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, NOVEMBER 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, November 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, 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 October 4, 2005 regular meeting as published in the official journal.

 

The Superintendent recognized and presented a plaque to the following Teacher of the Year Parish Winners:

 

1.  Hope Deen - Elementary - Verda Elementary

2.  Jeff Powell - Middle School - Dry Prong Junior High

3.  Debora Maxwell - High School - Grant High

 

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

 

Motion was made by Dr. Reeder, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to go back into regular session.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved to give the Superintendent permission to disburse $16,516.65 which is the savings on sabbatical leave and also that this amount would be included in the 2005-2006 salary schedule.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to spend $5,300.00 out of Colfax Elementary funds for a bid from Joe Tassin to repair a roof at Colfax Elementary.

 

Mr. Baxley gave a report to the Board on the progress that Forester Steve Templin is making on the timber sell at Grant High School.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the transportation committee=s recommendation to continue  the thirty cents per mile (one way) fuel supplement to three contract drivers for another month, and for this to be a monthly item under transportation committee.

 

There was a discussion on procedure and requirements for bus turnarounds with no action was taken.

Mr. Dunbar reported to the Board that the November 1, 2005 MFP student count for Grant Parish Schools is 3601.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved that Grant Parish schools will adhere to the original state High Stakes Testing policy.

 

The Superintendent gave a report to the Board on the Hurricane Impact to the Grant Parish School system.

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved to adopt the following revisions to the 2005-06 school calendar:

 

                                                SCHOOL CALENDAR REVISION

 

Grant Parish School System missed one day, September 2, due to Hurricane Katrina and six days, September 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 due to Hurricane Rita.  This is a total of 2660 instructional minutes.

 

To make up this time we have done the following:

 

Added 32 minutes to each instructional day from October 10-December 21 for a total of 1504 minutes.

Changed the parent/teacher conference day on November 18 to an  instructional day for a total of 380 minutes.

 

Used the 2.31 weather days built into the calendar for a total of 886

 

The grand total of minutes is 2770 which takes care of our deficit.

 

We revert back to our previous schedule on January 5 barring any unforeseen circumstances.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to adopt a resolution that Grant Parish School Board does hereby consent to the West Carroll Parish School Board becoming a member of the Child Nutrition Purchasing Cooperative.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved to accept girls ages 12 - 18 from New Beginnings Shelter into Grant Parish schools.

 

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

 

1.  Candice Wilbanks - Sp. Ed. Paraprofessional - Pollock Elementary - effective 10/14/05

2.  Addie Thompson - Lunchroom Technician - Colfax Elementary - effective 10/19/05

3.  Johnnie Mitchell - Janitor II - Montgomery High - effective 10/26/05

 

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

 

1.  Charles Vanmetre - Bus Driver - to route #24 serving Dry Prong Junior High and Grant High; transferring from route #27 serving Georgetown High School - effective 10/24/05

2.  Renee' Brown - Bus Driver - to route #27 serving Georgetown High; transferring from route #65 serving  Pollock Elementary - effective 10/24/05

3.  Brenda Volson - Lunchroom Technician - from Dry Prong Junior High to Colfax Elementary - effective  8/31/05 - replacing Veada Tolbert and Kaye Thompson

 

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

 

1.  Marie Johnson - Bus Driver - for route #2 serving Colfax Elementary - effective 10/24/05

2.  Alicia Lester - Teacher - Grant High - rehire

3.  Cassie Johnson - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Grant High - effective 10/13/05

4.  Murrell Walker - Sp. Ed. Teacher - Grant - effective 10/3/05 until mid-term - replacing Marvin Dantzler

5.  Genevieve Evans - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 9/17/05 - replacing Donna  Bergeron               

 

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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