MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA  70760

 

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, May 22, 2014

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 337 Napoleon Street in New Roads Louisiana 70760. President Frank R. Aguillard, Jr., called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

 

President Aguillard requested Dustin Rusk, a student from Livonia High School in attendance to receive an award, to lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

 

Mrs. Karen Shaw was requested to offer the invocation.

 

Board members present for roll call were: Chad Aguillard, Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, Leslie Grezaffi, Kevin Hotard, Anita LeJeune and Thomas Nelson.

 

Board Member James Cline arrived at the meeting at 5:40 p.m.

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President Aguillard announced test scores were released and embargoed. He mentioned there is a special guest in the audience that he had invited to attend the meeting; however, apologized for not including this on the agenda.  With no further ado, Mr. Aguillard introduced Dr. Lottie Beebe, a BESE Member and the Superintendent of the St. Martin Parish School Board. 

 

Dr. Beebe stated she represents 15 parishes and her purpose in attending the meeting was to personally thank the citizens of Pointe Coupee for their support. She mentioned she likes to celebrate the success of what is happening in education and alluded to the extreme educational challenges associated with reform initiatives.  Dr. Beebe also mentioned test scores were released; however, they are embargoed until Supt. White releases state data trends on May 27, 2014.  Board Member Thomas Nelson stated he called Dr. Beebe to answer a question he had and appreciated her taking his call.  Dr. Beebe encouraged everyone to remember the importance of local representation and to contact her with any concerns

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Expressions of Sympathy.  On a motion by the entire Board and seconded by the entire Board, condolences were offered to the families of:

 

Helen Battiste, retiree of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.

 

Marion Patterson, retiree of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.

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Recognition of Lucie J. Lorio, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Lisa D’Aquila, Personnel Director, stated it was an honor and pleasure to recognize Lucie Lorio, a kindergarten teacher at Rougon Elementary, as the Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014.  After Mrs. D’Aquila read Ms. Lorio’s bio, the School Board rewarded her with a certificate of recognition and a purchase order to spend $500 for classroom supplies.  Family members in attendance with Ms. Lorio were recognized; a photo was taken of her with the President of the School Board for publication in the local journal.

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Recognition of Catherine Olinde and JoAnn Hebert, teachers at Valverda Elementary, for receiving Agriculture (AG) in the Classroom Awards.  The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board honored Jo Ann Hebert, a teacher at Valverda Elementary, with a Certificate of Achievement for her exceptional accomplishment of being named the LA Farm Bureau “Ag in the Classroom “ 2013 State Teacher of the Year and for being one of the five winners of “Ag in the Classroom” -2014 National Teacher of the Year. 

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board also honored Catherine Olinde, a teacher at Valverda Elementary, with a Certificate of Achievement for her exceptional accomplishment of being named the LA Farm Bureau “Ag in the Classroom” 2014 State Teacher of the Year. 

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Recognition of Dustin Rusk, a Student at Livonia High School, and his Instructors, Randy Jarreau and Mark Tarver, for their accomplishments at the 2014 State Welding Competition.  The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board recognized Dustin Rusk, a student at Livonia High School, with a Certificate of Achievement for receiving a 3rd place individual trophy out of 80 welders in the state High School Craft Competition held at the Associated Builders and Contractor’s Facility in Gonzales, Louisiana, sponsored by Performance Contractors.

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board also recognized Instructor Randy Jarreau with a Certificate of Achievement in honor of his outstanding performance and dedication to the Livonia High School Welding students. Mr. Jarreau expounded upon his personal mission to have his students successfully complete welding courses in his shop.  He mentioned his top priority is to send students out into the work force ready for immediate employment and was pleased to report that over 60 of his former students are working in Louisiana and out of state since 2002.

 

Mr. LaMark Tarver, FFA Instructor, wasn’t in attendance, but was also recognized with a Certificate of Achievement for his outstanding performance and dedication to the students at Livonia High School. 

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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.

 

President Aguillard requested to defer the approval of the minutes from the April 24, 2014 meeting. 

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to table the minutes from the April 24, 2014 meeting, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard.  The motion carried.

 

Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, to approve the following consent agenda items.  The motion carried.

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·       Approval of the minutes from the Executive Committee meeting of Thursday, May 15, 2014.

·       Approval of the Pointe Coupee Banner as the selection of the Official School Board Journal, as required by R.S. 43:150 and R.S. 43:174, effective July 1, 2014.

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School Presentations.   Principal Patsy Langlois provided an overview of happenings at Rougon Elementary School; Principal Myron Brown yielded to Mrs. Sandra Saye, a teacher at Upper Pointe Coupee, who encouraged everyone to visit the Rain Forest project at the school; Principal Monica Fabre, Ph.D., mentioned the field trip taken to Jackson University as part of the --- and deferred to Mr. Lionel Jackson, whom provided an overview of information regarding Rosenwald Elementary; Principal Stacy Gueho provided an overview of happenings at Livonia High School; and Principal Bridget Berry provided an overview of happenings at Valverda Elementary School. 

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Receive the Head Start Supervisor’s Monthly Report.   Mrs. Shaw provided the routine monthly report and announced they are in the midst of Head Start round-up.

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, to accept the Head Start Supervisor’s monthly report and the end of the year self-assessment monitoring report.  The motion carried.

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding Monthly Financial Information.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron made a motion, seconded by Mr. James Cline to accept the monthly financial information as presented by Mr. Stephen Langlois. 

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding Phase II Salary Schedule Changes.  President Frank Aguillard stated he would like to table this item until a further date when a Finance Committee meeting can be called and Superintendent D’Amico can be in attendance.

 

On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, the Board voted to table the agenda item regarding Phase II salary schedule changes.  The motion carried.

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Approval of the 2014-2017 Technology Plan. Mrs. Lacey Bueche, Technology Facilitator, presented a three-year technology plan for consideration of approval by the School Board. 

 

Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Anita LeJeune, to approve a three-year (2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17) technology plan presented by Lacey Bueche, Technology Facilitator for the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.  The motion carried.

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding Mayor of New Roads’ Summer Youth Employment Program.  Board member James Cline stated he placed an item on the agenda regarding the Mayor of New Roads’ Summer Youth Employment Program because every year parents call him to inquire if there are any positions open at the schools.  A short discussion ensued regarding the program that has been in place for several years for students living within two miles of the city limits of New Roads paid by the city for no cost to the school system.  Guidelines regarding the program were placed on BoardDocs.  It was explained that job descriptions were submitted to the Mayor’s Office for skill matching and there is an interview process prior to placing the students at a work location.  There is a possibility the central office will receive three to four workers that will be trained to assist with clerical/receptionist duties, school food service/technology inventory, etc.  Again this year, Rosenwald Elementary is looking forward to having student workers from the Mayor’s Office work at the school located within the city limits.

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Remarks from the Superintendent.  On behalf of the Superintendent, Stephen Langlois announced the following:  Students’ last day of the school year is Friday, May 23, 2014; Memorial Day is Monday, May 26, 2014; this is a work day for 12-month employees, unless they choose to use one of their personal vacation days; teachers do not report on Monday, it is a holiday for 9 and 10 month employees; the end of the 2013-2014 year for teachers will be Tuesday, May 27, 2014; 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Grant Program) will offer summer school for students beginning Wednesday, May 28, 2014 and ending on Monday, June 30, 2014; The 12-month summer work schedule for 12-month employees will begin on Monday, June 2, 2014-Friday, July 18, 2014, as approved by the School Board at their February 27, 2014 regular meeting.  The office will be closed on Fridays, with the exception of the week of June 30-July 3, 2014, due to the 4th of July holiday; The Executive committee meeting will be held on Monday, June 19, 2014, due to the NSBA Southern Region educational conference.

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Prior to requesting a motion to adjourn, President Aguillard congratulated all of the parish graduates, wished everyone a Happy Memorial Day, and thanked all of the veterans for their service.

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Adjournment.  Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to adjourn. Mr. James Cline seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

 

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Frank R. Aguillard, Jr., President

 

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Linda D. D’Amico, Superintendent