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 4, 2005

 

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, January 4, 2005 at Six (6:00) P.M.

 

There were present H. Neal Reeder, Bobby Deen, Karen Layton, Eddie Baxley, Craig A. McCain, Gary Walker and A.D. Futrell.

 

ABSENT: Linda Amberg

 

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.

 

Election of Officers for 2005

 

Motion was made by Dr. Reeder, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved to nominate Mr. A.D. Futrell as President of the Grant Parish School Board for 2005.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved that nominations cease.

 

Mr. A.D. Futrell was elected as President of the Grant Parish School Board for 2005 by acclamation.

 

The Superintendent presented Mr. Craig A. McCain a gavel for his 2004 year as President, and thanked him for doing a great job.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Dr. Reeder and unanimously approved to nominate Mr. Eddie Baxley as Vice-President of the Grant Parish School Board for 2005.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Dr. Reeder and unanimously approved that nominations cease.

Mr. Eddie Baxley was elected Vice-President of the Grant Parish School Board for 2005 by acclamation.

 

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

 

Motion was made by Dr. Reeder, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the minutes for the December 2, 2004 special meeting and the December 7, 2004 regular meeting to be published in the Official Journal.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to approve payment of certificate No. 9 in the amount of $24,249.31 to Phillip Mayo Construction for renovations to Dry Prong Junior High School with the money coming out of the renovation grant funds.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to approve the following Special Education Preschool Budget Revision No. 2:

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

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

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved to give the Superintendent permission to make Melanie Lavespere an eleven month Special Education employee, with the eleventh month being paid out of a grant and that special education funds would pay $4,500 of her salary that the general fund has been paying and to transfer 504 responsibility to the Child Welfare and Attendance Supervisor.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to give permission to change the date on the medicare resolution that was passed last month from July 1, 2003 to January 1, 2005.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved permission to reimburse $20.00 per bus driver for the School Bus Endorsement for an approximate total of $2,000.00 and permission to reimburse bus drivers a maximum of $60.00 per annual physical for an approximate total of $6,000.00 per year. The Superintendent asked that the Mrs. Nugent, Manager of Transportation, put in the letter to bus drivers insured under state group to encourage them to use the annual physical through state group as their bus driver annual physical.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved to give the Superintendent permission to send out request for proposals on transportation services.

 

Mrs. McKay gave a report/update to the Board on Technology.

 

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

 

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

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to set the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 P.M. for regular School Board meetings for 2005.

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Dr. Reeder and unanimously approved the inclusion of policies - FILE: BBBE - Board Member Compensation and Expenses (This policy does not in any way change the compensation to the Board Members), FILE: JBCE - Public School Choice, FILE: CN - Administrative Records, FILE: DJED - Bids and Quotations, FILE: GBRHA - Sabbatical Leave, FILE: GBRIB - Sick Leave, FILE: GBRL - Holidays, FILE: IFCB - Field Trips and Excursions, and FILE: JGCE - Child Abuse - into the parish policy manual.

 

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

 

1.  DeWanna Merrell -         Full-time Cafeteria Worker - Pollock Elementary -

                effective 1/5/05 - replacing Annette Givens

2.  Casondra Aymond -       Teacher - Colfax Elementary - effective 1/3/05 -

                                                                replacing Barbara McNeely

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to employ Bill Nettles as Assistant Principal at Dry Prong Junior High School effective January 5, 2005 to replace Lee Dunbar.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to employ Kurt Fredieu as HVAC Mechanic effective January 10, 2005 to replace Bud Curtis. 

 

The Superintendent stated that she would advertise for the position of Assistant Principal at Colfax Elementary for two weeks to replace Bill Nettles.

 

Mr. McCain announced the following individuals had agreed to serve on the Personnel Recruitment Advisory Committee for 2005:

 

PERSONNEL RECRUITMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE - 2005

 

Karen Layton, Chairperson

Craig A. McCain

Sheila S. Jackson

Edwina Ricks

Ollie Goudeau

Fren Allen

Cinda Thomas

Avery Hamilton

The President of the Board appointed the following committees:

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE   

 

Eddie Baxley, Chairman

Craig A. McCain

Gary Walker

 

TRANSPORTATION AND MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE

 

Bobby Deen, Chairman

Karen Layton

Linda Amberg

 

Mr. Baxley stated that the finance committee would continue to meet on Thursday before the regular board meeting on Tuesday, at 4:30 P.M.

 

Mr. Deen stated that the transportation and maintenance committee would continue to meet on Thursday before the regular board meeting on Tuesday, immediately following the finance committee meeting.

 

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

 

/s/A.D. Futrell                   

A.D. Futrell

President

Grant Parish School Board

ATTEST:

                                                     

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board

 

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