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, JULY 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, July 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, and Mr. A.D. Futrell, Mrs. Karen Layton, Mr. Randy Browning, and Mr. Terry Oliver.
 

               Everyone was 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 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 Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the revised agenda.

 

               Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the minutes from the May 6, 2010 Regular Board Meeting.

 

               Ms. Lisa Collins at the board meeting to present a $100.00 gift card to Mrs. Sandra Kay Broussard, a bus driver at Pollock Elementary, for perfect attendance for the month of May.

 

               Motion made by Mr. McCain, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved payment invoice #7841 to Alliance Design Group in the amount of $6,465.44 for services rendered.

 

               Motion made by Mr. McCain, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved Application and Certificate for Payment #5, in the amount of $257,280.76 to M.D. Descant, Inc. for services rendered.

 

               Mr. Bill Tudor spoke of the construction at the new Jr. High saying everything is still on schedule and on budget.  The slab has been poured and the steel beams are being put in place.  Mr. Tudor stated that the project is approximately 16% complete.

 

 

               Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved payment of $5,500.00 to M.E. Tate Roofing to construct roof over gymnasium door at Colfax Elementary.

 

               Motion made by Mr. McCain, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved payment from the general fund in the amount of $5,125.81 for expenditure overage in JAG grant.

 

               Motion made by Mr. McCain, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Browning, and unanimously approved payment from the general fund in the amount of $11,180.03 for expenditure overage in EEF (Educational Excellence).

 

               Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to approve the following budgets for the 2010-2011 year:  General Fund Operational Budget, Parishwide and District Budget, Lunch Fund Operational Budget and the Federal Funds Budget.

 

               Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved a resolution adopting and implementing the General Fund and the Special Revenue Funds Budget.

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               Motion made by Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved to accept as written the Proposed Pupil Progression Plan for the 2010-2011 school year.

 

               Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the Grant Parish Student Discipline Policy.

 

               The Board Members accepted for review the Rapides Foundation STEM Grant to be voted on at the August Board Meeting.

 

               Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the Resolution of Support for Grant Funding from the Rapides Foundation for Healthy People - Tobacco Prevention & Control Initiative Grant and Education:  STEM/CTE/Leadership.

 

               The Board Members accepted for review the following policies:  JBH (Attendance Report for Student Drivers), and JGB (School Wellness), for approval at the August Board Meeting.

 

               Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. McCain and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to renew contracts on the following personnel:  Paula Crawford, Randy Crawford, Stacy Felton, Debbie McKay and Becky Reeder.      

 

               Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the Superintendent to travel out of state to Natchez MS. To the JBHM meeting.

 

               Motion made by Mr. McCain, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to approve the following transfers as listed:

 

Transfers:

 

1.   Alden Kuhn from agriculture teacher @ Montgomery High to agriculture teacher @ Grant High effective 06-15-10.

 

2.   Susan Atwell from special education paraprofessional @ DPJH to special education paraprofessional @ Grant High effective 08-09-10

 

3.   Sheila Dubois from special education paraprofessional @ Grant High to special education paraprofessional @ DPJH 08-09-10

 

4.   Janet Slatten from special education paraprofessional @ DPJH to special education paraprofessional @ Grant High effective 08-09-10

 

5.     Ben Bryan from Janitor II at Pollock Elementary to Janitor I at Pollock Elementary effective 07-01-10

 

6.     Janice Aymond from secretary @ Grant High to secretary @ Pollock Elementary effective 07-19-10

              

               Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to accept the following returning staff for the 2010-2011 school year:

 

Returning Staff for 2010-2011:

 

1.  Mary Kidd - special education teacher @ Montgomery High School - continuous employment from 2009-2010

 

2.  Fern Land - part time French teacher @ Montgomery High School - continuous employment from 2009-2010

 

3.  Virgil Keathley - social studies teacher @ Georgetown High - continuous employment from 2009-2010

 

4.  Regina Kirtland - pre-k teacher @ Georgetown High School - continuous employment from 2009-2010

 

5.  Melva King - business teacher @ Montgomery High School - continuous employment from 2009-2010

   

               Motion made b y Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the following terminations as written:

 

Terminations:

 

1.   Kevin McCracken - bus driver @ Verda Elementary effective 05-21-10 per Employment availability documentation

 

2.   Billy Waters - Janitor I @ Grant High effective 06-14-10

 

3.   Yvonne Monroe - bus attendant @ Pollock Elementary effective 05-21-10

 

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

 

Elimination of Positions:

 

1.   Sandy Wilson – secretary/dispatcher at the bus shop effective 07-01-10

 

2.   Carrie Jackson – 3 hour sweeper @ Montgomery High effective 05-21-10

 

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

 

Retirement:

 

1.  Bettie Sergent - 3 hour sweeper @ Central Office effective 07-19-10

 

2.  Nancy Middleton - teacher @ Georgetown High effective 06-30-10

 

3.  Nancy Middleton - waive intention to return to service following her Sabbatical due to the best interest of the School District. 

 

Motion made by Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to employ the following personnel:

 

Employ:

 

1.   Jason Tinsley - Health/P.E. teacher @ DPJH effective 07-26-10

 

2.   Lynette Paul- Morse- English teacher @ Grant High, replacing Emillie Collins effective 08-09-10

 

3.   Deanna Hodges - science teacher @ DPJH, replacing Matthew Gallien effective 08-09-10.   

 

4.   Sarah Barrow - 2nd grade teacher @ South Grant replacing Lana Neely effective  08-09-10

 

5.  Carmen Cook - 4th grade teacher @ Colfax Elementary rehire eff. 08-09-10

 

6.  Haley Dean - 2nd grade teacher @ Colfax Elementary rehire effective 08-09-10

 

7.  Karin Paulk - special education teacher @ Colfax Elementary rehire effective  08-09-10

 

8.  Deborah McFarland - family consumer science teacher @ Grant High rehire effective 08-09-10

 

9.  Brandon Dyson - math teacher @ Montgomery High rehire effective 08-09-10

 

10.  Amy Merrell - 5th grade teacher @ South Grant Elem. rehire eff. 08-09-10

 

11. Michael Dubois - biology teacher @ Montgomery High rehire eff. 08-02-10

 

12. Kelli Brasher - math/health and physical education teacher @ Grant High Rehire effective 08-02-10

 

               The Superintendent gave each of the Board Members copies of updates from the Legislative session.  They were also given copies of the Off-system bridge replacement.  Kecia Nugent, Director of Transportation, stated that our buses have already been going around the bridge as it does not meet standards. 

 

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

 

 

/s/Marvin DeLong                                                       

Marvin DeLong

President

Grant Parish School Board

ATTEST:

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Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board