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, OCTOBER 26, 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, October 26, 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.

 

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

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the minutes for the September 23, 2004 special meeting as published in the Official Journal.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the minutes for the October 5, 2004 regular meeting as published in the Official Journal.

 

The Superintendent recognized Mr. Bill Morrison.  Mr. Morrison reported to the Board that the Louisiana National Guard engineering group is being asked to put in the baseball field at Dry Prong Junior High as a community service project. The President of the Board requested that Mr. Morrison continue to keep him informed about the project.

 

The Superintendent recognized Mrs. Elaine Futrell, President of the Grant Federation of Teachers and School Employees.  Mrs. Futrell stated that the Grant Federation of Teachers and School Employees circulated a petition requesting that the Grant Parish School Board reinstate and vote 1)the $125,000 sales tax supplement and 2) the $130,000 MFP money - millage supplement, to the employees' tax and millage checks respectfully.  Mrs. Futrell also stated that the petition had 291 signatures on it and she gave the petition to the President of the Board and requested that the Board reconsider and look at the budget concerning these supplements.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to increase the yearly rental fee on 16th Section lots from $100.00 yearly to $150.00 yearly.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to have Concordia Electric put a light at Lonnie's Landing at Little River at a cost of $120.00 one time fee to install and then $7.88 per month.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to implement the Grant Parish School Board  reduction in force policy in the technology department.

 

Mrs. McGlothlin gave the Board a report on the delivery of food products.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved Mrs. Kecia Nugent's recommendation that the current board policy for the elementary schools code of conduct be adopted for the junior high schools and high schools to be consistent for all grade levels.

 

Mrs. Crawford gave the Board a report ACT results for Grant Parish Schools.

 

The Superintendent gave the Board a report on the School Performance Scores for Grant Parish Schools.

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to accept the lowest food bids for period December 1, 2004 through February 28, 2005.

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

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

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to adopt the following resolution to adopt other authorized millages or taxes:

The Superintendent announced the following retirement:

 

1.  Charles Sudduth - effective 12/31/04

 

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

 

1.  Suzanne Beckham - Janitor II - Georgetown High - effective 10/29/04

 

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

 

1.  Penny Kiser - Teacher - from Grant Academy to Montgomery High - effective 10/11/04 -replacing Nettie Ranel

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to approve the following transfer due to implementing the reduction in force policy in the technology department:

 

1.  Sharon Laycock - Technology Coordinator - from general fund  expenditure to federal funds

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved to accept the Superintendent=s recommendation to employ Fern Land as a permanent substitute teacher according to her degree and years of experience on a teacher pay scale starting on the 21st day of substituting, replacing Johnnie Shaw.

 

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

 

1.  Dwain Creed - Teacher - Grant Academy - effective 10/11/04 replacing Penny Kiser

2.  Gloria Wells - 5 2 hour Cafeteria Worker - South Grant - effective 10/27/04 - replacing Terrie Brister

3. Brandy Karisny - 5 2 hour Cafeteria Worker - South Grant - effective 10/27/04 - replacing Tonya Spillers

4.  Ramona Arrington - 3 2 hour Cafeteria Worker - South Grant - effective 10/27/04 - replacing  Kay Thompson

5.  Angel Duncan - Bus Driver - route #4 Colfax Elem.- effective 10/27/04

6.  Angelia Dobernig - Bus Driver - route #57 South Grant -effective 10/27/04

 

Motion was made by made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved to accept the Superintendent's recommendation to employ Jessica Hathorne and secretary/bookkeeper for Grant High School.           

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley and seconded by Mr. Futrell to accept the Superintendent's recommendation to employ Kayla Harvey as secretary/bookkeeper for Transportation and Maintenance.

 

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

 

NAYS: Mrs. Amberg and Mrs. Layton

 

The above motion was therefore approved.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen and seconded by Mr. Baxley to accept the Superintendent's recommendation to transfer Karen Bozeman from Special Education paraprofessional at South Grant Elementary to receptionist at the Central Office replacing Kayla Harvey.

 

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

 

NAYS: Mrs. Amberg and Mrs. Layton

 

The above motion was therefore approved.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved permission to advertise for the position of Child Welfare and Attendance.

 

The Superintendent stated that the next scheduled finance committee and transportation and maintenance committee meeting is December 2, 2004 and the next scheduled regular school board meeting is December 7, 2004.

 

The Superintendent gave the Board a report on the Fair Labor Standards overtime issues.

 

At this time the Board listened to a student appeal hearing.

 

The appeal hearing was on a student that was expelled to the alternative school for 42 days from Dry Prong Junior High School. The mother and father of the student were in attendance at the hearing.

 

Miss Vallee informed the mother and father that the hearing may be held in open or closed session and she asked which did they prefer.  The parents stated that it be an open hearing.

Following a discussion concerning the appeal hearing, the President of the Board told the student and parents that it was a unanimous decision of the Board and Superintendent to allow the student to return to Dry Prong Junior High on November 8, 2004 and that any further serious infractions will be dealt with in the most stringent manner.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Futrell 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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