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, SEPTEMBER 7, 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, September 7, 2004, at Six (6:00) o'clock P.M.

 

There were present Karen Layton, Eddie Baxley, Gary Walker, Linda Amberg and A.D. Futrell.

 

ABSENT: H. Neal Reeder, Bobby Deen and 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 A.D. Futrell, 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. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved to accept the revised agenda.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the minutes for the July 19, 2004 special meeting, the July 22, 2004 special meeting and the August 3, 2004 regular meeting as published in the Official Journal.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to continue participating in the LARMA program beginning September 17, 2004 to October 1, 2005.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to approve permission for the Superintendent to contact Mr. Sills and make arrangements to meet with the Department of Labor on overtime liability claims.

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to adopt a resolution to authorize the Superintendent to sign the required Louisiana uninsured/underinsured motorist form reflecting a selection of rejection of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage for the period 9/17/04 to 10/1/05.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to approve contractual payment for the 2004-05 21st Century Community Learning Center Award to Linda Heard in the amount of $55,840.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to pay $3,035.70 to Security Metal Roofing for walkway at Dry Prong Junior High with the money coming out the renovation grant.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to approve the following Preschool Budget Revision No. 3:

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to approve the following Title I Carryover Budget Revision No. 1:

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to approve the following Title IV Budget Revision No. 3:

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to approve the following budget amendments:

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to allow employees to participate in Medicare.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Amberg, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the superintendent's recommendation to approve repairing Mr. Maltie's bus, with the repairs being done at Daigre's Automotive, Inc. in the amount of $4,871.83 which includes a ninety (90) day warranty and a joint check release which would release Grant Parish School Board of any liability from Mr. Maltie and Daigre's Automotive.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Amberg, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the transportation committee's recommendation to add three (3) bus routes back.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Amberg, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved  to add to the agenda to consider charging $40.00 for out of parish testers for the use of a Grant Parish School Board owned bus for third party CDL testing.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Amberg, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to charge $40.00 for out of parish testers for the use of a Grant Parish School Board owned bus for third party CDL testing.

 

Miss Vallee reported to the Board that the student count at this time was 3619.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Amberg, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved the inclusion of policy - JCDAF - Bullying, Intimidation, Harassment, and Hazing - results from Act 599 of the 2004 LA Legislature regarding hazing and inclusion of policy - JDF - Discipline of Students with Disabilities - which reflects recent changes to Bulletin 1706 - into the parish policy manual.

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved to adopt the following resolution on the adjusted millage rate(s) for the tax year 2004:

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to adopt the following resolution on the adjusted millage rate(s) after Reassessment and roll forward the millage to a rate(s) not to exceed the prior year=s maximum millage for the tax year 2004:

 

The above motion failed due to lack of a two-thirds vote of the total membership of the taxing authority.

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to adopt the following resolution on other authorized millages or taxes:

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

 

RETIREMENTS

 

1.  Brenda Vallee - effective 2/1/05

2.  Barbara Fralick - effective 10/07/04

3.  Felix Thomas - effective 9/7/04

 

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

 

RESIGNATIONS

 

1.  Richard Kyle Leach - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 8/16/04

2.  Heather Aldredge - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - effective 5/28/04

3.  Corey Jones - Janitor II - Colfax Elementary - effective 8/6/04

4.  Debbie Knighton - Sweeper - Colfax Elementary - effective 8/3/04

5.  LaDora Cole - Bus Driver - South Grant Elementary - effective 8/11/04

6.  Mark Rachal - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 9/3/04

 

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

 

TERMINATED

 

1.  Stephen Stroud - Teacher - Grant High - not reporting for duty

2.  Shonna Sullivan - Teacher - Grant High - not reporting for duty

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Amberg, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the following transfer:

 

TRANSFER

 

1.  Charlene Anderson - Teacher - from Colfax Elementary to Georgetown High

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved to employ the following personnel:

 

EMPLOY

 

 1.  Karla Higginbotham - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - replacing Heather Aldridge

 2.  Alicia Brown - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - replacing Bridget Vaughn who is replacing Theresa Lavespere

 3.  Marsha Sanders - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - replacing Charlene Anderson

 4.  Jason Woodard - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - replacing Kyle Leach

 5.  Christina Griffin - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - replacing Peggy Qualls who moved to library

 6.  James Edwards - Janitor II - Colfax Elementary - replacing Corey Jones

 7.  Jeanetta Jewitt - 3 hour Sweeper - Montgomery High - replacing Vera Dubois

 8.  Anita Phillips - 4 hour Sweeper - Colfax Elem. - replacing Debbie Knighton

 9.  Debbie McFarland - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - rehire

10. Jenny Lasyone - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Verda Elementary - rehire

11. Melanie Richardson - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - rehire

12. Jessica Quibodeaux - Teacher - Grant High - rehire

13. Matthew Hammons - Teacher - Grant High - rehire

14. Shanda Hammons - Teacher - Grant High - replacing Patti Williams

15. Alicia Lester - Teacher - Grant High - effective 8/16/04 -replacing Shonna Sullivan

16. Jodi Willis - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - rehire

17. Linda Hyde - Teacher - Pollock Elementary - rehire

18. Janssen Meeker - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 9/7/04 -replacing Mark Rachal

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to add to the agenda to discuss the discipline policy.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to reinstate and/or go back to the zero tolerance policy on fighting at school and on the bus, for students starting at 12 years old.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to add to the agenda to discuss an administrative assistant at Grant High.

 

Following a discussion on an administrative assistant at Grant High, the Board decided to wait and add this item to the agenda for the special meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 9, 2004.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved permission to advertise for the following forestry related activities.

Mr. Futrell stated that the Grant Parish School Board would like to thank the federal prison at Pollock for their donation of 130 used computers to Pollock Elementary and the Board would also like to thank Mr. Joe Borland for his donation of two loads of dirt to Pollock Elementary.

 

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

 

/s/A.D. Futrell                         

A.D. Futrell

Vice-President

Grant Parish School Board

 

ATTEST:

 

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board

 

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