MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA 70760

 

SPECIAL MEETING

Thursday, August 19, 2010

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a special session on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 337 Napoleon Street, New Roads, LA.  Mr. Chad Aguillard, President, called the meeting to order at 7:45 p.m.  

 

Board members present were Chad Aguillard, Frank R. Aguillard, Jr., Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Debbie Collins, Kevin Hotard, and Anita LeJuene

 

Board Member Thomas Nelson was absent.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America was lead by Mr. James Cline.

 

Mrs. Debbie Collins offered the invocation.

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Presentation of the Proposed 2010-2011 Operating Budget. Superintendent D'Amico stated that the main purpose of the special School Board meeting was to have the Board review the 2010-2011 draft operating budget and authorize a thirty-day public review prior to final adoption at a subsequent meeting; the law states that the budget must be approved and submitted to the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) by September 30, 2010.  She mentioned that every teacher's salary and benefits were calculated, and that she would like to schedule a Finance Committee meeting prior the regular August School Board meeting.  A discussion followed.  Board member Frank Aguillard mentioned that there is a decline in sales taxes and questioned the reason for showing a decline in property taxes.  Superintendent D'Amico stated that due to the economy, some land owners may pay their taxes later.  Mrs. D'Amico stated that if this budget is adopted, 13% will be in a reserved account, 7.5% is required and 16.3%  had been reserved in the past year's budget.  An increase in retirement cost to the employer,  the reductions in State funding  for non-public transportation, as well as  the investment of approximately two-hundred and fifty thousand dollars for a reading intervention program to improve student achievement, were all contributing factors regarding more than a million dollars in budgetary spending.  Superintendent D'Amico mentioned that enrollment has increased by approximately sixty students, according to JPAMS on this date.  Mr. Frank Aguillard stated that he understands that this is a draft that Mrs. D'Amico would like to place on public review,  but that he expects to see where the cuts will be made if there is a shortfall.  Board member Brandon Bergeron expressed his concerns about a deficit budget and mentioned the time factor that had been allowed for approving this budget.  Superintendent D'Amico apologized for not having the budget available for review earlier.  She reiterated that she is still handling the position of Supervisor of Federal Programs until a Principal is hired for Rosenwald and Mrs. Jack is brought into the Central Office to handle Federal Programs. Mr. Kevin Hotard expressed his concern regarding the reduction in funding  that has contributed to a deficit budget, more cuts may be coming, and  supplements were given to some employees at last month's meeting.   Chief Financial Officer Gibbs stated on June 30, 2010, there were 4.3 million dollars in reserve, and reiterated that the state requires that 7.5% of total expenses are reserved.  Mr. Gibbs stated that 13% should be adequate reserve funding.  Board member Debbie Collins inquired about not meeting the September 30 th deadline.  Superintendent D'Amico stated that the school system would be cited with an audit finding ant that this is a factor in the LDE's annual Financial Risk Assessment process.   A Finance Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 to further review the draft budget and present new reductions, etc.

 

Mr. James Cline made a motion, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, to place the 2010-2011 operating budget on 30 day public review.  Unanimously carried.

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Adjournment.  On a motion by Mr. James Cline, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, the meeting adjourned at 8:06 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