THE OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRANT PARISH SCHOOL

BOARD OF THE PARISH OF GRANT, STATE OF LOUISIANA, TAKEN

AT A SPECIAL MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY APRIL 7, 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 Special Session, Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 5:00 o’clock P.M.

 

                The special meeting was called by Mr. A.D. Futrell, President of the Grant Parish School Board, for a tenure hearing.

 

                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 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 the special meeting was called for that may come before the Board.

 

                The agenda item was announced and the parties and witnesses were assembled.  Counsel for Ms. Jeanna Stewart advised that she desired an open hearing on the tenure charges against her.  Neal Johnson, special legal advisor for the hearing, discussed the applicable procedures to be used after which both attorneys agreed to such procedures.  All witnesses were placed under the rule of sequestration, and the tenure hearing commenced.  After receiving all documentary evidence and hearing the testimony of witnesses from both sides, the board received closing arguments from each attorney.  Thereafter, Mr. Randy Browning moved that the board enter into executive session to deliberate.  Said motion was seconded by Mrs. Karen Layton and approved on a unanimous vote.  Following such deliberation, on motion of Mr. Eddie Baxley and duly seconded by Mrs. Karen Layton, the board voted unanimously to reconvene in regular session.  By a vote of 8 (eight) to 0 (zero), the board found that the Superintendent had proven the facts constituting the charge against Ms. Stewart.  On a vote of 8 (eight) to 0 (zero), the board found that such acts in the charge constituted willful neglect of duty.  On a vote of 8 (eight) to 0 (zero), the board determined that such proven conduct warranted discipline.  On a vote of 8 (eight) to 0 (zero), the board accepted the Superintendent’s recommendation to terminate Ms. Stewart.

 

                There being no further business to come before the board,  motion made by Mr. Eddie Baxley, seconded by Mr. Randy Browning 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