MINUTES
 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA 70760

 

SPECIAL MEETING

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

5:00 p.m.

 

President Chad Aguillard of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board scheduled a School Board Meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at 5:00 p.m., at the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board Office.  He called the meeting to order at 5:13 p.m. The following School Board members were present when the roll was called: Frank Aguillard, Chad Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, Leslie Grezaffi, Kevin Hotard, and Anita LeJeune.

 

Board member James Cline was absent.

 

Superintendent Linda D'Amico, Chief Financial Officer Jared Gibbs, Supervisor of Federal Programs Karla Jack and Tammy Oubre were also present.

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Mr. Brandon Bergeron lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America.

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Superintendent Linda D'Amico offered the invocation.

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Discussion/action Regarding the Inclusion of Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary in the School Improvement Grant (SIG).  President Chad Aguillard read the agenda and yielded to Superintendent Linda D'Amico.  Mrs. D'Amico stated that the deadline of the SIG Grant had been extended to March 25, 2011.  After much consideration, she is of the opinion that it would be an asset to include Upper Pointe Coupee in the SIG Grant that will also include a Transformation Officer. The three year grant will not cost the system any money. Superintendent D'Amico stated that Upper Pointe Coupee has made growth since Mrs. Pinsonat has been the Principal. If awarded the SIG Grant, Mrs. D'Amico would like to make a lateral move that would benefit the system by administratively placing Mrs. Pinsonat as the Transformation Officer.  The District Transformation Office (DTO) will be funded by the School Improvement Grant.  The Officer will be responsible for taking an active role in the day-to-day management of turnaround efforts at the school and district levels, will assist the principals, be focused on accountability, problem-solving and increasing student achievement.  The Officer will work  closely with the Federal Programs Supervisor and all Instructional Supervisors to allow a strong connection for alignment of resources, efforts, time and essential data.  The District Transformation Officer will report directly to the Superintendent.  The district will provide an outside School Improvement Consultant who will work primarily with data and the principal at each school (funded by the School Improvement Grant).

 

Board member Thomas Nelson arrived at 5:32 p.m.

 

Board member Bergeron questioned if this is a new position as he thought that all new positions must be advertised.  Superintendent D'Amico stated that she will research this and the position will be advertised if required.

 

Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi stated that the School Board should apply for the grant for the children.  If the system is awarded the grant , it will take pressure off of the teachers and the principal for three years.  She further stated that she knows what it is like to work in impoverished schools and someone is needed to oversee the grant. It would be great to receive intervention at both Rosenwald and Upper Pointe Coupee.

 

Superintendent D'Amico stated that the School Improvement Grant -1003g is specifically for schools on the academic watch list or below.  It could free up general fund money to help support other schools; a minimum of $50,000 per school for 3 years.  Participation in this grant will include the implementation of The System for Teacher and Student Advancement (TAP); Comprehensive Curriculum and District Pacing Guide focus; Provide Individualized Instruction in Reading and Mathematics - SIG funding would continue Response to Intervention (RTI) in reading and offer RTI in math; hiring effective teachers/leaders; purchase needed materials and supplies.

 

President Chad Aguillard stated that he cannot think of one good reason why he should not support participation in the grant.  He further stated that good Administration (Transformation Officer) is a way to utilize expertise at both schools.

 

Board member Anita Lejeune stated that she is concerned about the fidelity of the program and does not want the system to have to pay money back.  She mentioned that we need to do what ever we have to do to sustain the programs and would like to encourage the Superintendent in her efforts. 

 

Mr. Kevin Hotard mentioned his concern for accountability. 

 

The grant gives you strong pieces for personnel evaluation plan with regard to value added. 

 

Mr. Frank Aguillard mentioned that the advertisement in the paper should reflect that the principal is not being terminated.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, to include Upper Pointe Coupee in the School Improvement Grant using the transformation model that will remove the principal.  A roll call vote resulted in the following:

 

YEAS:                          Chad Aguillard, Frank Aguillard, James Cline, Leslie Grezaffi, Kevin Hotard and Thomas Nelson
 

NAYS:                          Brandon Bergeron and Anita LeJeune
 

ABSTENTIONS:             None

 

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

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Adjournment.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, the meeting adjourned at 6:05 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