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, JUNE 7, 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, June 7, 2005 at Six (6:00) o'clock P.M.

 

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

 

ABSENT: Karen Layton

 

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.

 

The President of the Board welcomed back Mrs. Amberg.

 

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

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the minutes for May 10, 2005 regular board meeting to be published in the official journal.

 

The President of the Board recognized Mrs. Deanna Delrie.  Mrs.Delrie presented a plaque of appreciation to Mrs. Kecia Nugent, Transportation Manager.

 

The President of the Board recognized Mr. Al Atwood.  Mr. Atwood requested that Grant Parish School Board lease two acres of land behind the bus shop in Dry Prong to the Grant Parish Firefighters Association for a training center for all Grant Parish Firefighters.

 

Following a discussion on the leasing of this land, motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved to authorize the Superintendent to pursue and enter into a lease agreement with the Grant Parish Firefighters Association not to exceed fifty (50) years for use of two acres of the property behind the bus shop in Dry Prong for a training facility.

 

The Superintendent recognized Mrs. Ethel Smith.  Mrs. Smith recognized Ms. Kimberly Roberts (not in attendance) and Ms. Jettye Kemp for being awarded a minigrant in the amount of $500.00 each for Early Literacy.

 

Mrs. Smith also recognized Ms. Clara McNeely for being one of only fourteen in the state for being certified in SIM and she will be recognized for this at the National SIM Conference in Kansas in July.

 

The Superintendent recognized Mrs. Kecia Nugent.  Mrs. Nugent recognized the following School Bus Drivers who are retiring:

 

1.  Mrs. Pat Nugent- Pollock Elementary - 21 years

2.  Mrs. Deanna Delrie - Dry Prong Junior High - 30 years

 

Mrs. Nugent recognized the following School Bus Drivers of the Year:

 

1.  Mrs. Angel Duncan - Colfax Elementary

2.  Mr. Robert White - Dry Prong Junior High

3.  Mr. Gervis Parrott - Georgetown High

4.  Mr. Donnie Brown - Grant High

5.  Mr. Roland Hebert - Montgomery High

6.  Mrs. Kay Broussard - Pollock Elementary

7.  Mrs. Carolyn Jordan - Verda Elementary

8.  Mrs. Shirley Canoe - South Grant Elementary

 

Mrs. Nugent recognized the following Substitute School Bus Driver of the Year:  

 

1.  Mrs. Linda Whitehead - Parishwide

 

Mrs. Nugent recognized the following School Bus Drivers with Perfect Attendance for the 2004-05 school year:

 

1.  Mr. Richard Maltie

2.  Mrs. Carolyn Jordan

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the following EEF Budget Revision No. 1 :

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the following REAP Budget Revision No. 1:

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the budget for Federal Programs Consolidated E-Grant for 2005-06.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the following IDEA Budget Revision No. 3:

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved permission to pay balance owed to Dixie Roofing after the Superintendent is satisfied that they have done everything they can to keep the gym roof at Dry Prong Junior High from leaking.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved an out-of-state trip in the amount of $1,100.00 for Mrs. Willie to go to Chicago which is a mandatory meeting for the 21st Century Grant.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved permission for out-of-state travel for Clara McNeely to attend the National SIM Conference in Kansas in July at approximately $1,600.00.  All expenses will be paid out of IDEA funds.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved permission for implementation of the Student Transportation Request in I.E.P./S.B.L.C.

 

TAC Americas Energy Solutions was tabled at this time.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved permission to formalize specifications and advertise for bids on 73 school buses.

 

Mrs. Crawford presented the Pupil Progression Plan for 2005-2006 to the Board for review.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the Personnel Performance Review Plan for the 2005-2006 school year.

 

Motion was made by Mr Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved permission to move forward with implementation of truancy and discipline court for the 2005-2006 school year.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr.Baxley and unanimously approved the following updated secondary discipline plan.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to appoint Colfax Chronicle as the Official Journal for July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006 for the Grant Parish School Board.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved to authorize the Superintendent to sign and execute any and all contracts with the Rapides Foundation.

The Superintendent announced the following retirements:

 

1.  Dianne Ballard - effective 6/30/05

2.  Deanna Delrie - effective 7/1/05

3.  Eddie Granger - effective 6/17/05

4.  Rebecca Cox - effective 5/26/05

5.  Annette Brunson - effective 4/1/05

 

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

 

1.  James Preuett - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - Professional and Cultural Improvement - 2005-06 school year

 

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

 

1.  Gloria Wells - from cafeteria worker at South Grant Elementary to Colfax Elementary - effective 8/15/05 - replacing Angie Meade

2.  Misty Chelette - Teacher - from Montgomery High to Colfax Elementary -effective 8/15/05

3.  Tressie Vercher - Teacher - from Colfax Elementary to Montgomery High -effective 8/15/05

4.  Charlene Anderson - Teacher - from Georgetown High to Colfax Elementary -effective 8/15/05

5.  Penny Graves - from Assistant Principal at Pollock Elementary to Assistant Principal at Georgetown High

6.  Jennifer Boren - Teacher - from Colfax Elementary to South Grant Elementary replacing Angel David

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved to accept the following resignations:

 

                1.  Amanda Horton - Sp. Ed. Teacher - South Grant Elementary - eff: 5/27/05

2.  Sarah Willis - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - effective 8/1/05

                3.  Jeremie Ryan - Teacher - Grant High - effective 6/10/05

                4.  Kristianna Emrick - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Colfax Elementary - effective 8/1/05

5.  Jerald Bamberg - Teacher - Georgetown High - effective 5/26/05

6.  Paula Williams - Teacher - Grant High - effective 5/26/05

7.  Rebecca Retos - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 5/26/05

                8.  Gary Langston - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 6/1/05

                9.   Janssen Meeker - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 5/13/05

10.  Jennifer Mehojevich - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - effective 5/31/05

11.  Peggy Key - Teacher - Montgomery High - effective 5/26/05

12.  Levi Thompson - Teacher - Montgomery High - effective 5/26/05

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

 

                1.  Chad Brasseux - Teacher - Grant High - effective 8/1/05 - replacing Jeremy Ryan

2.  Jenny Lasyone - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Georgetown High

                3.  Ginger Liles - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - replacing Rebecca Retos

4.  Faye Hunt - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - replacing Sarah Willis

5.  Paul Glynn - Teacher - Grant High - effective 8/1/05

                6.  Tania Budemer - Teacher - Georgetown High - effective 8/15/05 replacing Melva Bates

                7.  Rhonda Norris - Parishwide Technology Technician - funding through EEF Grant - 12 month teacher salary

                8.  Sherry Kirtland - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - replacing Kristy Zachary

9.  Mikell Davis - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - 2nd grade position

10. Amanda Griffin - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - 3rd grade position

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation that on an interim bases to be evaluated and brought back before this Board in six months, to make interim placement of the employees that we currently have in the following positions:

 

1.  Finance Director - Guenell Whitstine

                2.  Assistant Finance Director - Cindy Barrios

                3.  Payroll Accountant - Melissa Steelman

                4.  Benefits Coordinator - Karen Bozeman

                5.  Accounts Payable - Heather Chelette

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved permission to advertise for Assistant Principal at Grant High School.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved permission to advertise for Assistant Principal at Pollock Elementary School.

 

The Superintendent stated that the finance committee and transportation and maintenance committee will meet on Tuesday, July 5, 2005 before the regular July board meeting.

 

The President of the Board stated that he will appoint a block scheduling committee at the next school board meeting.

 

Mrs. Amberg stated that she would like to thank the Board for all their help, support and understanding and to everyone including Mrs. Jackson and her staff who called, sent cards, food, CD's, and especially for everyone's prayers during her illness.

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