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 10, 2012.

 

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 10, 2012 at 6:00 o'clock  P.M.

 

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

 

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 A.J. Lavespere, 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. Browning and unanimously approved the revised agenda.

 

Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved the March 6, 2012 Regular Board Meeting Minutes.

 

Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mrs. Karen Layton and unanimously approved the March 26, 2012 Special Training Meeting Minutes.

 

Motion made by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved changing the June 5, 2012 board meeting to June 14, 2012.

The following students were recognized at the April Board Meeting:

 

Student of the Year Competition:

 

A. Montgomery High, Grant High and Georgetown High State Literary Qualifiers.

 

Montgomery:

 

Advanced Math - Garth Lasyone

AgriScience - Chevy Chelette

English IV - Sean Callahan

Nutrition/Food- Brittnany Shelton

 

Grant High:

 

Accounting- Callie Hunter

AgriScience I - Mallory Beth Crawford

AgriScience II - Austin Willimans

AgriScience III- Christian Daspit

Algebra I - Ethan Lewis

English - Evhan Lewis

English II- Taylor McCoy

Family and Consumer Science- Joey Nichols

Physics - Elias Sanders

Psychology- Victoria Ulmer

Spanish I- Allyson Maxwell

U. S. History- Mitchell Pardue

World History- Joseph Fowler

 

Georgetown High:

 

Ag I.:   Kellee Rey

Algebra I:  Kendra Stapleton

Biology I: Shane Owens

Chemistry: Brittany Nugent

Civics:  Zachary Lasyone

English III:  Casey  Brewer

English VI:   Caitlyn Nugent

Enviromnental Applications: Rachael Montgomery­

Enviromnental science:  Daylon Bruce

Family and Consumer Science: Kenyatta Martin

Free Enterprise:  Destin Bagley

Geometry: Morgan Bruce Health:  Megan Smith

Intro to Business & Computer Appl.:  Caleb Lasyone

Nutrition & Food: Savanah Lincecum

Parenthood:  Felicity Traylor Psychology:  Courtney Stapleton

Sociology:  Raven Russell

World History: Daniel Riggs

 

Mrs. Carolyn Lincecum, of Sandra Caston's Horace Mann Insurance, presented Mrs. Mandy Lasyone, of Verda Elementary, with a $100.00 Gift Card For perfect attendance during the month of February.

 

The Transportation & Maintenance Committee were to discuss a garbage pick- up plan for the schools but decided to defer until a later meeting,

 

Motion by Mr. DeLong seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved District budget revisions for the following schools:  Verda Elementary, Pollock Elementary, Montgomery High and South Grant Elementary.

 

Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved Parishwide budget revisions for the following schools:  South Grant Elementary, and Central Office.

 

Motion made by Mr. DeLong seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved invoice #107971 to Alliance Design Group, in the amount of$11,231.94 for services rendered at Montgomery High School.

 

Motion made by Mr. DeLong seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved invoice #107972 to Alliance Design Group in the amount or $6,841.14 for services rendered at Verda Elementary.

 

Mr. Bill Tudor informed the Board at Grant Jr. High they are still working on the punch list, warranty work, and additional work which will be finished by the end of the week.

 

The Grant High track is cleaned off and the assessment has been done.  We will be taking proposals for the May Board Meeting.

 

The design for Montgomery High and Verda Elementary has been done and the proper paperwork has been sent to the appropriate government agencies for approval.

 

Motion made by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the Business Department job descriptions.

 

Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved a resolution in support of the Grant Council on Aging opposing the transfer of the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs and the subsequent elimination of Supplemental Senior Center Funds.

 

Grant Council on Aging

 

WHEREAS, the Grant Council of Aging, Inc. has been providing services to the senior and disabled population of Grant Parish for many years;

 

WHEREAS, the Grant Council on Aging. Inc. has as their mission "to assist the senior citizens of Grant Parish to age with dignity and independence in the place and manner of their choice";

 

WHEREAS, the  Louisiana  Legislature created the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs in 1972  to  coordinate the services for senior citizens  of the State  of Louisiana;

 

WHEREAS, there is a proposal to be introduced in the upcoming session of the Louisiana Legislature to transfer the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs (GOEA) to the Department of Health and  Hospitals (DHH);

 

WHEREAS, Parish Council on Aging funds, Senior  Center Funds, State  Home-Delivered and Congregated Meals, and Transportation Funds would be transferred to the Department of Health and  Hospitals, and the Grant Council on Aging, Inc. would have to contract with a private hospital or nursing home to obtain  their  funds to provide services to the senior population of Grant  Parish;

 

WHEREAS, there is not any guarantee that the contracting hospital or nursing home will be obligated to provide the Parish  Council on Aging, Center Funds, and State Supported Meals Programs Funds;

 

WHEREAS, as a result of the transfer of the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs wil1 dismantle a fifty-year old system that  has successfully delivered services to the seniors of Grant Parish and  Louisiana;

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Grant Garish School Board, that the Board does hereby go on record opposing the transfer of the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs and the subsequent elimination of Supplemental Senior Center Funds, and that a copy of this resolution Is sent to the Governor of the State of Louisiana  and all State Senators and Representatives who represent Grant Parish.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the foregoing resolution was read by the president and board members and was adopted by a “YEA” and “NAY” vote, the vote was as follows:

                Yeas:  8

                Nays:  0

                Abstain:  0

                Absent:  0

Passes and adopted by the Grant Parish School Board, Parish of Grant, State of Louisiana, on the 10th day of April, 2012.

 

Motion made by Mr. Oliver, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved waving policy to reconsider annexing Grant High/Grant Jr. High to be included into the Town of Dry Prong.  The vote was as follows:

 

Ayes:  Roland Pennison, Terry Oliver and Randy Browning.

Nays:  A.D. Futrell, Marvin DeLong, Eddie Baxley, A.J. Lavespere & Karen Layton

Abstain:  none

Absent:  none      

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the incurring debt and issuance of Four Hundred Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($475,000.00) of General Obligation Bonds, Series 2012, of Verda School District No. 31 of the Parish of Grant, Louisiana; prescribing the form, terms and conditions  of said Bonds; designating the date, denomination  and place of payment of said Bonds providing for the payment thereof in principal and interest; and providing for other matters in connection therewith.

 

(See actual minutes for resolution documents)

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the incurring debt and issuance of Five Hundred Fifty-Five Thousand Dollars ($555,000.00) of General Obligation Bonds, Series 2012, of Montgomery School District No. 21 of the Parish of Grant, Louisiana; prescribing the form, terms and conditions of said Bonds; designating the date, denomination and place of payment of said Bonds providing for the payment thereof in principal and interest; and providing for other matters in connection therewith.

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Karen Layton and unanimously approved awarding the Workers Comp Insurance to Retailers Casualty Insurance Company for the amount of $161,398.19.

 

Motion by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the acquisition of parcel 4-4-A-l of the Dry Prong Jr. High by the State of Louisiana. (Permission was given to the Superintendent to negotiate on behalf of the Board at a previous meeting.)

 

The Board members received for review of the 2012-2013 Discipline Policy for approval at the May 2012 board meeting.

 

The Board members received for review of the 2012-2013 Personnel Dress Code Policy for approval at the May 2012 board meeting.

 

The Board members received for review the individual school athletic manuals for approval at the May 2012 board meeting.

 

The Board Members received for review the 2012-2013 Bus Rider's Handbook with approval at the May 2012 board meeting.

 

Motion made by Mrs. Karen Layton, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved adopting the Grant Parish Athletic Program Manual.

 

Motion made by Mr. Randy Browning, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved the coaching supplemental proposal.  The vote was as follows:

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Ayes: Mr. Browning, Mrs. Layton, Mr. Baxley, Mr. DeLong, Mr. Oliver and Mr. Pennison.

Nays: Mr. Lavespere and Mr. Futrell

 

Motion passes.

 

Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved putting the following policies in the policy manual:  DJE (Purchasing), DJED (Bids and Quotations), GBN (Dismissal of Employees), and GBRA (Employee Conduct).

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved naming Mrs. Melanie Lavespere as the new Federal Programs Director.

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation to accept the following resignations:

 

1.  Tamara Traylor- Bus Driver at Georgetown High School eff. 03-29-12.

2.  Gerald Mitchell- Janitor at Grant Jr. High, eff. 03-26-12.

 

The Superintendent spoke briefly to the Board members concerning scheduling a work session for Tuesday, May 15, 2012.  Each Board Member was given their Tier 3 personal disclosure statements to fill out to be sent back to the Board of Ethics.  All Board Members were present and completed the documents.

 

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

 

A.J. Lavespere

A.J. Lavespere

President

Grant Parish School Board

 

ATTEST:

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Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board