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, OCTOBER 7, 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, October 7, 2010 at 6:00 o’clock P.M.

 

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

                Mr. Craig McCain was 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. Futrell, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the revised agenda.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the September 2, 2010 minutes.

 

                Mr. Ralph Kimbell, from Taylor & Sons recognized Ms. Sherrie Elsasser with a plaque as employee of the month for the month of September.

 

                Ms. Lisa Collins, from Horace Mann Ins., presented Ms. Barbara Goodger with a gift card for being the perfect attendance employee of the month for the month of August, 2010.

 

                There was nothing to report from the Transportation and Maintenance Committee.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, for the Finance Committee, and unanimously approved invoice #7867 in the amount of $10,251.11 to Alliance Design Group, for services rendered.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved Application and Certificate #9 to M.D. Descant, Inc., in the amount of $646,698.52 for services rendered.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the bid from Cenla Timber behind Georgetown High.

 

1.  Pine Sawtimber  - $230/MBF

2.  Hardwood Sawtimber - $150/MBF

3.  Pine Pulpwood - $7.00/ton

4.  Hardwood Pulpwood - $3.00/ton

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved Grant High district budget revision.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved Georgetown High district budget revision.

 

                There were no bids received on the rodeo fencing at Georgetown High so there was no action required.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved $15,000.00 transfer from Georgetown’s district funds to pay for fencing for the softball field.

 

                Mr. H.B. Smith gave an update on the latest information on Grant Jr. High.  The project is on schedule and on budget.  The slab has been poured for approximately 8,000 feet of parking and a metal roof has been placed on the gym.  The contractors are now working on a new access road adjacent to the building.  The weather has been cooperative and everything seems to be moving as anticipated.

 

                The Superintendent presented or mailed retirement plaques, with her sincere appreciation, to the following personnel:

 

1.  Mr. W.O. Norris

2.  Ms. Emma Washington

3.  Mrs. Mary Dean

4.  Ms. Bonnie Walker

5.  Ms. Ginger Liles

6.  Ms. Bonnie Sullivan

7.  Mr. Hulon Lavespere

8.  Ms. Bettie Sergent

9.  Mrs. Jan Jones

10.Mr. Gary Jones

11. Mrs. Jean Smith

12. Ms. Mary Scherer

13. Mr. James Reeves

14.  Mrs. Elizabeth Rene’ Reimer

15. Ms. Lacy LaCour

16. Ms. Nancy Middleton

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved adopting the following policies:  EE,  Child Nutrition Program Management; BCBH, Minutes of Board Meetings; EDD, School Bus Scheduling and Routing; GBDA, Employment of Retired Personnel; IDFA, Interscholastic Athletics; JB, Attendance; JBA, Compulsory School Attendance Ages;  JBC, School Admission; JBCD, Student Transfer and Withdrawal; JBD, Student  Absences and Excuses; JCDAF, Bullying, Cyberbullying, Intimidation, Harassment, and Hazing; JCDB, Student Dress Code, and JGFG, Illness and Accidents.

 

                The board members received copies of the policy EG, Insurance and Risk Management, to be voted on at the November 4, 2010 board meeting.

 

                The motion about surveying all stakeholders concerning interest in a 4-day work week at Georgetown was tabled until further notice.

 

                Motion by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to accept the following resignations and employment of personnel:

 

1.  Retirements:  none

2.  Resignations:

1.  Mary Skelton – lunchroom tech@ Pollock Elementary effective 09-30-10.

2.  Karla Cooper – teacher @ Grant High effective 09-10-10. 

3.  Transfers:  none

4.  Employ:

1.  Jason Harvey – science teacher @ Grant High, replacing Karla Cooper eff. 09-22-10.

2.  Robert Newton – Janitor II @ Grant High effective 10-01-2010. 

3.  Christian Odom – interpreter/paraprofessional @ Grant High effective 10-08-10.

 

                At this point of the meeting the Superintendent discussed several items she had handed out to the board members.  The first item was concerning the ”Red Tape Reduction and Local Improvement Act”.  The Superintendent stated the board needed to learn more about the act before they decided to act on it.

 

                The Department of Education has said that the Letter Grades Bill for schools will now be graded another way.  Instead of the schools being graded by a star system they will now be graded by letter, A, B, or C. 

 

                The Education Job Funds Program will be addressed again in November, 2010.

 

                The Grant Parish School System’s student count is up by 12 children since the closing of school in the 2009-2010 school year.

 

                The Uniformed Grading Scale states that the state will have one grading scale for all schools.

 

                Waiting for Superman, a documentary recently released was also discussed.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the Board going into Executive Session to discuss a parental concern.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the Board go back into regular session.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved going back into Executive Session to discuss the status of pending litigation in that matter styled ”Shenan Smith Purvis v. No. 17427, Grant Parish School Board and Jana Lashley Consolidated with Jessica Thomisee, Jana Lashley and Grant Parish School Board Consolidated with Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation v. Shenan Purvis and Safeway Ins. Co. of America, Docket No. 17427, 35th Judicial District Court, Grant Parish”

 

                Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved going back into regular session.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved to adjourn the meeting. 

                                 

/s/Marvin DeLong                                    

Marvin DeLong

President

Grant Parish School Board

 

ATTEST:

______________________________

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board