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, AUGUST 9, 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, August 9, 2005 at Six (6:00) o'clock P.M.

 

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

 

ABSENT: Gary Walker

 

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. Deen, seconded by Dr. Reeder and unanimously approved to accept the revised agenda.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the minutes for the July 5, 2005 regular meeting and the July 14, 2005 special meeting to be published in the official journal.

 

The Superintendent recognized and presented a plaque to the following retirees: Joe Bates (not in attendance), Melba Bates (not in attendance), Donnie Adams (not in attendance), Rose Bledsoe (not in attendance), Rebecca Cox (not in attendance), Terry Mann (not in attendance), Theresa Lavespere, Barbara McNeely (not in attendance), Johnnie Shaw (not in attendance), Lynellen Timmer, Myrtle Sanders, Brenda Vallee, and Felix Thomas (not in attendance).

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the following Montgomery High School and Grant High School District Fund Budget Revisions:

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the following revised 2005-2006 school calendar:

Motion was made by Mrs. Amberg, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved permission to enter into contract with the following speech, occupational and physical therapists: Shirley Taylor, Natalie Hodges, Janis Slaughter and Elizabeth Henderson.

 

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

 

 1.  Charlene Anderson - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - effective 7/31/05

 2.  Stephen Burdette - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - effective 7/7/05

 3.  Carla Higginbotham - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - effective 8/1/05

 4.  Amanda Griffin - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - effective 8/6/05

 5.  Jodi Willis - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - effective 8/7/05

 6.  Brenda Holmes - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain andunanimously approved the following transfers:

 

1.  Dianne Morrision - from Sp. Ed. Paraprofessional at Colfax Elementary to Pupil Appraisal Secretary at Central Office -effective 8/3/05

 2.  Ramona Airington - from 3.5 hours to 7.0 hours lunchroom technician at South Grant to replace Angie Crooks

 3.  Stephanie Airington - from 5.5 hours to 7.0 hours lunchroom technician at Grant High to replace Annette Brunson

 4.  Donna Goff - from regular education to special education teacher at Dry Prong replacing Jeremy Johnson

 5.  Gaylynn Constance - from regular education to special education teacher at Pollock replacing Sydni Noakes

 6.  Melisa James - from regular education to special education teacher at Verda replacing Jenny Lasyone

 7.  Vickie Garner - as bus driver for route #66 serving Colfax Elementary - transferring from route # 18 serving Dry Prong Junior High and Grant High - effective 08/17/05

 8.  Carolyn Coody - as bus driver for route #49 serving Pollock Elementary -transferring from route #19 serving Dry Prong Junior High and Grant High - effective 08/17/05

 9.  Angie Dobernig - as bus driver for route #7 serving Dry Prong Junior High and Grant High - transferring from route #57 serving South Grant - effective 08/17/05

10.  Sherri Henard - as bus driver for route #18 serving Dry Prong Junior High and Grant High - transferring from route #44 serving Pollock Elementary - effective 08/17/05

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the following reduction in force of all general fund highly skilled educators:

 

1.  Transfer Patsy Clark to EEF funding

2.  Transfer Janet Kuhlmann to EEF and K -3 funding

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

 

 1.  Billie Lackey - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 8/1/05 replacing Gary Langston

 2.  Kristy Lummus - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - replacing Tonya Normand

 3.   Jenny Rhea - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Verda Elementary - replacing Stacey Bell

 4.  Ashley Keiss - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - replacing Brenda Holmes

 5.  Brad Woodard - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Grant High - replacing Paula Williams

 6.  Kristan Muse - Teacher - Montgomery Junior High - effective 8/8/05 - replacing Melissa McManus

 7.  Kelly Ballard - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - replacing Janssen Meeker

 8.  Alana Gaspard - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - replacing Jason Woodard

 9.   Jeremy Neal - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - replacing James Preuett

10.  Brandon Dane Reeves - Teacher - Georgetown High - rehire

11.  Ramona Riddick - Teacher - Montgomery High - rehire

12.  Travis Racine - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - replacing Christina White

13.  Robert Miller - Sp. Ed. Teacher - South Grant Elementary - replacing Amanda Fowler

14.  Lori Scroggs - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - replacing Carla Higginbotham

15.  Jeremy Gunter - Janitor II - Pollock Elementary

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Amberg, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the following leave without pay:

 

1.  Madge Olden - Part-time Sweeper - Georgetown High - from 8/17/05 through 9/16/05

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the superintendent's recommendation to approve leave without pay immediately after exhausting all sick leave for Arlene Perkins, bus driver.

 

The Superintendent stated that the following teachers had been transferred as highly skilled educators as authorized at the last board meeting:   

 

Grant High - Elizabeth Futrell and Mary Beth Simmons - will share the responsibilities and both will continue teaching and only one teacher will be replacing that position.

 

Colfax Elementary - Judi Walker

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved to go into executive session for possible litigation.

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to go back into regular session.

 

The Superintendent stated that she had talked to Mrs. Faucette's office at the Louisiana Department of Education about a GED testing center for Grant

 

Parish and that they oppose establishing any more testing centers in the state.

 

The Superintendent also stated that because we do not have enough people enrolled in the night time GED program we have been recommended to enter into consortium with our neighboring parishes.  

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to amend the agenda to consider revising the Use of School Facilities policy. 

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved to eliminate Item No. 6 from the Use of School Facilities policy.

 

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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