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, FEBRUARY 1, 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, February 1, 2005 at Six (6:00) P.M.

 

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

 

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

 

A moment of silence was held for the Curtis family in the loss of two students from Dry Prong Junior High School and their father.

 

The Superintendent thanked the counselors from Grant High, Grant Academy and Cabrini that responded to Dry Prong Junior High and Pollock Elementary and also stated that Dry Prong Junior High (for attendance of the funeral) and Grant High ( sharing of buses) would be dismissed on Wednesday, February 2, 2005 and central office staff would be assisting Pollock Elementary for any teachers who would like to attend the funeral.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to amend/add to the agenda a request from Mr. McCain to discuss the possibility of leasing a site behind the bus shop in Dry Prong to the Grant Parish Firefighters Association for a training center.

 

Following the discussion, the President of the Board asked Mr. McCain if he would ask the Grant Parish Firefighters Association to come to the regular March board meeting to further discuss this request.

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

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the minutes for the January 4, 2005 regular meeting to be published in the Official Journal.

 

The President of Board recognized Mr. Lee W. Willis, CPA with Rozier, Harrington & McKay Auditing Firm.  Mr. Willis gave the Board the Grant Parish School Board Annual Financial Report for the Year ended June 30, 2004.

 

The President of the Board recognized Mr. Garlington, Principal at Grant Academy.  Mr. Garlington gave a report/update to the Board on Grant Academy.

 

The President of the Board recognized Mrs. Ollie Goudeau.  Mrs. Goudeau stated that she wanted someone to explain the duties of the recruitment committee that was appointed at the last board meeting and exactly what is expected of that committee.

 

The President of the Board stated that Mr. McCain had appointed that committee when he was president.

 

Mr. McCain stated he and Mrs. Layton had discussed the recruitment of minorities in our parish and his idea when he appointed the committee was for the committee to discuss board policies and ways and incentives for recruitment of minorities for our parish school system and he also stated that he never envisioned creating another committee for any of the hiring process.

 

Mrs. Layton, Chairperson of the Personnel Recruitment Advisory Committee, scheduled a meeting for the committee for Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 6:00 P.M. at the school board office.

 

The President of the Board appointed the following committees:

 

DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE

                               

H. Neal Reeder, Chairman

Lee Dunbar

All members of the Board

16TH SECTION LAND COMMITTEE

 

Craig A. McCain

A.D. Futrell

 

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

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Dr. Reeder and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to approve permission for Colfax Elementary to spend $13,030.71 from forestry funds for needed supplies and equipment.

 

Following a discussion on the gym floor at Dry Prong Junior High School, the Superintendent stated that she would get with Mr. Vercher, the Maintenance Manager, to get quotes for getting the floor repaired.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to call the following sales tax proposition for April 23, 2005:

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved to add to the agenda to authorize the Superintendent to advertise for bids on seventy (70) buses.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved to authorize the Superintendent to advertise for bids on seventy (70) buses.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to give the Superintendent permission to get the attorney general's opinion on the Act 778 survey.

 

Mr. Walker stated that the overtime policy had been given to the Board Members to take under advisement for 30 days.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to amend the budget to spend up to $7,000.00 per year on second grade testing.

 

Following a discussion on the substitute bus driver policy, the board decided to table this item.

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the transportation committee's recommendation to increase the reimbursement rate from $0.30 per mile to $0.85 per mile for field trips.

 

Mrs. McGlothlin gave a report to the Board on the Food Service Coordinator Review Effort (audit).

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved permission to accept the lowest food bids for period March 1, 2005 through May 31, 2005.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved permission to advertise for bids on janitorial supplies for the 2005-2006 school year.

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the following retirement: Annette Ellis - effective 12/18/04

 

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

 

1.  Peggy Key - Teacher - Montgomery High - effective 1/3/05 - replacing Mel Shaw for the remainder of 2004-05 school year

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley and seconded by Mr. Walker to employ Shane Seward as Assistant Principal at Colfax Elementary School effective February 9, 2005, to replace Mr. Nettles.

 

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

 

NAYS: Mrs. Layton

 

ABSENT: Mrs. Amberg

 

The above motion was therefore approved.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved permission to advertise for Janitor at Pollock Elementary.

 

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