MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA  70760

 

SPECIAL MEETING

Thursday, May 17, 2012

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a regular session on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the School Board Office located at 337 Napoleon Street, New Roads, Louisiana 70760.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron, President, called the meeting to order at

7:15 p.m.

 

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

 

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

 

The invocation was offered by Mr. Robert L. Hammonds.

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Discussion/Action Regarding Posting a Possible Reduction in Force (RIF).   A decline in state, federal, and local revenues makes it necessary for the Pointe Coupee Parish School System to reduce expenditures in the general fund budget for the 2012-2013 school year.  A 2% cut is necessary in each department across the board to balance the budget for 2012-2013.  It is hopeful that attrition (retirements and resignations) will take care of the needed reductions.  However, in the event that it becomes necessary to decrease the employee work force in order to achieve such a budget reduction, the Board needs to approve a general notice to employees of a possible RIF.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made the motion to post a general notice to employees regarding the possibility of a Reduction in Force (RIF), in the event that this is needed to balance the budget for 2012-2013. Mr. Chad Aguillard seconded the motion. The motion carried.

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Discussion/Action Regarding Approval of Fees for Summer School 2012 at Livonia High School for Credit Recovery of Carnegie Units.   Summer replacement courses will be offered this summer at Livonia High School.  Courses will be offered face-to-face, depending upon the number of requests; all other courses will be offered by a web-based program (only 40 slots available).  A minimum of 10 students is required to offer a course a face-to-face class.

 

On a motion by Mr. Kevin Hotard, seconded by Mrs. Anita LeJeune, the Board voted unanimously to approve the fees for the 2012 summer school session as recommended by Superintendent D’Amico and her administrative staff. 

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Discussion/Action Regarding the Possible Implementation of TAP at Valverda and Livonia (TAP will continue at UPCE and Rosenwald); TAP will be implemented at Rougon for the 2012-2013 School Year.   Mrs. Karla Jack, Supervisor of Federal Programs, prepared a cost analysis to implement the TAP program at Valverda Elementary and Livonia High School with grant and general fund money.    Mrs. Jack was asked to explain the difference between rubrics.  She stated that Compass uses the Danielson Rubric that was previously adopted by the state.  The TAP rubric and the Compass rubric are similar; however, TAP has 5 Domains and 26 indicators.  A short discussion ensued regarding Title I, Title II and TIF (only for TAP schools) funding.  Over the course of five years, there is expected to be 3.2 million dollars for teacher incentives; the majority of the staff at Rougon voted to include TAP at the school.  Superintendent D’Amico recommends using the TAP rubric in all schools by paying the assessment costs, and if awarded the SRCL grant (Striving Readers) in the second cohort funding, the other schools could become TAP schools.

 

Mrs. Anita LeJeune made a motion, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson, to follow the TAP rubric across the district as recommended by the Superintendent.  The motion carried.

 

On a motion by Mrs. Grezaffi, seconded by Mr. Chad Aguillard, the Board voted to implement the TAP program at Rougon Elementary, effective with the school year 2012-2013.

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Strategy Session and/or Action Concerning Pending Litigation.* There may be an executive session to discuss this litigation, which is entitled “Boyd and United States v. Pointe Coupee Parish School Board”, Civil Action No. 653164-A on the docket of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. 

 

Pointe Coupee Central High School, a school that was taken over by the Louisiana State Department of Education’s Recovery School District and operated by Advance Baton Rouge for the three years, was the topic of discussion.  It was announced that the Board voted not to collaborate with the RSD at their regular meeting on April 26, 2012.  Mr. Dana Peterson, Deputy Superintendent of the RSD, and Ms. Nikki Diamantes, Chief of Staff, RSD-LA, were in attendance to express their interest in restoration of the school.  Mr. Peterson apologized publically for Advance Baton Rouge’s lack of communication with the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.  Mr. Nelson questioned the role of the School Board.  Mr. Peterson stated that he is 100% committed to do whatever it takes to restore the school, as they are open to input from the Board regarding their expectations from a collaborative partnership. He is interested in community outreach. Superintendent D’Amico was directed by the Board to develop a list of possible collaborative efforts, work with Ms. Diamantes and come back to the Board with the combined lists. Ms. Nikki Diamantes announced that there will be a meeting for parents on Monday, May 21, 2012 at the school. RSD officials will provide information regarding the future of the school. 

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Adjournment.  On a motion by Mr. James Cline, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, the meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

 

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Brandon Bergeron, President

 

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Linda D’Amico, Superintendent