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, DECEMBER 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 on Tuesday, December 6, 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 Dr. Reeder and unanimously approved to accept the revised agenda.

 

Motion was made by Dr. Reeder, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the minutes for the November 1, 2005 regular meeting to be published in the official journal.

 

The Superintendent recognized and presented a gift to the following National Board Certified Teachers:

 

1.  Robin King - South Grant Elementary

2.  Tracy Riscili - Dry Prong Junior High

3.  Melanie Dupre - South Grant Elementary

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the  finance committee's recommendation to spend funds not to exceed $30,000.00 out of forestry funds to replace the greenhouse at Grant High and Georgetown High due to storm damage.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Dr. Reeder and unanimously approved to go into executive session for pending litigation.

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

 

The President stated that no action would be taken at this time on the pending litigation.

 

The President of the Board also stated that the Superintendent has been given a Satisfactory evaluation by the Grant Parish School Board.

 

Mr. Baxley reported that we are in the process of receiving new buses and all should be delivered by December 19, 2005 and they will be distributed to the routes that have the least efficient buses and then by seniority.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Amberg unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to approve the following budget revisions for Parishwide and District funds:

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to approve the following Title II Budget Revision No. 3:

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to approve the following REAP Budget Revision No. 2:

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to accept the proposal from Templin Forestry for the sale of timber at Grant High.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Walker and unanimously approved to add to the agenda consideration of a salary adjustment for the Superintendent.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved to establish compensation for the Superintendent at a base salary of $72,000.00 and authorize her to participate in all other salary supplements effective immediately.

 

Mr. Baxley stated that Mr. Timmons is donating two of our better buses back to us for activity buses.

 

Mrs. Crawford gave a report to the Board on the School Performance Scores for Grant Parish schools.  She reported that all Grant Parish schools made academic progress.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the sales tax distribution of $845.00 per full time employee, with the full amount being implemented and to be paid December 7, 2005, for the first payment of the 2005-06 sales tax distribution to all employees.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to change the January 3, 2006 regular board meeting to January 5, 2006.

 

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

 

1.  Beth Temple - Janitor II - Grant High - effective 11/21/05

2.  Malinda Breland - Sp. Ed. Paraprofessional - Pollock Elementary - effective 1/13/06

3.  Irene Lunsford - Sweeper - Verda Elementary - effective 12/31/05

4.  Ethel Smith - Director of Special Education - effective 1/1/06

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

 

1.  Brenda Page - Verda Elementary - Sabbatical Medical Leave -effective 1/9/06 through 5/30/06

 

Motion was made by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved the following leaves without pay:

 

1.  Pamela Lanford - Teacher - Grant High - 2nd semester of 2005-06 school year

2.  Sandra Powell - Sp. Ed. Paraprofessional - South Grant - from 11/7/05 through 5/30/06

 

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

 

1.  Michelle Normand - Bus Driver - for route #65 serving Pollock Elementary - effective 12/1/05

2.  Veronica Carter -Teacher - Verda Elementary - effective 1/9/06 -replacing Brenda Page

3.  Freda Huntsberry - 7 hour Lunchroom Technician - South Grant - effective 12/7/05 - replacing  Ramona Arrington

4.  Cathy DeBusk - 5.5 hour Lunchroom Technician - Grant High - effective 12/7/05 - replacing  Stephanie Airington

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the correction on Cassie Johnson - Date of Employment is 10/6/05 instead of 10/13/05.

 

The Superintendent stated we would be advertising for Supervisor of  Special Education with the applications being postmarked no later than January 4, 2006.

 

The President of the Board stated that he is adding additional members to the block scheduling committee which already consist of Craig McCain, Eddie Baxley, Karen Layton, Sheila Jackson and Paula Crawford.  The additional members are: William Norris, Susie Teddlie, Laurie Blackman, Steven Jones and Debbie McKay.  The President also stated that Mr. McCain has requested a meeting of the block scheduling committee for Thursday, December 8, 2005 at 4:00 P.M. here at the school board central office.

 

The President of the Board stated that he would like to congratulate the band at Grant High for placing first in their division at the NSU festival, the Grant High football team for making the playoffs and the Grant High JROTC for winning three first place, two seconds and a third at a drill meet at Rayville and at a drill meet at Bogalusa, they won two first place, two seconds, one third and the Grant High JROTC was voted the top team out of twenty (20) teams at the Bogalusa meet.

 

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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