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, JUNE 10, 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, Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 6:00 o’clock P.M.

 

                There were present A.J. “Tony” Lavespere, Eddie Baxley, Terry Oliver, Craig A. McCain, Marvin DeLong, Randy Browning, and A.D. Futrell.

 

     ABSENT: Karen Layton

 

     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. Lavespere seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the minutes for the May 1, 2008 regular meeting to be published in the official journal.

 

                The Transportation and Maintenance Committee stated they had one item that was referred to the Finance Committee.

 

                The Budget Committee, along with the full board, met for a discussion concerning the preliminary budget.  Mr. Baxley commented that we have a very tight budget and no one has been displaced.  He also stated that the staff had done an excellent job in preparing the budget. 

 

Motion made by the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the preliminary budget of $23,293,763.00 as proposed today by the Superintendent, based on the anticipated revenues from MFP funding.  The budget will be approved and advertised for adoption at the July board meeting.  There will be a public meeting before the July 10, 2008 board meeting.

 

                Motion made by the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Futrell, and unanimously approved repairs done to Pollock Elementary, out of Pollock funds, not to exceed $90,000.00.

Motion made by the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. DeLong, and unanimously approved budget revisions for Montgomery High and Verda Elementary, pending Legislative and BESE action, to adjust the budget to actual revenue collected.

Motion made by the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Browning, and unanimously approved the federal programs E-Grant budget for 2008-2009.

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The Finance Committee took no action on the millage rates as presented by Mr. Walker Wright, Tax Assessor for Grant Parish.  Mr. Baxley stated the Board will be taking action at the July 10, 2008 board meeting.

 

Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Baxley, and unanimously approved reviewing the Pupil Progression Plan for adoption at the July board meeting.

 The Superintendent recognized and presented a plaque to Holly Johnson for perfect attendance from Kindergarten through the twelfth grade. 

 

The Superintendent recognized Taylor Freeman, Chance Montgomery and Chelsea Paul for their participation in the 2008 Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair.

 

The Superintendent recognized and presented flags to Verda Elementary, Dry Prong Jr. High, Montgomery High School and Georgetown High School for excellence in academic growth.

 

The Superintendent recognized Ms. Sharil May.  Ms. May recognized and presented Laura Bishop a certificate for receiving National Certification in Literacy “Braille” from the National Blindness Professional Certification Board in May of 2008.

 

The Superintendent recognized Mr. Lee Vester Norris as an inductee into the LHSA Hall of Fame.  After a brief video slide show, the Superintendent presented a plaque to his family and to Georgetown High School.

 

The Superintendent recognized and presented a plaque to the following personnel for “Teacher of the Year”:

 

A.       Ms. Cindy Pardue -  Pollock Elementary

B.       Ms. Kristy Lummus – Dry Prong Jr. High

C.       Ms. Kathy Smith – Grant High

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved giving the Superintendent permission to advertise and receive bids for property adjacent to Verda Elementary.

 

Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved to add to the agenda to give the Superintendent permission to resolve the ownership of the parcel of property located across the road from the former Mary Graham campus.

 

Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved giving the Superintendent permission to resolve the ownership of this parcel of land.

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved acceptance of RSUI as carrier for the Property Insurance in the amount of $67,988.00 and the Boiler and Machinery Insurance in the amount of $8,812.00. 

 

Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved appointment of The Chronicle as the Official Journal for July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009 for the Grant Parish School Board.

 

Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved acceptance of the budget revision #1 for the fiscal year 2008 Reap Grant.

 

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Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved to accept budget revision #2 for the FY 2008 Reap Grant.

 

 

 

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Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved adopting as practice and policy the Department of Health and Hospitals Tobacco Control Program.

 

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Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved adoption of the Personnel Performance Evaluation Plan for the 2008-2009 school year.

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation for the following employments, with the exception of hire dates on Fermin Montano and Heath Lucas, and Julie Swart’s last name:

 

A.       Employ:

1.    William Waters, Janitor 1 @ Grant High replacing Jeremy Gunter, Effective 05-13-2008

2.    Lynn Anderson, 5th grade teacher@ Verda Elementary effective 08-11-2008

3.    Shellye Garner, – secondary math teacher – Georgetown High, effective 08-11-2008

4.     Donald Newton, Health & P.E. teacher @ Grant High, effective 07-28-2008

5.    Amy Howard, 1st grade teacher @ Georgetown High, effective 08-11-2008

6.    Heath Lucas, teacher @ Grant High, replacing Polly Briggs effective 07-01-2008

7.     Fermin Montano, teacher @ Grant High, replacing Walt Walker, effective 07-01-2008

8.    Christy Flynn, 5th grade teacher @ South Grant Elem. , replacing Debra Atwood, effective 08-11-2008

9.    Candace Churchman, 1st grade teacher @ Colfax Elem., effective 08-11-2008 - vacant position

10.  Julie Swart, 4th grade teacher @ Colfax Elem., replacing Kaye Smiley, effective 08-11-2008 – vacant position

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation for the following retirements:

 

A.       Retirements:

 

1.   Janet McGlothlin, Food Service Supervisor, effective 08-30-2008

2.  Shirley Roberts, Sp. Ed Paraprofessional, Verda Elementary effective June 1, 2008

3.  Doris Himes, bus driver for South Grant Elem., effective 05-24-2008

4.  Sharon Ingram, teacher @ Verda Elem., effective 05-26-2008

 

Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation for the following resignations with the exception of the school named on Phillip Riggs:

 

B.      Resignations:

 

1.    Ben LaGrone, principal @ Dry Prong Jr. High, effective 06-30-2008

2.    Kayla Harvey, para professional @ Dry Prong Jr. High, effective 05-06-2008

3.    Susie Miller, teacher @ Georgetown High, effective 05-23-2008

4.    Misty Chelette, teacher @ Colfax Elementary, effective 05-30-2008

5.    Cari K. Harrison, teacher @ Georgetown High, effective 05-23-2008

6.    Rodney R. McManus, teacher @ Colfax Elementary, effective 05-23-2008

7.    Mary Beth Fingleton, teacher @ Colfax Elementary, effective 05-23-2008

8.    Samantha Poisso, teacher @ Colfax Elementary, effective 05-23- 2008

9.    Melva Bates King, teacher @ Georgetown High, effective 05-23-2008

10.     Marty Dewees, teacher @ Grant High, effective 08-01-2008

11.     Phillip Riggs, teacher @ Grant High, effective 05-23-2008

12.     Jenny Rhea Jordan, teacher @ Verda Elem., effective 05-23-2008

13.     Audrey Meche, teacher @ Georgetown High, effective 05-23-2008

14.     Darlene Brewton, teacher @ Colfax Elem., effective 05- 23- 2008

15.     Bonnie Gremllion, teacher @ Colfax Elementary, effective 05- 23- 2008

16.     Donald Burch, Janitor II @ DPJH effective 06-05-2008

17.     Danny McQueary, teacher @ Montgomery High effective 08-11-2008

18.     Polly Briggs, Agriculture teacher @ Grant High, effective June 30, 2008

 

Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to accept the following transfers with the exception of the hire date on Melanie Dupre:

 

C.      Transfers:

 

1.         Mary McManus, Title 1 Para Professional @ Verda to Sp. Ed Para Professional @ Verda effective August 11, 2008

2.        Rosemary Futrell, para-professional @ Grant Academy to Secretary @ Grant Academy effective 08-04-2008

3.        Sydni Noakes, librarian @ Pollock Elementary to librarian @ South Grant Elementary effective 08-11-2008

4.        Ashley Locker, teacher @ Dry Prong Jr. High to P. E. teacher @ Pollock Elementary effective 08-11-2008

5.        Scott Dubois, teacher @ Dry Prong Jr. High to teacher @ Grant High

6.        Melanie Dupre, teacher @ South Grant Elem., to HSE @ Colfax Elem. Effective 07-28-2008

7.        Andy Bachman, teacher @ Grant Academy, to itinerate elective teacher

8.        Jane Seward, teacher @ Grant High to alternative school replacing Andy Bachman

 

Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Futrell to accept the Superintendent’s recommendation to hire Shirley Johnson as principal at Grant Academy, replacing Norman Garlington, effective January 8, 2008.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved going into executive session for the discussion of Civil Suit #17973 Thomas Rousseau et al versus Grant parish School Board et al, on records of the 35th Judicial District of Grant. 

 

After the executive session, Mr. McCain stated that the Board had authorized the Superintendent and our attorney, Mr. M. B. Slocum, to take action to settle the issue of Civil Suit #17973.

 

The Superintendent stated that she had received a letter from the National High School Drill Team Championships and they said the JROTC drill team from Grant Parish showed appropriate competition behavior and conduct.  She stated we are very proud of the cadets and their leadership.

 

                The Superintendent asked permission to advertise for two positions.  The first position is principal at Dry Prong Jr. High, and the second being position being Food Service Supervisor.

 

                The Superintendent stated that we have two proposals for the new Jr. High School: one from Baron, Heinberg & Bracato and the other from Alliance Design Group, LLC.  There will be a Special Board Meeting on June 23, 2008 at 5:00 to make a selection of an architect.

 

Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved to adjourn the meeting.

                                           

                                                       /s Craig A. McCain______________

                                                                       Craig A McCain

                                                                                 President

ATTEST:

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Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary – Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board