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 7, 2006

 

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 7, 2006 at Six (6:00) o'clock P.M.

 

There were present Karen Layton, Eddie Baxley, A.D. Futrell, Craig A. McCain and Linda Amberg.

 

ABSENT: H. Neal Reeder, Bobby Deen 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 Honorable Eddie Baxley, 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. McCain, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved to accept the revise agenda.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved the minutes for the October 3, 2006 regular meeting to be published in the official journal.

 

The Superintendent recognized and presented a plaque to Mr. Richard Maltie.  Mr. Maltie retired on August 26, 2006 after working 17 years as a bus driver for the Grant Parish School System.

 

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

 

1.  Julie Cole - Elementary - South Grant Elementary

2.  Karen Hyde - Middle School - Dry Prong Junior High

3.  Samantha Jones - High School - Grant High School

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to go into executive session for the following litigation and pending litigation:

 

1.  File #: 369-50379 - Elaine Clara Turnbo

2.  To discuss the status of that matter styled "Darlene Bazar Pace, individually and on behalf of her minor son, Anthony Tanner Bazar v. Grant Parish School Board," No. 18194, 35th JDC, Parish of Grant

 

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

 

There was no action relative to the preceding legal matter resulting from the executive session.

 

The Superintendent recognized Mr. M.B. Slocum of Slocum & Associates Insurance.  Mr. Slocum recognized and presented a plaque and gift to Mr. Baxley for his two (2) years of work and service as a member of the Board of Trustees for LARMA.

 

The President of the Board recognized Todd and Kim Vallee.  Mr. and Mrs. Vallee addressed the Board concerning the infectious staphy problems at Grant High.

 

Following a discussion on this problem, Mr. McCain asked that the students and faculties at all Grant Parish Schools be educated on the seriousness of staff infection and all communicable diseases.  The President of the Board asked the Superintendent to address this immediately.

 

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

 

1.  Consider quotes for carpet at Georgetown High School

2.  Consider purchasing an electronic management system at a cost of approximately  $40,000.00

3.  Consider request of band parents concerning uniforms

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Amberg, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved that at the time it is deemed safe , when the drainage problem is corrected, that the lowest quote be accepted for carpet at Georgetown High School.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain to purchase an electronic management system at a cost of approximately $40,000.00.  The motion died for a lack of a second.

Mr. McCain requested that this item be put on the finance committee meeting agenda for the December meeting and also the request of band parents concerning uniforms be put on the December meeting finance agenda.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved to add to the agenda the following transportation and maintenance committee items:

 

1.  Request for Out of State Travel to College Station, Texas for Grant High JROTC for March 9, 2007 through March 11, 2007

2.  Request for Out of State Travel to Daytona, Florida for Grant High JROTC for May 3, 2007 through May 8, 2007

3.  Grant general waiver for student transportation for JROTC events

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved all three of the above requests for Grant High JROTC.

 

The Superintendent recognized and introduced Mrs. Pat Thurman from the Regional Service Center and Louisiana Department of Education.  Mrs. Thurman gave a presentation to the Board on the School Performance Score Report for Grant Parish Schools.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved the following dress code changes: 1.  Student handbook page 23 - Slacks and Shorts/Skorts/Shirts/Jumpers amended - Add the following bullet to both - Must be hemmed and have no frays and 2. Student handbook page 24 General Regulations amended - #5. Boys shall not wear beards or goatees.  Sideburns shall be a uniform width and no longer than the bottom of the ear lobe.  Mustaches shall be no longer than the corners of the mouth - to be effective January 8, 2007.

 

Motion was made by Mrs. Amberg, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to adopt a resolution that request that the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education incorporate into and seek funding in the 2007-2008 Minimum Foundation Program to increase the per pupil expenditure intended to cover the cost of insurance, retirement and fuel costs from $80.00 to $150.00 per pupil over a two year period.

Motion was made by Mrs. Amberg, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved to authorize the Superintendent to sign the required Louisiana uninsured/underinsured motorist form reflecting a selection of rejection of uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.  This selection is applicable to commercial automobile insurance coverage for the period 10-1-2006 to 10-1-2007, as presented.

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the inclusion of the following developed or revised policies adopted by the 2006 Louisiana Legislature - FILE: BH - SCHOOL BOARD ETHICS, FILE: GAMA - EMPLOYEE TOBACCO USE, FILE: GBD - EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONNEL, FILE: GBE - ASSIGNMENT, FILE: GBRA - EMPLOYEE CONDUCT, FILE: GBRH - PROFESSIONAL LEAVE, FILE: JDD - SUSPENSION, FILE: JGC - STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES, AND FILE: EB - BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS MANAGEMENT, relative to maintenance of vacant and unoccupied buildings based on statutory provisions passed in 2001, into the parish policy manual.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the following retirements, resignations, transfers, termination and employments:

 

RETIREMENTS

 

1.  Peggy Qualls - effective 02/01/07

2.  Vernon Bilbo - effective 10/01/06

3.  Edwina Corley - effective 10/15/06

 

RESIGNATIONS

 

1.  Alicia Bordelon - Teacher - Colfax Elementary - effective 10/10/06

2.  Sonia Hernandez - Teacher - Georgetown High - effective 10/13/06

3.  Beverly Barnard - Teacher - Grant High - effective 9/29/06

 

TRANSFERS

 

1.  Kayla Harvey - from Transportation Secretary at Central Office to Child Specific Paraprofessional at Dry Prong Junior High - effective 10/26/06

2.  Kim Bordelon - Bus Driver - from route #19 serving DPJH/Grant to route #3 serving Colfax Elementary School - effective 10/30/06

3.  Tricia Carter - from Lunchroom Technician to Lunchroom Manager - Pollock - effective 10/23/06  replacing Edwina Corley

 

TERMINATION

 

1.  Gloria Wells - 5.5 hour Lunchroom Technician - (moved out of parish and has not sent in a letter of resignation)

EMPLOY

 

  1.  Melva Bates - Teacher - Georgetown High - effective 10/16/06 - Replacing Sonia Hernandez

  2.  Stacia Walker - Teacher - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 10/09/06 -Replacing Jeremy Neal

  3.  Tanya Kozak - Sp. Ed. Paraprofessional/Educational Interpreter - South Grant - effective 10/20/06 replacing Tonya Copeland

  4.  Linda Lonadier - Full-time Substitute Teacher - Verda Elementary - effective 10/28/06 - for Veronica  Carter

  5.  Robin Faircloth - 3.5 hour Lunchroom Technician - Grant High - effective 11/7/06 - replacing Debora  Fontenot

  6.  Angela Rosier - 7 hour Lunchroom Technician - Pollock Elementary - effective 11/7/06 - replacing Tricia Carter

   7.  Tammy Painter - 3.5 hour Lunchroom Technician - Pollock Elementary - effective 11/7/06 replacing Linda Coleman

   8.  Kay Snow - 5.5 hour Lunchroom Technician - Colfax Elementary - effective 11/7/06 - replacing  Gloria Wells

   9.  Hannah Vollm - Sp. Ed. Paraprofessional - South Grant - effective 9/25/06

 10.  Vonda Cline - Teacher - Pollock Elementary - effective 8/14/06

 11.  Kelly Bruce- Paraprofessional - Georgetown - effective 10/02/06 - for the 2006-07 school year only

 12.  Linda Davidson - Paraprofessional - Colfax Elementary - effective 8/17/06 - for the 2006-07 school year only

 

The meeting was adjourned by the President of the Board.

 

/s/Eddie Baxley                           

Eddie Baxley

President

Grant Parish School Board

 

ATTEST:

                                                              

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board

 

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