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POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA  70760

 

SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Monday, May 19, 2014

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a special session on Monday, May 19, 2014, at 337 Napoleon Street in New Roads Louisiana 70760.  Mr. Frank Aguillard, Jr., President, called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

 

President Frank Aguillard announced that Superintendent D’Amico requested Stephen Langlois, Chief Financial Officer of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, conduct School Board meetings during her absence from the office while recuperating from surgery (Mrs. D’Amico broke her shoulder) resulting from a fall after the Livonia High School GOE Banquet held at Hemingbough in St. Francisville.  Mrs. D’Amico appointed Ms. Mary Wells, Supervisor of Special Education; Mr. Donald Fuselier, Director of Maintenance/Support Services; and Mr. Stephen Langlois to share in Administrative duties during her absence, mentioning she would be available via cell phone.

 

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

 

Mr. James Cline led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

 

Mr. Robert Hammonds was requested to offer the invocation.

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Strategy Session Concerning Pending Litigation.*   The agenda noted that 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. 65-3164-A on the docket of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.  Attorney Robert L. Hammonds requested the School Board enter into an executive session.

 

Executive Session.  On a motion by Mr. James Cine, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, the Board convened in an executive session at 5:35 p.m.

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Open Session.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, the Board reconvened in an open session at 5:47 p.m.

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A discussion was held in Executive Session regarding the Court Order (below) signed by Judge Brady and intervention of opposition filed by private citizens regarding the federal desegregation suit.  Attorney Hammonds stated the School Board needs to vote whether or not to oppose the Court Order (below) signed by Judge James J. Brady.

 

Board Member Thomas Nelson made a motion in support of the private citizens’ intervention in the federal desegregation suit to keep Pointe Coupee Central open for the 2014-2015 school.  Mr. Chad Aguillard seconded the motion.  A roll call vote in opposition to the Court Order signed by Judge Brady resulted in the following action:

 

YEAS:              Chad Aguillard and Thomas Nelson

NAYS:              Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Leslie Grezaffi and Kevin Hotard

ABSENT:          Anita LeJuene

 

The motion failed by a 2-5-1vote of the School Board.

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Board member Anita LeJeune arrived at 6:03 p.m.

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE

MIDDLE DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA

 

YVONNE MARIE BOYD, ET AL                                     CIVIL ACTION # 65-3164

 

VERSUS                                                                                   JUDGE JAMES J. BRADY

 

POINTE COUPEE                                                                     MAG. JUDGE DOCIA L. DALBY

PARISH SCHOOL BOARD, ET AL

 

ORDER

 

            The Motion by the Louisiana Department of Education to Transfer Jurisdiction of the Pointe Coupee Central High School to the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board [Doc. 357] is granted.

 

            IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that jurisdiction of Pointe Coupee Central High School is transferred from the Recovery School District through the Louisiana Department of Education to the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 school year.

 

            IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all public high school students (grades 9-12) in Pointe Coupee Parish shall be served by the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board at Livonia High School only during the 2014-15 school year.

 

            IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board submit a plan to this court for the use of the Pointe Coupee Central High School facility and student assignment within six months of this order.

 

            ORDER SIGNED on the 7th day of April, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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JUDGE JAMES J. BRADY

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding an Offsite Alternative Program.  President Frank Aguillard requested that the Board consider tabling this item until June, as it is not a good time to make a recommendation.

 

On a motion by Mr. James Cline, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, the School Board tabled the agenda item regarding an Offsite Alternative Program until the June meeting.  The motion carried.

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Consider Leasing Modular Buildings with Set-Up for Livonia High School to Accommodate Increased Student Opportunities and Anticipated Increased Enrollment. 

 

Mr. David Mougeot and Mr. Donald Fuselier stated two modular building leasing options are being presented for consideration by the School Board.  Option #1 is for an eight (8) classroom building from Satellite Shelters, Inc.; Option #2 is for four (4) double classroom buildings from Sustainable Modular Management, Inc.  Costs associated with delivery/set-up/anchors, monthly lease, return of building, as well as sewer, water, electric, Intercom, F.A. & Data were reviewed.  Mr. Fuselier stated that option #2 became available on Thursday and the 4 double classroom proposal would save the school system money.  It was stated that six companies were solicited; 2 bids were received. 

 

Board Member Brandon Bergeron inquired about canopies; Mr. Fuselier stated a single slope wooden panel will be used for the buildings. 

 

Board Member Chad Aguillard stated on the record he wanted to inquire if the Superintendent sent a recommendation.  He was told that after speaking with the Principal at Livonia High School about accommodations for increased student opportunities and anticipated increased enrollment, Superintendent D’Amico’s recommendation is option #2.

 

Mr. James Cline made a motion to accept option 2, with adjusted figures of $142,145, from William Scottsman for 4 double classroom buildings.  Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi seconded the motion.  A roll call vote resulted in the following:

 

YEAS:              Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Leslie Grezaffi, Kevin Hotard, and Anita LeJeune

NAYS:              Chad Aguillard and Thomas Nelson

ABSENT:          None

 

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

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Board Member Thomas Nelson stated he voted against the proposal because he thinks PCCHS can be opened this school year which will cause the Board not to place additional buildings at Livonia High School.  Mr. Nelson stated his position is still to ask the court to open PCCHS, therefore, the reason he voted against leasing the buildings.

 

Consider Moving and/or Leasing Buildings for Rougon Elementary and Valverda Elementary to Accommodate Anticipated Increased Enrollment.   As per the request of Superintendent D’Amico, Mr. Donald Fuselier conducted a feasibility study to evaluate the option of a 5-year lease purchase of a modular building, with two classrooms, for Rougon Elementary and Valverda Elementary to reduce overcrowding at those schools.  Principals at both schools have been requesting additional classrooms for the last two years; it has nothing to do with Pointe Coupee Central High School.  The buildings must be 2009 or newer, in excellent condition, and has to meet Louisiana building codes.  Administration surveyed the spaces to be utilized for students and it was determined that there is an immediate need for two classrooms for the 2014-2015 school year.  Mr. Fuselier provided monthly quotes for the 5 year lease purchase from Sustainable Modular Management, Inc., as well as an itemized list of the cost associated with the set-up of a used building.   Accommodations for consideration at Rougon could be to move a building from Rosenwald Elementary to Rougon Elementary and lease 1 single building, or lease 1 double and 1 single building; the recommendation for Valverda Elementary is to lease 2 double buildings. 

 

Board Member Chad Aguillard questioned the data used to make the determination more students would be going to those schools.  Mr. Fuselier explained that principals are asking for additional space due to curriculum and what is perceived as a current condition.

 

Board Member Anita LeJeune questioned the anticipated increase in enrollment.  Mrs. Karla Jack, Supervisor of Federal Programs, mentioned based upon the result of test scores, students could exercise the option to attend Rougon and Valverda through utilization of Choice through Title I. 

 

Also mentioned by several School Board members was the certified letter they received from a parent this week regarding a child with special needs which required Ms. Wells to split a class at Rougon to make accommodations relevant to the age of the student.

 

Principal Bridget Berry mentioned the increased enrollment in 5th grade due to Read 180 and the Circle Grant. 

 

Board Member Thomas Nelson questioned Mrs. Berry if she needed additional classroom space based on this year, and she stated, “Yes”.

 

When questioned about space at Rougon, Principal Patsy Langlois stated based on the current situation at Rougon with regard to special need students and middle school enrollment, additional space is needed.

 

Board Member Chad Aguillard mentioned based on the testimony of what was just stated by Principals there is no extra space and based on the current existing problems, it is not premature to ask for additional buildings.

 

It was stated it is Superintendent D’Amico’s recommendation to provide the buildings. 

 

Mrs. Anita LeJeune made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to lease buildings from Sustainable Modular Management, Inc. for Rougon Elementary and Valverda Elementary to accommodate students.  Mr. Cline requested a roll call vote.

 

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

NAYS:  None

ABSENT:          None

 

The motion passed by a 8-0 vote of the School Board.

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding Stage 1 Plans for Pointe Coupee Central High School Facility for 2015-2016.    Mr. Stephen Langlois announced Superintendent D’Amico provided an update relative to Phase I Plans for the Pointe Coupee Central High School Facility. 

 

Board Member Thomas Nelson stated he is sorry Mrs. D’Amico couldn’t attend the meeting and he understands her situation; however, at the last meeting a discussion regarding the possibility of opening PCCHS for the 2014-2015 was held.  Mr. Nelson mentioned the School Board heard a good plan as presented by Mr. Larry Oliver giving students a choice to attend Livonia High School, but keeping PCCHS open as a high school.  Mr. Nelson stated Superintendent D’Amico indicated at the last meeting that she needed additional information, but reiterated that action is needed one way or another a he would like to see something from Mrs. D’Amico to present. 

 

Board Member Chad Aguillard mentioned that Superintendent D’Amico informed them last month that she had been looking at a program in Lafayette parish for consideration of implementation.  Mr. Chad Aguillard alluded to the proposal that he heard from Mr. Oliver at last month’s meeting and other plans in his district.  He mentioned it seems to be a broad framework of agreement regarding college readiness or a choice for students to go another path (workforce readiness) having the opportunity to be served in Pointe Coupee Parish.  Mr. C. Aguillard mentioned by placing the best people in place may attract a broad range of the population and also mentioned that although Judge Brady has given the school system six months to develop and present a plan to him for the use of the facilities at PCCHS, you don’t have to wait.

 

President Frank Aguillard stated that he appreciates all of the comments from School Board members; however, the Board voted not to oppose, not to intervene, and working hard to present a plan. 

 

Board Member Anita LeJeune mentioned the projected cost.  She stated that the school system will have to offer something good while being fiscally responsible.  Mr. Fuselier and Mr. Mougeot are reviewing the property damage and will report back to the School Board. 

 

Prior to requesting a motion to adjourn, President Aguillard stated he will speak with Mrs. D’Amico and call a Special Meeting like tonight’s meeting.

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Adjournment. Mr. James Cline made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Thomas Nelson seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 6:38 p.m.

 

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Frank R. Aguillard, Jr., President

 

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Linda D. D’Amico, Superintendent