THE OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRANT PARISH SCHOOL BOARD OF THE PARISH OF GRANT, STATE OF LOUISIANA, TAKEN AT A REGULAR MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2007

 

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, Thursday, April 5, 2007 at Six (6:00) P.M.

 

There were present Randy Browning, A.J. "Tony" Lavespere, Karen Layton, Eddie Baxley, Marvin DeLong, Terry Oliver and A.D. Futrell.  ABSENT: Craig A. McCain

 

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 Karen Layton, 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. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the minutes for the March 1, 2007 regular meeting to be published in the official journal.

 

The Superintendent recognized and presented a certificate to the following State Literally Rally students: GEORGETOWN HIGH SCHOOL - Bradley Smith, Kylee Kent, Dustie Guiollette, Daniel McKnight, Joanna Spurgeon, Caitlin Grice,  T.J. Vallery, Justin McKnight and Travis Hutchins - GRANT HIGH SCHOOL - Stefani Paul, Jessica Coleman, Kari Moreau, Stephanie Ferrant, Kayla Gray, Katie Barber, Susan Ferrant, Kathryn Armstrong, Sarah Chelette, Tyler Greene, Kelsey Johnson, Garrett Quaid, Michael Furlow, Blake DeBusk, Kevin Collins, Jake Bryan, Tannar Bazar, and Sam Mitchell - MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL - Rene Deal, Anna Guirlando, Daniel Flores, April Spotsville, Maggie Hebert, Clint Furlow, Katelyn Johnson and Jasmine Newton.

 

The Superintendent recognized and presented a flag to the following schools recognized as Schools of Exemplary Growth - Colfax Elementary, Dry Prong Junior High, Pollock Elementary and Grant High.


The President of the Board recognized Scott Carter and Quincy Carter, who owns a floor and paint business in Winnfield.  Mr. Scott Carter stated his concern about bidding on projects for Grant Parish Schools.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to renew the Workers' Compensation Insurance for Grant Parish School Board with Slocum and Associates and LWCC from May 13, 2007 to May 13, 2008 at an annual premium of $271,658.00.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to authorize the Superintendent to advertise for a Human Resource Director and a Human Resource Administrative Assistant.  The Superintendent stated that she would advertise for the two positions in the Colfax Chronicle on April 19 and 26, 2007 and the Alexandria Town Talk on April 22 and 25, 2007 with the deadline for applications to be Friday, April 27, 2007 with the recommendation at the May board meeting effective June 1, 2007.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the finance committee's recommendation to authorize the Superintendent to buy all janitorial supplies for all schools and the central office on  state contract.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the transportation and maintenance committee's recommendation to authorize the Superintendent to join on behalf of the Grant Parish School Board in any efforts (including but not limited to entering into an injunction) to resolve the transportation safety issues as they relate to the proposed construction of US Hwy. 167 through Dry Prong.

 

Mrs. Crawford gave the following reports for Grant Parish Schools to the Board: District Performance Scores, School Report Cards and Accountability Reward Money.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to approve the Evacuation Agreement with Central Control, LLC.


Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to renew the 2007-2009 contracts on the following Principals and Assistant Principals: Paxton Teddlie, Norman Garlington, Rebecca Reeder, Patti Williams, Penny Graves, Robert Smith and Mary Ussery.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to approve the inclusion of revised policy FILE: GBN - SEPARATION OF PERSONNEL, into the parish policy manual.

 

Motion was made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to adopt the following Bereavement Leave Policy: 

 

Motion was made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the following employment:

 

1.  Ranae McKnight - Janitor II - Grant High - effective 1/3/07 - replacing Jeremy

     Gunter who is now Janitor I at Grant High

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved to go into executive session for the purpose of an appeal hearing.

 

The President of the Board asked the parent of the appeal hearing if she wanted an open or closed hearing and the parent stated she wanted a closed hearing.

 

The appeal hearing was on KT, a student at Grant High School. Mr. Smith explained the infraction on the student.  Mr. Dunbar explained previous charges on the student.  The mother stated her concerns about the expulsion.

 

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

 

Motion was made by Mr. Baxley and seconded by Mr. Futrell to approve that the expulsion on KT be upheld for the remainder of the 2006-07 school year and that she be allowed to enroll at Grant Academy for the 2007-2008 school year and that all testing according to Grant Parish School Board policies will be done on KT between now and the beginning of the 2007-08 school year.

 

AYES: Randy Browning, A.J. "Tony" Lavespere, Eddie Baxley, Marvin DeLong, Terry Oliver and A.D. Futrell

NAYS: Karen Layton

ABSENT: Craig A. McCain

 

The above motion was therefore approved.

 

Mr. Lavespere stated and congratulated the Montgomery High Boys' Basketball team for going to the playoffs and Sam Smith for being selected for the second team of the All Cenla Team.

 

Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved to adjourn.

 

/s/Karen Layton                             

Karen Layton

President

Grant Parish School Board

 

ATTEST:

                                                               

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board

 

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