MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA  70760

 

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, March 22, 2012

 

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a regular session on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at 337 Napoleon Street, New Roads, Louisiana 70760.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron, President, called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

 

Board members present when the roll was called were: Chad Aguillard, Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Kevin Hotard, and Thomas Nelson.

 

Board member Leslies Ann Grezaffi was absent.

 

Frank Aguillard led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

 

Mr. Larry Bossier was requested to offer the invocation.

 

Mrs. Anita LeJeune arrived at 5:43 p.m.

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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 families of:

 

Mr. Wayne Garon, a retired teacher of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.

 

Mrs. Lula Jackson Terrance, the mother of Mrs. Pearl Smith, a teacher at Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary.

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Consent Agenda

 

The following items are considered to be routine and are enacted with one motion.  There will be no separate discussion of items unless a member of the School Board so requests, in which the item will be removed from the consent agenda and considered as an item on the regular agenda for a separate vote.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. James Cline, to approve the following consent agenda items.  The motion carried.

 

·         Approval of the minutes from the regular School Board meeting of Thursday, February 23, 2012.

·         Approval of the special School Board meeting minutes of Tuesday, March 6, 2012, and Tuesday, March 20, 2012

·         Approval of the Executive Committee meeting minutes of Thursday, March 15, 2012.

·         Approval of a Proclamation announcing observance of “Attendance Awareness Week”, April 9-13, 2012, recognizing students with exemplary school attendance an encouragement of all students to make regular school attendance a priority.

·         Approval of the request to revise the previously adopted 2012-2013 school year calendar to include Presidential Election Day (November 6, 2012) as a holiday, with the addition of one day.  The additional day will be accommodated by the relinquishment of two (½) days of professional development, September 18, 2012 and Tuesday, October 30, 2012; a mandated in-service for teachers only will be Monday, January 7, 2013.

 

End of Consent Agenda

 

Head Start Supervisor’s Monthly Report.   Mrs. Karen Shaw, Supervisor of Head Start, reported that monthly Head Start information was inserted in meeting folders for review by School Board members.  She was happy to announce receipt of a letter from the Administration for Children and Families Office of Head Start notifying her that our program will be allocated $7,585.00, an increase in funding relative to the .72 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to assist in maintaining the quality of Head Start services, retaining qualified staff and offsetting high operating costs, and increase training and technical assistance funds.  She stated that she is requesting approval of her COLA application at the regular meeting in March because the Board’s regular meeting in April will be on the 26th, after the due date of April 16, 2012.  Information in their folders included School Readiness Goals and she requested input from the Board (additions and/or deletions), as it relates to Regulations 1307.

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson, to accept the Head Start Supervisor’s monthly report.  The motion carried.

 

Permission to Advertise for Janitorial/Paper Supplies.  Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. James Cline, to allow Mr. Donald Fuselier, Director of Maintenance and Support Services, to advertise for janitorial/paper supplies for the school session 2012-2013. The motion carried.

 

SMART Board Demonstration. Dr. Sue Roy stated that DETEL kindly offered the use of a unified SMART Board for use at tonight’s meeting.  JoAnn Hebert and Catherine Olinde, teachers from Valverda Elementary, demonstrated how they utilize the SMART Board as an interactive teaching tool in their classroom.  A short discussion ensued regarding the Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum and Common Core State Standards.  Board Member Chad Aguillard mentioned a discussion was held with principals at the beginning of this school year regarding the use of Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and Enhanced Assessment of Grade-Level Expectations (EAGLE) for benchmark testing.  Mr. Aguillard inquired if periodic testing has continued throughout this school year.  Ms. Marilyn Taylor, Principal at Rosenwald Elementary, explained that data from DIBELS and EAGLE are continually being assessed to regroup and teach skills to students.

 

Approval of Revisions to Policy IFBGA.    Dr. Sue Roy, Supervisor of Technology, announced that there have been changes to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), and for compliance measures, she is requesting that the School Board consider a few minor revisions to our current Computer Access and Use policy (File:IFBGA).  Proposed additions were underlined, printed in blue; proposed deletions were indicated by strikethrough lines and printed in red.

 

On a motion by Mr. James Cline, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, the Board approved revisions to the Computer Access and Use policy, File IFBGA, for CIPA compliance.  The motion carried.

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Consider Contracting with Kelly Services for Substitutes.  Superintendent D’Amico stated that after meeting with the Chief Financial Officer and the Personnel Director, she would like to table this item until further research can be completed.

 

Mr. Frank Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to table the agenda item regarding contracting with Kelly Services for substitutes until further research can be completed.

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Personnel Actions.  Mrs. Lisa H. D’Aquila presented personnel actions to be considered for approval.  Superintendent D’Amico explained that there is a temporary clerk currently working in the Head Start Office; however, the new overseer of the Head Start Program in Dallas has indicated that they would prefer a permanent full time clerk rather than a temporary clerk. Board members were requested to review the Head Start job description revisions for consideration of adoption.

 

On a motion by Mr. Frank Aguillard, seconded by Mrs. Anita LeJeune, the Board voted unanimously to approve the following personnel actions:

 

Revisions to Job Description

Head Start Clerk’s job description, effective 03.23.2012.

 

Extended Sick Leave:

Paula Fulmer, nurse, Rougon Elementary School, effective 03.03.12-05.24.12;

Tracy Norris, technician, Valverda Elementary School, effective 02.28.12-02.29.12;

Becky Templeton, teacher, Valverda Elementary School, effective 02.27.12-03.19.12;

Karen Dunn, paraprofessional, Rosenwald Elementary School, effective 03.06.12;

Frannie Landry, teacher, Valverda Elementary School, effective 03.06.12 (.94)-03.16.12;

Shanika Martin, teacher, Valverda Elementary School, effective 03.08.12 (.25); and

Tanzie Banks, Para/Teacher (1hr.), Livonia High School, effective 03.23.12 (.58)-05.24.12

 

Retirement:

Susan Hoffmann, teacher, Rougon Elementary School, effective 03.07.12

 

Resignation:

Jeffery Martin, manager, Livonia High School, effective 03.07.12;

Andrea Armond, bus driver, Livonia High School, effective 03.02.12; and

Isaac Gauthier, custodian, Rosenwald Elementary School, effective 02.16.12

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Discussion/Action Regarding Monthly Financial Information for March 2012.  On a motion by Mr. Frank Aguillard, seconded by Mr. James Cline, the Board voted to accept the monthly financial information as presented by Mr. Stephen Langlois, Chief Financial Officer.  

 

It was decided that a Finance Committee meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012. 

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PowerPoint Presentation Regarding Review of the ESEA Federal Program Waivers Submitted by the Louisiana Department of Education.    Mrs. Karla Jack, Supervisor of Federal Programs, explained that the ESEA Waivers would relieve districts of burdensome paperwork and repetitive tasks requested by the Department of Education.  It would also seek to change the current accountability system.  Currently, a school’s performance score is based upon LEAP and ILEAP test results, attendance, and drop-out rate, if applicable.  The proposed waiver requires School Performance Scores (SPS) for Elementary Schools to be based 100% on LEAP and ILEAP testing; however, high schools will be based as follows:  25% from ACT test results (all 11th graders will be required to take the ACT); 25% for end of course tests (9-11 graders); 25% graduation COHORT RATE and 25% graduation index.  She stated that more information is included on the Department of Education’s website (www.louisianaschools.net), by clicking Louisiana’s ESEA Waiver Application.

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding the Current Bullying Policy (JCDAF).   Board member Chad Aguillard stated in light of the most recent tragedy, he had requested that the School Board review its current bullying policy to determine if the policy is sufficient for proactive measures.  Mr. Aguillard mentioned that after review of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board’s bully policy, he is of the opinion that the policy is more detailed and explicit than what he had thought and unless another School Board member has an issue, he thinks that the school system has a good policy.  He further stated that he is not familiar with the policy that Advance Baton Rouge (ABR) has, but they may want to consider reviewing our policy for consideration of adoption.

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Management Presentation and Culinary Demonstration from Livonia High School ProStart Culinary Art Students.   Kellie Messer, ProStart Culinary Arts Instructor at Livonia High School, along with several members of the Culinary Team and one student from the Management Team, attended the March 22, 2012 meeting to share with the Board all of the hard work that they have done this school year.  Lesley Smith, a member of the Management Team, presented information their team entered at a competition recently held in New Orleans; the competition is sponsored by the Louisiana Restaurant’s Association.  The Culinary Team prepared several dishes for everyone to taste after the meeting.  Ms. Messer, Donell Releford, Richard Burnett, Kelly Casse, Lesley Smith, and Brittani Baranco were commended for a job well done. 

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Remarks from the Superintendent.  Superintendent D’Amico announced the dates of LEAP & ILEAP and stressed the importance of students’ attendance, as School Performance Scores have been affected by absenteeism.  She also announced the dates of the Easter/Spring Holidays and wished everyone a safe and a Happy Easter.

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Adjournment.    On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. James Cline, the meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.

 

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Brandon Bergeron, President

 

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Linda D. D’Amico, Superintendent