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, MAY 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 Regular Session, Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 5:30 o’clock P.M.

 

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

 

     ABSENT: Mr. A.J. “Tony” Lavespere

 

     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 welcomed Mr. Michael Cody as the editor for the Colfax Chronicle Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the minutes from the April 2, 2009 regular board meeting.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the minutes from the April 7, 2009 special board meeting.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the minutes from the April 7, 2009 tenure hearing.

 

                Superintendent Sheila Jackson recognized the following teachers for Teacher of the Year 2009: 

 

                Elementary - Ms. Marlen Jones – South Grant Elementary

                Middle/Jr. High – Candice Wright – Dry Prong Jr. High

                High School – Maggie Breland – Grant High

 

                Ms. Debbie McKay, Director of Federal Programs, recognized Ethan McManus and Shelby Neikirk for placing in the Start for Art for Life Exhibition.  Ms. McKay thanked them for all of their hard work.

 

                The Superintendent recognized and awarded certificates to the following students for Plan Test performance: Casey Reeves, Jessica Edwards, Taylor Coutee, Rachel LaGrange, Walter Noakes, Amber Normand, Byron Paul, Billy Smith, Alexander Talberg, and Heather Terrell.  The Superintendent was very proud of all of the students that were presented awards. 

 

                Dry Prong Jr. High was presented a certificate for their commitment in “Implementing School Wide Positive Behavior”. 

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved moving the Finance Committee items to the agenda.

 

                Mr. Jerry Osbourne told the Board about the bonds and other ways we can sell the bonds to acquire the proceeds to build the new Jr. High school.  He stated that the best thing to do now is to wait.  He will report back to the Board by next month.  Mr. McCain clarified that we will meet briefly at the May 26, 2009 Special Board Meeting to discuss this matter further.

 

                Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved letting the termite insurance be budgeted within the budget to be approved upon budget approval. 

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved Parish and District budget revisions.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved Slocum and Associates as the carrier for the school board’s Worker’s Compensation and Employer’s Liability Insurance. 

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved payment of invoice #7727 in the amount of $171,792.40 payable to Alliance Design Group.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the budget revisions for Leap Remediation and GEE Remediation, these were additional monies for tutors/materials.

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Ms. Layton and unanimously approved paying for a skimmer and panel board for the oxidation pond at South Grant out of their own funds.

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved renewing Rebecca Reeder’s contract for the years 2009 thru 2011.

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved granting the Superintendent authorization to enter into any and all contracts with the Rapides Foundation.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved giving the Superintendent permission to disperse sales tax and millage supplements with regular payroll.

 

                Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the resolution for Child Nutrition Purchasing Co-Operative Contract.

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Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the revision of the School Wellness program.

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                Motion made Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved revising Policy #GAEA to reflect Superintendent or designee as contact persons.

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the revised technology user agreement.

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                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved changing the June Board Meeting from June 4, 2009 to June 11, 2009.

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved calling a Special Board Meeting on May 26, 2009 @ 5:00 to name the principal for Montgomery High and discuss the sale of bonds for the new Jr. High school.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the Superintendent to take any action necessary, to include the sale of property, to work with the Town of Pollock and attorneys concerning property near the water tower.

 

                Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved giving the Superintendent the authority to sign an Interagency Agreement between the Grant Parish School Board and the Department of Social Services.

 

Ayes:  Mr. Randy Browning, Mr. A.J. “Tony” Lavespere, Mrs. Karen Layton, Mr. Eddie Baxley, Mr. Marvin DeLong, Mr. Terry Oliver, and Mr. A.D. Futrell 

 

 Mr. McCain recused himself from the vote.

 

 

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                Under the Superintendent’s recommendation, motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the following retirements:

 

A.  Retirements:

                1.  Mr. Vic Dubois, principal @ Montgomery High effective 07-01-09

                2.  Ms. Elizabeth Reimer - teacher@ Colfax Elem., effective 05-23-09

                3.  Ms. Emma Washington Lunchroom Tech @ Mont. High, effective  05-23-09

                4.  Ms. Lacy Lacour, Paraprofessional@ Colfax Elem., effective  07-01- 09

                5.  Ms. Bonnie Sullivan, Special Ed Teacher @ Pollock Elem. Effective  06-08-09

 

                Under the Superintendent’s recommendation, motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the following resignations:

 

B.  Resignations:

                1.  Ms. Renee McKnight, Janitor @ Grant High, effective 04-09-09

                2.  Mr. Irving C. Estave, Athletic Trainer @ Grant High, effective 05-23-09

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the following termination:

 

C.  Terminations:

                1.  Ms. Jeanna Stewart, teacher @ Pollock Elementary, effective 04-08-09

               

                There were no transfers for the month of May.

 

D.  Transfers:

 

                Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved employing the following personnel:

 

E.  Employ:

                1.  Ms. Rose Arnold, Janitor II @ Grant High replacing Renee McKnight effective  04-21-09.

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved reemployment of the returning staff members for the year 2009-2010.

 

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                Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved giving the Superintendent permission to send out Letters of Intent.

 

                The Superintendent commented that our insurance carrier suggested that the School Board leave our current Field Trip/Excursions/Athletic Transportation Policy as written in the handbook, which reflects current board policy.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the meeting be adjourned.

 

/s/A.D. Futrell___________________                                                                                                                              

A. D. Futrell

President

Grant Parish School Board

 

ATTEST:

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Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board