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, JULY 5, 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, July 5, 2005 at Six (6:00) o'clock P.M.

 

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

 

ABSENT: Bobby Deen

 

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. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved to accept the revised agenda.

 

The Superintendent recognized Mr. Lee Willis, Auditor with Rozier, Harrington & McKay.  Mr. Willis gave a report to the Board on the school audits for Georgetown High, Montgomery High and Dry Prong Junior High.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the minutes for the June 7, 2005 regular meeting to be published in the official journal.

 

The Superintendent recognized and presented a certificate to the following Outstanding School Support Employees:

 

1.  Deborah Conn - Dry Prong Junior High School

2.  Lois Bradford - Georgetown High School (not in attendance)

 

Mr. McCain stated that at the finance committee meeting held prior to this meeting, Mr. Jerry Osborne with Foley and Judell provided information to the Board on the possibility of financing the purchase of buses.

Motion was made by Mrs. Amberg, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved to add to the agenda the following items:

 

1.  Timber cut at Montgomery Gaines Junior High

2.  Approval of 2006 Individual with Disabilities Education (IDEA) Part B Budget and 2006 Special Education Preschool Budget

3.  Permission to request a total of $20,277.00 from WIA for the months of July, August and September to fund a dropout recovery  project

                                                        

Mrs. Whitstine stated that payment in the amount of $5,550.00 was received in 2002 for timber cut at Montgomery Gaines Junior High and the money was put in their district account.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Amberg, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the following 2006 Individual with Disabilities Education (IDEA) Part B Budget and 2006 Special Education Preschool Budget:

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved permission to request a total of $20,277.00 from WIA for the months of July, August and September to fund a dropout recovery project.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved to add to the agenda the following budget revisions:

 

1.  Pollock Elementary District Fund 4

2.  Verda District Fund 12

3.  Parishwide

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the following Pollock Elementary District Fund 4 budget revision:

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the following Verda District Fund 12 budget revision:

Motion was made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the following Parishwide budget revision:

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to add to the agenda to consider making budget adjustments to all district and parishwide funds in the amount not to exceed $4,000.00.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to make budget adjustments to all district and parishwide funds in the amount not to exceed $4,000.00, as recommended by the Superintendent.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to allow Mrs. Nugent to budget and purchase bus routing  software in the amount of $11,695.00 in the 2005-2006 budget.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to change the following bus specification from 19,000 lb. Rear Axle and Spring Capacity, with Shock Absorbers - Minimum to 19,000 lbs Rating.  Single speed with 5.29 ratio.  Synthetic lubed bearings.  Shock absorbers, direct acting.  Rear air ride suspension rate at 23,000 lb.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to change the following bus specification from Diesel Engine with a minimum of 6 cylinders, 520 lb. Feet Torque, and 200 Manufactures "Advertised" Horsepower - Minimum to In-line 6 cylinder, 4-Cycle diesel, turbo with charge air cooler.  210 horsepower " 2200 RPM.  520 lb-ft. torque " 1440 RPM. 2500 RPM maximum governed. 

Includes 1500 watt internal engine block heater.  High idle switch with cruise control, 7.0 liter minimum.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to change the following bus specification from Tinted Windshield to Tinted Windshield, side windows and rear glass.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to adopt the remainder of the bus specifications for new buses as printed.

Mrs. Crawford gave a report to the Board on the Iowa Scores, Drop Out Rate and Attendance Points.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the lowest bids on small equipment for the cafeterias for the 2005-2006 school year.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the 2005-2006 Pupil Progression Plan for the Grant Parish School System.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the inclusion of revised policy - KG, Use of Facilities and policies GBAA, Work Schedules and Overtime, GCA, Non-Professional Compensation Guides and Contracts, GCD, Support Personnel Employment, and IFCB, Field Trips and Excursions - into the parish policy manual.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to renew the 2005-2007 contracts on the following administrators:

 

                1.  Robert Smith

                2.  Norman Garlington

                3.  Paxton Teddlie

                4.  Rebecca Reeder

                5.  Penny Graves

                6.  Shirley Johnson

                7.  Mary Ussery

 

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

 

                1.  Melanie R. Richardson - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - effective 8/1/05

                2.  Lori Robertson - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - effective 8/1/05

                3.  Kristy Zachary - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - effective 5/26/05

                4.  Angel David - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - effective 5/26/05

                5.  Stacey Bell - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Verda Elementary - effective 6/23/05

                6.  Jason Woodard - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 5/26/05

                7.  Jeremy Johnson - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 5/26/05

                8.  Lee Morrow - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 5/26/05

                9.  Marc Beavers - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 5/26/05

10.  Tonya Normand - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 7/1/05

 

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

 

1.  Pamela Lanford - Teacher - Grant High - replacing Lynellen Timmer

2.  Linda Gullett - Teacher - Grant High - replacing Jessica Quibodeaux

3.  Stephen Burdette - Sp. Ed. Teacher - South Grant - replacing Amanda Fowler

4.  Courtney Rusk - Teacher - Grant High - rehire

5.  Andreas Bachman - Teacher - Grant Academy - rehire

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain and seconded by Mrs. Layton to employ the following personnel:

 

1.  Ann Parmentier - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - replacing Jennifer Boren

 

AYES: Dr. Reeder, Mrs. Layton, Mr. Baxley, Mr. McCain, Mrs. Amberg and Mr. Walker

 

NAYS: Mr. Futrell

 

The above motion was therefore approved.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to employ Patti Williams as Assistant Principal at Grant High School on a two year contract beginning with the 2005-06 school year.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to rescind sabbatical leave on Sandra Hammons as per her request for the 2005-06 school year.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to transfer Sharon Laycock from 12 month Title I Technology Coordinator to 9 month general fund teacher effective 8/15/05.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Layton and seconded by Mrs. Amberg to grant Sharon Laycock Sabbatical Leave for Professional and Cultural Improvement for the first semester of the 2005-06 school year.

 

AYES: Dr. Reeder, Mrs. Layton, Mr. Baxley, Mrs. Amberg and Mr. Walker

 

NAYS: Mr. McCain

 

The above motion was therefore approved.

The President of the Board called a special meeting for Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 6:00 P.M. to discuss and consider the 2005B06 Budget and personnel.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to accept the Superintendent's recommendation to change the August 2, 2005 regular board meeting to August 9, 2005 and for the committee meetings to be held prior to the August 9, 2005 regular board meeting.

 

The meeting was adjourned by the President of the Board.

 

/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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