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 3, 2008.

     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 3, 2008 at 6:00 o’clock P.M.

 

     There were present A.J. “Tony” Lavespere, Eddie Baxley, Karen Layton, Craig A. McCain, Marvin DeLong, Terry Oliver, 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 Craig McCain, President of the Grant Parish School Board, 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. Lavespere and unanimously approved the minutes for the March 6, 2008 regular meeting to be published in the official journal.

 

     Mrs. Sheila Jackson recognized Mrs. Lynn Clifford.  Mrs. Clifford recognized and Mrs. Jackson presented a medal from the State Department of Education to the following winners of the Louisiana Reading Association Young Authors Contest:

 

1.  Raygan LaCroix (2nd Grade District overall winner for Non-Fiction from Verda Elementary

2.  Ragan Delrie (3rd Grade District overall winner for fiction from Pollock Elementary

3.  Dyamond Labit  (7th/8th Grade District overall winner for poetry from Dry Prong Jr. High)

 

     Mr. McCain recognized retired Sheriff L. R. “Pop” Hataway.  Mrs. Sheila Jackson presented retired Sheriff Hataway with a plaque thanking him for an excellent job to include the Dare Program, School Resource Officers, the Christmas Toy Drive and for all of his monetary support for the teachers.  “Pop” thanked every Board Member and Mrs. Jackson for everything they do for the Parish.  Each Board Member then thanked retired Sheriff Hataway individually.

 

     Mr. McCain recognized Mr. M. B. Slocum.  Mr. Slocum proceeded to discuss the Worker’s Comp. Insurance Renewals.  Mr. Slocum stated the workers comp. premium is $257,050.00.  This is a reduction of $14,608.00 over last years premium.

 

     Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved that the item of insurance renewals be added to the Agenda to be considered tonight by the Board.

 

     Motion made by Mr. Delong, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved that the Board consider acceptance of the policy as proposed.  All ayes no nays.  Motion carries.

 

     Mr. McCain recognized Mr. Charles Northern and Mr. Mike Slaughter, there to discuss the fact that they would like to be considered to provide a competitive quote on Worker’s Comp. and all other insurance needs to help lower our costs.

 

     Recommendation made by the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved to accept a budget revision for Grant High - District Funds - to fix the air conditioning.

 

     Motion made by the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved to add repair of the roof at Pollock to the Agenda.

 

     Recommendation made by the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved to replace the damaged roof at Pollock in the amount of $50,000.00 to come from Pollock funds.

 

     Motion made by the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved to amend the Agenda to add the advertisement of bids to the Finance Committee.

 

     Motion made by the Transportation and Maintenance Committee and the Finance Committee, seconded Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved to grant the Superintendent permission to advertise for bids for supplies, such as tires, oil, oil filters etc. needed for the Transportation Department to be bid separately, (and for the tires to be of equal to or better than the ones currently being used).  It was recommended that Transportation also get the supplies on consignment and pay as we use them.  It was also recommended that the Board would approve the bid before it was publicly let so there is no confusion between the two committees. 

       

     Motion made by the Transportation and Maintenance Committee, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved to use Fueltrac or Voyager as our primary fuel provider for the Transportation and Maintenance vehicles.  The decision was made to continue use of the Fuelman card in Montgomery until a solution can be found to have cheaper prices.

 

     Mrs. Paula Crawford gave an account of the K-12 Accountability reward money.  Four of our schools received the following funds based on the School Performance Scores:

 

              Dry Prong Jr. High - $17,962.00

              Georgetown High -   $13,620.00

              Montgomery High - $13,177.00

              Verda Elementary - $13,969.00

 

The School Improvement Team will decide how the money will be spent to help support the goals to achieve student improvement.  Mrs. Jackson stated that we are one of the Parishes that does not have a school in corrective action and she is very proud of the fact that we have great people working in Grant Parish.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved to accept the Staff-Student Relations Policy GAF.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved giving permission to survey a tract of land situated in Section 21, T6N-R3W, Colfax, Grant Parish, LA for the purpose of advertising for bids.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to accept the following resignation:

 

                1.  Mr. Jeremy Gunter - Janitor #1 @Grant High effective March 21, 2008.

 

     Mrs. Jackson then made a statement requesting the Board advertise for proposals for a new Dry Prong Jr. High School modeling it after Many High School.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Futrell, and unanimously approved to add to the Agenda to advertise for proposals for a new school for Dry Prong Jr. High.

 

     Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved to accept proposals for a new school for Dry Prong Jr. High to be built at the Grant High School site.

 

     Motion was made by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved to adjourn.

 

                                                        /s/ Craig A. McCain_____________________

                                                        Craig A. McCain

                                                        President

                                                        Grant Parish School Board

Attest:

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Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary – Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board