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 8, 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, April 8, 2009 at 6:00 o’clock P.M.

 

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

 

                Everyone was present, there was no one 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. McCain seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the revised agenda.

 

                Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the minutes from the March 4, 2010 Regular Board Meeting.

 

                Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the minutes from the Board Member Training Meeting held April 6, 2010.

 

                The Superintendent recognized and presented plaques to the following students for being chosen as ”Student of the Year” for Grant Parish:

 

                1.  Elementary – Lance Delrie (Pollock Elementary)

                2.  Jr. High – Summer Waxley (Montgomery Jr. High)

                3.  High School – Samantha Jackson (Montgomery High School)

 

                The Superintendent recognized and presented plaques to the following teachers for being chosen as ”Teacher of the Year” for Grant Parish:

 

                1.  Elementary – Kimberly Bryan (Pollock Elementary School)

                2.  Middle/Jr. High – Erin Stokes (Dry Prong Jr. High)

                3.  High School – Ashley Keiss (Grant High School)

 

                Ms. Lisa Collins presented Melissa McCarty with a gift card for perfect attendance for the month of February 2010.

 

                Mr. Michael Paige of LWCC (Louisiana Workers Compensation Corporation) presented the Superintendent a dividend check in the amount of $25,393.00 for safety.  The Superintendent thanked all of the employees of the Grant Parish School Board for all of their hard work in making this a safe place to work.

 

                Mr. Bill Tudor was unable to make the meeting concerning the construction at Grant Jr. High School, but the Superintendent gave a brief statement on the construction of the new Grant Jr. High School.  The Superintendent said the project time line is right where it is suppose to be.  Everything is still on schedule.

 

                At the Finance Committee Meeting, the Board heard from two contingents for the Grant Parish School Board’s Worker’s Comp Policy.  Both Mr. M.B. Slocum, from Slocum & Associates, and Mr. Mike Slaughter, from Slaughter Insurance Co. gave proposals to the Board Members for approval at the May 6, 2010 Board Meeting.

 

                Motion made by the Finance Committee, (Mr. McCain), seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved invoice #7799 to Alliance Design Group in the amount of $11,130.44 for services rendered.

 

                Motion made by the Finance Committee (Mr. McCain), seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved payment of Application #3 in the amount of $375,832.72 to M.D. Descant, Inc., for services rendered.

 

                Motion made by the Finance Committee, (Mr. McCain), seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved payment to Grant Eastern Construction Co. in the amount of $26,203.50 for repairs to Grant High parking lot.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved granting permission to the Superintendent to enter into any and all contract agreements with the Rapides Foundation.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved giving the Superintendent permission to enter into a contract with JPCA for TPA services on outstanding self- insured  Worker’s Compensation claims.

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the Emergency Evacuation Accommodations Agreement between Colfax Reunion Nursing and Rehab and the Grant Parish School Board.

 

                Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved for publication in the minute book the following certification credit hours, through 2009, for the Board members, which are all compliant.   

 

                1.  Mr. A.J. Lavespere – yearly total 9.0, LPS 2.0

                2.  Mr. Randy Browning – yearly total 6.0, LPS 2.0 

                3.  Mrs. Karen Layton – yearly total 9.0, LPS 2.0

                4.  Mr. Eddie Baxley – yearly total 4.0

                5.  Mr. Marvin DeLong – yearly total 4.0

                6.  Mr. Terry Oliver – yearly total 4.0

                7.  Mr. Craig McCain – yearly total 6.0, LPS 2.0

                8.  Mr. A.D. Futrell – yearly total 4.0

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved an increase in the fee for Driver’s Education class by $25.00 to offset the increase in state student driving requirements and an increase in the charge for vehicle rental.

 

                The Board Members were given a copy of the Revised Technology Plan to review for approval at the May 6, 2010 Board meeting.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved The Superintendent’s recommendation to the Board to accept the following personnel changes as written. 

 

Retirements:  none

Resignations:

1.  Maxine Jones, lunchroom tech at DPJH, effective 03-23-10

Transfers:

1.  Transfer Sheryl Brimer, school bus driver, to route #23 serving DPJH/Grant High; effective March 15, 2010; to be based at Grant. (Transferring from route #62 serving South Grant Elem./DPJH/Grant.)

Employ:

1.  Monica Seals as school bus driver on route #42 serving Pollock Elem. School; effective April 9, 2010

2.  Alyssa Knight, English teacher @ Montgomery High School eff. 03-01-10

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved going into executive session for discussion of a parental concern pursuant to La. R.S. 42:6.1. The parents opted for an open hearing. 

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved going back into regular session.

 

                The Superintendent gave each Board member copies of the 2010-2011 Funding lists, different legislation that will be up for a vote and copies of the 2010-2011 MFP budget letter documents.  The Superintendent spoke of many of the cuts that will occur in the 2010-2011 Budget.  The School Board is looking at many different options that will be available because of the cuts.    

 

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

 

 /s/Marvin DeLong                                     

 Marvin DeLon
President

 Grant Parish School Board                                                        

 

ATTEST:

______________________________

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board