THE OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRANT PARISH SCHOOL BOARD OF THE PARISH OF GRANT,

STATE OF LOUISIANA, TAKEN AT A REGULAR MEETING HELD

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 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, in Regular Session, Tuesday, December 5, 2006, at Six (6:00) P.M.

 

The swearing in of the following board members was done by Mr. Elray Lemoine, Grant Parish Clerk of Court: Eddie Baxley, A.D. Futrell, Craig A. McCain, Terry Oliver, Marvin DeLong, A.J. "Tony" Lavespere, and Randy Browning.

 

Terry Oliver replaced Linda Amberg, Marvin DeLong replaced Gary Walker, A.J. "Tony" Lavespere replaced Bobby Deen and Randy Browning replaced H. Neal Reeder.

 

ABSENT: Karen Layton, H. Neal Reeder 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. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved to accept the revised agenda.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved the minutes for the November 7, 2006 regular meeting to be published in the official journal.

 

The Superintendent recognized Mrs. McKay.  Mrs. McKay recognized and presented a gift to the following LA Volunteers for Family and Community sponsored Art and Essay Contest winners:

 

1.  Nathanael Daigrepont - South Grant Elementary

2.  Matthew Carlin - South Grant Elementary

3.  Briana Crenshaw - South Grant Elementary

 

Mrs. McKay also recognized Ms. Dupre and Ms. Morrow, teachers of the above listed students at South Grant Elementary.

 

The Superintendent recognized the retirement of and presented a plaque to Mr. Vernon Bilbo for 12 years as Head Mechanic for the Grant Parish School System effective 10/1/06.

 

The Superintendent recognized the retirement of and had a plaque to present to Mrs. Margaret Stapleton for 13 years as school bus driver for the Grant Parish School System effective 11/1/06. (Mrs. Stapleton was not in attendance)

 

The Superintendent recognized and presented a plaque to the following outgoing board members:

 

1.  Linda Amberg - 20 years as board member

2.  Bobby Deen - 12 years as board member

3.  Gary Walker - 12 years as board member (not in attendance)

4.  H. Neal Reeder - 12 years as board member (not in attendance)

 

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

 

1.  Consider band uniforms for Grant High

2.  Consider purchasing an electronic management system at a cost of approximately  $34,545.00

3.  Consider carpet for Georgetown High School

4.  Budget Revisions for Parishwide and District funds

5.  Consider disposal of chemicals at Grant High and Georgetown High for approximately $6,000

6.  Consider purchasing two (2) air conditioner units for South Grant Elementary in the amount of $12,400.00 out of South Grant funds

 

Motion was made by Mr. Cain, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved to add to the agenda the following item No 7. on the finance committee report:

 

7.  Consider replanting timber at Grant High School

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved to table until the January board meeting  Item No. 1 - Consider band uniforms for Grant High.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved to purchase an electronic management system at of cost of approximately $34,545.00 with the money coming out of general fund.

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved to table Item No. 3 - Consider carpet for Georgetown High School - until a study about removing the asbestos is done.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved budget revisions for Parishwide and District funds.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved the disposal of chemicals at Grant High and Georgetown High for approximately $6,000.00 with the money coming out of general fund.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved to purchase two (2) outside air conditioner units for South Grant Elementary in the amount of $12, 400.00 with the money coming out of South Grant funds.

 

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved that the Board authorize the Superintendent to consult with our forester about replanting the timber at Grant High School and report back to the board.

 

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

 

1.  Consider making bus pooling mandatory where feasible

2.  Consider entering into contract with Mike Lucas and Sons for maintenance of air conditioner filters for the Grant Parish School System

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved to make bus pooling mandatory where feasible determined by the transportation manager.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved to enter into contract with Mike Lucas and Sons for maintenance of air conditioner filters for the Grant Parish School System in the amount of $11,910.00 per year with the filters to be changed 5 times per year.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation of the sales tax distribution of $825.00 per full time employee on Friday, December 8, 2006 for the first payment of the 2006-07 sales tax distribution to all employees.

Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Amberg and unanimously approved to adopt the following School Volunteers policy:

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved the renewal of contracts for Lee Dunbar effective 1/3/07 through 1/2/09, Bill Nettles effective 1/5/07 through 1/4/09 and Shane Seward effective 2/9/07 through 2/8/09.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Deen and unanimously approved to change the January 2, 2007 regular board meeting to January 9, 2007.

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the inclusion of the following policies - GAMJ - RECORDING BY ELECTRONIC MEANS, IFCB - FILED TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS, ED - STUDENT TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT, EDC - STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SAFETY PROGRAM, EDC-R - STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SAFETY REGULATIONS, EGAA - WORKERS' COMPENSATION, II - TESTING PROGRAM, JBG - SCHOOL WELLNESS, EB - BUILDING AND GROUNDS MANAGEMENT, GAMG - DANGEROUS WEAPONS, GAMEA - EMPLOYEE DRUG TESTING - GENERAL EMPLOYEES, AND GAMEB - TRANSPORTATION EMPLOYEE DRUG TESTING - into the parish policy manual.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved not to make application for Head Start Program.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Deen, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the following resignations, employments and leave without pay:

 

RESIGNATIONS

 

1.  Genevieve Evans - Teacher - South Grant Elementary - effective 11/10/06

2.  Charlie Jones, Jr. - Janitor I - South Grant Elementary - effective 7/1/06

 

EMPLOY

 

1.  Jennie Jones - Paraprofessional/Educational Interpreter - Dry Prong Junior High - effective 10/9/06

2.  Rachel McWilliams - Teacher - Grant High - 11/13/06 - replacing Beverly Barnard

3.  Semaster Jones - Janitor I - South Grant Elementary - effective 12/6/06 - replacing Charlie Jones, Jr.

 

LEAVE WITHOUT PAY

 

1.  Arlene Perkins - Bus Driver - Montgomery High - entered mandatory leave without pay effective 12/7/06

 

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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