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, JUNE 14, 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, Thursday, June 14, 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. Oliver, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the May 15, 2012 Budget Work Session Minutes.

 

Motion made by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved the May 15, Special Board Meeting Minutes.

 

The following students were recognized as District Winners of the LSBA Art Contest:

 

A.  Brady Carbo -Colfax Elementary

B.   Brandon Richardson - South Grant Elementary

C.  Camryn Coutee- Grant High

 

The following students were recognized as State Rally winners from Grant High School:

 

A.  Joey Nichols- 3rd place- Family and Consumer Science

B. Christian Daspit- 2nd Place- Agriscience III

C.  Austin Williams- 2nd place- Agriscience II

 

The following students were recognized as students with an ACT score of "25"or higher:

 

Olivia Barfield  27, Sha'nel  Bruins  26, Whitney Buntyn  25, Joshua Chelette 27, Mallory Crawford  28, Lacey David  27, Nathan Dickens 28, Caleb Doyle  28, Caitlyn Fontenot 26, Kandi Futrell  27, Lori Gotreaux  27, Abigail Holden  25, Matthew Liner 28, Mitchell Pardue 26, Chelsea Paul 25, Taylor McCoy 26, Dakota Sanders 28, Eli Sanders 27, Katherine Wright 28, Sean Callahan 29, Lance Coleman 27, Brittany Shelton 25.

 

The following students were recognized as Valedictorians and Salutatorians:

 

Georgetown High:  Valedictorian - Caitlin Nugent & Courtney  Stapleton

Salutatorian - Raven Fussell

Grant High:  Valedictorian's-Ryan Durand, Hanna Futrell, Kandi Futrell

& Madison Hardee

Salutatorian - Lori Gotreaux

Montgomery High:  Valedictorian-Kelsey Carter

Salutatorian:  Brittany Shelton

 

Chevy Chelette was recognized for placing 3rd in Agriscience I at the State Literary Rally.

 

The following students were recognized for Academic All State recognition:

 

Kelsey Carter- Montgomery High- Softball

Ryan Durand- Grant High School - Baseball

Madison Hardee- Grant High School - Softball

 

The following personnel were recognized as Outstanding School Support Employees for the 2011-2012 school year:

 

A. Sally Chelette - South Grant Elementary

B.  Susan Clarius- Grant Jr. High

C.  Dana Linzay- Grant High School

 

Mrs. Mary Ann Bennett was recognized for 27 years as a teacher at South Grant Elementary.

 

Mrs. Carolyn Lincecum, from Sandra Caston's Horace Mann Insurance recognized Ms. Melanie Dupre with a $100.00 gift card for perfect attendance for the month of April, 2012.

 

The Transportation and Maintenance Committee spoke of the solid waste agreements and can placement. There was no action taken.  The Superintendent stated everything was the same and the pick-up will begin in August, 2012.

 

Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the equipment and land demolition at Colfax Elementary for $16,250.00 to be taken out of Colfax Elementary funds.

 

Motion made by Mr. DeLong, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved a district budget revision for Pollock Elementary in the amount of $50,000.00.

 

Motion tabled until July for removal and replacement of concrete pads at Grant High in order to get more quotes.

 

Mr. Bill Tudor gave the Board an update on the punch list for Grant Jr. High School.  There are 8 items and 15 warranty items that still need to be addressed.

 

Motion by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved adding to the agenda to consider possible litigation on the items not completed at Grant Jr. High School.

 

Motion made by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved a 60 day grace period for the work to be completed or the Grant Parish School Board will enter into legal action.

 

Mrs. Paula Crawford gave the Board Members a copy of the Athletic Parish Committee Members and spoke to the Board on the members.

 

Motion by Mr. Baxley, seconded  by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the preliminary 2012-2013 General Fund Budget, 2012-2013 preliminary Parishwide and District Budget, the 2012-2013 preliminary Lunch Fund Operational Budget and all other 2012-2013 Operational Budgets to be adopted  at the July 3, 2012 Board Meeting.

 

Motion by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved the 2012-2013 preliminary Federal Programs Consolidated Application to be adopted at the July 3, 2012 Board Meeting.   All budgets have been placed in the front office for review until the July Board Meeting.

 

Motion by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved Colfax Banking Company and Bank of Montgomery as fiscal agents for the Grant Parish School Board, with Colfax Banking Company as the official depository bank.

 

Motion by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved Brown & Brown of Louisiana as the renewal agents for the Boiler and Machinery Insurance and Property Insurance.

 

The Board Members received for approval at the July Board Meeting the 2012-2013 Proposed Pupil Progression Plan.

 

Motion by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved adopting a resolution to withdraw $193,884.01 from the EEF account.

 

RESOLUTION

 

Whereas, the Grant Parish School Board has been informed of the option to withdraw a certain amount of said funds invested in the State Treasury pursuant to authority of La. R. S. 39.99 (Act No. 161 of the 2002 First Extraordinary Session of the Legislature) and our investment agreement;

 

THEREFORE,BE IT RESOLVED that the Grant Parish School Board does request the execution of the amendment to investment agreement with the State Treasury pursuant to La.R. S. 39.99; and

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Grant Parish School Board does request the withdrawal of funds from the State Treasury in the amount of$193,884.01 to be used as specified in our recently approved EEF plan for Tobacco Settlement Funds.

 

It is hereby affirmed and certified the foregoing is a true and exact copy of the Resolution unanimously adopted by the Grant Parish School Board, Colfax, Louisiana during regular session held on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at which a quorum was present and voted.

 

 

Sheila Jackson

Superintendent

Grant Parish School Board

Motion by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved granting the Superintendent permission to sign any and all documents for the Rapides Foundation, to include a resolution for the STEM/CTE Grant.

 

There was one item on the agenda to adopt a resolution to file a lawsuit opposing Act II and SCR 99 (MFP) which failed due to a lack of motion.

 

Motion by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved adopting both the South Grant Elementary and the Pollock Elementary Handbooks.

 

The Board received the next five items for approval at the July 3, 2012 Board Meeting:

 

1.             Evaluation and Assessment of School Personnel Policy for 2012-2013.

2.             2012-2013 Student Handbooks for Georgetown High, Grant High, Grant Jr. High, Montgomery High and Verda Elementary.

3.             2012-2013 Montgomery High School's and 2012 Grant Jr. High Faculty Handbooks.

4.             Policy on "Restraint and Seclusion".

5.             2012-2013 Grant Parish Student and Parent Handbook.

 

Motion by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approve the Emergency Evacuation Plan for Woods Haven Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center in Pollock, Louisiana.

 

Woods Haven Nursing Care And Rehabilitation

Ms. Debbie Nugent, Administrator

8275 Hwy. 165

Pollock, LA  71467

 

Ms. Nugent:

 

In the event of an emergency evacuation of your facility to Hardtner Medical Center in Olla, LA., you may contact the following Grant Parish school bus drivers for transportation:

 

Mrs. Bonnie Rogers (318) 542-0189

 

Mrs. Barbara Davis (318-765-9648 or (318) 715-9658

 

Please be aware that the Louisiana Department of Education has our parish listed in their emergency evacuation plan also.  We are considered a secondary option for an evacuation. Should the DOE call for all of our buses, we will be required to follow their directive.

 

If you have any questions, or you are unable to contact the above named drivers, you may contact Mrs. Kecia Nugent at (318) 627-3274 or (318) 446-0896.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sheila S. Jackson Superintendant of Grant Parish Schools

 

SJ/el

 

c: Mrs. Kecia Nugent

 

Motion by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved policy IDDFA (Service Animals in Schools).

 

Motion by Mrs. Layton, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the Title 1/IDEA Combined Application, Amendment #3.

 

Motion by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved extending the Superintendent's contract through June 30, 2016.

 

Motion by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved a resolution ordering and calling a special election to be held in the Parish of Grant, State of Louisiana, for school purposes and School District Nos. 1, 11, 31 and 33 of the Parish of Grant, State of Louisiana, to authorize the renewal of special taxes therein; making application to the State Bond Commission in connection therewith; and providing for other matters in connection therewith.

 

(See original documents for resolution)

 

PARISHWlDE SCHOOL DISTRICT RENEWAL TAX PROPOSITION

 

Summary:  Authority for the Parish School Board of the Parish of Grant to continue to levy a  10- year 5-mi11 property lax for acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining  or operating  public school  buildings  in said Parish

 

Shall the Parish School Board of the Parish of Grant, State of Louisiana, for school purposes (the "Parish") continue to levy and collect a special tax of five (5.00) mills on all property subject to taxation in said Parish, for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with the year 20l3 and ending with the year 2022 (an estimated $183,000 reasonably expected at this time to be collected from the levy of the tax for an entire year), for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining or operating public school buildings in said Parish?

 

SCHOOL DISTRICT No. 1

CONTINUATION TAX PROPOSITION

 

Sununary:  Authority for School District No. 1 to continue to levy a 10-year 5.20-mill property tax for acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining or operating public school buildings in said School District

 

Shall School District No. I  of the Parish of Grant, Louisiana (the "School District") continue  to  levy  and  collect  a special  tax  of  five  and twenty hundredths  (5.20) mills  on all property  subject to taxation  in said School District,  for a period of ten (10) years, beginning with  the year 2013 and ending with the year 2022 (an estimated $53,000 reasonably expected at this time  to  be collected  from the  levy of the tax  for an entire year), for the purpose  of acquiring,  constructing,   improving,  maintaining or operating public school  buildings in said School District,  said  millage  to represent  a (.18) mill increase over the 5.02 mills tax authorized to be levied through the year 2012 pursuant to an election held on January 19, 2002?

 

(See original documents)

 

Motion by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved tabling an item to award bids for Verda Elementary renovation until the July 3, 2012 Board Meeting.

 

Motion by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved a resolution awarding the bid to the lowest bidder Wyndham Contracting Group, LLC. for the Base Bid of $620,000.00.

 

RESOLUTION

 

BY

 

GRANT PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

 

 

WHEREAS, bids were received by the Grant Parish School Board, on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 for the Montgomery High School Kitchen/Cafeteria; and,

 

WHEREAS, the Architect has recommended award of the bid to the low bidder.

 

NOW TIIEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Grant Parish School Board in regular session convened hereby awards the contract to the apparent low bidder Wyndham Contracting Group, LLC for the Base Bid in the amount of SIX HUNDRED TWENTY THOUSAND AND NO/100 DOLLARS ($620,000.00); and,

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Superintendent is hereby authorized to execute contracts and change  orders between  the Grant Parish School  Board and the successful bidder; and,

Passed, approved, and adopted this 14th day of June, 2012.

 

Sheila S. Jackson, Superintendent

 

Motion by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr.Pennison and unanimously approved adopting a resolution approving tenure charges on Mr. Ernest Bott and set a date of July 12, 2012 for the hearing.

 

Motion by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the Superintendent's recommendation for the following personnel changes:

 

A. Retirements:  none

 

B.  Resignations:

 

1.             Deanna Hodges- teacher at Grant Jr. High School, effective 05-18-12.

2.             Amy Chandler- teacher@ South Grant Elementary, eff.  05-18-12.

3.             Brandon Dubois- teacher@ Georgetown High School, eff. 05-10-12.

4.             Emily Vallee- teacher@ Pollock Elementary, effective 05-18-12.

5.             Karlo Rivera-Quinones- teacher@ Colfax Elem., eff. 05-19-12.

6.             Rebecca Simmons- secretary@ Grant High, effective 05-18-12.

7.              Paulette Friese- teacher@ Grant Jr. High, effective 05-18-12.

8.             Ashley Hayes- teacher@ Grant Jr. High effective 05-18-12.

9.             Brandon Dyson- teacher@ Montgomery High effective 05-18-12.

10.           Lance Carpenter- Math & Science teacher @ Montgomery High eff. 06-04-12.

11.         Collin Roberts- teacher@ Montgomery High eff. 05-18-12.

12.          Larah Roberts- teacher@ Montgomery High effective 05-18-12.

 

C.  Transfers:

 

1.             Transfer Daniel Scott from Janitor 1 @Georgetown High School to Janitor 1 @Grant Jr. High School, effective 05-29-12.

 

D.  Not Rehired:

 

1.             Gerri Rankin- school psychologist effective 06-19-12.

 

E. Employ:

 

1.             Erica Firment-5th grade teacher @Pollock Elementary eff. 08-06-12.

2.             Joseph Casselberry - band teacher @ Grant Jr. High and Pollock Elementary, replacing Ernest Bott effective 08-06-2012.

3.             Rodney Kirschner - health/p.e. teacher @ Grant High eff. 06-15-12.

4.             Heather Landry – 1st grade teacher @ South Grant Elementary eff. 08-06-12.

 

The Superintendent gave the Board an explanation on some of the Legislative updates concerning the Board Members.

 

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

 

ATTEST:

 

SheilaS. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board