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, DECEMBER 6, 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, December 6, 2007 at 6:00 o'clock P.M.

 

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

 

     ABSENT: Randy Browning

 

     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. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the minutes for the November 6, 2007 regular meeting to be published in the official journal.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved to purchase a John Deere lawn mower, at a cost of $6400.00,  for Pollock Elementary School out of Pollock Elementary School funds.         

 

     Mr. Dunbar introduced Ms. Brenda Parish, Education Specialist for the Office of Youth Development, presented information to the Board concerning keeping students in school after they have been released from a juvenile facility.

 

     The President of the Board recognized Ms. Charlene Anderson, parent of students at Colfax Elementary.  Ms. Anderson, along with several other parents and grandparents, came to the board again to voice their concerns about the pupil/teacher ratio at Colfax Elementary.  Following a lengthy discussion on their concerns, motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved to add to the agenda to consider calling a finance committee meeting on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at 5:30 P.M. and a special meeting at 6:00 P.M.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved to call a finance meeting on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 5:30 P.M. and a special meeting at 6:00 P.M.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation for the sales tax distribution of $830.00 per full time employee on Friday, December 7, 2007 for the first payment of the 2007-08 sales tax distribution to all employees.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved to adopt the revised SBLC policy and procedure manual.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the following Computer User Responsibilities and Equipment Agreement Documents:

 

Grant Parish School Board

Faculty/Staff Acceptable Use Policy

December 3, 2007

 

1.        I agree to use the Computer User Account(s) provided to me and will make reasonable effort to protect my account(s) password(s) from unauthorized access.  I will not give my user account information to other faculty, staff, students, or others.  If I feel there is any security problem with my account or with any other system, I will promptly notify my principal or administrator.

2.        The Grant Parish School Board networks and technology resources have been publicly funded.  Therefore, no district systems should be considered private, personal forms of communication.  All district communication and data systems are subject to applicable public record laws.  All data and communication systems may be viewed and/or monitored by appropriate staff for maintenance or other appropriate purpose.

3.        I will not modify, distribute or change, in any, information that belongs to another person, without explicit permission of that person.

4.        I will not use another person's login/account information to access any system.

5.        I agree to attempt to access only the computer systems for which I have approval and with only the access intended by my account.

6.        I will not use the Grant Parish School Board computer network for private financial gain.

7.        I acknowledge that, when using the network/internet, I am representative of the Grant Parish School Board and agree to conduct myself in an appropriate manner and follow all Board policies and procedures.

8.        I agree to abide by all copyright restrictions relating to computer materials/software and to not use Grant Parish School Board computer systems to violate any software license agreement, or any applicable federal, state or local laws.

9.        I agree not to take any actions that may be considered inappropriate behavior while using the Grant Parish School Board network.  These may include, but limited to the following:

·     Transmitting messages containing language that is vulgar, inflammatory, obscene or abusive.

·     Revealing personal information such as addresses and phone numbers of others without permission.

·     Using the network in such a way that would disrupt the use of the network by others.

·     Disclosure or distributing of confidential information.

·     Attempting to access restricted systems without Board authorization.

·     Attempting to harm or destroy equipment, software, or data.

7.        I agree that I will not willingly or knowingly permit students under my supervision to violate the student Acceptable Use Policy, or Internet Safety and Technology Policy.

8.        I accept full responsibility for my proper use of my district user account(s).

9.        I understand that Grant Parish School Board makes no warranties of any kind, whether implied or expressed, for the service it is providing.  I agree not to hold Grant parish School Board responsible for any damages I suffer as a result of any occurrence relating to the computer network.  This includes loss of data from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or interruptions caused by Board negligence or my errors or omissions.  I understand Grant Parish School Board specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of any material or information obtained through its services and that the use of any information from the internet or the District network is at my own risk.

10.     I understand that any violation of this policy may result in appropriate Board or legal action.

 

I have read and understand the contents of this document and agree to abide by its provisions.

 

Print Name:            __________________________________________________________

Signature:              __________________________________________________________

Date:                       __________________________________________________________

 

            By signing this document, I agree to assume responsibility for Grant Parish School Board (GPSB) technology equipment, associated peripherals, and software as long as I am employed with the GPSB. If I cease to be employed, I will return the equipment and all of its peripherals to the GPSB Technology Department within one business day of my status change. I must receive a release letter in order to be cleared from responsibility. I shall not transfer possession of the equipment or associated peripherals, and software. I shall adhere to GPSB policy governing the use of this equipment.

           

            I acknowledge that the equipment is in new condition except as noted below, and that I may be responsible for any future damage to the equipment. I agree to promptly inform the GPSB Technology Department of any damage to the equipment. I acknowledge that I may be responsible for the full cost of repairing or replacing the equipment if the GPSB determines that the damage was due to negligent abuse or willful misconduct.

           

            I agree to promptly inform GPSB Technology Department of the loss or theft of the equipment or any of its peripherals. In the event of loss/theft I agree to cooperate in filing a police report and to fully cooperate in any ensuing investigation. I understand that I am responsible for the equipment and its peripherals and may be charged to replace lost, stolen or damaged equipment if the GPSB determines that the damage was due to personal negligence.

 

            I agree that portable equipment (laptops, cameras, etc) will always be on GPSB property when school is in session.  At the end of the school year, all equipment will be returned.


Signature: _____________________________________            Date: ____________________

Printed Name: __________________________________      School: ___________________

 

Equipment

 

Asset Description

GPSB Tag Number

Serial Number

Approved Signature (Principal/Supervisor)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved to institute a substitute pay scale for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in the amount of $55.00 per day.  

 

     Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved to renew the contract for Sharil May - effective 1/10/08 through 1/9/10.

 

     Motion was made my Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved the inclusion of the following revised policies, resulting from the 2007 Louisiana Legislative Session - GBRA, EMPLOYEE CONDUCT and  JGCE, CHILD ABUSE - into the parish policy manual.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved to change the January 3, 2007 regular board meeting to January 10, 2008.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to approve the  following resignations and employments:

 

RESIGNATIONS

 

1.  Lori Hataway - Bus Driver - Dry Prong Junior High and Grant High - Effective 12-04-07

 

2.  Walter M. Walker, Jr. - Senior JROTC Instructor - Grant High - Effective 12-31-07

 

EMPLOY

 

1.  Audrey Dyson Meche - Teacher - Georgetown High - Effective 11-12-07 for  the remainder of the 2007-2008 school year only

 

     Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to ratify the appointment of Esta Littleton as the Superintendent's Secretary effective 01-04-08.

 

      Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved to enter into executive session to discuss item no. 1.  That matter styled "Thomas Rousseau and Melanie Rousseau, individually and on behalf of their minor son, Thomas Joshua Rousseau v. Grant Parish School Board et al, "bearing suit number 17,973 on the records of the 35th Judicial District Court, Grant Parish, State of Louisiana and item no. 2 Superintendent's Evaluation.

 

     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, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved to authorize the Superintendent to deal with item no. 1 as directed in the executive session.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the Superintendent's evaluation with no deficiencies.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved to add to the agenda to limit the leases on 16th Section at Little River not to exceed  one year instead of  five years.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved to limit the leases on 16th Section at Little River not to exceed one year instead of five years

 

    Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Futrell 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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