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, FEBRUARY 5, 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, February 5, 2009 at 6:00 o’clock P.M.

 

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

 

     ABSENT: Mrs. Karen Layton, 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. DeLong and unanimously approved the revised agenda.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the minutes from the January 8, 2009 board meeting.

 

                There were no guests present at the meeting.

 

                The Transportation and Maintenance Committee discussed the sealed bids that were opened at 5:00 for the sale of timber.  Their second order of business was to discuss playground safety.  Mr. Futrell asked if all of the playgrounds were up to code.  The Superintendent stated that all playgrounds were up to standard.  The Board had no recommendations to bring before the Board.

 

                The Finance Committee had several items on their agenda.  Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved payment for invoice #7706, to Alliance Design Group, in the amount of $67,932.90.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved out of state travel pay for the Superintendent to travel to Washington.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved setting up a special projects fund that will aid all of the schools.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved revisions of Dry Prong Jr. High district funds.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved using $5,000.00 for playground improvements.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved revisions of Montgomery High School parish wide funds.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved taking $1,000.00 out of Pollock funds to clear the gutters and grates at the school of all debris.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved giving the Superintendent permission to have the canopy fixed at Pollock.

 

                The Superintendent spoke briefly on the construction of the new Jr. High School.  There will be a meeting of the Superintendent’s committee members on February 16, 2009.  Mrs. Karen Layton is the chairman of the committee.  Mrs. Jackson stated we are expecting a final presentation of the new school within thirty to forty five days. 

 

                The Superintendent handed all of the Board members a copy of the 2007 Cohort Graduation Rates.  The leaflet showed the difference between the 2006 and the 2007 rates.

 

                All of the Board Members were handed a packet, sent to them by the Department of Education, concerning a stimulus package being considered by the State Department.  There was a conference call set up with Mr. Patrick Dobard, Director of the Office of Grant Affairs, to go over the power-point and to answer any questions the members had.

 

                After the sealed bids were opened, the Superintendent recommended acceptance of the bid from Stott Wood Company for the sale of timber.  Motion made by Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the bid from Stott Wood Company in the amount of $5758.00.

                Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved giving the Superintendent permission to enter into a Forestry Product Sale Contract.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved naming the new Jr. High School Grant Junior High.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the following policies:  BBBC:   Board Member Continuing Education, BH:  School Board Ethics, DE: Debt Limitation, EBC:  Buildings and Grounds Security, EDC:  Student Transportation Safety Program, FDC:  Naming Of Facilities, IDDF:  Education of Students with Exceptionalities, Deletion of IDDFB:  Technology Assistive Devices for Disabled Students, IFBGA:  Computer and Internet Use, JBA:  Compulsory School Attendance Ages, JBCD:  Student Transfer and Withdrawal, JCDB:  Student Dress Code and JGCB:  Immunizations.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved giving the Superintendent permission to sign the Resolution for Diet and Physical Activity Planning Grant from the Rapides Foundation in the amount of $35,000.00.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved changing the March Board Meeting to Thursday, March 12, 2009.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the following resignations:

 

                1.  Fermin Montano – JROTC @ Grant High, effective 01-23-09.

                2.  Semaster Jones – Janitor @ South Grant Elementary, effective 02-04-09.

 

                The Superintendent stated she had a couple of items she wanted to address. Mrs. Jackson wanted to let everyone know how proud the Grant Parish School Board was of Cody Stroud, an athlete at Montgomery High School, that was signed on to McNeese University. 

 

                The Superintendent also told the Board members that our attorney, Mr. Jon Guice will take care of training the Board members with their mandatory four hours of law training.  That date was tentatively set for Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at 5:00 P.M.

 

                Mr. Futrell then had a couple of things that he wanted to address.  The first question asked if every student in the schools had a textbook.  The Superintendent responded that to her knowledge every student has a textbook that has been requested by a teacher at a school. To her knowledge there have been no requests that have not been filled.  Mrs. Jackson stated that anytime a parent requests that a book be brought home every accommodation is made to fulfill their wishes.

 

                Mr. Futrell then asked if Grant Parish has any classes that are over the state maximum number of children.  The Superintendent said to her knowledge in K thru 3 grades where the number is 26, there is on occasion a classroom that may have 27 for a week or two.  At Junior High and High School because of scheduling and because of some requests of teachers it is her knowledge that some classes have over the limit allowed.  The Superintendent said when a teacher is teaching two sections within a section it is allowed.

 

                Mr. Futrell asked each Board member if they wanted to say anything.  Mr. Lavespere stated that everyone was very proud of Cody Stroud and the fact that he was chosen by McNeese University.  He stated that the Livestock Show was under way and invited everyone to stop by and maybe purchase one of the animals.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved adjourning the meeting.

 

A. D. Futrell

President

Grant Parish School Board

 

ATTEST:

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board