MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA 70760

 

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, May 28, 2009

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a regular session on Thursday, May 28, 2009, at 337 Napoleon Street, New Roads, LA.   Mr. James Cline, President, called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.    

 

Board members present were Messrs. Chad Aguillard, Frank R. Aguillard, Jr., Brandon Bergeron, James M. Cline, Kevin Hotard, Thomas A. Nelson, Mrs. Debbie Collins, and Mrs. Anita LeJeune.

 

Mr. Frank Aguillard led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

 

Rev. Terrance, pastor of Greater St. Peter Baptist Church, offered the invocation.

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Recognition of Support Employee of the Year.  Mrs. Ann Jarreau, school clerk at Livonia High School, was recognized as an Outstanding School Support Employee for service to the Pointe Coupee Parish School system for the 2008-2009 school year, and was presented with a certificate of award.

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Recognition of Rougon Elementary for Recognized Academic Growth. Mr. Paul G. Pastorek, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education, sent a letter to Superintendent Lucia congratulating Rougon Elementary School for earning the distinction of Recognized Growth for improved outcomes.  Board members and audience members applauded the success that Rougon Elementary achieved; a flag will be provided to the school to proudly display.

 

Board Member Frank Aguillard stated that Mr. Ted David, Principal of Rougon Elementary School, has an exceptional staff, and he expressed how proud he is to be associated with the school.

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Discussion/action Regarding 2009 Spring Test Scores. Superintendent Lucia stated that Dr. Sue Roy aggregated the 2009 spring test data for Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary School, Valverda Elementary School, Rosenwald Elementary School, Rougon Elementary School, and Livonia High School.  Dr. Roy created graphs, and a PowerPoint presentation was shown. 

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Resolution Supporting Continuation of School-Based Health Services.  Upon a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mrs. Debbie Collins, the Board voted unanimously to adopt the following resolution:
 

Resolution
 

WHEREAS,      Pointe Coupee School Board  has endorsed the creation of school based health centers which are created  to provide accessible , convenient access to comprehensive primary and preventive physical, social ,mental and dental health services for its students in the public school system: and
 

WHEREAS,      Pointe Coupee School Board , a public state government agency , advocates for equal access for all  students to primary medical and dental services  and elimination of barriers and health disparities in underserved communities through school based health services on its campuses through  innovative collaboration with others; and
 

WHEREAS,      Pointe Coupee School Board is committed to excellence and  leadership in its educational system; and the school based health services are reported to decrease absenteeism and tardiness among students and have demonstrated that they attract harder to reach populations especially minorities and are instrumental in keeping children in schools and improving their overall health status through health promotion and disease prevention with its unique relationship between providers and students : and
 

WHEREAS,      in the State of Louisiana, it is reported that only 37 percent of all children in Louisiana, who qualify for Medicaid, have seen a dentist in the past year and that the un-insured children also deserve access to dental care services and the models of delivery through school based, mobile, or fixed based dental clinics are appropriate and quality based to reduce dental disparities: and
 

NOW, therefore be it resolved, on the 28th day of May 2009, at a regular Pointe Coupee School Board meeting with a quorum present, that the School Board supports the continuation of school based health services which includes the primary medical and primary dental services, to the students of the public school system, provided by the Innis Community Health Center Inc. in the programs of a School Based Health Center and School Based Mobile Dental Unit.  

 Attested by:     

 

                                                                                                May 28, 2009

James Cline, President, Pointe Coupee School Board                         Date

 

                                                                                                        (seal)

Mr. Michael Lucia, Interim Superintendent

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Presentation Regarding Insurance Plans.   Mr. Albert "Dewey" Dukes and Mary Guillory presented information regarding insurance products (cancer, cancer outpatient treatment, heart attack, accident, intensive Care, etc.), offered by the National Family Care Life Insurance Company. Upon conclusion of the presentation, Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Chad Aguillard, to allow this product to be offered to the employees of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board that would include a payroll deduction slot at the time of enrollment.  Unanimously carried.

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                                                                  Consent Agenda
 

The following items are considered to be routine and are enacted with one motion.

Mr. Cline stated that the consent agenda item regarding Executive Committee minutes of May 21, 2009 was requested to be deferred until a subsequent meeting. Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Debbie Collins, to approve the following consent agenda items.  Unanimously carried.
 

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Added Agenda Item.  President Cline stated that an agenda item needs to be added to the agenda regarding committee meeting reports.

On a motion by Mr. Kevin Hotard, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, the Board voted unanimously to add an item to the agenda regarding Committee Meeting Reports.
 

Committee Meeting Reports. Mr. Kevin Hotard, Chairperson of the Finance Committee, stated that a Finance Committee meeting was held at 4:15 p.m. prior to the regular School Board meeting on Thursday, May 28, 2009, and the Committee reviewed the system's monthly financial information.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron, Chairperson of the Grounds & Building Committee, met at 4:45 p.m. prior to the regular School Board meeting on Thursday, May 28, 2009, and the Committee discussed the former Pointe Coupee Parish School Board Office Building located at 1662 Morganza Highway, the air conditioner units at Pointe Coupee Central High School, and alternate proposals relative to Head Start projects.
 

Mr. Hotard mentioned that Mougeot Architecture provided bid tabulation sheets regarding Head Start Classroom Building proposals for Rougon Elementary, Rosenwald Elementary, Valverda Elementary, and Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary, and that the expenditures for these projects exceeded anticipated budgetary figures. The Committee discussed different scenarios and options (i.e., the possibility of using stimulus money to fund the project-Qualified Construction Bond Money, should it become available, renovation of existing buildings with Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, etc.). The Committee's recommendation is to scale back, do more with less, and to defer the agenda item regarding award of permanent building bids for Head Start until the Board meets again.  It was stated that modular buildings vs. permanent buildings may have to be considered.
 

Mr. Brandon Bergeron stated that Superintendent Lucia advised the Grounds & Building Committee to have their attorney assist with the lease agreement for the former School Board Office Building located at 1662 Morganza Highway between the Board and the Winning the Battle Organization.  Prices for air conditioning at Pointe Coupee Central were provided.  Mr. Bergeron stated that Diane Allison, the contracted CPA with Faulk & Winkler, is aware of the expense and money for this expenditure will be included in the 2010 budget. He further stated that District 19 money can be used when preparing for this expenditure.
 

It was decided that a special School Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss items regarding Head Start, etc.

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Personnel Actions.  Ms. Cindy O'Meara, Personnel Director, presented personnel actions that had been prepared by her department. It was decided that agenda item D would be voted upon separately.
 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to accept personnel actions A, B, and C, as presented, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard.  Unanimously carried.
 

  1. Retirements:
     

Geraldine Battley, food service technician, Rosenwald Elementary School, effective 05.22.09;

Phyllis Brashier, certified teacher, False River Academy, effective 05.22.09;

Christine Gustin, school nurse, Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary School, effective 05.22.09
 

B.  Resignations:
 

Erin Andrews, certified teacher, Rougon Elementary School, effective 05.22.09;

Bobbie Duhe, certified teacher, Livonia High School, effective 05.22.09;

Brittany Hinyard, non-certified teacher, Livonia High School, effective 05.22.09;

Joshua Langlois, Chief Financial Officer, Central Office, effective 05.01.09;

Alphonse Porche, Jr., custodian, Pointe Coupee Central High School, effective 04.23.09;

Christopher Towery, certified teacher, Livonia High School, effective 05.22.09
 

C.  Extended Sick Leave:
 

Teresa Estes, certified teacher, Rosenwald Elementary School, effective 04.29.09, 04.30.09, 05.01.09, 05.04.09, 05.05.09, 05.06.09, 05.07.09, 05.08.09, 05.11.09, 05.12.09, 05.13.09, 05.14.09,and 05.15.09

Alicia Glaser, paraprofessional, Valverda Elementary School, effective 04.24.09

(2 hours, 45 minutes);

Christine Gustin, school nurse, Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary School, effective

05.04.09, 05.07.09, 05.11.09, 05.14.09, and 05.18.09;

Karen Harrell, non-certified teacher, Livonia High School, effective 05.15.09

(2 hours) and 05.20.09;

Sandra Hebert, certified teacher, Rosenwald Elementary School, effective 05.01.09-05.05.09;

Kim LaCombe, certified teacher, Valverda Elementary School, effective 04.29.09 (1 hr. 30 min.);

Relda Langlois, custodian, Valverda Elementary School, effective 04.01.09-04.08.09;

Shanel LeBlanc, non-certified teacher, Livonia High School, effective 05.07.09-05.08.09;

Daisy Maloid, Rosenwald Elementary School, effective 04.23.09, 04.24.09, and 04.28.09;

Shanika Martin, certified teacher, Valverda Elementary School, effective 04.28.09, 05.01.09, and 05.12.09 (5 hrs.,30 min.), 05.13.09, and 05.21.09 (6 hrs.);

Kelli Messer, certified teacher, Livonia High School, effective 04.30.09, and 05.01.09;

Linda Terrell, certified teacher, Valverda Elementary School, effective 04.28.09, 04.29.09, 05.01.09, 05.04.09, 05.06.09-05.22.09, and

Elma Watson, certified teacher, Rosenwald Elementary School, effective 05.05.09-05.07.09
 

Mr. Kevin Hotard offered a motion to defer  all business related to Head Start until the special meeting that is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, 2009.  Mrs. Debbie Collins seconded the motion.  
 

Board member Nelson interjected that he can understand deferring Head Start agenda items regarding money issues (i.e., buildings, etc.); however, he is of the opinion that someone needs to be in place as soon as possible to do the work that is indicated in the grant contract.  Mr. Nelson then stated that he did not see the rational for the deferment of the appointment of the Head Start Supervisor.  Mrs. Collins agreed that staff personnel have worked diligently, and that someone in leadership should be in place to secure the federal funds that are available for the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board's Head Start Program. Whenever Superintendent Lucia was questioned if he was ready to make a recommendation to appoint a Head Start Supervisor, he stated that he was ready.  Board Member Chad Aguillard stated that since the Superintendent is ready to make a recommendation, he, as Mr. Nelson, does not see the rational to deter the appointment until the upcoming special meeting.
 

Mr. Kevin Hotard then made a motion to rescind his original motion to defer all business related to Head Start, seconded by Mrs. Debbie Collins.
 

Superintendent Lucia was requested to announce his recommendation and he recommended the appointment of Karen Holmes Shaw as the Head Start Supervisor.
 

D.  Appointment of Head Start Supervisor. Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Chad Aguillard to accept Mr. Lucia's recommendation to appoint Karen Holmes Shaw as the Head Start Supervisor, effective after program approval of ERSEA.  
 

Mr. Brandon Bergeron requested a roll call that resulted in the following:
 

YEAS:  Chad Aguillard, Frank Aguillard, James Cline, Debbie Collins, Kevin Hotard, Thomas Nelson and Anita LeJeune
 

NAYS:  Brandon Bergeron

The motion to appoint Karen Holmes Shaw as the Head Start Supervisor passed by a 7-1 vote of the Board.
 

Discussion/action Regarding Monthly Financial Information.  Diane B. Allison, CPA with Faulk & Winkler, was contracted to assist in the Business Department for an interim period without a Chief Financial Officer.  Mrs. Allison received permission from Superintendent Lucia to condense the previous ten page income statement into a simpler formatted report reflective of April 30, 2009 and comparative to April 30, 2008, and this report was distributed to Board members.  Mrs. Allison also provided Board members with information regarding an insurance proceeds from loss report as of May 27, 2009; the reconciled bank statement from 04/01/09 through 04/30/09; cash account information as of 05/12/09; an outstanding check report dated 05/12/09, an accounting statement of revenue and expenditures for the period ending April 30, 2009; and a three-year sales tax comparison report (2006-2007, 2007-2008, and 2008-2009) relative to the Police Jury/ Department of Public Safety, and the MFP student membership report dated May 28, 2009. 

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Policy and Procedures Regarding Head Start Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA).   Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion to defer this agenda item until the Tuesday, June 2, 2009 special School Board meeting.  Mr. Frank Aguillard seconded the motion.  Unanimously carried. 

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Canvass of Results for the May 2, 2009 Election. The following resolution was offered by Mr. Thomas Nelson, and seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard.
 

RESOLUTION
 

A resolution providing for canvassing the returns and declaring the result of the special election held in the School District of the Parish of Pointe Coupee, State of Louisiana on Saturday, May 2, 2009, to authorize the levy and collection of a special tax therein.
 

BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of the Parish of Pointe Coupee, State of Louisiana (the "Governing Authority"), acting as the governing authority of said Parish for school purposes and the Pointe Coupee Parish School District, Parish of Pointe Coupee, State of Louisiana (the "District"), that:
 

SECTION 1. Canvass. This Governing Authority does now proceed in open and public session to examine the official tabulations of votes cast at the special election held in the District, on SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2009, to authorize the levy and collection of a special tax, and said Governing Authority does further proceed to examine and canvass the returns and declare the result of the special election.
 

SECTION 2. Procès Verbal. A Procès Verbal of the canvass of the returns of said election shall be made and a certified copy thereof shall be forwarded to the Secretary of State, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who shall record the same in his office; another certified copy thereof shall be forwarded to the Clerk of Court and Ex-Officio Recorder of Mortgages in and for the Parish of Pointe Coupee, who shall record the same in the Mortgage Records of said Parish; and another copy thereof shall be retained in the archives of this Governing Authority.
 

SECTION 3. Promulgation of Election Result. The result of said election shall be promulgated by publication in the manner provided by law. This resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:
 

YEAS:             Chad Aguillard, Frank R. Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Debbie Collins, Kevin Hotard, Thomas Nelson, and Anita LeJeune  
                         

NAYS:              NONE
 

ABSENT:          NONE
 

And the resolution was declared adopted on this, the 28th day of May, 2009.
 

PROCÈS VERBAL AND PROCLAMATION OF THE CANVASS OF THE VOTES CAST AT THE SPECIAL ELECTION HELD IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE PARISH OF POINTE COUPEE, STATE OF LOUISIANA, ON SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2009.
 

BE IT KNOWN AND REMEMBERED that on May 28, 2009, at five-thirty o'clock (5:30) p.m., at its regular meeting place, 337 Napoleon Street, New Roads, Louisiana, the School Board of the Parish of Pointe Coupee, State of Louisiana (the "Governing Authority"), acting as the governing authority of said Parish for school purposes and the Pointe Coupee Parish School District, Parish of Pointe Coupee, State of Louisiana (the "District"), and being the authority ordering the special election held therein on Saturday, May 2, 2009, with the following members present:

 

PRESENT:        Chad Aguillard, Frank R. Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Debbie Collins, Kevin Hotard, Thomas Nelson, and Anita LeJeune
 

ABSENT:          NONE  

 

did, in open and public session, examine the official certified tabulations of votes cast at the said election, and did examine and canvass the returns of the said election, there having been submitted at said election the following proposition, to wit:
 

MILLAGE PROPOSITION
 

SUMMARY: CONTINUATION OF 10-YEAR, 11.96 MILL PROPERTY TAX FOR GIVING ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF THE PUBLIC ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS.
 

Shall the Pointe Coupee Parish School District, State of Louisiana, be authorized to continue to levy and collect a special tax of 11.96 mills on all property subject to taxation in the Parish, annually for a period of ten (10) years, commencing with the year 2011 and ending with the year 2020, for the purpose of giving additional support for the maintenance and operation of the public elementary and secondary schools of the Parish pursuant to Article VIII, Section 13(C) Third of the constitution of Louisiana of 1974? It is anticipated that the tax will generate $3,776,005 per year.

There was found in said count and canvass that the following votes had been cast at the said special election IN FAVOR OF and AGAINST, respectively, the proposition as hereinabove set forth in the following polling places, to-wit


W  PCT  NAME  LOCATION  CITY  FOR  AGAINST
 

00 01 Par Bldg on Land of K. Leonard 19031 La Hwy 15 Lettsworth 29 17

00 02 Innis Senior Citizens Center 8733 La. Hwy.418 Innis 48 2

00 03 Innis Senior Citizens Center 8733 La. Hwy418 Innis 68 40

00 04 Innis School Property 4389 Robertson Ave Innis 49 2

00 05 St. Ann's Catholic Church Hall 172 Church Street Morganza 27 15

00 06 St. Ann's Catholic Church Hall 172 Church Street Morganza 72 14

00 07 Par Bldg-Land of Donna Walker 8656 Dawson Road Morganza 102 10

00 08 Rosenwald School 110 New Roads Street New Roads 94 3

00 09 American Legion 412 La. Hwy 10 New Roads 96 11

00 10A Pointe Coupee Gen Hospital Conf Room 2202 False River Drive New Roads 150 32

00 10B Pointe Coupee Gen Hospital Conf Room 2202 False River Drive New Roads 15 2

00 11 Parish Courthouse 211 E. Main Street New Roads 51 19

00 12 New Roads Nat Guard Armory 303 Park Avenue New Roads 57 15

00 13A New Roads Nat Guard Armory 303 Park Avenue New Roads 89 11

00 13B New Roads Nat Guard Armory 303 Park Avenue New Roads 10 5

00 14 Par Bldg on Loupe Property 9251 Ferry Road New Roads 52 1

00 15A Waterloo Fire Station 14283 Patin Dyke Road Ventress 111 24

00 15B Waterloo Fire Station 14283 Patin Dyke Road Ventress 17 6

00 1 6A Senior Citizen Center 4316 Harry Street Fordoche 3 0

00 16B Lottie Fire Station 2947 La. Hwy 81 North Lottie 108 35

00 17 Senior Citizen Center 4316 Harry Street Fordoche 167 27

00 18 Catholic CabriniCenter 3511 La. Hwy 78 Livonia 174 33

00 19A Catholic CabriniCenter 3511 La. Hwy 78 Livonia 76 5

00 20A Ortis Air Conditioning Shop 6493 False River Road Oscar 158 49

00 20B Par Bldg on Land E Marionneaux 4971 ParlangeLane Livonia 78 17

00 21 Guidroz's Fish Market Bldg. 9306 False River Road New Roads 55 13

00 22A Par Bldg on Land of Al Olinde 10871 Olinde Ln. Ventress 213 57

00 23 Glynn Fire Station 14839 ChenalRoad Jarreau 119 23

00 24 Alma Fire Station 12841 La. Hwy 416 Lakeland 50 10

ABSENTEE: 220 43

TOTAL: 2,558 541

 

The polling places set forth above are hereby designated as the polling places at which to hold the said election, it was therefore shown that there was a total of 2,558 votes cast IN FAVOR OF the Proposition and a total of 541 votes cast AGAINST the Proposition, as hereinabove set forth; accordingly, a majority of 82.54% votes were cast in favor of the Proposition as hereinabove set forth.

 

Therefore, the Governing Authority did declare and proclaim and does hereby declare and proclaim in open and public session that the Proposition as hereinabove set forth was duly CARRIED by a majority of the votes cast by the qualified electors voting at the said special election held in the District on Saturday, May 2, 2008.

THUS DONE AND SIGNED at New Roads, Louisiana, on this, the 28th day of May, 2008.

ATTEST:            James M. Cline, President

 Michael J. Lucia, Secretary-Treasurer

PROCLAMATION
 

I, the undersigned Secretary of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, State of Louisiana, the governing authority of the School District of the Parish of Pointe Coupee, State of Louisiana (the "District"), do hereby declare, proclaim and announce that the proposition submitted at the special election held in the District on Saturday, May 2, 2009, was duly CARRIED by a majority of the votes cast at the said special election, all as described and set out in the above Procès Verbal.

THUS DONE AND SIGNED at New Roads, Louisiana, on this, the 28th day of May, 2009.

____________________ Superintendent-Secretary

STATE OF LOUISIANA PARISH OF POINTE COUPEE

I, the undersigned Secretary of the School Board of the Parish of Pointe Coupee, State of Louisiana (the "Governing Authority"), acting as the governing authority of said Parish for school purposes and the Pointe Coupee Parish School District, Parish of Pointe Coupee, State of Louisiana, do hereby certify that the foregoing five (5) pages constitute a true and correct copy of the proceedings and Procès Verbal made by said Governing Authority on May 28, 2009, providing for canvassing the returns and declaring the result of the special election held in the District on Saturday, May 2, 2009, to authorize the levy of a special tax therein.

THUS DONE AND SIGNED at New Roads, Louisiana, on this, the 28th day of May, 2009.

Superintendent-Secretary

(SEAL)

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Ratification of Participation in the Secure Our Schools Program.  Mr. Frank Aguillard made the motion, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson, to ratify the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board's participation in the Secure Our Schools Federal Grant Program in conjunction with the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office.   This grant application initiative is for funding of surveillance equipment, and other safety measures, for public school facilities in an attempt to provide preventative protection for students, staff, community persons, and school property.  Unanimously carried.

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Revisions to the Student Dress Code Policy for 2009-2010.  Ms. LaShonda Victorian, Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, provided proposed changes to the Mandatory dress code policy for the 2009-2010 school year and stated that principals were involved in the process.

 

Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Anita LeJeune, to revise the student dress code policy for the 2009-2010 school year as presented by Mrs. Victorian.  Unanimously carried.
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Bids Regarding Head Start Buildings.  Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion to defer this agenda item to the Tuesday, June 2, 2009, special School Board meeting.  Mr. Frank Aguillard seconded the motion.  Unanimously carried. 

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Discussion Regarding Pointe Coupee Central.  Mr. Thomas Nelson, Mr. Chad Aguillard, as well as several other members of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board expressed their concern regarding Pointe Coupee Central High School's drop in standardized test scores after one year of Advance Baton Rouge's operation as a charter school.  A short discussion ensued regarding the option for students that attended Pointe Coupee Central High during the 2008-2009 school year to attend another school in the system for the 2009-2010 school year.   Attorney Hammonds stated that the Board needs to establish a particular deadline that a student can exercise the option to transfer (opt out) of PCCHS, and stressed the importance of making certain that everyone is aware of this option (i.e., advertisements in the paper, etc.). It was decided that an item will be included on the June 2, 2009, special meeting agenda regarding discussion of Pointe Coupee Central High School.  

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Adoption of a Resolution in Support of the Louisiana Statewide Educational Facilities Authority and Fund.  It was stated that the Louisiana School Boards= Association (LSBA) requested that the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board consider adoption of the following resolution:

 

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF LOUISIANA STATEWIDE EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AUTHORITY AND FUND

 

WHEREAS, research has shown that the physical facilities in which students learn have a significant impact on student achievement and success;

 

WHEREAS, school building quality affects the quality of teaching;

 

WHEREAS, the school facilities in Pointe Coupee are in need of major repair and upgrade in order to provide our students with a top-quality education;

 

WHEREAS, the residents of Pointe Coupee have taken on a significant burden in support of their schools already;

 

WHEREAS, many other school systems throughout Louisiana have facilities that are deteriorating and inefficient, and many such facilities need to be renovated or entirely rebuilt in order to provide clean, safe, and secure learning environments for students;

 

WHEREAS, the state of Louisiana is ranked as one of the four lowest states in terms of per pupil spending on facilities;

 

WHEREAS, 41 other states provide some state-leveling funding for school facilities; and

 

WHEREAS, the Louisiana Legislature unanimously passed bills during the 2008 Regular Session to create the Louisiana Statewide Educational Facilities Authority and Fund, and these bills were subsequently vetoed by Governor Bobby Jindal;

 

WHEREAS, the Louisiana Legislature is once again considering bills to create the Louisiana Statewide Educational Facilities Authority and Fund during the 2009 Regular Session.

 

NOW THEREFORE, WE, THE POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD, do hereby declare our support for state-leveling funding for school facilities throughout Louisiana as a way to help local school boards supplement their limited resources.  The Louisiana Statewide Educational Facilities Authority and Fund provide an excellent model for such funding and are a good starting point for future efforts in this area.

 

The above resolution was offered by Kevin Hotard and seconded by Frank Aguillard, and having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

 

YEAS:             Chad Aguillard, Frank R. Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Debbie Collins, Kevin Hotard, Thomas Nelson, and Anita LeJeune
 

NAYS:              NONE
 

ABSENT:          NONE
 

And the resolution was declared adopted on this 28th day of May 2009.

James M. Cline, President                      Michael J. Lucia, Interim Superintendent

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Scientific Learning Fast ForWord Status Report and Proposal for 2009-2010 Implementation.   Mrs. Linda D'Amico provided Board members with information regarding program components/personnel, as well as cost proposals, that would be required to implement the Fast ForWord program in the Pointe Coupee Parish school system.  She announced that a group of school personnel had visited the St. Mary Parish School system on Monday, May 4, 2009 to review their Fast ForWord Program; a representative from the company will also provide a hands-on presentation of software products on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room at the PCPSB Office.  Mrs. D'Amico stated that all principals, assistant principals, curriculum coordinators, coaches, coordinator, and supervisors have been invited to attend; School Board members are also invited to attend if their schedule would permit them to do so.  A short discussion ensued regarding schools that want to implement the Fast ForWord Program versus a similar allocation of funds for another educational program.
 

Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion to implement the Scientific Learning Fast ForWord program as presented by Mrs. D'Amico with the amendment to include money for programs at all schools, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron requested a roll call vote and it resulted in the following:
 

YEAS:             Chad Aguillard, Frank R. Aguillard, Debbie Collins, and Thomas Nelson
 

NAYS:              Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Kevin Hotard, and Anita LeJeune
 

ABSENT:          NONE
 

The motion failed by a 4-4 vote. 

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Title I Attendance Area Selection/Allocation of Title I and Educational Excellence Funds.  Mrs. Linda D'Amico, Supervisor of Federal Programs, presented information regarding the Title I targeting allocation ($1,117,646), as well as a combined overview of the 2009-2010 original application for NCLB/IDEA.  It was noted that Livonia High School will be served through Educational Excellence Funds at the same rate as a Title I school.  Highly qualified profession development will be supported by Title II and state funding.  Due to Majority to Minority and opt out, the district has many additional buses operating between schools.  The district will require Title I to pay only $18,000.00 to accommodate all school choice transfer requests.
 

On a motion by Mr. Frank Aguillard, seconded by Mr. James Cline, the Board voted unanimously to accept the entire district ranking for the attendance area selection and allocation of Title I and Educational Excellence Funds as presented by Mrs. Linda D'Amico.

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Remarks from Superintendent.  Mr. Lucia stated that as of this date, he anticipates that the school system will have ten slots for Teach for America teachers in the parish during the 2009-2010 school year.  He mentioned that Mrs. Wells' department was contacted by the Capitol Area Human Services regarding a Nurse Family Partnership.  Capitol Area Human Services will work with expectant teen mothers in the school system to make sure that they receive adequate pre-natal health care, as well as frequently contact their families.  Superintendent Lucia also announced that Head Start materials that were stored in the Head Start Building on Poydras Street, and in storage units, will be housed at the Morganza Gymnasium school site.  He mentioned that he was pleasantly surprised that there are many salvageable items that will be utilized.

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Expression of Sympathy.            On a motion by the entire Board and seconded by the entire Board an expression of sympathy was offered to the family of:

 

Mr. Thomas "Tommy" Claude Mounger, retiree of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.

 

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Adjournment.  On a motion by Mr. Kevin Hotard, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron,  the meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

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James M. Cline, President

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Michael J. Lucia, Interim Superintendent