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, SEPTEMBER 6, 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, in Regular Session, Tuesday, September 6, 2005 at Five (5:00) o'clock P.M.

 

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

 

ABSENT: Craig A. McCain and 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 Mr. A.D. Futrell, President of the Grant Parish School Board, who then stated that the Parish School Board was ready to hold the public hearing on the 2005-06 Budget to review and answer any questions relative to the budget.

 

Ms. Carla Rollins, Field Representative with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, asked several questions concerning the budget.  The questions were discussed and answered by Superintendent Sheila Jackson.

 

The public hearing 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

 

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, September 6, 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, Linda Amberg and Gary Walker.

 

ABSENT: None

 

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 Mrs. Layton 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 August 9, 2005 regular meeting to be published in the official journal.

 

The President asked the Superintendent to give a report on the buses going to New Orleans to pick up evacuees.

 

The Superintendent reported that on Thursday, September 1, 2005 ten Grant Parish School Board buses went to New Orleans to pick up evacuees caused by Hurricane Katrina and that ten Grant Parish School Board bus drivers volunteered to drive these buses.  This was commandeered by the governor of Louisiana. They were told to take the evacuees to Dallas, Texas.  They stopped at Colfax Elementary on their way to Dallas and the evacuees were fed , clothed and cared for by nurses and MED Express staff.  Mrs. Dianne Smith gave a report on the trip from Colfax to Dallas and back to Colfax. The bus drivers were not compensated for this trip.  The President of the Board thanked everyone who was involved.

 

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

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

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to spend out of general fund $4,664.60 for photoelectric area smoke detectors for Montgomery High as required by fire marshal finding.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to split the balance of District 33 sinking fund equally between South Grant, Dry Prong and Grant.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to pay three contract bus drivers twenty-five cents per mile (one way) fuel supplement due to the constantly rising cost of fuel and the approximate cost for this school year would be $4,900.50 and for this to be a monthly item under finance and the benchmark for regular gas on this date is $2.71 per gallon and diesel is $2.89 per gallon.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the following Special Education Preschool Budget Revision No. 3:

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the following Early Childhood Collaboration Grant Budget Revision No. 1:

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the maintenance committee's recommendation for permission to spend up to $6,900.00 at Dry Prong Junior High for concrete and rock, etc for a walkway.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved to amend the agenda to consider adopting resolution to adopt the Grant Parish School Board 2005-2006 Budget.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the following resolution to adopt the Grant Parish School Board 2005-2006 Budget:

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved permission to enter into contract with Robbi Maxwell, Occupational Therapist, for no more than 10 hours a week (replacing Pediatric Therapy).

 

The Reduction in Force/Reassignment Policy was given to the Board for review for 30 days to be considered for adoption at the October 2005 board meeting.

 

The following policies adopted by the 2005 Louisiana Legislature were given to the Board for review for 30 days to be considered for adoption at the October 2005 board meeting: FILE: CE - SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT, FILE: CED - EMPLOYMENT OF SUPERINTENDENT, FILE: EE - CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, FILE: GBD - EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONNEL, FILE: JBA - COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AGES,  AND FILE: JDD - SUSPENSION.

 

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

 

1.  Dewayne Barton - Bus Driver - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 8/22/05

2.  Chawn Texada - School Nurse - effective 8/25/05

3.  Connie Willett - Sp. Ed. Paraprofessional - South Grant - effective 8/12/05

4.  Robert Miller - Sp. Ed. Teacher - South Grant - effective 8/15/05

5.  Cacy Collins - Teacher - Verda Elementary - effective 7/1/05

6.  Sharon Laycock - Technology Coordinator - effective 8/22/05

7.  Shandra Mills - Bus Driver - Colfax Elementary - effective 9/16/05

 

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

 

1.  Donna Goff - Sp. Ed. Teacher at Dry Prong Junior High to South Grant - replacing Amanda Fowler

2.  Robert White - Bus Driver to route #44 serving Pollock Elementary - transferring from route #8 serving Dry Prong Junior High and Grant High - effective 8/22/05

3.  Melissa McCarty - Bus Driver to route #8 serving Dry Prong Junior High and Grant High - transferring from route #13 serving Dry Prong Junior High and Grant High - effective 8/22/05

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

 

1.  Kayla Courville - Teacher - Grant High - replacing Elizabeth Futrell

2.  Kimberly Harris - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - replacing Elizabeth Johnson

3.  Kimberly Walding - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Colfax Elementary - replacing Judi Walker

  4.  Cynthia Picinich - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - replacing Tonya Normand

  5.  Linda McCartney - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - replacing Jodi Willis

  6.  Melanie McAllister - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - replacing Tressie Vercher

  7.  Mary Beth Foster - Teacher - Colfax Elementary

  8.  Kahnya Paddie - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Verda Elementary

  9.  Shanda Hammons - Teacher - Grant High - rehire

10.  Forrest Grimmett - Teacher - Grant High - rehire

11.  Laura Traylor - Bus Driver - for route #19 serving Dry Prong Junior High - and Grant High - effective 8/17/05

12.  Lori Burge - Bus Driver - for route #57 serving South Grant Elementary - effective 8/17/05

13.  Fern Land - Teacher - Montgomery High - replacing Johnnie Shaw

14.  Rod Tarter - Bus Driver - for route #13 serving Dry Prong Junior High and Grant - effective 8/22/05

15.  Linda Hyde - Gifted Teacher - Pollock Elementary - rehire

16.  Marvin Dantzler - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Grant High - rehire

17.  Audrey Lasyone - Sp. Ed. Teacher - South Grant Elementary - rehire

18.  Kimberly Roberts - Sp. Ed. Teacher - South Grant Elementary - rehire

19.  Ashley Mercer - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Grant Academy - rehire

20.  Lisa Roberts - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Grant Academy - rehire

21.  Wendy Futrell - Infant/Toddler Teacher - rehire

22.  Vonda Cline - Teacher - Pollock Elementary - rehire

23.  Jessica Quibodeaux - Teacher - Itinerant Elementary Spanish - rehire

 

The Superintendent reported that at this time 164 students have been registered in our schools due to the hurricane and that Rapides Foundation is making some funds available to assist with anything any of these students may need at her discretion and that we asked for approximately $22,000.00.

 

The Superintendent also reported that the Sheriff's office was given $800.00 worth of Walmart gift cards and these cards were given to Grant Parish School Board to buy uniforms and that she was told by Rodney Watson of the Louisiana Department of Education there would be some changes to the MFP so there will be additional allocations given for these students.

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, 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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