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, JULY 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, Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 6:00 o'clock P.M.

 

     There were present Randy Browning, A.J. "Tony" Lavespere, Eddie Baxley, Karen Layton, Marvin DeLong, Randy Browning, and A.D. Futrell.

 

     ABSENT: Craig 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 A. D. Futrell, Vice- 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 made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the revised agenda.

 

     Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the minutes from the June 10, 2008 regular board meeting.

 

     Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the minutes from the June 23, 2008 special board meeting.

 

     The Superintendent recognized Mr. Baxter Welch, sheriff of Grant Parish effective July 1st, 2008, and he stated that he wanted to thank everyone.  He also stated that he wants to continue a good relationship with the school board and to let everyone know that the Sheriff's Department is there whenever they are needed.

 

     The Superintendent recognized Lisa Lasyone from Red River Drug Screen Solutions.  She stated her firm was fully accredited and fully insured to do onsite collections for drug screens.  Mrs. Jackson stated there would be a recommendation at the August Board Meeting as to which firm we will be using.

 

     The Transportation and Maintenance Committee discussed fuel prices.  There was also a discussion made about putting a committee together concerning going to a four day school week.  The committee will see how going to a four day school week would benefit the budget.

 

     The Finance committee heard from Mr. Johnny Rosier, with Taylor and Sons, concerning the new 403-B Retirement Plans.  They also requested a chance to make their presentation to board employees about the benefits their company offers.

 

     Mrs. Cindy Barrios discussed budget revisions that are needed for the 2007-2008 budget for Pollock.  The Finance Committee made a motion for the budget revisions to be approved, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved.

 

      Motion made by the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the new parish and district budget for the 2008-2009 school year.

 

     Motion made by the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the GASB 45 Valuation Proposal B Milliman. 

 

     The Superintendent recognized Christopher Hudgens from Pollock Elementary as a State Finalist in the Louisiana Geography Bee 2008.  Mrs. Durand, principal at Pollock Elementary, said Christopher was an excellent student and they were very proud of him.

 

     The Superintendent recognized Patricia Scott and Janice Martin as Outstanding School Support Personnel.  Mrs. Jackson presented Mrs. Janice Martin with a certificate and will give Mrs. Patricia Scott hers when she returns to school.  Mrs. Jackson then introduced Ms. Sandra Caston, with Horace Mann Insurance, Mrs. Caston presented Mrs. Janice Martin with a crystal apple, and will give Mrs. Patricia Scott a crystal apple when she returns to school.

 

     The Superintendent recognized the Grant Parish School Board employees for the LWCC Safest 70 Award.  Mrs. Jackson appreciates everyone doing their best to keep the schools safe.

 

     Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved terminating the lease between the Grant Parish School Board and Mr. William Gore, Jr., for campsite C-43, due to the untimely death of Mr. Gore.

 

     Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Delong and unanimously approved the Superintendent's request there be a resolution to honor the memory of Mr. And Mrs. William Gore and family as lessees of campsite C-43 and their children as students of the Grant Parish School System.

 

     Mr. Futrell wanted to be sure the minutes reflected the Public Hearing was held concerning the 2008-2009 tonight from 5:30 to 6:00

 

     Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the adoption of the 2008-2009 Budget.

 

     Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the acceptance of a bid in the amount of $45, 000.00 (deposit of $2250.00) for Mary Graham property, to LaSalle Community Action Association.  The vote count went as follows: 6 yeas 0 nays and Mrs. Karen Layton abstained from the vote. Motion carries.

 

     Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the Budget revision #1 for the EETT Grant.

   

    Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved budget revision #1 for the Reap Grant.

 

     Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the adoption of the Pupil Progression Plan for the 2008-2009 school year.

 

     Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved budget revision #2 for FY 2008 ESY Grant. 

     

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved acceptance of the bid for small equipment in cafeterias from ALACK.

 

   Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to employ the following personnel:

 

A.                     Employ:

1.                    M. C. Keathley, teacher @ Georgetown High, effective August 11, 2008

2.                   Carolyn Addison, part-time teacher @ Grant High, effective August 11, 2008

3.                   Amy Knowles, school psychologist, effective July 28, 2008

4.                   Ruby Walker, bus driver, Route #12, serving DPJH/Grant , effective 08-14-2008

5.                   Walter Heigle, P.E. teacher, replacing Donald Newton, effective July 28, 2008

6.                   Caroline Madere, Special Ed Teacher, effective 08-11-2008

 

Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to accept resignations for the following personnel:  

 

A.                    Resignations:

1.                   Kathryn Yocum, teacher @ Grant High, effective June 18, 2008

2.                    Julia G. James, teacher @ Montgomery High, effective June 19, 2008

3.                   Chantelle Hataway, teacher @ Dry Prong Jr. High, effective June 24, 2008

4.                   Trenton Smith, teacher @ Montgomery High, effective June 19, 2008

5.                   Jerry Waxley, Bus Driver @ Verda Elementary, effective May 23, 2008

6.                    Benjamin S. Ardoin, teacher @ Dry Prong Jr. High, effective June 16, 2008

7.                   Jessica L. Hawthorne, bookkeeper/secretary @ Grant High, effective June 26, 2008

8.                   Shanda Danzy Hammons, teacher @ Grant High, effective June 26,2008

9.                   Eugene Frischhertz, teacher @ Dry Prong Jr. High, effective May 23, 2008

10.                David Jones, teacher @ Grant High, effective May 23, 2008

11.                Varanda DuBois, teacher @ Montgomery High, effective May 23, 2008

12.                Lindsey Hennings, teacher @ Pollock Elem., effective May 23, 2008

13.                Don Newton, teacher @ Grant High, effective July 9, 2008

 

     Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously  approved the Superintendent's recommendation for the following transfers:

 

A.                    Transfers:

1.                    Sharon Wagley, teacher @ Verda Elem. to teacher @ Montgomery Jr. High effective 08-11-2008

 

       Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved a correction with Fermin Montano's date of hire from July 1, 2008 to July 21, 2008.

 

     Motion made by Mr. Bowning, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to hire Mr. Robert Smith as the principal at Dry Prong Jr. High.  The vote count was as follows: 0 nays, 7 yeas.

 

     Mrs. Jackson spoke about the SB632 and HB962 B school facilities, and talked to the board members concerning the declaration of family members.  The entire board discussed the plans for the new Jr. High school.  They met with the Alliance Design Group.  There will be a presentation at the August board meeting.  Mr. McCain will select a committee.

 

     Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved to adjourn the meeting.

 

                                                          /s Craig A. McCain_______

                                                          Craig A. McCain

                                                          President

ATTEST:

__________________________

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary B Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board