set the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 P.M. for regular School Board meetings for 2007.

            Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the inclusion of the following policies, made or revised due to the 2006 Legislative Updates - FILES; CEC - RECRUITMENT OF SUPERINTENDENT, DJED - BIDS AND QUOTATIONS, GAK - PERSONNEL RECORDS, and also information from policy GBHA - EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE has been taken to create GAMC - EMPLOYEE INVESTIGATIONS, and recommend deletion of policy GBHA, recoded current policy GBK - SUSPENSION to GBKA and current policy GBKA - REDUCTION IN STAFF PERSONNEL has been recoded GBNA to stay current with the statutes - into the parish policy manual.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the following resignations, retirement, transfers and employments:

 

RESIGNATIONS

 

1.  Tony Ellis - Teacher - Montgomery High - effective 1/4/07

2.  Vicki Collins - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - effective 12/31/06

3.  Melanie Cyrus - Teacher - Grant High - effective 1/4/07

 

RETIREMENT

 

1.  Bobby Hines - Bus Driver - effective 1/5/07

 

TRANSFERS

 

1.  Laurie Blackman - Teacher - from Grant High to Colfax Elementary - effective 1/4/07 - replacing Tony Vets

2.  Kayla Nugent - Bus Driver - from route #28 serving Georgetown High to route #20 serving Dry Prong Junior High and Grant High  effective 1/16/07

 

EMPLOY

 

1.  Heather Blackman - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - effective 12/18/06 -  Replacing Alicia Bordelon

2.  Lana Neely - Teacher - South Grant - effective 12/18/06 -   Replacing Genevieve Evans

3.  Jessica Anthony - Teacher - Grant High - effective 1/16/07 - Replacing Laurie Blackman

4.  Michelle Morgan - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 1/4/07

5.  John Graves - Bus Driver - for route #33 serving Montgomery High and  Verda Elementary - effective 1/8/07

6.  Kimberly Bryan - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - effective 1/4/07 - Replacing Kay Smiley

7.  Michael Dubois - Teacher - Montgomery High - effective 12/21/06 - Replacing Tony Ellis

 

            The President of the Board appointed Mr. Craig McCain as the chairman of the new Dry Prong Junior High committee.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved to adjourn.

 

                                                                        /s/ Karen Layton                             

                                                                        Karen Layton

                                                                        President

                                                                        Grant Parish School Board

 

ATTEST:

                                                        

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board

 

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