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 August 5, 2014 at 6:00 o’clock P.M.


            There were present Mr. Randy Browning, Mr. A. J. Lavespere, Mr. Eddie Baxley, Mr. Marvin DeLong, Mr. Terry Oliver, Mrs. Karen Layton, Mr. 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 Eddie Baxley, President of the Grant Parish School Board, who then stated that the Grant Parish School Board was ready to transact any business which may come before the Board.


            Motion by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the revised agenda.


            Motion by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved the July 1, 2014 Regular Board Meeting Minutes.


            Motion by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mrs. Layton and unanimously approved the July 17, 2014 Special Meeting Minutes.


            Quincy Cheek was here from the LSU Ag Center.  She discussed the new school year and what was going to be going on this year. Ms. Quincy recognized Ms. Amber Garcia which introduced Colton Chandler and Dylan Whitstine; for placing first in the Nationals in Nebraska for the 4H shooting sports. The students won over Texas who has held the title for 18 years.


            Ms. Quincy also introduced Ms. Daniele Cormier which recognized Crystal Charrier as a 4H University 2nd place winner.


            Ms. Quincy then asked the Board for help in getting another extension associate for the cost of ½ of 20% of the cost, which will be about $1,199.00 per school year.  The Superintendent said an adjustment has been made in the budget to cover this request.


            The following students were recognized for a “3” AP score in English Literature and Composition:  Caleb Doyle, Taylor Freeman; Taylor McCoy, Marissa Slaughter, and Karlee Springer.


            The following students were recognized for a “3” AP score in United States History:  Taylor Agosto, Mallory Crawford and Evhan Lewis.


            The following students were recognized for making a “3” AP score in Biology:  Mallory Crawford, Christopher Hudgens, Dalton Johnson, Anne-Sophie Kraft, and Anthony Peavy.


            Some of the FFA students from Grant High and Georgetown High gave accounts of different things they will be doing this year for FFA and fundraisers they will be having.  Montgomery High is in the process of hiring an Ag teacher.  Everyone is ready to begin the school year. 


            The Superintendent discussed the new buses with the Board, audience attendees, and Mr. Billy Timmons and Mr. Dan Tadevich from Timmons Truck Center.  The roofs of the buses leaked on 69 of the 70 buses.  Mr. Timmons had a vendor come in and they started caulking around every rivet on the top of the buses.  We now have 32 buses still leaking that have not been caulked.  The Board does not want this issue masked.  The Board wants the buses fixed right the first time and they feel caulking is not going to work.  It is a fast fix but feel the problem needs to be fixed properly at the manufacturers.  There may be a special board meeting called to speak to the representative from International.  The Superintendent will keep everyone informed of the situation.


            The portable building at Georgetown sold and the School Board received $1,350.00.


            The Village of Dry Prong will be holding a Public hearing at the Community Center @ 705 Second Street August 12, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.  The Superintendent requested all of the Board which can go to please do so.


            Motion by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved the School Board advertise for bids on bulk fuel.   


            The Superintendent informed the Board that Montgomery High Schools Cafeteria is up and running.  The tables and chairs were received August 5, 2014.  Everyone is proud for the students and faculty.

            There are still 4 leaks that have been found at Grant Jr. High School.  Mr. Smith feels that he is about to turn the corner with the leaks.  All of the ceiling tile has been replaced to check for leaks the next time it rains.


            Motion by Mr. Lavespere, seconded by Mr. Futrell and unanimously approved allowing for proposals for a Third Party Administrator to manage employee voluntary benefits.  The School Board is trying to find out if we can get more comparable rates for the same quality of work.


            The Board discussed the school fire alarm alert procedure.  Mr. Baxley asked that these questions be referred to the Superintendent.


            Motion by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved adopting the following Legislative Update Policies:  GAJ (Gifts); GBA Contracts and Compensation); GBI (Evaluation); GBJ (Promotion); GBK (Employee Discipline); GBL (Tenure); and GBN (Dismissal of Employees).


            Motion by Mr. Browning, seconded by Mr. Pennison and unanimously approved a resolution to withdraw $106,987.65 from EEF account for the 2013-2014 school year.




            The Superintendent reminded the Board of anyone needing to turn in their disclosure forms.


            The LSBA Conference is scheduled for Feb. 22-24, 2015. 


            The Board was handed an open house schedule.  The Superintendent said we are only looking for three more teachers.

            Many of the churches in the area are holding lunches for the school employees.  The Superintendent along with her staff are very appreciative of everything that is being done to help the new school year run easier.


            Motion by Mr. Futrell, seconded by Mr. DeLong and unanimously approved adjourning the meeting.


s/Eddie Baxley

Eddie Baxley


Grant Parish School Board





Sheila S. Jackson


Grant Parish School Board