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, MAY 3, 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, May 3, 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 Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the minutes for the April 5, 2011 regular board meeting to be published in the official journal. 

 

Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved to accept the revised agenda.

 

The Superintendent recognized and presented a flag to Mrs. Lou Ann Edwards, (who accepted for Mr. Ralph Simmons - principal at Georgetown High) for Exemplary Academic Growth.

 

The Superintendent recognized and presented a flag to Mr. Randy Crawford - principal of Grant High School for being Recognized in Academic Growth.

 

The Superintendent recognized the following teachers as being "Teacher of the Year" for the school year 2011-2012:

 

Elementary - Ms. Crystal Cotton (Colfax Elementary)

Middle/Jr. High - Mr. Frank Peacock (Dry Prong Jr. High)

High School - Ms. Dana Brunson (Grant High School)

 

The Superintendent recognized and presented the following students a certificate for Recognition of Academic All-State in Softball: 

 

Grant High - Jaymee McFarland - Class 4-A Composite Academic All-State and Lauren Ray - Class 4-A Academic All-State

Georgetown High - Christa Deville - Class C Academic All-State

 

The Superintendent recognized and presented the following students a certificate for recognition of Academic All-State in Baseball:

 

Grant High School:  Lane Noakes - Class 4-A Academic All-State

Montgomery High School - Taylor Williams - Class A Academic All - State

 

                The Superintendent recognized and presented certificates, along with Becky Reeder, to the following 6th grade students, from Pollock Elementary, who attended the Region VI Science Fair held at LSU-A on Saturday, February 9, 2011.  They were as listed: 

 

1.  Ragan Delrie - 1st place in Chemistry

2.  Peyton Roussell - Honorable Mention in Engineering, Materials and Bioengineering

3.  Mallory Duffey - 2nd place in Environmental Science

4.  Sam Hudgens - 1st place in Mathematics

5.  Austin Tammen - 1st place in Microbiology

6.  Kade Chandler - 3rd place in Physics

 

Ragan Delrie, Sam Hudgens, and Austin Tammen attended the State Science Fair in Baton Rouge in March to represent Region VI.  Ragan Delrie placed 3rd in state.

 

The Superintendent recognized the following students that were district winners for the LSBA Art Contest for all of their work and achievement in art: 

 

                1.  Taylor Tullis,

                2.  Savannah Chandler and

                3.  Trey Holmes

 

Carolyn Lincecum, of Horace Mann, presented Courtney Willis with a $100.00 gift card for perfect attendance for the month of March, 2011.
 

There were no other guests at the meeting.

 

The Superintendent asked the Board to consider accepting the Reapportionment map approved by the Grant Parish Police Jury.  The Board decided to take no action at this time but will look at the map again before the June 14, 2011 board meeting at which time they will vote again.

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, for the finance committee, seconded by Mr. Pennison and approved awarding the Worker’s Compensation bid to Lions Insurance Company.  Mrs. Layton, Mr. Oliver, Mr. DeLong, Mr. Lavespere voted yea and Mr. Futrell voted nay to the vote.  Mr. Browning abstained from the vote.  Motion passed 5 to 2.  

 

The Board received proposals for Property and Boiler Insurance from Mr. M.B. Slocum, of Brown and Brown of Louisiana, Inc. and Michael Slaughter of the Slaughter Insurance Agency to be voted on at the June board meeting.

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved district and parish budget revisions for Grant High School.

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved payment of invoice #107902 to Alliance Design Group, in the amount of $20,856.90, for services rendered.

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved payment of Application and Certificate # 16 to M. D. Descant Inc., in the amount of  $854,469.28, for services rendered.

 

Motion made by Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved giving permission to the Superintendent to acquire an appraisal for excess property at the Montgomery Gaines Jr. High.

 

A motion was put on the table to adopt a resolution to acquire the building and property Futrell Chevrolet, Inc.. There was no action taken at that time.  This has been delayed until the June 14, 2011 board meeting.

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, for the finance committee, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the 2011-2012 General Fund Budget Process/Timeline.

 

Mr. Bill Tudor stated Grant Jr. High is under budget and on schedule.  They are in the process of putting down the floors and ceiling tiles.  The air conditioners have the chillers on to keep the air circulating.  The crew is waiting for school to let out to complete outside work and driveway.

 

Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved seeking an appraisal and to follow the guidelines on the sale on a strip of property at Dry Prong Jr. High for the purpose of high speed internet.  Nexasis is interested in the property.

  

Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved changing the June Board Meeting from June 7, 2011 to June 14, 2011.

 

Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the appointment of The Chronicle as the Official Journal for July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 for the Grant Parish School Board.

 

Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved renewing the contracts for the following Supervisors, Principal’s and Assistant Principals:  Rebecca Reeder - Supervisor of Elementary Education - effective 06-04-11 through 06-03-13, Patti Williams - Principal at Montgomery High, effective 05-26-11 to 05-26-13, Shane Seward - Assistant Principal at Colfax Elementary, effective 02-09-11 through 02-08-13.

 

Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved entering into an Interagency Agreement with Christus St. Francis Hospital to continue School Based Health Clinics for Grant Jr. High and Pollock Elementary from August 11, 2011 to August 12, 2012.

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Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved giving permission to the Superintendent to disperse millage checks and sales tax supplement checks on the 18th of May, 2011.

 

Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved adopting a resolution to support legislation that would enact a moratorium regarding "Letter - Grade Labeling of Schools" and "Value Added Employee Evaluations" and approval of any additional Charter Schools other than Type 4 Charters.

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Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved adopting a resolution to support legislation to extend the expiration date of 2029 for payment of the unfunded accrued liability to the Teacher Retirement System of Louisiana and the Louisiana School Employees Retirement System and revise the current level of increased annual funding dedicated to repayment.

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

 

A.  Lee Dunbar - Child Welfare/Maintenance Supervisor @ GPSB eff. 10-01-11

B.  Gaylyn Bryan - Lunchroom worker @ Georgetown High effective 05-21-11

 

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

 

A.  Rhonda Landry - lunchroom tech @ Georgetown High effective 05-20-11

B.  Ben Bryan - Janitor I @ Pollock Elementary, effective 05-02-11

 

Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation for the following transfer:

 

A.  Desirree Sikes from 10 month sweeper @ Pollock Elem. to Janitor II @ Pollock Elem., replacing Ben Bryan effective 05-04-11.

 

Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to employ the following person:

 

A.  Meghan Melder as dance line sponsor @ Grant High School.

 

The Superintendent stated to the Board Members there were no findings with the 2009-2010 Financial Risk Audit.  The Superintendent thanked all of her staff for a job well done.

The Superintendent stated that an advertisement went out for a Maintenance Foreman to replace a full time Supervisory position. The foreman will be in charge of the maintenance department.

 

The Superintendent also stated the School Board will advertise for an assistant principal at Verda Elementary.  Verda is the only school in Grant Parish that does not have an assistant principal. 

 

There was an update on the architect’s proposals for the work to be done at Montgomery High and Verda Elementary.  The Superintendent will have a walk through with the architects on May 17, 2011.

 

As far as Dry Prong Jr. High, there will be a use meeting and survey results at the next committee meeting which is scheduled for May 9, 2011.

 

The Superintendent gave the Board members a list of the District Literary Rally.  The Superintendent was very proud of all of the winners.

 

All of the Board Members were given a copy of the dates and times for graduations, along with a copy of all of the usual reports. 

 

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

/s/Randy Browning                                            

Randy Browning

President                                                         

Grant Parish School Board

 

ATTEST:

______________________________

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board