THE OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRANT PARISH SCHOOL

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

AT A REGULAR MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, JUNE 20, 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, Monday, June 20, 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, and Mr. Terry Oliver.

 

Mrs. Karen Layton 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 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 Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved the revised agenda.

 

Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the May 3, 2011 Minutes.

 

Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the May 23, 2011 Special Board Meeting Minutes.

 

The Superintendent recognized Jaymee McFarland for Academic All-State in Track.

 

The Superintendent recognized the following State Literary Rally winners:

 

Georgetown High:

Destin Bagley - 1st place in Food & Nutrition

Morgan Bruce - 2nd place in Algebra I

 

Grant High:

Austin Williams - 1st place in Agriscience I

Michael Abrams - 3rd place in Agriscience III

The Superintendent recognized the following personnel for Outstanding School

 

Support Employees for the school year 2010-2011.

 

  1. Tricia Carter of Pollock Elementary

  2. Blaise O’Flynn of Montgomery High

  3. Sue Faircloth of Grant High

 

Mrs. Carolyn Lincecum was present at the board meeting to present Kathy A. Goudeau, from Colfax Elementary, with a gift card for perfect attendance for the month of May.

 

Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Delong and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation that the Board approve the Cooperative Agreement Renewal between the Grant Parish School Board and the LSU Agriculture Department.  

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved payment of invoice # 107909 to Alliance Design Group, in the amount of $14,059.70, for services rendered.

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved payment of Application and Certificate for Payment (Application #17) to M. D. Descant Inc., in the amount of $754,478.20 for services rendered.

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the District and Parishwide revisions.

 

The Board Members received for approval at the July 19, 2011 board meeting a copy of the 2011-2012 budgets.  It was determined there will be a Special Board Meeting called for a work session to be held July 5, 2011 concerning the budget.

 

Mr. Bill Tudor, of Alliance Design Group, said Grant Jr. High is on schedule and under budget.  He scheduled a walk through for the Board Members and teachers for June 30, 2011. 

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved selection of the lowest bidder for the Property Insurance Renewal.  RSUI Insurance as proposed by Brown & Brown of Louisiana Inc..

 

Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved selection of the lowest bidder for Boiler & Machinery Renewal.  CNA Insurance Co. as proposed by Brown & Brown of Louisiana Inc..

 

Motion made by Mr. Lavesperee, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved moving the selection for an architect for the Montgomery/Verda renovation/construction to the next Board Meeting to be held July 19, 2011.

 

The 2011-2012 General Fund Budget adoption time line must be considered for adoption after July 14, 2011.

 

Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Lavespere to change the July Board Meeting to July 19, 2011 to have time for the thirty day viewing period of the General Fund Budget.

 

Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and approved the preliminary 2011-2012 General Fund Budget for adoption at the July 19, 2011 Board Meeting.  There were 6 yeas, Mr. Browning, Mr. Lavespere, Mr. Baxley, Mr. DeLong, Mr. Oliver, Mr. Futrell.  Mr. Pennison opposed.  Mrs. Layton was absent.

 

Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the 2011-2012 Preliminary Parishwide and District Budget for adoption at the July 2011 Board Meeting.

 

Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved considering approval of the 2011-2012 Lunch Fund Operational Budget to be adopted at the July 2011 Board Meeting.

 

Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved all other operational budgets for 2011-2012 for adoption at the July 2011 Board Meeting.

 

Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved Colfax Banking Co. and Bank of Montgomery as fiscal agents for the Grant Parish School Board, with Colfax Banking Co. as the official depository bank.

 

Motion made by Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved the following Principal’s and Asst. Principal’s contracts:

 

Shana Delrie - July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013

Rebecca Durand - July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013

Jane Seward - July 27, 2011 to July 26, 2013

Robert Smith - July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013

Paxton Teddlie - July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013

Mary Nichols - July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013

 

Motion made by Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the 2011-2012 Preliminary Federal Programs Consolidated Application.

 

Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the 2009-2010 NCLB/IDEA ARRA Combined Amendment.

 

The Board members received copies of the District and School Handbooks for approval at the July Board Meeting.

 

The Board received copies of the 2011-2012 proposed price increases for lunch for approval at the July Board Meeting.

 

The Board Members received for approval at the July Board Meeting Policies: BCBH (Minutes of Board Meeting), DFD (Tax and Bond Elections and Sales), EBC (Buildings and Grounds Security), JB (Attendance), JBD (Student Absences and Excuses), and KGA (Public Conduct on School Property). 

 

Item XXVI was tabled concerning unused School Board property.  This will be discussed at a later board meeting.

 

Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved giving the Superintendent permission to accept Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development acquisition of parcel numbers 4-1, 4-4, and 44-C (167 right of way at main entrance of Dry Prong Jr. High after trying to get another entrance to the school property.

 

Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved assigning Randy Crawford as principal at Grant Academy in addition to his current appointment as principal at Grant High.

 

Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to appoint Julie Cole as Assistant Principal at Verda Elementary.

 

Motion made by Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to appoint Mr. Hamp LaCour as Maintenance Foreman.  Mr. DeLong voted nay.

 

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

 

  1. Janet Slatten - Para @ Grant High - effective 05-31-11

  2. Teresa Belles - Guidance Counselor @ Grant High - effective 06-13-11

  3. Deborah Hawks Harlan - Pre-school Itinerant Teacher @ Central Office effective 07-01-11.

 

Motion made by Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to accept the following resignations:

 

  1. Christian Odom - Paraprofessional at Grant High School, effective 05-20-11.

  2. Russell S. Roberts - Teacher/Coach @ Grant High, effective 06-13-11.

  3. JaLee White Jones - teacher @ Grant High effective 05-25-11.

  4. Lance Brasher - teacher @ Grant High effective 06-13-11.

  5. Melinda Lummus - teacher @ Colfax Elem. effective 05-20-11

  6. Alanna Roberts - teacher @Verda Elementary effective 06-08-11.

  7. Paul Roberts - teacher @ Dry Prong Jr. High effective 05-20-11.

  8. Jessica Ayers - teacher @ Georgetown High effective 05-20-11

 

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

 

  1. Shirley Johnson from Principal at Grant Academy to Assistant Principal @ Grant High effective 07-12-11.

  2. Cassie Johnson, from Special Education teacher @ Grant Academy, to Special Education teacher @ Verda Elementary effective 08-09-11.

  3. Wendy Futrell from Special Education teacher @ Verda Elementary to 8(g) Pre School teacher at Georgetown High School effective 08-09-11.

  4. David Reimer from Special Education Teacher @ Grant Academy to parish-Wide GED/adult education teacher, effective 08-09-11.

  5. Gwen Mercer from Counselor at Grant Academy to Counselor @ Grant High effective 07-26-11.

  6. Ashley Mercer from Vocational/Special Education teacher @ Grant Academy  to Special Education teacher @ Grant High effective 08-09-11.

  7. Frances Watson from Vocational/Special Education Paraprofessional @ Grant Academy to Special Education Paraprofessional @ South Grant Elementary effective 08-09-11.

  8. Aimee Watts from Pupil Appraisal Social Worker to Social Worker @ Grant Academy effective 07-26-11.

  9. Tim Tyler from Grant Academy to 6th grade teacher at Colfax Elementary effective 08/09/11.

  10. Lou Ann Edwards @ Georgetown High from regular education teacher HSE to special education tracking HSE.

  11. Melissa Brumley @ Montgomery High  School from full time HSE to teaching HSE.

  12. Arlene Sharbono from HSE at Dry Prong Jr. High to District Staff Development Coordinator.

  13. Dana Brunson from special education teacher at Grant High to HSE at Grant Jr. High.

 

Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation to accept the following termination:

 

  1. Jenifer Ryan Social Worker @ South Grant Elementary effective 06-06-11.

 

Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommendation for the following requests for unpaid leave:

 

  1. Mary Brunson an unpaid leave of absence for the 2011-2012 school year.

  2. Jessica Erin Guin an unpaid leave of absence for the 2011-2012 school year.

 

The Superintendent gave each of the Board Members a copy of a Federal Newsletter along with all of the usual reports for the Board Members folders.  Mr. Doug Mitchell will be at the July Board Meeting.  She also gave the Board Members a copy of the Connections Application.

 

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