THE OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRANT PARISH SCHOOL

 BOARD OF THE PARISH OF GRANT, STATE OF LOUISIANA, TAKEN

AT A REGULAR MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011

 

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, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 6:00 o’clock P.M.

 

                There were present Mr. Marvin DeLong, Mr. Roland ”Buddy Pennison”, Mr. Randy Browning, Mr. Eddie Baxley, Mr. A.J. Lavespere, Mr. A.D. Futrell, Mrs. Karen Layton, 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 Randy Browning, 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 minutes from the March 1, 2011 Regular Board Meeting.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved the minutes from the March 15, 2011 Special Board Meeting.

 

                The Superintendent recognized and presented the following students, Taylor Jordan and Kyle Whitehead, for advancing to the state FFA Welding Competition.

 

                The Superintendent recognized and presented the following students, Kyle Whitehead - 10th place, Tanner Pittman - 15th place and Nathaniel Martin for placing 17th at the National Welding Competition.

 

                The Superintendent recognized and presented the following drill team students for their State Championships:

 

Maroon Knights:                                        Lady Golden Knights:

Cody Jameson                                                     Hannah Brewer

Justin Jameson                                                     Alexandria Broadhead

John Kassan                                                         Taylor Higgins

Mackinnly Lewis                                                 Lauren Johnson

Deontrey Means                                                  Jordan McManus

Joe Price                                                                Courtney Pittman

Derek Slayter                                                        Keila Sanchez

Justin Temple                                                       Hillary Toribio

Seth White                                                            Candice Yargo

Michael Zimmerman                                             Kelsey Zimmerman

 

 

                There were no additional guests signed in for the meeting.

 

                Ms. Carolyn Lincecum, from Horace Mann Insurance presented Mrs. Jackson with a $100.00 gift card for Ms. Carolyn Jones, bus attendant at South Grant Elementary, for perfect attendance for the month of February 2011.

 

                Taylor & Sons Insurance presented Mrs. Melisa James with a plaque and a gift card in recognition as being Employee of the Month.

 

                Ms. Heather Urena, with Kisatchie Delta spoke to the Board concerning redistricting of the parish.

 

                The Board accepted Worker’s Compensation Insurance proposals from Slaughter Insurance Agency, and Brown & Brown of Louisiana, Inc., dba Slocum & Associates for approval at the May 3, 2011 board meeting.

 

                The Transportation and Maintenance Committee had nothing to report.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved payment for invoice # 107896 to Alliance Design Group, in the amount of $13,670.00 for services rendered.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved payment of Application & Certificate # 15 for Payment to M.D. Descant, Inc., in the amount of $659,438.59 for services rendered.

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved district and parishwide budget revisions.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved awarding the bid for lockers for Grant Jr. High to La. School Equipment Co..  The other bid we received did not meet the Board’s specifications.

 

                Mr. H.B. Smith, from Alliance Design Group, stated Grant Jr. High is still on schedule.  He stated the rest of the roof will be finished within two weeks.  All of their mechanical interior work is 99% finished.  Everything with Grant Jr. High is looking great.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the Academic Calendar for the 2011-2012 school year.

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                Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved advertising for construction/renovation proposals at Verda Elementary.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved advertising for construction/renovation proposals at Montgomery High.

 

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

 

                The Grant Parish School Board decided to keep Policy GAMEB - Transportation and Drug Testing 1A as it is currently written.

 

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

 

Retirements:         

                A.  Janice Martin, Janitor 1 @ DPJH effective 07-01-11.

 

Resignations:

                A.  Robin Faircloth, lunchroom technician @ Georgetown High effective 04-18-11.

 

                Transfers:

 

A.  Effective March 21, 2011, Rhonda Landry, food service manager at Georgetown High is transferring to lunchroom technician position.  Jennifer Carter, lunchroom technician at Georgetown High is transferring to food service manager.  Both Rhonda Landry and Jennifer Carter have  requested this transfer.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously

 

Approved the following correction:

 

                Corrections:

                A.  Cheryl Paul - teacher @ South Grant Elem. Sabbatical should be effective 03-14-11 and not 03-09-11 as previously recorded .

 

                The Superintendent went over the rising costs of insurance the school board is responsible for.  The Teacher’s Retirement Systems of Louisiana Employer Contribution Rate went from 20.2% to 23.7% and the LSERS from 24.3% to 28.6%.

 

                The Superintendent reported that the MFP remained the same as last year.

 

                The Superintendent gave each of the Board Members a card from LSBA, showing their membership and the fact that they all have their required number of training hours required by law.

 

                The Superintendent gave the Board an overview of the meeting that was held concerning Dry Prong Jr. High.  The meeting went well with many people voicing opinions on what needed to be done with the school when the children move into Grant Jr. High.  Mrs. Jackson is still taking suggestions on what to do with the school.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Pennison 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