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POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA 70760

 

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, July 22, 2010

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a regular session on Thursday, July 22, 2010, at 337 Napoleon Street, New Roads, LA.  Mr. Chad Aguillard, President, called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.    

 

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

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

 

Mrs. Debbie Collins offered the invocation.

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

 

Matthew Jack, husband of Madeline Jack, teacher at Livonia High School, father of Marie Jack, School Food Service Department, Rosenwald Elementary School, and brother of Lester Jack, School Board Maintenance Department.

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Presentation of Check from the New Roads Lions Club. Mr. Mark David, Treasurer of the New Roads Lions Club presented a $3,500.00 check to the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board to assist with the purchase of defibrillators for all of their schools.  Other Lion's Club members in attendance for the presentation was President Curt Engemann, Myron Lambert, Major Swindler, and Kevin Hotard.

 

                                                                  Consent Agenda

 

The following consent items are considered to be routine and are enacted with one motion. Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to approve the following consent agenda items.  Unanimously carried.

 

 

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Approval of School Food Service Meal Price Changes.  Mrs. Vivian Landry, Supervisor of Child Nutrition, stated that it is her recommendation to increase the price of student meals $.25 across the board for paying students, to increase teacher/employee meals by $.50 for breakfast and $.50 for lunch, to increase visitor meal breakfast prices from $1.84 to $2.25 and visitor meal lunch prices from $3.15 to $4.00.  Her rationale is to offset the increasing cost of food and employee benefits.  Based upon calculations submitted to the LSDE in July 2009, the actual cost of the breakfast meal was $1.64 and the actual cost of the lunch meal was $3.28.  Federal reimbursement for the paying student during the 2009-2010 school year was $0.26 for breakfast and $0.27 for lunch. The program also received $0.1950 in commodity value for each lunch served. The reimbursement rate, coupled with the current meal prices in place, does not cover the actual cost of the meal.  Mrs. Landry provided the comparison of breakfast and lunch meal price charts for parishes in the south-central area, parishes similar in size and student demographics; Pointe Coupee meal prices are significantly lower.  Mrs. Landry was questioned about the number of students that are paying for full price meals. Superintendent D'Amico stated that they are trying to correct the coding system and application process to obtain the most accurate numbers for funding purposes.  A discussion ensued regarding MFP obligations, an increase in retirement benefits, meal planning, and that the general fund would be faced with paying for overages since the School Food Service Department (SFSD) cannot acquire a loss. Board member Debbie Collins mentioned that her concern regards the definite number of students that the proposed increase would affect, since higher costing meals may be hard for families that have many children. Superintendent D'Amico stated that the application process and numbers will be handled carefully.  Board member Anita LeJeune suggested that visitor prices increase, but to reconsider keeping students and employee prices the same.  Board member Nelson questioned how the free and reduced meals would be affected if the Board increases the costs of meals for students?  Mrs. Landry explained that the federal government sets the guidelines for free and reduced price meal criteria; therefore, this increase will not affect the free and reduced price meal service.  Board member Kevin Hotard read the meal price chart of parishes comparable in size to Pointe Coupee Parish, and our school system's prices are much lower.  Superintendent D'Amico mentioned that in prior years rather than the SFSD having to ask the School Board periodically for money, $40,000 was automatically deposited per month in their account, this procedure ended with the 2008-2009 school term.  The school food service account cannot have a large balance.  We give SFS the required MFP percentage and what is needed to balance its budget per the recommendation of our auditors.  Board Member Nelson asked the Superintendent for her recommendation.  Mrs. D'Amico stated that the price of meals in Pointe Coupee is very low in comparison to other parishes our size, knowing that the economy is not the best; therefore, the school food service department plans to make a concerted effort to identify any student who can qualify for free or reduced priced meals, but eventually address the issue of raising the cost of meals as recommended by Mrs. Vivian Landry, Child Nutrition Supervisor.

 

Mr. Kevin Hotard made the motion to accept Superintendent D'Amico's recommendation to increase school food service meal prices by $.25 across the board for paying students, to increase teacher/employee meals by $.50 for breakfast and $.50 for lunch, to increase visitor meal breakfast prices from $1.84 to $2.25 and visitor meal lunch prices from $3.15 to $4.00 in an effort to begin to mirror prices at other school districts.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron. 

 

Mrs. Anita LeJeune offered a substitute motion to amend the item to only include an increase for visitor meals. The motion was seconded by Debbie Collins.  The roll call vote on the substitute motion resulted in the following

 

YEAS: Anita LeJeune and Debbie Collins
 

NAYS: Chad Aguillard, Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Kevin Hotard, and Thomas Nelson

 

The substitute motion fails by a 6-2 vote

 

A roll call on the original motion offered by Mr. Kevin Hotard and seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron to accept Superintendent D'Amico's recommendation to increase school food service meal prices resulted in the following:

 

YEAS:  Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Kevin Hotard, Anita LeJeune and Thomas Nelson

 

NAYS:  Chad Aguillard and Debbie Collins

 

The original motion passes by a 6-2 vote

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Renewal of Contract for Supervisor of Child Nutrition.  Superintendent D'Amico stated that the school system advertised for the position of Supervisor of Child Nutrition for four weeks.  However, persons that applied did not possess the credentials or required degrees; therefore, she is recommending that the Board consider renewing the Supervisor of Child Nutrition Agreement/Proposal of services with Vivian H. Landry, Contractor.   Board member Debbie Collins questioned Mrs. D'Amico if this would be a one year contract and if the school system could try to advertise again.  Mrs. D'Amico stated that a sample contract was included in the Board folders and that the contract would be for one year.

 

On a motion by Mr. James Cline, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, the Board voted unanimously to contract again this year with Mrs. Vivian Landry, as the Supervisor of Child Nutrition for the school system.

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Approval of a Stipend for National Board Certified Speech Therapists, Social Workers, and Psychologists.  The Louisiana State Legislature recently passed a bill to fund a salary supplement for nationally certified personnel in the school system.  However, Governor Jindal vetoed the bill because he felt that funding for these personnel should come from the local school systems.  Superintendent D'Amico provided Board members with copies of letters from employees, an e-mail from Mr. Donald Songy, a Legislative Liasion, regarding a survey concerning National Board Supplements as well as grant award notification explaining the terms, conditions, determination method, etc. of the award for 2009-2010.  A discussion followed.  Mrs. D'Amico stated that National Board Certified Teachers and counselors are mandates by the state that we must pay; however, speech therapists, social workers, and psychologists are not included in the mandate.  Superintendent D'Amico also stated that it is her understanding that several speech therapists have been approached regarding employment in a neighboring parish that is offering supplemental pay. Therefore, in a good faith effort to keep our personnel working in our parish, she would like to recommend that the PCPSB  consider a $2,500 across the board stipend for one year to pay for nationally certified personnel to sustain personnel and programs, with hopes of the state funding reinstatement next year.  Board member Chad Aguillard mentioned that he will support this stipend, as individuals need to be rewarded for furthering their experience, not only this year, but next year, etc.  Mrs. Anita LeJeune stated that she is also in support of giving the stipend, but wished that $5,000 could be given to everyone.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to accept Superintendent D'Amico's recommendation to provide a $2,500 across the board stipend for one year (2010-2011 school session) for Nationally Certified Speech Therapists, Social Workers and Psychologists. Mr. Frank Aguillard seconded the motion.  Unanimously carried.

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Adoption of Policy Revisions.    Mr. James Cline made a motion, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson, to adopt revisions to the following policies JGB (School Wellness); DJD (Travel and Expense Reimbursement);GAMB (Employee Dress Code); (Internet Policy), and GAMA (Employee Tobacco Use).   Unanimously carried.

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Adoption of 2010-2011 Handbook of Rights & Responsibilities and Student Code of Conduct & Discipline Policy.  LaShonda Victorian, Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, Middle Grades and Career Technical Education, presented the proposed 2010-2011 student handbook for consideration of adoption.  It was stated that New Roads Printing will be printing the books for the system since they submitted the lowest quote of the three vendors approached.

 

Mr. James Cline made the motion to adopt the 2010-2011 Handbook of Rights & Responsibilities and Student Code of Conduct & Discipline.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard.  Unanimously carried.

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Personnel Actions.  Ms. Lisa Huffaker, Personnel Supervisor, presented the July personnel actions (15 A through F) and stated that the school system is very close to being fully staffed.  Board member Chad Aguillard requested to pull item 15- F to be voted upon separately, as he will recuse himself from voting for this particular item; Mr. Nelson requested that information listed as FYI also be pulled and voted upon separately.

 

On a motion by Mr. James Cline, seconded by Mrs. Debbie Collins, agenda item 15-F was pulled from the personnel action sheet to be voted upon separately.  Unanimously carried.

 

On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mrs. Debbie Collins, information listed as 15-FYI was pulled from the personnel action sheet to be voted upon separately.  Unanimously carried.

 

Mr. Frank Aguillard made the motion to approve agenda items 15-A, B, C, D, E.  Mrs. Debbie Collins seconded the motion.  Unanimously carried.

 

A.  Resignations:
 

Cary D'Alo Place, practitioner teacher, Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary, effective 05.20.10;

Bonnie Williams, custodian, Valverda Elementary, effective 06.30.10;

Melissa Erickson, practitioner teacher, Valverda Elementary, effective 05.20.10; and

Clara Burks, school food service technician, Rosenwald Elementary, effective 08.12.10

 

B.  New Hires:
 

Katherine Black, pre-k, practitioner teacher, HQ, Rosenwald Elementary, effective 08.09.10;

Donna Butler, first grade teacher, HQ, Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary, effective 08.09.10;

Eugenia Cardozo, middle school math, practitioner teacher, HQ, Livonia High, effective 08.09.10;

Ashley Chatman, special ed resource, certified teacher, HQ, Rosenwald Elementary, effective 08.09.10;

Michael Chrestman, high school social studies, practitioner teacher, HQ, Livonia High, effective 08.09.10;

Jacob Cunningham, high school science, certified teacher, HQ, Livonia High, effective 08.09.10;

Kala D. Gonzales, speech pathologist, Livonia High, effective 08.09.10;

Madyson Lubba, middle school social studies, practitioner teacher, HQ, Livonia High, effective 08.09.10;

Lena King, high school science, practitioner teacher, HQ, Livonia High, effective 08.09.10;

Keirstin Kuhlman, special education, practitioner teacher, HQ, Valverda Elementary, effective 08.09.10;

Tara Robillard, middle school science, HQ, Rougon Elementary, effective 08.09.10; and

William Schildknecht, middle school math, HQ, Livonia High, effective 08.09.10.

 

C.         Appointment of Supervisor of Title I, II, III, Adult and Secondary Education

Karla Jack

 

D.         Adoption of the 2010-2011 Teacher List

 

Livonia High School - Stacy Gueho, Principal; Angelle Gosserand, Mary Jackson, Assistant Principals; Larry Ayres, Lucy Boley, Robert Burson, Annie Butler, David Brewerton, JoAnna Caeser, Eugenia Cardozo -PL, Misty Childers, Brandi Chism, Michael Chrestman-PL, Pamela Collins, Clifford Comeaux, Allen Crain, Jacob Cunningham, Dawn David, Jill Durbin, Lynette Dutsch-PL, upon completion of renewal requirements, Troy Green-PL, upon completion of renewal requirements, Gary Hardy, Tamara M. Hebert-PL, Lance Jarreau, Lenna King-PL, Kenneth Langlois-PL, upon completion of renewal requirements, Michael Langlois, Jason Lemoine, Madyson Lubb-PL, Tyler Mallet, Shuanessy Matthews-PL, upon completion of renewal requirements, Kelli Messer, Bernadette Moore, Charles Redding-PL, Paul Robillard, Danielle Savoie, William Schildknecht-PL, Elizabeth Stafford, Anthony Turner, Diane Veal, Jennifer Vulgamore, Deborah Welborn, Lisa Johnson, Jag Teacher/Specialist; LaMark Tarver, Ag Teacher; Marium Engemann, CNA Instructor; Randy Jarreau, Welding Instructor; Janice Butler, Adair Chustz, Karen Harrell -OS, Lishanda Lewis-PL, Fran Major (Gifted), Audrea Stuart, tba; Kristie Langlois, Librarian; Shalanda Judge, Special Ed - Social Skills Strategist; Kala Gonzales, speech therapist; Lisa Haynes, school nurse; Malana Bessix and Wykescha Young, guidance counselors.

 

School Based Health Clinic, Jessica Langlois, Social Worker (located at Pointe Coupee Central)

 

Rosenwald Elementary - Karla Jack, Principal, Tabitha Ransom, Assistant Principal, Gracie Amos, Rachel Berg-OS, Robin Delaune, Elmer Dixon, Ophelia Dixon, Verna Dixon, Teresa Este, Miranda Gremillion, Sandra Hebert, Peggy Howle, Linda Jarreau, Lauren Mayfiled, Donyella McVay, Ingrid Nelson, Toni Brown Northern, Rebecca Part, Faisal Qayyum-PL, Stacey Richardson, Benjamin Scherrer, Hilda Smith, Marie St. Amant, Kimberly Tang-PL, Annette Walker, Tamala Wilkerson, Stacy Bellazin, Margo Edwards, Eewanyia Smith - Head Start; Laura Leufroy, Pamela McDonald, Ruth Richard, tba, Preschool; Dawn Cobb, Paula Lambert, and Joyce Nelson, Ensuring Literacy For All; Maire Ldmirault, Librarian; Marcia Cazayoux, Title II Professional Development Coach; Josita Christopher, Linnea Gruber-PL, Mary LaCour, Kara Skarda-PL, Judith Sutton, and a tba, Special Education; Cathy Harris and Paula Padget, adaptive physical education; Cheire Smith, Speech; and Rhonda Anderson, school nurse.

 

Rougon Elementary - Ted David, Principal, Patricia Langlois, Asst. Principal; Bridget Allement, Roberta Averill, Elisa Claire Babin, April Bergeron, Geneva Brisco, Tara Caubarreaux, Nikita Dukes, Amanda Fontenot, John Gaspard, Renee Glaser, Susan Hoffman, Jamie Jarrreau, Shanna Jarreau, Nancy Kindy, Susan Kittrell, Julie Langlois, Debbie LeBlanc, Lucie Lorio, Andrew Martin, Sherrie Morsey, Keith Osburn, Tara Robillard, Kathryn Saizan, Carole Young, upon completion of renewal requirements; Jennifer Felton, and Ali LeJeune - PL Head Start; Jeannie Aguillard, Casey Colomb, Yvette Magruder, Pre-School; Lisa Charlton, Carl Heckert, and Timothy Humphreys-OS Special Education; Jan Lemoine, Title II Professional Development Coach; Nichole Doucet, Speech; Paula Fulmer, School Nurse; Amanda Smith, social worker/counselor; Priscilla Owens, Librarian.

 

Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary - Marcia Pinsonat, Principal, Myron Brown, Assistant Principal, Donna Butler, - PL, Wendy Carnes-TAT, Katherine Corner, Gwendolyn Draper, Shelia Draper, Alma Epps, Sandra Foucqueteau, Mercedis Howard, Ginger Marionneaux-TAT, Tammy Miller, Larry Oliver, Helen Roy, Pearl Smith, Martin Stern-PL, Diane Vaccaro, Juliet Williams, Willie Wright;  Antionette Bergeron and Beulah Epps, Head Start; Yolanda Jones and tba, Pre-School; Mary Drummer and Paul Gremillion, Ensuring Literacy for All; Laura Horton - PL, Shirley Soprano, and Carolyn Wells, Special Education; Martha LaCour-OFAT, Special Education Preschool Itinerant;Megan McCrone-OFAT, Librarian; Latosha Nelson, Guidance Counselor; Toni Guerin, Speech; Karen Barrios, Title II Professional Development Coach.

 

Valverda Elementary - Major Swindler, Principal; Bridget Parker-Berry, Asst. Principal; Natalie Aguillard, Odelia Best, Brandi Boudreaux, Jodi Burson, Bridget Bush, Mary Campbell, Kristin Cantwell, Denise Circello, Susan Collura, Tiffany Davis, Josh diBedetto-OS, Melissa Erickson-PL upon completion of renewal requirements, Warren Glaser, JoAnn Hebert, Evelyn Jackson, Wanda Kimble, Frannie Landry, Karen Langland, Sharon LeCoq, Lindsey Loreno, Denice Major, Shanika Martin, Kim Neal, Catherine Oline, Misty Pickens, Tammy Plauche, Kathleen Rivet, Becky Templeton, Jill Thibodeaux, Stephanie Witty, Casey Emory-PL, tba Head Start; Kerri Knight, Anice McGill, Stephanie Hadley, Preschool; Shay Chauvin, Donna Langlois, Ensuring Literacy for All; Gloria Richard, AIP, Tanya T. Canezaro, Mary Fowler, Elnora Johnson -OFAT, Keirstin Kuhlman-PL, Special Education; Kim Canezaro LaCombe, Title II Professional Development Coach; Nikki Landry, Librarian; Stephanie Jordan, Aimeeee Moreau, Speech; Heather Jarreau, social worker/counselor;

 

Adult Education Teacher - LTC - Linda Christophe; Catholic of Pointe Coupee -Brenda Debetaz, Special Education Teacher; Catherine LeJeune, Title I Teacher; Jeanne Olinde and June Smith Speech Therapists; Phyllis Brashier, Special Education Teacher, Title I Teacher (tba) False River Academy, Title I Teacher; Rita Bywater, assignment to be determined.

 

F.         Appointment of Master Teachers at Rosenwald Elementary: Superintendent D'Amico stated that her recommendation is to appoint Natalie Aguillard, Marcia Cazayoux, and Dawn Cobb as Master Teachers at Rosenwald Elementary.  Board Member Chad Aguillard announced that he will recuse himself from voting for these appointments.

 

On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mrs. Debbie Collins, Natalie Aguillard, Marcie Cazayoux, and Dawn Cobb, were appointed as Master Teachers at Rosenwald Elementary School.  The motion carried.

 

FYI       Administrative Transfer

An item was listed on the personnel action sheet regarding Superintendent D'Amico's administrative transfer reflecting two employee lateral moves.

 

Mr. Frank Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to approve Superintendent D'Amico's administrative transfer of Mary Woods from retirement clerk to food service clerk, effective 07.13.2010, and Judy LeBlanc, from receptionist to retirement clerk, effective 07.13.2010. A roll call vote resulted in the following:

 

YEAS:  Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Kevin Hotard and Anita LeJeune

 

NAYS:  Chad Aguillard, Debbie Collins and Thomas Nelson

 

The motion passed by a 5-3 vote of the Board.

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Adoption of 2010-2011 Salary Schedules.  The Board was presented with copies of salary schedules for 2010-2011, effective July 1, 2010.   Superintendent D'Amico explained that the cheerleader sponsor and the dance sponsor had previously received a stipend of$1,200 each.  However, the sponsorship has been combined, thus reflecting a proposed combined stipend of $2,500.00.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, the Board voted to adopt the 2010-2011 salary schedules as presented.  Unanimously carried.

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Discussion/Action Regarding Request for Rental Debt Forgiveness from Pointe Coupee Community Advancement, Inc.  Superintendent D'Amico received a letter from Mrs. Irma Smith, Board President, and Mrs. Willie Mae Butler, Executive Director, stating that due to a lack of funding from the Pointe Coupee Police Jury, the Community Advancement Office no longer has monetary resources to assist in paying their rental debt for rooms they had previously occupied in the central office building located at 337 Napoleon Street; therefore, due to the circumstances they requested that the school system consider writing off the debt completely. The former  CFO and Interim Superintendent had made numerous attempts to collect monthly rental fees. Mrs. D'Amico mentioned that since she had become the Superintendent of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, she had also made many attempts to retrieve rental money owed to the school system from Pointe Coupee Community Advancement.  Prior to the demise of the former Executive Director, the rental check was received monthly or every other month.  This debt is currently being carried as a receivable and for accounting purposes this item was included on the agenda. It was mentioned that Pointe Coupee Community Advancement is a charitable organization.  Mr. Nelson alluded to the fact that the school system is unfortunately carrying this as a receivable and he does not think that the organization will be able to raise the money to satisfy the debt.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to accept the request from Community Advancement to forgive the rental debt of $4,500 owed to Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.  Mr. Kevin Hotard seconded the motion.  Mrs. Debbie Collins stated that she would like to recuse herself from voting on this particular agenda item.  The motion carried.

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Approval of Contract for Phase III Projects with Qualified Construction Bond (QSCB) Money.  Bids regarding the freshman academy building for Livonia High School were opened on the afternoon of July 22, 2010.   David Mougeot of Mougeot Architecture was in attendance and mentioned that there were many bidders that offered bids for this project.  Copies of the bid tabulation sheets were provided for review, with Block Construction LLC, License No. 43612, providing the lowest base bid of $503,600, with base alternates of $11,500 (Alt. No. 1); $11,000 (Alt. No. 2); and $6,600 (Alt. No. 3).

 

Mr. James Cline made a motion, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, to award the bid to Block Construction, LLC., including all three base alternates, for the Phase III projects utilizing Qualified School Construction Bond money for six classrooms and a restroom for the 9th grade freshman academy building project at Livonia High School.  The motion carried.

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Discussion/Action Regarding Qualified Construction Bond (QSCB) Phase IV Projects.

Superintendent D'Amico stated that she has a plan for Phase IV QSCB projects; however, it is her recommendation to table this item at this time.

 

Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson, to table agenda item number nineteen relevant to Phase IV Quality Construction Bond projects.  Unanimously carried.

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Sixteenth-Section Hunting Property Lease/ Road Use Agreement Awarded.  Mr. Jared Gibbs, Chief Financial Officer mentioned that nine bids were requested for the Sixteenth Section Hunting Property; two bids were received at the bid opening on July 19, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. The highest bidder was James H. Chustz, Jr. at a bid price of $22.10 per acre, per year for three years, for a total of $52,641.00, effective August 1, 2010 and ending July 31, 2013. 

 

On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mrs. Debbie Collins, the Board voted unanimously to award the Sixteenth-Section Hunting Property Lease to the highest bidder, James H. Chustz, Jr., at the bid price of $52,64.00, effective August 1, 2010 through July 31, 2013; the road use agreement from September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2013.

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Monthly Financial Information.  Chief Financial Officer Jared Gibbs presented the monthly financial information.

 

Mr. Brandon Bergeron made a motion to accept the monthly financial information as presented by Mr. Gibbs.  Mr. Kevin Hotard seconded the motion.  Unanimously carried.

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Head Start Monthly Report.  Karen Shaw provided Board members with the July 2010 Head Start Supervisor's report.  

 

On a motion by Mr. Kevin Hotard, seconded by Mrs. Debbie Collins, the Board unanimously accepted the Head Start Supervisor's report for July 2010.

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Flag Presentation to Valverda and Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary Schools.  The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board proudly acknowledged that Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary earned the distinction of Exemplary Academic Growth based on their 2009 School Performance Score. Superintendent D'Amico, President Chad Aguillard, and Board Member Debbie Collins, presented the flag that was sent by the Louisiana State Department of Education to Principal Marcia Pinsonat.

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board proudly acknowledged that Valverda Elementary earned the distinction of Recognized Academic Growth based on their 2009 School Performance Score. Superintendent D'Amico, President Chad Aguillard, and Board Member James M. Cline, presented the flag that was sent by the Louisiana State Department of Education to Principal Major Swindler.

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Adoption of the Pointe Coupee Parish Special Education Procedural Manual.  Mr. Thomas nelson made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Debbie Collins, to adopt the Pointe Coupee Parish Public School System's Special Education Procedural Manual as presented by Mary Wells, Supervisor of Special Education.  The motion carried.

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Approval of the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire Regarding Audit Engagement. The Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire is a required part of a financial audit of Louisiana governmental units and quasi-public entities. 

 

On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. James Cline, the Board voted to approve the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire regarding the audit engagement with Postlethwaite and Netterville, APAC beginning July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 (period of audit).  Unanimously carried.

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Presentation by Clinton M. Bowen, Public Adjuster and Property Loss Consultant.  Mr. Clinton Bowen, Public Insurance Adjuster, Property Loss Consultant, presented information regarding the analysis of the FEMA Project Summary reports/insurance claims as they related to Hurricane Gustav and the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board. Superintendent D'Amico stated that perhaps LaBarre Elementary school would probably be the only facility that additional money could be retrieved by Mr. Bowen, but mentioned her concern regarding  having to report any new insurance claims to FEMA, which would alter FEMA claims that have been received. Mr. Bowen announced that he has been a public adjuster and property loss consultant for more than twenty-five years.  He stated that he has reviewed all of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board's FEMA/insurance payments and after factoring the insurance he is of the opinion that the school system could claim more insurance adjustments. Supt. D'Amico recommended that she, along with other school system employees could continue to work with FEMA and the insurance companies, rather than hiring Mr. Bowen.  Board member Chad Aguillard mentioned that the school system has the legal right to question the insurance companies= property adjustments.  He stated that as a Board member, he would like to aggressively pursue any dollars that the insurance company owes the school system and requested that his fellow Board members seriously consider Mr. Bowen's offer to hire him to help the school system. 

 

Mr. Frank Aguillard made a motion to accept Superintendent D'Amico's recommendation not to hire Mr. Bowmen to pursue additional insurance funding.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron. 

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson offered a substitute motion to allow Mr. Bowen to negotiate with the insurance company for additional funds.

 

A roll call vote on the substitute motion resulted in the following:

 

YEAS: Chad Aguillard, Debbie Collins and Thomas Nelson
 

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

 

The substitute motion failed by a 3-5 vote of the Board.

 

The original motion to accept Superintendent D'Amico's recommendation not to hire Mr. Bowmen to pursue additional funding offered by Mr. Frank Aguillard and seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron resulted in the following roll call vote:

 

YEAS:  Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Kevin Hotard, and Anita LeJeune
 

NAYS:  Chad Aguillard, Debbie Collins and Thomas Nelson

 

The motion passed by a 5-3 vote of the Board.

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Myron Lambert's Inquiry Regarding Strategic Planning.  Mr. Myron Lambert, a Senior Account Executive of Entergy, and a new local parish resident, stated that he is originally from St. James Parish.  He alluded to the fact that there is a an opportunity for economic development with the anticipated Audubon Bridget opening.  He mentioned that the common theme that he has heard is the school system; therefore would like to offer support.  Mr. Lambert mentioned that Advance Baton Rouge took over Pointe Coupee Central High School and questioned the plan for the third year.  Superintendent D'Amico stated that she was advised not to discuss details of when the school system will be able to take Pointe Coupee Central back; however monthly status conferences are held with Judge Brady (the school system is still under the desegregation order).  Mrs. D'Amico stated that she can discuss what is happening in the other public schools in the parish.  She mentioned that universal pre-k classes began in 2007-2008; the school system was granted authority to take over the Head Start program and classes were opened for three year olds at the  end of the 2009-2010 school year. She mentioned that long-range plans are to move to a 0-3 year old educational program. Superintendent D'Amico highlighted programs being used for Response to Intervention for students:  small group intervention for those who are performing at our below level using scientifically based programs i.e., Scientific Learning, Fast Forward, progress monitoring, Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Star Math, STEEP, Skills Tutor- Math Fact Fluency, Twenty-First Century After School For All before and after, summer school programs, Association with the International Center for Leadership in Education at Rosenwald (2009-2010 ongoing and adding for Livonia 2010-2011. Each school has an annual school improvement plan developed by a needs assessment and data analysis.  The Teacher and Student Advancement (TAP) program is being piloted at Rosenwald. Over the next three years, TAP will move to all schools; all schools are currently Pre-Tap schools.   Professional Development ( job embedded) focused on student achievement using Master & Mentor Teachers is part of Tap. Teacher evaluation using the TAP rubric and compensation based on student and school growth.  Continual seeking of grant funding to provide for the needs of all of our students.  Superintendent D'Amico was proud to announce that Livonia High School offers dual enrollment that provides 24 college credit hours free of charge; has a collaboration with Louisiana Technical College (Jumonville campus) to offer cosmetology, additional Welding and CNA classes.  Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA),  Pharmacy Tech, Carpentry, Welding, Automotive Tech, Pro-Start, full athletic program for 3-A, Jobs for Americas Graduates, Career Compass Graduation Coaches, Art, Choir, Teacher Focus Groups, and certified highly qualified teachers.  Mrs. D'Amico also announced that she is planning her first bi-annual parent and community forum to provide information regarding the school system.  These forums will be held in several places in the parish.  The first forum will be held in the New Roads area at the School Board Office on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at 6:00 p.m.; a meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Innis Community Center, and for the Rougon, Valverda and Livonia area,  tentatively in Livonia on August 5, 2010 (the date may have to be changed).   

 

Remarks from the Superintendent.  Superintendent D'Amico announced that teachers will return to work on August 9, 2010 for the mandatory inservice meeting at the Scott Civic Center in New Roads, with a special motivational guest speaker and complimentary lunch provided personally by Sheriff Bud Torres.  Teachers will have professional development days on August 10 and August 11, 2010, and students will arrive on August 12, 2010 (2 day), and a whole day on August 13, 2010.  She mentioned that the Second Annual Health Screening Fair for Head Start students will be Friday, August 20, 2010 at the Scott Civic Center.  Karla Jack, newly appointed Federal Programs Supervisor, will remain as Principal at Rosenwald Elementary School until a Principal is hired to replace her.

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Adjournment.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. James Cline,  the meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

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Chad Aguillard, President

 

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Linda D. D'Amico, Superintendent

Secretary-Treasurer