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, AUGUST 3, 2004

 

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 on Tuesday, August 3, 2004, at Six (6:00) o'clock P.M.

 

There were present H. Neal Reeder, Bobby Deen, Karen Layton, Eddie Baxley, Craig A. McCain, Gary Walker, Linda Amberg 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 Craig A. McCain, who then stated that the Parish School Board was ready to transact any business which may come before the Board.

 

The President of the Board recognized the new Superintendent of the Grant Parish School System, Mrs. Sheila S. Jackson.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to accept the revised agenda.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the minutes for the June 29, 2004 regular meeting as published in the Official Journal.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the minutes for the July 6, 2004 special meeting as published in the Official Journal.

 

The President of the Board recognized Mr. Avery Hamilton.  Mr. Hamilton asked the Superintendent the following question: As the new Superintendent, giving the racial make-up of personnel in the schools and the central office, do you have a plan to address this issue and if so when will we know what the plan is?

The Superintendent stated the following to Mr. Hamilton:   This week we have employed two minority teachers at Grant High.  We do this through the process of recruitment, through advertisement and we do attend the minority college job fairs.  One of the goals that I have is better advertisement and recruitment of all minorities into our school system.  Those people who would be inclined to want to be teachers need to see me and if they have a degree that is not necessarily in education, I can point them in the direction to become certified.  If someone would like to become a bus driver, we need to get them through bus driving school to get their CDL's, if they want to work in the lunchroom we need make sure they have a current physical and start substituting for us and we need to do a better job of more recruitment and I do have a plan for that.

 

The Superintendent recognized Mrs. Rhonda McBroom as the Outstanding School Support Employee for 2003-2004.  Mrs. McBroom is the secretary at Georgetown High School.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to give permission for Clara McNeely to attend an out-of-state conference with all expenses to be paid out of Special Education funds.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to approve the following

 

Title II Budget Revision No. 2:

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to pay Tim Green's bill for $9,800.00 and grant permission to the Superintendent to enter into the contract that was agreed on at the last special meeting, with Rozier, Harrington and McKay auditing firm.

 

Mr. Deen gave an update on the bus routes.

 

The Superintendent gave an update on Mr. Maltie's bus.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the 2004-2005 Pupil Progression Plan for the Grant Parish School System.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved permission to enter into contract with the following speech pathologists: Shirley Taylor, JoAnn Hines and Natalie Hodges

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved permission to enter into contract with the following therapists:

 

1.  Janis Slaughter - Occupational Therapist

2.  Elizabeth Henderson - Physical Therapist

3.  Pediatric Therapy - for part-time Occupational Therapist

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved permission for the Superintendent to seek funding from LWIA #60 Youth Services in the form of a grant application request in the amount of $61,787.00.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to amend the agenda to add to adopt a resolution of agreement of signatures for Colfax Banking Company.

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to adopt the following resolution of agreement of signatures for Colfax Banking Company.

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the following retirement:

 

1.  Charles Lunsford - effective 7/13/04

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the following sabbatical leave:

 

1.  Donnie Adams - Teacher - Georgetown High - Fall Semester of the 2004-2005 school year - Medical Leave

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to accept the following resignations:

 

1.  Lara Duffie - Teacher - Grant High - effective 6/8/04

2.  Danielle M. Evans - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - effective 7/12/04

3.  Lydia McLamore - Teacher/HSE - Dry Prong Jr. High - effective 8/6/04

4.  Laura B. Willis - Teacher - Grant High - changed from retiring to resignation - effective 6/30/04

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved the following transfers:

 

1.   Clara McNeely - from HSE at Colfax Elementary to 2 time Sp. Ed. Teacher at Grant High (40% general funds-new position), and 2 time Sp. Ed. Strategist for parish  (60% IDEA funds)

2.    Stacy Felton - from Sp. Ed. Teacher to HSE at Colfax Elementary

3.    Karen Bozeman - Sp. Ed. Paraprofessional - from Verda Elementary to South Grant Elementary

4.    Sheila Dubois - Sp. Ed. Paraprofessional - from Pollock Elementary to Dry Prong Junior High

5.    David Reimer - Sp. Ed. Teacher - from Grant High to Grant Academy - replacing Robert Corley

6.    Ashley Mercer - from Regular Ed. Teacher at Dry Prong Jr. High to Sp. Ed. Teacher at Grant Academy - replacing Judy Wehunt

7.    Janet Slatten - Sp. Ed. Paraprofessional - from South Grant Elementary to Dry Prong Junior High

8.    Tricia Carter - Cafeteria Worker - from 5.5 hour to 7.0 hour - Pollock Elementary - replacing Geraldine Gentry (eliminating 5.5 hour position)

9.    Cathy Nugent - Cafeteria Worker - from 5.5 hour to 7.0 hour – Colfax Elementary - replacing L.V. Bryant

10.  Kay Thompson - Cafeteria Worker - from 3.5 hour at South Grant to 4.5 hour at Colfax Elementary - replacing Kathy  Nugent's 5.5 hour position

11.  Angie Meade - Cafeteria Worker - from 3.5 hour to 4.5 hour - Colfax (Added 1 hour from Cathy Nugent's 5.5 hour position)

12.  Renee' Brown - from Bus Driver to 7.0 hour Cafeteria Worker - South Grant - replacing Sammy Foster's 7.0 hour position

13.  Tonya Spillers - from Bus Driver to 5.5 hour Cafeteria Worker - South Grant - replacing Leta Delrie (reducing this 7.0 hour  position to a 5.5 hour position)

14.  Mary Dean - from Teacher to HSE - Dry Prong Junior High

15.  Candice Wilbanks - Sp. Ed. Paraprofessional - from South Grant to Pollock Elementary

16.  Wendy Futrell - from Regular Ed. Teacher at Pollock to Sp. Ed. Teacher - replacing Helen Faith

17.  Patti Williams - from Teacher to HSE - Grant High

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved to employ the following personnel:

 

1.    Judy Botts - Sp. Ed. Teacher - South Grant Elementary - effective 8/9/04 - replacing Jessica Willett

2.    Kristianna Emerick - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Colfax Elementary  effective 8/9/04 - replacing Stacy  Felton

3.    Jerald Bamburg - Teacher - Georgetown High - replacing Betty Seily

4.    Jacquelyn Laffitte - Teacher - South Grant Elementary -replacing Danielle Evans

5.   Vonda Cline - Teacher - Pollock Elementary - replacing Wendy Futrell

6.    Shanna Sullivan - Teacher - Grant High - replacing Amanda Reimer

7.    Marvin Dantzler - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Grant High -replacing David Reimer

8.    Jeremie Ryan - Teacher - Grant High - replacing Laura Duffie

9.    Forrest Grimmett - Teacher - Grant High - replacing Heath Lewis

10.  Charles Henderson - Teacher - Grant High - replacing Phillip Ray

11.  Ramona Riddick - Teacher - Montgomery High - replacing Cari Harrison

12.  Kristin Collins - Teacher - Verda Elementary - replacing Kim Bachus

13.  Brandon Reeves - Teacher - Georgetown High - replacing Donnie Adams

14.  Donna Bergeron - Teacher - Dry Prong Jr. High - replacing Mary Dean

15.  Jeremy Johnson - Teacher - Dry Prong Jr.High - replacing Brandon Bannon

16.  Christina White - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High -replacing Judy Walker

17.  Tonya Normand - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High -replacing Alesha Lester

18.  Samuel Morrow - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High -replacing Rosa Bledsoe

19.  Terrie Brister - 5.5 hour Cafeteria Worker - South Grant Elementary  replacing Stephanie Airington's 5.5 hour position

20.  Jeff Powell - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - rehire

21.  Jessica Smith - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - rehire

22.  William Taylor - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - rehire

23.  Brandon Strain - Teacher - Grant High - rehire

24.  Perry Ellis - Teacher - Montgomery High - rehire

25.  Sydni Noakes - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Pollock Elementary - rehire

26.  Kimberly Roberts - Sp. Ed. Teacher - South Grant - rehire

27.  Deborah McFarland - Teacher - South Grant - rehire

28.  Mandy Lasyone - Teacher - Verda Elementary - rehire

29.  Tina Stroud - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - rehire

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen and seconded by Mr. Futrell to give the Superintendent permission to reorganize positions within the central office as follows:

 

Secondary Supervisor - Paula Crawford

Elementary Supervisor - Lynn Clifford

21st Century Learning Communities Coordinator - Melodye Willie

AYES: Dr. Reeder, Mr. Deen, Mr. Baxley, Mr. Futrell and Mr. Walker

 

NAYS: Mrs. Amberg and Mrs. Layton

 

The above motion was therefore approved.

 

The President of the Board scheduled a work session for Tuesday,August 17, 2004 at 5:00 P.M. to work on the budget.

 

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

 

/s/Craig A. McCain                       

Craig A. McCain

President

Grant Parish School Board

 

ATTEST:

                                                  

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board

 

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