MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA 70760

 

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, June 23, 2011

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a regular session on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 337 Napoleon Street, New Roads, LA.  Mr. Chad Aguillard, President, called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
 

Board members present were Chad Aguillard, Frank R. Aguillard, Jr., Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Leslie Ann Grezaffi, Kevin Hotard, Anita LeJeune, and Thomas Nelson.
 

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

Mr. Larry Bossier was requested to offer the invocation.

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

Mr. Willie "Junior" Bergeron, father of Mrs. Stacy Bergeron Stelly, a clerk at Livonia High School.

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Recognition of the Livonia High School Baseball Team and Coaches for Winning the 3-A Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Baseball Championship Title.  Superintendent D'Amico presented certificates and medals to the baseball players for winning the 3-A State Baseball Championship in Ruston, LA.  Plaques and certificates were presented to Head Coach Jason Lemoine Assistant Coaches, Lance Jarreau and Wade Lott.

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                                                               Consent Agenda

 

The following items are considered to be routine and are enacted with one motion.  
 

Mr. James Cline made a motion, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, to approve the following consent agenda items. Unanimously carried.
 

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Head Start Supervisor's Monthly Report. Mrs. Karen Holmes-Shaw prepared information regarding the Head Start monthly report.

 

Mr. James Cline made a motion, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, to approve the Pointe Coupee Parish Head Start's Monthly Report.

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Janitorial/Paper Supplies Bid Awarded.  Mr. Frank Aguillard announced that he will recuse from voting for this particular agenda item. 

 

Mr. Donald Fuselier, Director of Maintenance and Support Services, provided copies of information regarding janitorial and paper supply bids opened at 11:00 a.m. on June 14, 2011; Donald Fuselier, Jared Gibbs and Yvonne David were on the Bid Opening Committee.  It was noted that twelve bids were mailed and four bids were received.  Low Bidders were Broussard Paper, Inc. ($6,525.50); Calico Industries, Inc.,($3,167.16) and Economical( $12,080.37), totaling $21,773.03. 

 

Board Member Frank Aguillard reiterated that he will recuse from voting for this particular agenda item. Mr. James Cline made a motion to accept the lowest bidders for janitorial/paper supplies regarding the bid opening of June 14, 2011, as prepared and presented by Mr. Fuselier. The motion passed by a 7-1 vote of the Board.

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Discussion/Action Regarding Monthly Financial Information.   On a motion by James Cline, seconded by Kevin Hotard, the Board voted to approve the monthly financial information as presented by Chief Financial Officer Jared Gibbs.  Unanimously carried.

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2011-2012 Fiscal Year Operating Budget Presented.  Chief Financial Officer Jared Gibbs presented the proposed 2011-2012 fiscal year operating budget.  Superintendent D'Amico stated that she plans to have a Finance Committee meeting and a public hearing before adoption of the budget. 

 

Mr. Frank Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to authorize a 15-day public review of the 2011-2012 fiscal year operating budget prior to adoption at a subsequent meeting.  Unanimously carried.

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Cooperative Endeavor Agreement Between Sheriff Beauregard Torres, and the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board. Superintendent D'Amico stated that the school system has had a contract with the Sheriff's office for some time.  The agreement covers a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Livonia High School and support of the DARE and character building programs in all schools throughout the parish at a cost of $90,0000, an increase of $5,000 due to the rising cost of insurance.

 

Mr. Frank Aguillard made a motion to renew the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between Sheriff Beauregard Torres and the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board for the 2011-2012 school year. Unanimous vote of the Board.

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Renewal of the Contract with the Supervisor of Child Nutrition.  Superintendent D'Amico stated that the Louisiana State Department of Education will be conducting a review of the Child Nutrition Program during the 2011-2012 school year.  The position was advertised twice and there were no certified/qualified applicants; it is her recommendation to renew Mrs. Vivian Landry's contract during this monitoring session. At some point, we hope to get a permanent person in this position.

 

Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, to renew the Contracted Supervisor of Child Nutrition Agreement between the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board and Vivian Landry (Contractor) for the provision of services for the Pointe Coupee Parish Food Service Program, effective July 1,2011.  The motion carried.

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Adoption of Policy Revisions Regarding School Wellness and Tobacco.  Mrs. Wanda Moreau, Supervisor of the Drug Free Program, prepared draft copies of the revised School Health and Wellness, as well as the Tobacco-Free policies, for consideration of adoption by the School Board.

 

Mr. James Cline offered a motion to adopt the revisions to the policy regarding School Health and Wellness and the Tobacco-Free policy.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson. Unanimously carried.

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Consider Revision to Policy DIC (Inventories Policy).  A request was made to have the Board consider revising the Inventories Policy to increase the threshold amount from $1,000 to $5,000, so that the district is in line with the State's property threshold amount.  From a grant budgeting perspective, this policy revision will allow the district's property code equipment numbers to match the Department of Education  numbers by following the LAUGH guidelines. 

 

Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi made a motion, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, to revise the Inventories Policy (DIC) to increase the property threshold amount from $1,000.00 to $5,000.00.  Unanimous vote of the Board.

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Adoption of the Revised Response to Intervention (RTI) Policies and Procedures. 

Ms. Mary Wells, Supervisor of Special Education, prepared and presented copies of the RTI Policies and Procedures that were adopted last year; additions were highlighted in yellow and deletions were denoted in red strikeouts.  The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for schools as they implement RTI.  The guide enables early identification and intervention of ALL students who may be at academic or behavioral risk. 

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, to adopt the revisions made to the Response to Intervention Policies and Procedures.  Unanimously carried.  

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Personnel Actions.  Lisa Huffaker-D'Aquila presented personnel actions agenda item #19 (A-K) to be considered for approval. 

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard stated that he would like to recuse himself from voting on agenda item 19-D and agenda item 19-I.  Mr. Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to remove personnel agenda items 19-D and 19-I to be voted upon separately.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

Mr. Frank Aguillard made a motion to approve personnel agenda items 19 (A, B, C, E, F, G, H, J and K).  Mr. Kevin Hotard seconded the motion and the following actions were approved:

 

A.  Retirements:
 

Mary V. Jackson, Assistant Principal, Livonia High, effective 06.30.11;

Gloria Jarreau, School Clerk, Valverda Elementary, effective 06.10.11;

Mary Lou LaCour, Certified Teacher, Rosenwald Elementary, effective 05.27.11;

Laura Leufroy, Certified Teacher, Rosenwald Elementary, effective 05.27.11;

Russell McCoy, School Principal, Rosenwald Elementary, effective 06.30.11;

Carolyn Smith, School Clerk, Rosenwald Elementary, effective 06.10.11;

Hilda Smith, Certified Teacher, Rosenwald Elementary, effective 05.27.11; and

Major Swindler, School Principal, Valverda Elementary, effective 06.30.11

 

B.  Resignations:

 

Rachel Berg, Certified Teacher, Rosenwald Elementary, effective 05.27.11;

Tyler Mallet, Certified Teacher, Livonia High, effective 05.27.11;

Chonnon Romero, Non-Certified Teacher, Valverda Elementary, effective 06.30.11; and

Kara Skarda, Certified Teacher, Rosenwald Elementary, effective 05.27.11

 

C.  Extended Sick Leave:

 

Jessica Langlois, Social Worker, Pointe Coupee Central High/Rosenwald Elementary, effective 05.19.11 (.20) - 06.10.11

 

E.  Administrative Transfers:

 

Superintendent D'Amico administratively transferred Marcia Pinsonat from the position of Principal at Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary to the position of District Turnaround Officer for Rosenwald Elementary and UPCE, effective 07.01.11 (housed on the campus of Rosenwald Elementary).

 

Timothy Humphreys from Special Education Teacher at Rougon Elementary to Special Education Teacher at Rosenwald Elementary, effective 08.08.11

 

F.  Additional Transfer Due to RIF

 

Marion St. Cyr, transferred from Paraprofessional at Rosenwald Elementary to Paraprofessional at Valverda Elementary.

 

G.  Appointment of School Principal

 

Myron Brown, Principal of Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary, effective 07.01.11

 

H.  Appointment of Transformation Manager/Clerk

 

Karen Armand, Transformation Manager for UPCE and Rosenwald Elementary effective 07.01.11 (housed at Rosenwald Elementary)

 

J.  Appointment of Mentor Teachers at Rosenwald Elementary

 

Miranda Gremillion, effective 08.03.11;

Lauren Mayfield, effective 08.03.11;

Donyella McVay, effective 08.03.11;

Ingrid Nelson, effective 08.03.11; and

Annette Walker, effective 08.03.11

 

K.  New Hires

 

Roberta Averill, Certified Teacher, Rosenwald Elementary, effective 08.08.11;

Ashley Chauvin, Certified Teacher, UPCE, effective 08.08.11; and

Michael Todd, Certified Teacher, Livonia High, Effective 08.08.11

 

FYI - Request for Transfer Granted by Superintendent

 

Miriam Engemann was granted a transfer from the position of CNA Instructor at Livonia High to the position of School Nurse at Valverda Elementary, effective 08.08.11

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard reiterated that he would like the record to reflect that he has requested to recuse himself from voting on personnel agenda items 19-D and 19-I.          

On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, the following agenda items were presented and approved by a 7-1 vote of the Board.

 

D.  Family and Medical Leave Without Pay.

Dawn Cobb, Certified Master Teacher, Rosenwald Elementary, effective 06.03.11-06.10.11, 08.08.11-08.12.11     

 

I.  Appointment of Master Teachers at Rosenwald Elementary

Natalie Aguillard, effective 08.01.11;

Marcie Cazayoux, effective 08.01.11; and

Amanda Fontenot, effective 08.01.11

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Presentation of the 2010-2011 Preliminary Test Scores by School and District.   Superintendent D'Amico thanked Mrs. Kristy LaCoste and Dr. Sue Roy for preparing the Power-Point presentation regarding district scores for  2010-2011.  Copies of  school by school and district scores were provided to Board members at the meeting of the Executive Committee.

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Consider Adoption of a Resolution to Call a Tenure Hearing.

RESOLUTION OF THE POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD CALLING
A TENURE HEARING IN ACCORDANCE WITH L.R.S. 17:443 TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT MS. RITA BYWATER SHOULD BE DISMISSED OR DISCIPLINED AS A TEACHER IN THE POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM

 

WHEREAS, L.R.S. 17:443 provides that tenured teachers may be dismissed or disciplined for one or more of a number of charges including, but not limited to, willful neglect of duty, incompetency; dishonesty; immorality; or being a member of or contributing to any group, organization, movement, or corporation that is prohibited by law or injunction from operating in the State of Louisiana; and
 

WHEREAS, the Superintendent feels that this Board should call a tenure hearing in accordance with the provisions of L.R.S. 17:443 for the purpose of determining whether Ms. Rita Bywater should be dismissed or otherwise disciplined as a teacher in this school system; and
 

WHEREAS, the Superintendent has prepared written charges against Ms. Bywater and has provided School Board members with copies of those charges; and
 

WHEREAS, the School Board has reviewed the written charges brought by the Superintendent against Ms. Bywater and finds those charges to be of sufficient seriousness to warrant a tenure hearing;
 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board in regular session duly convened that a tenure hearing be called and held in accordance with L.R.S. 17:443 beginning on July 25, 2011 at 5:30 p.m., and continuing at 5:30 p.m. on July 26, 2011, if necessary, to determine the truth or falsity of such allegations against Ms. Bywater and to determine whether or not such allegations, if true, warrant her dismissal or discipline as a teacher in the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution signed and certified by the Superintendent of Schools and the President of the Board be forwarded to Ms. Bywater and that the Superintendent advise her in writing that this Board will hold a tenure hearing on July 25, 2011, at the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board office in New Roads, Louisiana, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and continuing on July 26, 2011, if necessary, to consider the aforementioned charges and to determine whether or not she should be dismissed from her employment or otherwise disciplined as a tenured teacher in this school system.  Further, the Superintendent is directed by the Board to inform Ms. Bywater in writing that the hearing may be public or private at her option and that she may be represented by legal counsel and may present any witnesses or other evidence that she desires on her behalf, all in accordance with L.R.S. 17:443.  The Superintendent is further authorized and directed to advise Ms. Bywater in writing at least twenty (20) days in advance of the hearing of the specific reasons for the charges against her and of the names of witnesses who may be called to testify against her at said hearing.
 

RESOLUTION OFFERED BY:  James M. Cline

RESOLUTION SECONDED BY:  Kevin Hotard
 

The vote, in open meeting on the within resolution was as follows:
 

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

 

NAYS: None
 

ABSENT:          None

                                                                           CERTIFICATE

I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was adopted by the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board in regular session duly convened on June 23, 2011 and that same has not been rescinded or repealed.
 

NEW ROADS, LOUISIANA, this 24th day of June, 2011.

 

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LINDA D'AMICO, SUPERINTENDENT                    CHAD AGUILLARD, PRESIDENT

POINTE COUPEE PARISH                                    POINTE COUPEE PARISH

SCHOOL BOARD                                                 SCHOOL BOARD

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Added Agenda Item.  Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to add an item to the agenda regarding Workers' Compensation as item 21-A.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard.  Unanimously carried.

 

Discussion/action Regarding Quotes for Worker's Compensation Policies.  A short discussion ensued regarding FARA (the company that we have been using for self-insured coverage) and LUBA ( a company offering the system fixed-rate coverage) and the need to maintain both companies; FARA, for old claims, and LUBA, for new claims.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to continue to use FARA to maintain old workers' compensation claims and to assign new claims to LUBA.  Mr. Kevin Hotard seconded the motion.  The motion carried. 

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Remarks from the Superintendent. Superintendent D'Amico stated that the Summer LEAP, ILEA, GEE & EOC testing begins Monday, June 27, 2011.  The Century 21 Summer Program culminates on June 30, 2011, and summer feeding also ends on June 30, 2011.

 

Mrs. D'Amico commended Mrs. Kristy LaCoste and her staff for a job well done regarding the LA 4 Early Childhood Program that is in complete compliance.  The system monitoring compliance form indicated that the program serves as a model for collaboration efforts; there is a strong commitment to provision of support services to children and families.  It was also noted that the district is to be commended for providing high-quality parental involvement activities for families.  Mrs. D'Amico stated that the office will be closed on Friday, July 1, 2011 and Monday, July 4, 2011; however, the office will be open on Friday, July 8, 2011.  Superintendent D'Amico announced that she plans to take vacation from July 11-15, 2011, leaving Ms. Mary Wells and Mr. Donald Fuselier as Administrators-in-Charge during her absence; she mentioned that she will be available by cell phone if the need arises.

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Prior to adjourning, President Chad Aguillard requested to move the Executive Committee meeting from Thursday, July 21, 2011 to Friday, July 22, 2011. 

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Adjournment.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron,  the meeting adjourned at 7:43 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