MINUTES                                   

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

SPECIAL MEETING
 

Monday, August 10, 2009

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a special session on Monday, August 10, 2009, at the School Board Office, 337 Napoleon Street New Roads, Louisiana.  President James M. Cline called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

 

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

 

President Cline requested that Mr. Emmette "Bozo" Jarreau, former Marine, lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

 

Mr. Larry Bossier offered the invocation. 

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Proposal Regarding the Louisiana Recovery Authority Office of CDBG Community Development Block Grants. President Cline alluded to Governor Jindal's "town hall" visit to the parish in July when he awarded more than $18 million in grants to Pointe Coupee Parish to be used toward hurricane recovery efforts and hazard mitigation.  Pointe Coupee Parish received $15,916,087 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to aid the recovery efforts from hurricanes' Gustav and Ike, which caused widespread housing and infrastructure damage; the parish also received $2,243,647 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding to support local hazard mitigation projects to protect Pointe Coupee from future damage following Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Governor Jindal stated that when the storms hit last year, his office was committed to expediting recovery. Providing funds directly to the parish allows local officials to make their own decisions about how best to rebuild and prepare for future storms by cutting down on the bureaucracy that always delays the ability to rebuild, thus following through on their pledge of commitment to expedite the recovery process for the people.  Mr. Lucia read a draft copy of a letter to the Police Jury respectfully submitting a proposal for the utilization of the CDBG funds for the school system that would meet local, state, and national objectives.

 

On a motion by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, the Board voted unanimously to submit a proposal requesting funding from the Louisiana Recovery Act -Community Development Block Grant.

 

Prior to advancing to the next agenda item, a short discussion ensued regarding school construction bonds. 

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Discussion/Action Regarding Curriculum Career Diploma.  The Career Diploma Pathway is an option for entering ninth graders for the 2009-2010 school year, based upon BESE decisions made on July 27, 2009.  School districts wanting to request a waiver are to submit a letter to the Louisiana State Department of Education by August 13, 2009.  The 2009-2010 school year began for teachers on August 3, 2009 and the first day of school for students is August 6, 2009.  Stacy Gueho, Principal of Livonia High School, stated that she and school counselors are of the opinion that students would be better served by going through the Pre-Ged program this school year.  She further stated that after more information is received, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board would be ready for implementation next school year would be considered.  Interim Superintendent Lucia stated that his recommendation would be to request a one year waiver.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to accept the Superintendent's recommendation to request a one year waiver regarding the implementation of the Curriculum Career Diploma with consideration for the 2010-2011 school year.   Mr. Chad Aguillard seconded the motion.  Unanimously approved.

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Balloting Process to Consider Selection of Superintendent of Schools.  Interim Superintendent Lucia stated that Board members were provided with seven ballots that had been prepared with the names of the five finalists (Ronald Cheek, Linda D'Amico, Dr. Mark Marshall, Dr. Camacia Smith-Ross, and Dr. Elizabeth Swinford) for the Superintendent selection process, and further stated that the number of ballots were not indicative of anything.   Mr. Lucia stated that Board members would cast their vote for one applicant, sign the ballot form, and submit the form to him for tabulation.  Attorney Hammonds was present and for clarification purposes questioned the process of elimination with regard to breaking a tie.  Mr. Hammonds mentioned that if there are no eliminations it could result in all seven votes being the same, and recommended that you don't eliminate the top two and ties until the final selection.  Mr. Chad Aguillard stated that he would like the Board to vote until a Superintendent is selected, and the first person that receives five votes would become Superintendent.

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion to have the School Board vote consecutive times, with no eliminations, until a person receives five votes for the Superintendency.  Mrs. Anita LeJeune seconded the motion.

 

Mr. James Cline offered a substitute motion to have no tie breakers and the elimination of any finalist receiving zero votes.  Mr. Frank Aguillard seconded the motion.  

 

A roll call vote of the substitute motion offered by Mr. James Cline, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, to have no tie breakers and the elimination of any finalist receiving zero votes, resulted in the following:

 

YEAS: Frank Aguillard and James Cline
 

NAYS: Chad Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, Debbie Collins, Kevin Hotard, Thomas Nelson and Anita LeJeune

 

The substitute motion failed by a 2-6 vote of the Board

 

A roll call vote of the original motion offered by Mr. Chad Aguillard, seconded by Mrs. Anita LeJeune, to have the School Board vote consecutive times, with no eliminations, until a person receives five votes for the Superintendency, resulted in the following:

 

YEAS: Chad Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, Debbie Collins, Kevin Hotard, Thomas Nelson and Anita LeJeune

NAYS: Frank Aguillard and James Cline

 

The original motion passed by a 6-2 vote of the Board.

 

Board members were requested to cast their votes for ballot number one and submit their signed ballots to Mr. Lucia for tabulation.  The results were as follows:

 

Superintendent Selection Tally Sheet

August 10, 2009

Ballot #1

 

See Original Document