MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA 70760

 

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, November 18, 2010

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a regular session on Thursday, November 18, 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. James Cline led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

 

Mrs. Debbie Collins offered the invocation.

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                                                                  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 Mrs. Debbie Collins, to approve the following consent agenda items.  Unanimously carried.

 

 

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Request from Extra Innings Booster Club.  Lance Jarreau and Jason Lemoine, coaches at Livonia High School, were granted permission by the Executive Committee of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board on November 10, 2010, to place an item on the regular November meeting agenda regarding construction of a building with funds from the Extra Innings Booster Club.  Coach Lemoine addressed the full School Board and stated that the much needed proposed 24 x 50 building will be used for baseball (storage, restroom facilities, etc.). The initial phase of construction, to cover the cost of plumbing, and electrical in the cement foundation, is estimated to be $8,500; the club has raised $10,000 thus far.  Coach Lemoine stated that he and other coaches contacted several companies last summer regarding donations.  Companies have agreed to contribute money for the facility, once the 501(c)(3)non-profit status has been approved; application has been made and they are waiting for official notification from the IRS.  A discussion followed.

 

Mrs. Debbie Collins made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to defer the agenda  item regarding the Extra Innings Booster Club's request to begin construction on a facility for baseball at Livonia High School until the December 2010 School Board meeting.

 

Mr. James Cline made a substitute motion to approve the Extra Innings Booster Club's request to start construction by pouring the slab for the baseball facility at Livonia High School .  Mr. Frank Aguillard seconded the motion.

 

A roll call vote on the substitute motion 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 to begin construction failed by a 2-6 vote of the Board.

 

The original motion made by Mrs. Debbie Collins, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard,  to defer the Extra Innings Booster Club agenda item request to begin construction on a facility for baseball at Livonia High School until the December 2010 School Board meeting resulted in the following:

 

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

 

NAYS:  James Cline

 

The original motion to defer the agenda item passed by a 7-1 vote of the Board.

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Discussion/Action Regarding Monthly Financial Information.  Chief Financial Officer Jared Gibbs provided copies of the following monthly financial information: the reconciled bank statement from Guaranty Bank (10/01/10-10/31/10), the general fund cash account (11/15/10), the outstanding check report (11/12/10), sales tax collections, sales and use tax revenue, Ad Valorem and Minimum Foundation Program Revenue, and the accounting Statement of Revenue and Expenditures (period ending October 31, 2010).  A short discussion ensued regarding the receipt of Ad Valorem taxes.  It was mentioned that the school system does not receive all of the taxes at one time; the majority is received in January, but taxes are also received in February, March and April.  Mr. Gibbs stated that he will provide Board members with a spread sheet reflecting a running record of Qualified School Construction Bond expenditures.  Superintendent D'Amico requested that the Board consider scheduling a Finance Committee meeting for Thursday, December 2, 2010.

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Personnel Actions.  Ms. Lisa Huffaker, Supervisor of Personnel, reviewed Personnel Actions for the month of November 2010.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to approve the following personnel actions as presented by Ms. Huffaker:

 

A.  Extended Sick Leave:

 

Laura Armond, paraprofessional, Livonia High, effective 10.29.10-11.01.10; JoAnna Caesar, certified teacher, Livonia High, effective 11.18.10-12.08.10;

Shay Chauvin, certified teacher, Valverda Elementary, effective 12.17.10 (.17)-01.25.11

Karen Dunn, paraprofessional, Rosenwald Elementary, 11.02.10-11.05.10

Alicia Glaser, paraprofessional, Valverda Elementary, 10.27.10 (2 hrs.), 11.02.10., 11.04.10 (45 min.),11.08.10 , 11.09.10, and 11.10.10

Stephanie Hadley, certified teacher, Valverda Elementary, 10.22.10 (.36) -12.17.10

Shalanda Judge, Social Skills Strategist, Valverda Elementary, 11.05.10, 11.09.10, and 11.10.10

Martha LaCour, certified teacher, itinerant, 11.13.10-11.28.10

Kaycie LaGrone, certified teacher, Valverda Elementary, 10.04.10 -11.12.10

Debbie LeBlanc, certified teacher, Rougon Elementary, 11.12.10-11.19.10

Creasy Martin, paraprofessional, Livonia High, 10.11.10

Donyella McVay, certified teacher, Rosenwald Elementary, 11.12.10-12.17.10

Gothalin Rayford, paraprofessional, Rosenwald Elementary, 11.0810-11.09.10 (1hr.)

 

B. Leave Without Pay

 

Donita Jack, paraprofessional, Valverda Elementary, 10.20.10-01.03.11

Joyce Turner, SFS technician, Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary, 11.02.10-03.16.11

 

C. New Hires

 

Chonnon Andre Romero, TAT Teacher, Valverda Elementary, 10.29.10

 

D. Retirement

 

Ada Orsak, School Food Service Manager, Rougon Elementary, 12.17.10

 

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Head Start Supervisor's Monthly Report.   Mrs. Karen Shaw provided School Board members with the following information: the Head Start Supervisor's Monthly Report for November 2010, Written Service Plans, the Annual Report regarding the first year of operation, and an information memorandum from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding Fiscal Year 2011 Monitoring for Head Start Grantees.  Mrs. Shaw requested that the Board acknowledge receipt of the service plans provided at the meeting.  A discussion ensued regarding the service plans.  Mrs. Shaw clarified that the Board is requested to acknowledge receipt of the plans as they are a living breathing documents; the plans can be revised at a subsequent meeting. 

 

Mrs. Debbie Collins made a motion, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson, to accept the Head Start Supervisor's Monthly Report for November and to acknowledge receipt of the written service plans.

 

Mr. James Cline made a substitute motion to accept the Head Start Superviso's Monthly Report for November, but to defer action on the written service plans until the December School Board meeting.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron seconded the motion.

 

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

 

YEAS:  Brandon Bergeron and James Cline
 

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

 

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

 

Roll call on the original motion to accept the Head Start Supervisor's Monthly Report for November and to acknowledge receipt of the written service plans offered by Mrs. Debbie Collins, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson, resulted in the following:

 

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

NAYS:  Brandon Bergeron and James Cline

 

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

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Discussion/Action Regarding Revisions to the Corporal Punishment Policy.  Superintendent D'Amico stated that action regarding revisions to the corporal punishment policy was deferred from a previous meeting pending review from Attorney Hammonds.  Correspondence from Mr. Hammonds indicated that he had incorporated items discussed during recent Committee and School Board meetings and from other Board policies which he considered to be appropriate.  Mrs. D'Amico mentioned that the proposed policy is more detailed than the current policy continues to allow parents to opt out and provides more information; a corporal punishment form and log were also attached to the policy.  A discussion followed.

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion to accept Superintendent D'Amico's recommendation to revise the corporal punishment policy as presented with the exception of the words prior written consent obtained.   The motion was seconded by Mrs. Anita LeJeune. Mrs. Debbie Collins requested a roll call vote. 

 

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

NAYS:  Debbie Collins

 

The motion passed by a 7-1 vote of the Board.

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Discussion/Action Regarding Consequences for Sagging Pants.  Superintendent D'Amcio stated that Mr. Cline had brought the sagging pants agenda item to the Board for consideration of disciplinary action.   Mrs. D'Amico stated that principals had met and they agreed with the zip-tie approach to students that wear sagging pants to school. 

 

Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion, seconded by Mr. James Cline, to revise the current dress code infraction to reflect the addition of a new offense (7.A Sagging Pants) having the consequence of a zip tie, counseling, parent notification, ISS, or short-term suspension.  Note: bus drivers will allow all students to board buses but will complete a referral and present it to the office in the event that a student has sagging pants.  Mrs. Debbie Collins requested a roll call vote.

 

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

NAYS:  Debbie Collins

 

The motion passed by a 7-1 vote of the Board.

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Memorandum of Understanding with the State of Louisiana for a Distinguished Educator Program at Rosenwald Elementary School.  The Louisiana State Department of Education has offered the services of a distinguished educator for Rosenwald Elementary School.  Superintendent D'Amico stated that she and Michelle Fontenot, a Distinguished Educator, visited Rosenwald Elementary to establish and further discuss the level of services that could be provided to the school and district.  Superintendent D'Amico mentioned that Ms. Fontenot has successfully provided intensive assistance to schools that had previously been labeled Academically Unacceptable and is of the opinion that she would be a good "fit" to help turn around student achievement and support/facilitate the school improvement process.  Mrs. D'Amico's recommendation is that the School Board enters into a Memorandum of Understanding with the State of Louisiana for a Distinguished Educator Program at Rosenwald Elementary School.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding for the provision of a Distinguished Educator at Rosenwald Elementary School.  Unanimously carried.

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Consider Seeking Additional QSCB Funding to Improve Lighting at all Schools, and to Replace Windows in the Main Building at Rougon Elementary.  Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to defer the agenda item to consider seeking additional QSCB funding to improve lighting at all schools, and to replace windows in the main building at Rougon Elementary.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard.  The motion carried to table the item.

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Remarks from the Superintendent.  Superintendent D'Amico stated that students and teachers will be off of school Monday, November 22, 2010 through Friday, November 26, 2010. All twelve month employees (principals, custodians, central office/maintenance employees) are scheduled to work Monday and Tuesday unless they use a vacation day.  She wished everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

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Adjournment.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mrs. Anita LeJeune, the meeting adjourned at 7:25 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