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

STATE OF LOUISIANA, TAKEN AT A REGULAR MEETING HELD ON

 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 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, Thursday, February 1, 2007, at Six (6:00) P.M.

 

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

 

            ABSENT: Craig A. McCain

 

            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 Karen Layton, who then stated that the Parish School Board was ready to transact any business which may come before the Board.

 

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

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the minutes for the January 8, 2007 regular meeting to be published in the official journal.

 

            The Superintendent recognized and presented a plaque to Mr. Bobby Hines on his retirement effective January 5, 2007 as a bus driver for Grant Parish Schools for 23 years.

 

            The President of the Board stated that the Finance Committee Members for 2007 are as follows: Mr. Baxley, Chairman, Mr. DeLong and Mr. Browning

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the finance committee’s recommendation to approve the budget revisions for district and parishwide funds.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the finance committee’s recommendation to approve the following : Title I - Amendment 1, Title IIA - Amendment 1, Title IV - Amendment 1, Title V - Amendment 1, IDEA Part B 611 - Amendment 1 and IDEA Preschool 619 - Amendment 1.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the finance committee’s recommendation to authorize the Superintendent permission to purchase a tape back up system for network not to exceed $5,000.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the finance committee’s recommendation to give the Superintendent the authority to check into the possibility of hiring Abbott DSS - permanent storage service.

 

            The President of the Board stated that the Transportation and Maintenance Committee Members for 2007 are as follows: Mr. Futrell, Chairman, Mr. Lavespere and Mr. Oliver

 

            Mr. Futrell stated that the Transportation and Maintenance Committee met prior to the board meeting and discussed three items that requires no board action but the following items are for informational purposes:

 

1.  Superintendent has been asked to get bids and specs on a 3/4 ton and 1 ton vehicle - one for maintenance and one for transportation.  2.  Bus allowance stays same.  3.  Bus route replacement phrase “With Superintendent’s recommendation” - procedural issue.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved permission to advertise for bids on janitorial supplies for the 2007-2008 school year.

 

            The Superintendent stated the following information on Board Member Credit Hours:

 

Board Member Credit Hours for Various Trainings

 

School Law for new Board Members

            A.J. ‘Tony” Lavespere - 3 hours

 

Why Boards Matter Building the Bridge to Effective Change

            A.J. ‘Tony” Lavespere - 10 hours

            Marvin DeLong - 10 hours

            Karen Layton - 10 hours

            Randy Browning - 5 hours

            A.D. Futrell - 7 hours

            Terry Oliver - 10 hours

 

Accountability/Performance Score Overview and District/School Improvement Plans and Curriculum, Instructional Programming, Time Requirements and Scheduling

            A.J. ‘Tony” Lavespere - 2 ½ hours

            Marvin DeLong - 2 ½ hors

            Karen Layton - 2 ½ hours

            Randy Browning - 2 ½ hours

            A.D. Futrell - 1 ½ hours

            Terry Oliver - 2 ½ hours

 

Fiscal Awareness - Audit Report, Insurance and Budgets

            A.J. ‘Tony” Lavespere - 2 ½ hours

            Marvin DeLong - 2 ½ hours

            Eddie Baxley - 1 ½ hours

            Randy Browning - 2 ½ hours

            Craig McCain - 2 ½ hours

                       

Policy, Procedure, Law and Ethics

            A.J. ‘Tony” Lavespere - 2 ½ hours

            Marvin DeLong - 2 ½ hours

            Karen Layton - 2 ½ hours

            Eddie Baxley - 2 ½ hours

            Craig McCain - 2 ½ hours

            Terry Oliver - 2 ½ hours

 

Position Requirements and Employee Benefits

            A.J. ‘Tony” Lavespere - 2 ½ hours

            Marvin DeLong - 2 ½ hours

            Karen Layton - 2 ½ hours

            Randy Browning - 2 ½ hours

            Terry Oliver - 2 ½ hours

 

School Finance Meeting

            Karen Layton - 6 hours

            Randy Browning - 6 hours

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved to authorize the Superintendent to enter into contract for wireless WAN (Wide Area Network) services.

 

            Following a discussion on the school calendar for 2007-2008, the calendar was given to the board for review to be voted on at the next regular meeting of the board.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved permission for the Superintendent to pursue funding for implementation of LA 4 Preschool classes for 2007-2008 and have the assurance page signed by the Board President.

 

            The President of the Board stated that the 16th Section Land Committee Members for 2007 are as follows: Mr. Futrell and Mr. McCain

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the following resignation, transfer and correction to the minutes:

 

RESIGNATION

1.  Arlene M. Perkins - Bus Driver - Montgomery High - effective 1/8/07

TRANSFER

1.  Renee’ Brown - from bus route #27 serving Georgetown High to bus route #28 serving Georgetown High - effective 1/29/07

 

CORRECTION TO MINUTES

 

1.  Judy Lasyone - currently Janitor II be named Janitor I - South Grant Elementary - Effective 1/16/07

2.  Semaster Jones - currently Janitor I be named Janitor II - South Grant - Effective 1/16/07

 

            The Superintendent gave the Board a copy of the Order of Unitary Status and Dismissal made by Judge Drell on January 19, 2007 to dismiss the desegregation lawsuit for Grant Parish School Board of 1966.

 

            Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, 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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