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, JULY 19, 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, July 19, 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 July 14, 2011 Regular Board Meeting Minutes.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the June 22, 2011 Special Board Meeting Minutes.

 

            The Superintendent recognized the following High School Valedictorians and Salutatorians:

 

Georgetown -

 

Val - Breanne Smith

Sal - Erin Hatten

 

Grant -

 

Val - Malia Tarpley, Jaymee McFarland, Billy Smith, Jesse Suggs, Rachel Lagrange, and Byron Paul

Sal - Bryon Williams

 

Montgomery -

 

Val - Taylor Williams, Levi Borders

Sal - Kadee Teddlie

 

         Ms. Mattison McCain was to be recognized for her golfing skills but was unable to attend the Board meeting as she was on a mission trip.

 

            Mrs. Carolyn Lincecum, of Horace Mann Insurance, presented the Superintendent with a $100.00 gift card for Carlie Robicheaus perfect attendance for the month of May, 2011.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved adding to the agenda to enter into a contract with Mr. Doug Mitchell over redistricting.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved entering into a contract with Mr. Doug Mitchell, of North Delta - Redistricting for redistricting work for the Grant Parish School Board.  

 

            All of the items for the finance committee were added to the agenda due to there being no quorum for the committee.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Baxley, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved invoice #107914 to Alliance Design Group in the amount of $12,830.02 for services rendered.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Baxley, for the finance committee, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved Application and Certificate #18 in the amount of $679,587.25 for services rendered.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Baxley, for the Finance Committee, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved withdrawing $64,348.99 from the Regular EEF account and $198,884.01 from the EEF Treasury account for a total of $258,233.00.

 

            Mr. Bill Tudor told the Superintendent and the Board Members that Grant Jr. High was on schedule and under budget.  The gym floors and the bleachers are down and the gym floors are being waxed at this time.  All of the kitchen equipment is in and working, including all freezers.  There have been no glitches.  There will be many inspections the week of July 25, 2011.

 

            Mrs. Melanie Lavespere gave a brief summary of the spring 2011 tests results.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved the 2011-2012 General Fund Operational Budget.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved the 2010-2011 Parishwide and District Budget.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the 2011-2012 Lunch Fund Operational Budget.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the approval of a resolution adopting and implementing the General Fund and the Special Revenue funds budget.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved the lunch prices for the 2011-2012 school year.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the 2011-2012 School and District Handbooks, including an amendment to include the guidelines for JROTC members receiving letter jackets.

 

            The Board Members were given a copy of the Pupil Progression Plan for the 2011-2012 school year to be voted on at the August Board Meeting.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Lasvespere, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved the 2011-2012 Personnel Handbook.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the 2011-2012 Personnel Performance Review Plan.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved granting Cleco Power LLC a right of way permit for electrical lines at Colfax Elementary.

 

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            Motion made by Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved a resolution to execute a sale to the State of Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development of parcel numbers 4-1, 4-4, and 4-4-C-1, on project No. H.000794.3/023-02-0018, LA – US Hwy 167, in Grant Parish, Louisiana.

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            Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved a resolution with respect to ordering and calling a special election to authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds in Montgomery School District No. 21, and Verda School District No. 31, and providing for other matters in connection therewith.

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            Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved Alliance Design Group as the architect for the Montgomery High/Verda Elementary constructional/renovation projects.

 

            Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously adopted the following policies: BCBH (Minutes of the 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).

 

            Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved the following personnel changes:

 

Retirements:

 

            1. Mrs. Patsy McLaren – Food Service Cafeteria Manager @ Verda Elem. eff. 08-01-11.

            2.  Mrs. Juanita Chelette – Food Service Technician @ Verda Elem. eff. 08-01-11.

 

Resignations:

 

            1   Brandon Smith, Agriculture Instructor, @ Georgetown High eff. 06-30-11.

            2.  Mindy Newlee –Social Studies teacher @ Montgomery High eff.06-14-11.

            3.  Kristy Lummus –  Math teacher @ Dry Prong Jr. High eff. 07-14-11.

            4.  Deborah B. Maxwell – 2nd grade teacher @ Georgetown High eff. 07-18-11.

            5.  Kelly Mathews – Science teacher @ Dry Prong Jr. High effective 08-01-11.

 

Transfers:

            1.  Helen Bowen – 3.5 hour lunch technician @ Grant High and 3.5 hour

                 technician at Dry Prong Jr. High transfer to lunchroom manager @ Verda Elem. eff. 08-02-11.

                       

Employ:

            1.  Mindy Bradford as 10 month sweeper @ Pollock Elementary replacing DesireeSikes eff. 07-26-11.

 2.  Tracy Rhodes- 7 hour technician replacing Rhonda Landry at GTHS eff. 08-09-11.

3.  Geraldine McQuillian- 3.5 hour technician at DPJH and 3.5 hour technician at Grant High replacing Helen Bowen effective 08-09-11.

4.  Melissa Ball- 7 hour technician replacing Robin Faircloth at Grant High eff. 08-09-11.

5.  Mary S. Skelton- 7 hour technician replacing Gaylyn Bryan at Pollock Elementary effective 08-09-11.

6.  Kari Gates- 3.5 hour technician at Verda and 3.5 hour technician at MHS filling existing open position effective 08-09-11.

7.  Amanda Davidson- 7 hour technician replacing Juanita Chelette at Verda Elem. eff. 08-09-11.

8.  Justin Maxwell – teacher @ Grant High, replacing Candace Zell effective 08-09-11.

9.  Brandon Harmon – teacher @ Grant Jr. High replacing Jason Tinsley eff. 07-26-11.

10. Julie Brown – teacher @ Colfax Elem. replacing Melinda Lummus eff. 08-09-11.

11.  Bailey Lott – teacher @ South Grant Elem. effective 08-09-11.

12.  Jordan James – teacher @ Montgomery High replacing Mindy Newlee eff. 08-09-11.

13.  Emily Crawford – teacher @ Pollock Elem. replacing Erin Guin eff. 08-09-11.

14.  Brian Calk –maintenance laborer replacing Hamp LaCour eff. 07-20-11. 

15.  Lana Craig 2nd grade teacher at Pollock Elementary School rehire effective 08/09/11 

16.  Emily Breland math teacher at Grant Jr. High School rehire effective 08/09/11 

17.  Aaron Atwood math teacher at Grant High School rehire effective 08/09/11 

18.  Justin Sims special education teacher at Colfax Elementary School rehire Effective 08/09/11. 

19.  Courtney Babin 3rd grade teacher at Colfax Elementary School rehire effective 08/09/11. 

20.  Brandie Hicks social studies teacher at Grant Jr. High School rehire effective 08/09/11. 

21.  Lynette Morse-Paul English teacher at Grant High School rehire eff. 08/09/11.

           

The Superintendent let the board members know that there was a copy of the calendar for the 2011-2012 holidays for the central office staff, along with a flyer on the upcoming LSBA Workshop.  The Superintendent went over ACT 718 with the board members.  The Superintendent stated that as far as she knows all students have the textbooks needed to complete their class as long as the teacher requested them.   Some classes use textbooks as only one of their resources to implement curriculum. She also stated all of the regular reports were in their folder.

 

            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