This Grant Parish School Board derives its legal status from the State Legislature which is subject to the Constitution of the State of Louisiana and the United States.  Accordingly, education is a state function.  This Board is subject to legislative action and acts as an agent for the state.  As this agent, the:


            . . . boards are therefore public corporations.  Their functions are exclusively of a public character, and their acts are performed solely for the public benefit."  Bank of Winnfield v. Brumfield, 1929, 11 La. App. 647 So. 628.


This district is under the exclusive control and management of a School Board and is a separate school district.  This district shall be operated in accordance with constitutional and statutory provisions.  Responsibility for interpreting these provisions shall lie with the Grant Parish School Board, except where formal interpretation of such provisions has been made by the courts or other constituted authority.  This Board shall expend local school funds to pay costs and to defend the member(s) and school administrators to indemnify for all awards of damages in any legal action which has arisen as a result of the discharge by the Board members and administrators of their official duties; however, local funds shall not be used for such purposes where a Board member or school administrator has engaged in acts of official misconduct or have acted with provable malice toward any individual.  This School Board is constituted as a corporation as noted:


            "School Boards are bodies corporate with power to sue and be sued and are governing authorities of school districts."  Hawthorne v. Jackson Parish School Board, 1927, 5 La. App. 508.


Accordingly, the corporate name of this Board shall be the Grant Parish School Board and conducts its business at the school Board office located at 512 Main Street, Colfax, Louisiana, 71417.



Ref:    U.S. Constitution, Amend. X

U.S. Constitution, Amend. XIV, Sec. 1

Constitution of Louisiana, Art. VIII, Sec. 9

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:51, 17:1371, 17:1371.1, 17:1371.2, 17:1372, 17:1373, 17:1377, 17:1378

Wisconsin v. Yoder, 92 S.Ct. 1526 (1972)

Milliken v. Bradley, 94 S.Ct. 3112 (1974)

Dayton Board of Education v. Brinkman, 97 S.Ct. 2755 (1977)

Hawthorne v. Jackson Parish School Board, 5 La. App. 508 (1927)


Grant Parish School Board