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, MARCH 4, 2010

 

                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, March 4, 2009 at 6:00 o’clock P.M.

 

                There were present Mr. Marvin DeLong, Mr. Eddie Baxley, Mr. A.J. Lavespere, Mr. Craig McCain, and Mr. A.D. Futrell.

 

                Mrs. Karen Layton, Mr. Randy Browning and Mr. Terry Oliver were absent.

 

                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 Marvin DeLong, 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. McCain and unanimously approved the revised agenda.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the minutes from the February 4, 2010 Regular Board Meeting.

 

                Lisa Collins was the only guest that signed in to present Dewanna Merrell a gift card for perfect attendance for January 2010.

 

                Mr. Lee Willis came to the meeting to present the Board members the results of the yearly audit.  Mr. Willis said the audit was a totally favorable audit and that he appreciated the help he was given by the Grant Parish School Board employees in helping pull copies and answer questions for him.

 

                The Transportation and Maintenance Committee had nothing to report.

 

                The Finance Committee had several issues they addressed.   Motion made by Mr. Craig McCain, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved District and Parishwide revisions.

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved the purchase of smoke detectors in the amount of $6,914.73, from Colfax Elementary school funds.

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved the purchase of playground equipment, in the amount of $5,000.00 which will be matched by the Rapides Foundation.  It was asked that the 2010 Budget be revised to include the expense of the $5000.00.

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved the acceptance of the bid from Winn Timber Products, LLC, in the amount of $17.63 a ton for the thinning of trees on a certain piece of property.

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved giving the Superintendent permission to enter into a contract for the sale of timber.

 

                The Superintendent spoke of the construction of the Grant Jr. High project.  There is still a lot of dirt work going on and the movement of Grant Redirectional Academy will start March 5, 2010.  The provisions for the students have already been made.  We are hoping for a safe and uneventful move.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the Application & Certificate for Payment #2 to M.D. Descant, Inc., in the amount of $62,660.32 for construction at the new Jr. High site.

 

                The Superintendent presented a plaque to Pollock Elementary as a Louisiana Positive Behavior Support demonstration site.  The Superintendent thanked the principal, Mrs. Becky Durand, and her staff for all they do to make things better for the children.

 

                The Superintendent recognized South Grant’s principal, Mrs. Shana Delrie, and presented a plaque to her and her staff for being a Louisiana Positive Behavior Support demonstration site.  The Superintendent is very thankful for the improvements made in the schools to better the children. 

  

                Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the following policies as written to include in the policy manual:  DFL (Investments), DJED (Bids and Quotations), EBBA (Fire Prevention). ID (Curriculum), IDDE (Student Driver Training), JGB (School Wellness), and JR (Student Records).

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the following 2010-2011 Academic Calendar:

academic calendar 2010-2011 1st draft.bmp

               

 

Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved renewing the contract with Central Control for their Evacuation Agreement for their 2010-2011 term.

 

 

  central control agreement.bmp

               

Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved changing the April 1, 2010 board meeting to April 8, 2010, due to the Easter holiday.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation for the following personnel changes:

 

                Resignations:

1.  Lisa Moore Barker - teacher @ Dry Prong Jr. High effective 02-09-10

 

Retirements:  none

Employ:  none

 

Transfers: 

1.  Maxine Jones, 5 1/2 hr. lunchroom technician from Grant High to DPJH, effective 03-01-10

 

                Superintendent Jackson spoke to the Board of the Governor’s Proposed Legislation for District/School Waivers.

 

                The Superintendent told the Board that having Judge Danny Willett help with the truancy problem seems to really be affecting the parish in a positive way.  Not only has there been a decrease in truancy but also an improvement in the students’ grades. 

 

                The Superintendent said she is scheduling a four (4) hour mandatory class for the Board to get their hours in for certification.  April 6th, 2010 is the date on the table from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM., which has been confirmed with Mr. Jon Guice, the School Board’s attorney.

 

                The Superintendent explained to the Board the absences of the three Board members.  Mrs. Karen Layton’s mother-in-law died, her mother was placed in the hospital and her brother was in the emergency room.  Mr. Oliver was at M.D. Anderson with Mr. Norris, the principal at Georgetown High, and Mr. Browning was leaving to get his son off to Iraq.  Mrs. Jackson asked that we keep all of them in our thoughts and prayers.

 

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

 

/s/Marvin DeLong                                                 

Marvin DeLong

President

Grant Parish School Board

 

ATTEST:

______________________

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board