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, NOVEMBER 12, 2013.

 

                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 November 12, 2013 at 6:00 o’clock P.M.

 

                There were present Mr. Eddie Baxley, Mr. Tony Lavespere, Mr. Buddy Pennison, Mr. A.D. Futrell, Mr. Browning and Mr. Oliver.

 

                Mr. DeLong and Mrs. Layton were 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 A.D. Futrell, 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 by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved the Revised Agenda.

 

                Motion by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved the October 1, 2013 Regular Board Meeting Minutes.

 

                There were no guests signed in for the meeting.

 

                Mrs. Carolyn Lincecum, of Sandra Caston’s Horace Mann Insurance, presented Mrs. Bonnie Rogers a gift card in the amount of $100.00 for perfect attendance during the month of September, 2013.

 

                Mrs. Carolyn Bishop was presented with her retirement plague.

 

                Motion by Mr. Baxley, seconded by Mr. Lavespere and unanimously approved payment to Phillip Mayo Construction, Inc., for Application and Certificate for (final) Payment #9 in the amount of $62,725.00 for work done at Verda Elementary.

 

                Grant High staff continues to work on specifications for the track.

 

                Grant Jr. High is reporting up to 23 leaks that are still in need of repair.  The architect has been made aware of the problem.

 

                Bids opened during the Transportation and Maintenance Committee Meeting for Phase II of the Montgomery Cafeteria Project were as follows:

 

1.  T.L. Construction - $545,656.00

2.  Phillip Mayo - $518,700.00

 

There were no electronic bids.

 

                Motion by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved awarding the bid to Phillip Mayo Construction Company for Phase II of the Montgomery High Cafeteria Project.

               

Motion made by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved adopting a Resolution providing for canvassing the returns and declaring the result of the special election held in the Parish of grant, State of Louisiana, on October 19, 2013, to authorize the renewal of a special tax therein.

 

               

 No action was taken on the Property Management Service Agreement Proposal by Argent Property Services, LLC.

 

                Motion by Mr. Baxley to approve a mineral inventory proposed by Argent Property Services, LLC.  Motion dies for lack of a second.

 

                Motion by Mr. Pennison, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved the following changes to the Student Handbook regarding electronic signaling devices:

 

POSSESSION OF ELECTRONIC SIGNALING DEVICES SUCH AS CELL PHONE, MP3 PLAYERS, GAMING DEVICES ETC.

 

1.  Such devices found during a random search shall not be confiscated.

2.  Should such devices be seen, used or heard during the school day for any inappropriate purpose the following will be adhered to:

 

1.  1st offense – Device held at school for the period of 10 school days and parents must pick up by appointment only at the school campus or the parent can pay $20.00 (cash only, exact change) fee and pick up phone.

 

2.  2nd and future offenses:  Device held at school for the period of 10 school days and

Parents must pick up by appointment only at the school campus or the parent can pay $30.00 (cash only, exact change) fee and pick up phone.

 

Failure to surrender electronic device immediately upon request will result in OSS until said device (with SIM card if applicable) is turned over to the administration.

Devices not claimed by June 30th will be disposed of properly!

 

                Motion by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Baxley and unanimously approved the reimbursement of monies collected as a result of a recent random search at Grant High.

 

                Motion by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Oliver and unanimously approved the bid specification for the purchase of new buses.

 

                Motion by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved advertising for new buses.

 

                Motion by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved payment of a $831.00 for a 9 month professional staff (prorated for extended month employees) and a $415.50 for 9 month support staff (prorated for extended month employees) to be paid by January 2014 from funds received outside the MFP.

 

                Motion made by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved going into Executive Session to discuss legal action concerning the Montgomery Cafeteria Project.

 

                Motion by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Browning and unanimously approved going out of Executive session and into Regular Session.

 

                The Superintendent stated to the Board Members that she will call Mr. Rainwater, with the governor’s office, concerning the railroad crossing by the bus barn in Dry Prong, LA.

 

                The Superintendent discussed the current litigation on the MFP 2.75% growth factor.  The LSBA will work with Bob Hammonds to try to recoup the 2.75% we lost.

 

                The Common Core State Standards has a group of individuals that are trying to encourage a public walk out.  The Superintendent is unable to endorse this.

 

                Robert Kostelka sent the Superintendent a letter concerning the Common Core.

 

                All of the information was given to the Board concerning the LSBA Conference.  Dates and times were discussed.  The Superintendent also gave the Board members information on the NSBA Conference.

 

                The Superintendent is getting dates and times scheduled for SPS and DPS updates.

 

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

 

 s/A.D. Futrell

A.D. Futrell

President 

Grant Parish School Board

 

ATTEST:

 

______________________________

Sheila S. Jackson

Secretary-Treasurer

Grant Parish School Board