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, NOVEMBER 4, 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, November 4, 2008 at 6:00 o’clock P.M.

 

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

 

     ABSENT: Mrs. Karen Layton, Mr. Marvin DeLong and Mr. 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. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the revised agenda.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the minutes from the October 2, 2008 board meeting.

 

                There was one guest recognized at the meeting, Ms. Kimberly Howell.  Ms. Howell spoke about the fund raiser the Grant Parish School System had in honor of our Superintendent, Mrs. Sheila Jackson, for the American Cancer Society.  Ms. Karlee Teddlie presented a check in the amount of $1,900.00 from the student body at Verda Elementary.  Ms. Howell said the money will be mainly used for research and education concerning cancer.  Mrs. Jackson thanked everyone involved in the Power of Pink week activities.  She also stated that it is very heart-warming to see not only the adults participating in all of the events, but also the children. 

 

                The Transportation and Maintenance Committee had nothing to report.

 

                Motion made by the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved budget revisions for Georgetown High and Grant High Schools.

 

Motion made by the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved giving the Superintendent permission to sell surplus copiers that no longer work. resolution for sale of old copiers.jpg

               

                Mrs. Jackson introduced a group of students, involved with the T4L, Teens for Literacy.  Ms. Debbie McKay said the children were asked last year what they could do to help Pre-K children learn to read.  The students went over figures for the parish and it was determined we would join the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  The program is geared to children from age’s birth to 5 years old.  Each child’s name that is registered will receive a free book each month until they reach the age of 5.  All that is asked of the parents is to take time to read to their children.  One of the reasons this is possible is because the teens came together and asked, “What can we do to help?”  The teens came up with several new ideas to help all of the children in Grant Parish.  Ms. McKay wanted to praise the T4L team, as small children really look up to the older teens and Ms. McKay wanted the teens to know they are doing a great job!  Mrs. Jackson also told the teens that she is proud of them for everything they do, but especially proud as she hears them speak on our weekly radio show and to always know even when you think no one is listening, we are listening.

 

                Mr. Richard Crane and the Police Jury were at the meeting to discuss how money we both will receive, from the USDA Forestry Dept. was to be spent.  Each board member was given a packet with correspondence from the USDA Forestry Dept., along with a flow chart showing how the funds were to be distributed.  Whatever decisions the board made had to be to the Secretary of State by November 14, 2008.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved putting all of the funds received from the Forestry funds into Title 2.

               

                Motion made by Mr. Browning , seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved adopting the following policies: BC – Meetings, BCBD – Agenda, BCBI – Public Participation, GBD – Employment of Personnel, GBRA – Employee Conduct, GBRIB – Sick Leave, JB – Attendance, JBCC – Student Assignment, JBD – Student Absences and Excuses, JBE – Truancy, JCD – Student Conduct, JDE – Expulsion and KN – Public Concerns and Complaints.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Lavespere , seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved adoption of the following new policies :  IHAD – Parent Conferences, JG – Student Welfare, KB –     Public Information Program and JC – Payroll Procedures.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved deletion of the following policies: BCAB – Regular Meetings and BCAC – Special Meetings.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the FY 2009 ESY Revision #1.

 

                The Superintendent recommended to the Board the following retirements. Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the following retirements:

 

                1.  Donnie White – Asst. Principal @ Montgomery High effective 12-21-08

                2.  Janet McGlothlin – Supervisor of Child Nutrition – effective 12-31-2008

               

                The Superintendent made the following recommendations for employment.

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved employment of the following personnel:

 

1.Mary Suzanne Skelton – 3.5 hour lunchroom technician at Pollock Elementary replacing Barbara Goodger’s part-time position, effective 11-05-08

2.  William D. Trull – Janitor II @ DPJH replacing Donald Burch effective 11-17-08

3.  Teresa Melton – Special Ed Inclusion Teacher, @ Pollock Elementary replacing Gaylyn Constance effective 11-10-08

4.  Veronica Pray – Supervisor of Child Nutrition, replacing Janet McGlothlin, effective    12-01-2008

 

                The Superintendent recommended the following resignations.  Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved accepting the following resignations:

 

Resignations:

 

1.         Casey Box, teacher @ Georgetown High effective 10-17-2008

2.        Jenny Lasyone – teacher @ Georgetown High, effective 11-03-2008

3.        Laura Bishop – Sp. Ed. Paraprofessional @ South Grant Elementary, effective

10-31-2008

             

                The Superintendent told the Board Members that in their folders were copies of the student count.  Mrs. Jackson stated that the student count is holding.  There were also copies of the monthly financial reports.  Contact information was included for the BESE members in case the Board had any other information they needed.  We have already received information on the La. School Board Convention to be held in Lake Charles at the Convention Center on March 5-7, 2009. 

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved adjourning.

 

Craig A. McCain

President

 

ATTEST:

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary – Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board