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, APRIL 2, 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, April 2, 2009 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: 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 A.D. Futrell, 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.

 

                Mr. Futrell thanked Micah Walker for all of the years he served in Grant Parish at the Chronicle.  The School Board was always represented in a fair way.  The Board wishes nothing but the best for Micah at his new position.  Micah will be missed.

 

                Mr. Futrell explained the new law that went into effect giving the audience an opportunity to comment on each agenda item, before the Board votes.  So, from now on, the audience will be asked if they have any comments on the agenda item and will then be allowed to speak.  

 

                Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the revised agenda.

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the minutes from the March 12, 2009 regular board meeting.

 

                Mr. M.B. Slocum presented the Board with the new rates for the Workers Comp Renewal for the 2009-2010 school year, for review for the next thirty days.  The Board will vote on the proposal at the May 7, 2009 board meeting.

 

                The Grant Parish School Board recognized four Young Authors Winners as “Overall District Winners”.  Taylor Welch, Lacey David, Ragan Delrie and Kamryn Hudson were honored with a pen set and a journal.

 

                Mr. Heath Lucas, a CTE Instructor at Grant High School introduced Kyle Whitehead, a student at Grant High School.  Kyle Whitehead, along with Chase Dodge won 1st place in the FAA Area II welding contest, at the ABC welding school in Baton Rouge.  This was the first time Grant High placed first in the Area II contest and the first time in three years to qualify for the state competition.

 

                Mr. Terry Oliver reported that Mr. Steven Ray had a question for the Transportation and Maintenance Committee as to what can be done to get children to and from the Tournaments for school athletics?  His question comes from not being able to take his child to the tournaments as the children must ride the bus to the tournament but the parent can bring their child home.  The Board policy is a result of our insurance carriers recommendation that when we have specifically athletic events the children must be transported on the bus to the event but may ride home with their parent. The Superintendent is going to speak with our insurance company and report back to the Board at the May 7, 2009 board meeting.

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved a budget revision for Grant High. 

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the sale of incubators at Georgetown High at a public auction on May 30, 2009 at a minimal bid of $200.00 each.

 

                Mr. Bill Tudor gave a presentation for Alliance Design Group on the construction of the new Grant Jr. High School.  The new school is scheduled to start construction October of 2009 and should be finished by the summer of 2011.  Classes should start in August of 2011.

 

                A Special Board Meeting was called for 4:00 P.M. Tuesday evening, April 7, 2009, for the purpose of talking about the Dry Prong Jr. High School and what we need to do about a land purchase needed to make the new Junior High better for all concerned.

 

                A Special Board Meeting is also called for a tenure hearing for 5:00 P.M. Tuesday evening April 7, 2009.  Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved employing special counsel to serve as the hearing officer to the Board at the April 7, 2009 tenure hearing.

                The Board will make recommendations to appoint a committee concerning Forestry Funds. The Board asked that the President of the Grant Parish School Board appoint the committee after receiving recommendations from the Board.  The committee members chosen by the Grant Parish School Board are as follows:  Mr. A.J. “Tony” Lavespere, Mr. Marvin DeLong, Mr. Eddie Baxley, Mr. Steve Templin, Ms. Guenell Whitstine, Mr. Herman Collins, and Ms. Amanda White,

 

                The Superintendent presented the Board with figures to join the National School Board Association.  The Board decided to take no action at this time.                               

 

Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the Emergency Evacuation Accommodations Agreement between Colfax Reunion and the Grant Parish School Board.

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Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved revision of the student smoking policy to be replaced with the Student Tobacco Use Policy.

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

 

1.  Erricka Parker, teacher @ Dry Prong Jr. High effective 05-01-2009.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation the employ the following personnel:

 

1.  Alan Futrell, Payroll Accountant @ Central Office, effective 04-20-2009.

 

                The Superintendent gave each Board Member a booklet on the property the Grant Parish School Board owns.  Mr. Steve Templin compiled the booklet.

 

                Each Board member was given a packet with Financial Disclosure forms in it.  The Board is required to turn in their own financial disclosures.

 

                The Superintendent gave each Board member a copy of the Louisiana School Boards Association resolution opposing restricting authority of local Boards.

 

                Senator Long will be meeting at the Police Jury Office on April 13, 2009 at 4:00 P.M. if any of the Board members want to attend.  He will be addressing legislation during the upcoming session.

 

                The Superintendent told the Board all of the regular reports they receive monthly are in their packets.

 

                The first projections on the MFP funding are that it will be about a $36,000.00 growth.  Fifty percent of the growth (around $18,000.00) goes towards teacher salaries.  The final figures are not in as of yet.  The Superintendent will keep the Board posted on any progress that is made.

 

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

 

  /s/A.D. Futrell___________________                                                                                                      

A. D. Futrell

President

Grant Parish School Board

 

ATTEST:

______________________________

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board