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, JANUARY 8, 2009.

                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, January 8, 2008 at 6:00 o’clock P.M.

 

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

 

     ABSENT: None:  all of the Board Members were present.

 

     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 made by Mr. Futrell, 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 December 4, 2009 Regular Board Meeting.

 

                Mr. Baxley then made a nomination that Mr. A.D. Futrell be nominated as the Grant Parish School Board President.  Mr. Browning then made a motion that the nominations be closed, and Mr. Futrell be elected by unanimous consent, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved by the Board.

 

                Mr. Craig McCain then handed the gavel over to Mr. Futrell to begin his term as Board President.  Mr. Futrell accepted the gavel and thanked all of the Board Members for the confidence they had in him by electing him as Board President.

 

                The Superintendent then presented Mr. McCain with a gavel for his term as president of the Grant Parish School System.  Mr. McCain then thanked the Board for the opportunity to serve as the President.

 

                Mrs. Layton nominated Mr. Marvin DeLong as Vice-President of the Grant Parish School Board.  Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the election of Mr. DeLong as Vice President of the Grant Parish School Board.  Mr. DeLong thanked the Board for having confidence in him as the Vice President and he hopes to fulfill all expectations they have in him. 

 

                Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved approval of the resolution and signature cards for authorized signatures for Colfax Banking Company.

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 P.M. as the day and time for the Grant Parish School Board Meetings.

 

                Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved giving the Superintendent permission to disburse millage checks when the money becomes available.

 

                Mr. Johnny Rozier, of Taylor and Sons, presented Mrs. Dianne Smith with a plaque and a $25.00 gift card as employee of the month.  Mrs. Mandy Lasyone received a plaque and a $25.00 gift card as employee of the month.  Mr. Futrell stated the Board appreciates Taylor and Sons doing this for our employees.  Anytime one of our staff can be acknowledged it is greatly appreciated.

 

                Superintendent Jackson presented Mr. Stephen Jones with a plaque for being chosen as Sam’s Regional Teacher of the Year.   Mr. Crawford stated that Grant High had an assembly to recognize Mr. Jones and appreciated everything Mr. Jones does to improve our schools.  Mr. Jones was also one of the teachers behind opening the Cougar Café.  The Board appreciates all of Mr. Jones’ hard work.

 

                Mr. Steve Templin was at the Grant Parish School Board meeting to discuss a small tract of land adjacent to Grant High School that the Board wants to sell the timber off of.  Mr. Templin stated there was a fence that needed to be taken down to allow access to the property.   He then stated the advertisement for the timber needed to be run in the Colfax Chronicle three (3) weeks to accept sealed bids.  The timber needs to be out before June 30, 2009

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved adding the sale of the timber to the agenda.

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved to advertise for the sale of timber adjacent to Grant High School.

                Mr. Templin stated he would get a brief summary to the Board concerning all of the tracts of land the Grant Parish School Board owned.  Mr. Templin will come back to a future meeting.

 

                Mr. Futrell announced the Transportation & Maintenance Committee as follows:  Mr. Terry Oliver as chairman of the committee, Mr. Tony Lavespere and Mr. Marvin DeLong serve as the other members.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved adding to the agenda to take $2,500.00 out of Pollock funds for the purchase of iron ore on the school grounds.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved taking the funds out of Pollock funds for the purchase of the iron ore.

 

                Mr. McCain will serve as the chairman of the Finance Committee along with Mr. Baxley and Mr. Browning as the committee members.

 

                Mrs. Karen Layton was selected as the Chairman for the New Dry Prong Jr. High Committee.

 

                The Superintendent had a committee selected and had a meeting with the design group to go over preliminary designs.  This will occur monthly until the group gets everything together to present it to the Board.  

   

                The Superintendent recognized Pollock Elementary as the recipient of the annual School Health Award.  Mrs. Durand accepted the award for her school.  Mrs. Durand stated she appreciated all of the hard work everyone did.

 

                  Mrs. Durand also stated that Ms. Laura Chelette received word that she is now National Board certified.  Mrs. Durand said they were all very proud of her.

 

                Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the 2009-2010 Academic School Calendar.

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

 

                Personnel

Employ:

1.  Charles Eugene Garner as school bus driver on route #13 serving DPJH and Grant High; effective January 7, 2009; to be based at DPJH

2.  Edna LaDale Runge as school bus driver on route #24 serving DPJH and Grant High; effective January 7, 2009; to be based at DPJH

3.  Miranda Rousseau Atwell – English teacher @ Grant High, replacing Krystal Womack, effective 01-05-09 through 05-22-09

4.  Kimberly Thiels – 6th grade teacher @ South Grant Elementary, filling vacant position for the rest of this year only, effective 01-05-09 – 05-22-09

5.  Malinda Taffi – 2nd Grade Teacher @ Georgetown, replacing Casey Brown Box, effective 01-05-2009

               

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

 

                Resignations:

                1.  Susan Horne, teacher @ Montgomery High effective 12-19-2008

                2.  Belinda Borland, paraprofessional @ Grant High, effective 01-12-2009

 

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

               

                Retirements:

                1.  Lynn Clifford, Human Resource Director, effective 03-24-09

 

                The Superintendent informed the Board she is anticipating a letter from the state stating they all must have 8 hours of Board training in law annually.

 

                Mr. Futrell stated Mr. Pop Hataway has been making several donations to different schools.  The Board is very appreciative of all of the help he has given.

 

                The Superintendent informed all of the Board members they had their usual financial reports in their folders.  She had a Superintendent’s conference call from the State concerning cuts for the La Dept. of Education for the spring of 2008-2009.  None of the cuts that have been made will have any impact on the Grant Parish school system.  The State does not know what the impact will be on the 2009-2010 budgets but we will receive confirmation on this information as soon as possible.

 

                The Superintendent will be taking applications for the Human Resource position.  She is looking at making changes to the position and is looking for the most qualified person. 

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the meeting be adjourned.

 

A. D. Futrell

President

Grant Parish School Board

 

ATTEST:

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board