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, SEPTEMBER 9, 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, September 9, 2008 at 6:00 o’clock P.M.

 

     There were present Randy Browning, A. J. “Tony” Lavespere, Karen Layton, Eddie Baxley, Marvin DeLong, Randy Browning, 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 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 Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the Revised Agenda.

 

     Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the Minutes from the August 12, 2008 Regular Board Meeting.

 

     Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the Minutes from the August 19, 2008 Special Board Meeting.

 

     The Superintendent then recognized two guests; Mr. Danny Willett, who is running for Grant Parish Judge and Ms. Laurie LaFollette, the 4-H and Youth Development Agent.

 

     Mr. Danny Willett said he appreciated everything the Grant Parish School Board does for the Parish.  He stated “education is the best tool we have to improve our community.  The only way to make productive citizens is through education.”  He said as Judge he is willing to do anything the Judges’ office can to help get an environment in the schools that is conducive to learning.  He said if there is any way he can help in the schools, he will do so.

 

     Ms. Laurie LaFollette gave an overview of last year’s 4-H activities done during the 2007-2008 school year. This year Ms. LaFollette stated there were other services that will be provided this year.  The Superintendent thanked Ms. LaFollette for all she does for our school children.

 

     The Transportation and Maintenance Committee made a motion, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved to grant a waiver to the Grant High JROTC for transportation to and from competition.

 

     The Finance Committee made a motion, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved to accept bids received from surplus equipment from Grant High and Georgetown High.

 

     The Finance Committee made a motion, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved giving the Superintendent permission to enter the remaining surplus equipment into a sale and she be granted the authority to finalize the sale.

 

     The Finance Committee made a motion, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the budget revisions at Grant High in the amount of $8400.00 to help cover the cost of electrical work and work to the floors.

 

     The Finance Committee made a motion, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved renewing the LARMA policy which includes General Liability, Automobile and E&O.

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     Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the FY 2009 ESY Grant.

    

     Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved entering into a two year contract with Clean Air Company for changing air conditioner filters in the Grant Parish School System with the understanding either party can have a thirty day notice to cancel at any time.

 

     Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the adoption of a resolution declaring public emergency for Grant Parish Schools and for repairs to School Board property.

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     Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the Superintendents recommendation to employ the following personnel:

 

Employ:

 

1.       Audrey Meche-CES 2-3rd grade intervention teacher, effective 8-14-08

2.       Natalie Nettles-DPJH  7th grade math effective 8-18-08

3.         Wendy Miller-CES-K rehire 08-11-08

4.         Deborah Shows-CES-K rehire 08-11-08

5.         Dustin Procell-DPJH-sped-rehire 08-11-08

6.         Amanda Seaman-DPJH-rehire 08-11-08

7.         Sharee Morgan-DPJH-  rehire 08-11-08

8.        Krystal Womack-Grant-English-rehire 08-11-08

9.         Kayla Courville-Grant-English-rehire 08-11-08

10.      Paul Durastanti-Grant-Spanish-rehire 08-11-08

11.      Michael DuBois-MHS-Science-rehire 08-11-08 

12.     Kimberly Roberts-South Grant-early intervention-rehire 08-11-08

13.      Sherry Collins-Verda-K-rehire 08-11-08

14.      Veronica Carter-Verda-Sped-rehire 08-11-08

15.     Russell Roberts, Jr.  – teacher @ Grant High replacing Lance Brasher who is replacing Walter Heigle effective 08-27-08

 

     Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to enter into contracts with the following for the 2008-2009 school year:

 

1.        Angie Gauthier- Occupational Therapist

2.         Elizabeth  Henderson -Physical  Therapist

3.         JoAnn Hines- Speech Pathologist

4.         Shirley Taylor-Speech Pathologist

5.         Visual Communication Service, LLC

    Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to accept the following resignations:

 

1.        Walter Wade Heigle – Teacher @ Grant High effective 08-26-08

2.        Ashley Parker – Teacher @ Colfax Elementary effective 08-11-08

 

     Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the following transfer:

 

1.        Lisa Futrell to school bus driver on route #1 serving Colfax Elem. School from full-time lunchroom technician at Grant High School; effective September 2, 2008.

 

     The Superintendent commented that the Board Members folders contained the routine financial reports and the student count would be sent to each Board Member.   The student count indicated that the schools are holding with about the same number of children as May 2008.  We actually have a few extra children in our parish due to the hurricane.  Mrs. Jackson ended with saying thank-you to all of her staff for the great start to the new school year.  She appreciates all of the support her Board has given her also.

 

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

 

                                                                     /s/ Craig A. McCain___________

                                                                      Craig A. McCain

                                                                     President

ATTEST:

 

_______________________________

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary – Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board