MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA  70760

 

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, June 26, 2014

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, June 26, 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 Superintendent Linda D’Amico 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.

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

 

Lillian Andre Armato, retiree of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.

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

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·       Approval of the minutes from the regular School Board meeting of Thursday, April 24, 2014.

·       Approval of the minutes from the special School Board meeting of Monday, May 19, 2014.

·       Approval of the minutes from the regular School Board meeting of Thursday, May 22, 2014

·       Approval of the minutes from the Executive Committee meeting of Monday, June 23, 2014.

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Board Member James Cline arrived at the meeting at 5:39 p.m.

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Receive the Head Start Supervisor’s Monthly Report.    Mrs. Karen Shaw stated the Head Start report is routine and nothing was out of the ordinary. 

 

On a motion by Mr. Chad Aguillard, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson, the Board voted to receive the Head Start monthly report as prepared by Mrs. Karen Shaw.

The motion carried.

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Approval of Attendance Area Selection Data for 2014-2015 School Year Regarding Title I & Title II Allocations.  Mrs. Karla Jack, Supervisor of Federal Programs and Secondary Education, presented the Pointe Coupee Parish Public School System’s NCLB Consolidated Application Budget Information for Title I and Title II regarding school year 2014-2015.  She referred to the chart she prepared that compares allocations for last year (2013-2014) and allocations for this year (2014-2015) with regard to funding source, total allocation, F/R lunch percentages, per pupil allocation and private school share. 

 

Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, to approve the attendance area selection data for the 2014-2015 school year regarding Title I & Title II allocations, as presented by Mrs. Karla Jack. 

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Approval of 2014-2015 Child Nutrition Program Bid Contracts.  Ms. Kate Guillory, Supervisor of Child Nutrition, stated all bids were tallied this morning (Thursday, June 26, 2014) and low bidder information was placed on BoardDocs for School Board members to review. 

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to accept the low bids for the child nutrition program as presented by Ms. Guillory.  Mr. Kevin Hotard seconded the motion.  Mr. Frank Aguillard announced he would like to recuse himself from voting for this particular agenda item. 

 

The motion passed by a 7-1 vote. 

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Adoption of Community Eligibility Provision for the 2014-2015 School Year.  Ms. Kate Guillory, Supervisor of Child Nutrition, mentioned the school system has an opportunity to offer free breakfast and lunch to all children at all schools during school year 2014-2015 through the Community Eligibility Provision, a program that has been piloted in several states.  Ms. Guillory stated the benefit would be an increase in participation, thus a larger federal reimbursement.  She also anticipates fewer problems for schools, as well as her department, with regard to collecting lunch bills.  Mrs. Guillory stated she is waiting for additional information from the State.  However, prior to the expense of printing lunch applications for the upcoming new school year, the School Board is being requested to make a decision if they would like to participate.  She announced a few parishes are ready to go ahead with the program.

 

On a motion by Mr. Kevin Hotard, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson, the Board approved adoption of the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2014-2015 School Year.  The motion carried.

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Bids for Janitorial/Paper Supplies for the 2014-2015 School Session Approved. 

 

The bid opening committee (Donald Fuselier and Karen Armand) opened bids at

11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014; Mr. Fuselier stated thirteen bids were mailed,

four bids were received and reported the low bidders were:  All American Poly, Calico Industries, Inc. and Economical Janitorial & Paper Supplies, Inc. 

 

Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion to accept the low bids for janitorial/paper supplies for the 2014-2015 school session, as presented by Mr. Donald Fuselier.  Mr. Thomas Nelson seconded the motion.  Mr. Frank Aguillard announced he would like to recuse himself from voting for this particular agenda item. 

 

The motion passed by a 7-1 vote. 

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Transportation Update for 2014-2015.  Superintendent D’Amico stated several School Board members had requested that she provide a transportation update.  Mrs. D’Amico announced that she and other school system employees will meet with Upper Management employees from First Student to discuss bus routes for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.  In an effort to rectify transportation concerns from the previous school year, topics of discussion will include consideration of smaller bus loads; change in student times to allow less time on the road; making sure there is a/c for long bus routes; adding buses to make routes shorter, etc. Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi thanked Superintendent D’Amico and Mr. Fuselier for addressing the transportation issues.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron stated he would appreciate representatives from First Student address the School Board prior to the beginning of the new school year.  Mr. Vidrine informed Superintendent D’Amico that eight (8) older buses (2005/2006) are leaving the fleet, no buses are older than six (6) years; buses are all air conditioned; an increase in bus driver pay to $12.00 per hour; six (6) drivers are in training and three (3) are waiting to be trained; mentioned the bus service is moving in the right direction having one substitute driver available at all times.  Additionally, a meeting was held on June 25, 2014, with school system owner/operator bus drivers.  Mr. Chad Aguillard inquired about the number of elementary children picked up early in the morning.  Superintendent D’Amico stated Pointe Coupee Parish is very spread out; students from the north end of the parish attending either Rougon or Valverda through Choice or M/M are picked up around 5:45 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.  Superintendent D’Amico and Mr. Donald Fuselier will provide a transportation update at the July 24, 2014, along with representation from First Student.

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Approval of Monthly Financial Information.     Chief Financial Officer Stephen Langlois prepared the May Monthly Financial Information and stated compared to last April, there was an increase in sales tax revenue. 

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, to approve the monthly financial information as prepared by Chief Financial Officer Stephen Langlois.  The motion carried.

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Adoption of Resolutions for the Minimum Foundation Program Litigation for FY 2012-2013, FY 2013-2014 and Contingency Fee.  Superintendent D’Amico stated the Board had previously adopted Resolutions regarding the Minimum Foundation Program litigation (recovery of 2.75% annual growth adjustment); however, due to a request by the AG, the Board is being requested to adopt a new Resolution for FY 2012-13 to include the attorney’s fee percentage; a new Resolution for FY 2013-2014; and a Contingent Fee Agreement/Power of Attorney for FY 2013-2014.

 

On a motion by Mr. Chad Aguillard, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, the Board voted unanimously to adopt Resolutions agreeing to institute litigation to recover the annual growth adjustment of 2.75 percent required to be applied to state and local base per pupil amount in the Minimum Foundation Program funding formula for FY 2012-13;

FY 2013-2014; and a Contingent Fee Agreement/Power of Attorney for FY 2013-2014. 

 

RESOLUTION OF THE POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

 

WHEREAS, La. R.S. 17:81(E) provides that each school board "shall exercise proper vigilance in securing for the schools of the district all funds destined for the support of the schools, including the state funds apportioned thereto, and all other funds"; and

 

WHEREAS, Article 8, Section 13(B) of the Louisiana Constitution provides, in part, that the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall annually develop and adopt a formula to determine the cost of a minimum foundation program of education in all public elementary and secondary schools and the Legislature shall annually appropriate funds sufficient to fully fund the current costs to the State of such a program; and

 

WHEREAS, Article 8, Section l 3(B) also provides that "the last formula adopted by the board or its successor, and approved by the legislature shall be used for the determination of the cost of the minimum foundation program and for the allocation of funds appropriated" "whenever the legislature fails to approve the formula most recently adopted by the board"; and

 

WHEREAS, for fiscal year 2012-13, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted a minimum foundation program formula and submitted that formula to the Legislature for approval pursuant to Senate Concurrent Resolution 99 of 2012; and

 

WHEREAS, the Legislature approved SCR 99 of 2012 and such approval was challenged in legal proceedings instituted by the Louisiana School Boards Association and others; and

 

WHEREAS, the Louisiana Supreme Court ultimately held that SCR 99 was unconstitutional and null and void because, in part, it was not properly approved by the Legislature; and

 

WHEREAS, the ruling of the Louisiana Supreme Court declaring the 2012-13 MFP to be null and void required that the 2011-12 MFP be used for the determination of the cost  of the minimum foundation program in 2012-13; and

 

WHEREAS, the 2011-12 MFP approved by the Legislature included a 2.75% growth factor for fiscal year 2012-13; and

 

WHEREAS, the State did not fund the 2.75% growth factor for fiscal year 2012-13 as constitutionally mandated; and

 

WHEREAS, the School Board has learned that a class action lawsuit entitled St. John the Baptist Parish School Board, et al v. State of Louisiana, et al; No. 622,693, Sec. 24 on the docket of the 19th Judicial District Court for the Parish of West Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana, has been filed alleging that public school systems across the State of Louisiana were not provided with the proper funding for the 2012-13 fiscal year under the MFP; and

 

WHEREAS, the Louisiana School Boards Association supports the efforts of public school systems to receive the state funding to which they are lawfully entitled and has encouraged all public city and parish school boards in the State of Louisiana to participate in the lawsuit captioned above in an effort to obtain such funding; and

 

WHEREAS, Robert L. Hammonds of the law firm of Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP, Randy Cangelosi of the law firm of Kean Miller, LLP, and Brian F. Blackwell and Charles L. Patin, Jr. of the law firm of Blackwell & Associates have special expertise in the issues presented in this litigation and have agreed to represent this School Board in the aforesaid suit and have agreed to do so on a contingency fee basis (subject to the approval by the Louisiana Attorney General) so that no fees or expenses are owed by this School Board unless and until a recovery is made on its behalf;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT DULY RESOLVED, by the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board in regular session duly convened that:

 

Section I.  The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board  authorizes  participation  as  a plaintiff in the matter entitled St. John the Baptist Parish School Board, et al v. State of Louisiana, et al, No. 622,693, Sec. 24 on the docket of the 19th Judicial District Court for the Parish of West Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana.

 

Section II. This School Board employs Robert L. Hammonds, Randy Cangelosi, Brian F. Blackwell and Charles L. Patin, Jr. as Special Counsel to handle such litigation on its behalf.

 

Section Ill. Any and all attorneys' fees and expenses incurred in said litigation be contingent upon the recovery of amounts constituting the annual growth adjustment for Fiscal Year 2012-13, not to exceed ten (10%) percent.

 

Section IV. This School Board ratifies and confirms the execution of the Contingent Fee Agreement and Power of Attorney engaging the services of the foregoing attorneys by thePresident of this School Board.

 

Section V. This School Board has been duly advised that the law firm of Kean Miller, LLP, and the law firm of Blackwell & Associates of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has in the past represented, and may in the future represent, school employees in matters in which this School Board is an adverse party. This School Board recognizes that such representation may present said law firms with an actual and/or potential conflict of interest. As an inducement to said law firms to undertake its representation on the terms set forth in this Resolution, this School Board irrevocably waives any past, present, or future  actual and/or potential conflicts of interest generated by representation of this School Board in said litigation.

 

Section VI.   A copy of this Resolution shall be sent to the Attorney General of the State of Louisiana.

 

Section VII.       Subject to approval of this Resolution by the Attorney General, this employment shall be effective immediately upon adoption of this Resolution.

 

RESOLUTION OFFERED BY:    Chad Aguillard        

                                                                               

RESOLUTION SECONDED BY: Leslie Grezaffi                                                                                        

         

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 26, 2014 and that same has not  been  rescinded  or repealed .

 

New Roads, Louisiana, this 26th day of June, 2014

 

 

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Linda D’Amico, SECRETARY                                       Frank Aguillard, PRESIDENT

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD               POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

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MATTER PERTAINING TO ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION REGARDING EMPLOYMENT OF SPECIAL COUNSEL, IN ACCORDANCE WITH LOUISIANA REVISED STATUTE 42:263.

RECOMMENDATION

That the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board adopt the following resolution agreeing to institute litigation to recover the annual growth adjustment of 2.75 percent required to be applied to the state and local base per pupil amount in the Minimum Foundation Program funding formula for Fiscal Year 2013-14.

 

RESOLUTION

 

WHEREAS, during each fiscal year between Fiscal Year 2009-10 and Fiscal Year 2011-12, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted and the Louisiana legislature approved a Minimum Foundation Program funding formula that provides that an annual growth adjustment of 2.75% shall automatically be applied to the state and local base per pupil amount in the event that the Resolution adopting that formula remains in effect in a subsequent fiscal year, and

 

WHEREAS, one of the Minimum Foundation Program funding formulas adopted by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and approved by the Louisiana legislature between Fiscal Year 2009-10 and Fiscal Year 2011-12 remains in effect for Fiscal Year 2013-14 by virtue of the Louisiana Legislature's failure to approve a Minimum Foundation Progran1funding formula for Fiscal Year 2013-14, and

 

WHEREAS , the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board has been negatively impacted by there being no growth in the state and local base per pupil amount in  the  Minimum  Foundation Program funding formula for several prior years, and

 

WHEREAS, the application of one of the Minimum Foundation Program funding formulas adopted by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and approved by the Louisiana legislature between Fiscal Year 2009-10 and Fiscal Year 2011-12 will result in a growth of 2.75 percent in the state and local base per pupil amount in the Minimum Foundation Program funding formula for Fiscal Year 2013-14, and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to La. R.S. l 7:81(E)(l ), school boards are mandated to exercise proper vigilance in securing for their schools all funds destined for the support of said schools, and

 

WHEREAS, the funds comprising the annual growth adjustment are funds destined for the support of the schools in this school system, and

 

WHEREAS, each and every public school system operating public elementary and secondary schools within the State of Louisiana is similarly situated,

 

WHEREAS, the Pointe Coupee Parish  School  Board,  its Superintendent  of Schools, and  its staff are in need of special counsel with experience, training, and expertise in school law issues to institute litigation to recover any and all funds destined for the support of the public schools in Pointe Coupee Parish, and

 

WHEREAS, through its representation of various school boards in the State of  Louisiana, the law firm of Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has special experience, training, and expertise in those issues of school law relevant to the proposed litigation,  and

 

WHEREAS, through its representation of the Louisiana Association of Educators and others in the constitutional litigation as well as its representation of various school employees throughout the State of Louisiana, the law firm of Blackwell & Associates of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has special experience, training, and expertise in those issues of school law relevant to the proposed litigation, now

 

THEREFORE, BE IT DULY RESOLVED, by the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board in special session duly convened that it directs its special counsel, Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP and Blackwell & Associates, hired for this specific purpose to immediately institute such litigation as may in special counsel's opinion be deemed necessary and appropriate to recover the annual growth adjustment of 2.75 percent required to be applied to the state and local base per pupil amount in the Minimum Foundation Program funding formula for Fiscal Year 2013-14 as a result of the application of one of the Minimum  Foundation Program funding formulas adopted by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and approved by the Louisiana legislature between Fiscal Year 2009-10 and Fiscal Year 2011-12 on behalf of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board has been duly advised that the law firm of Blackwell & Associates of Baton Rouge, Louisiana has in the past, and may, in the future, represent school employees in matters in which the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board is an adverse party. The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board recognizes that such representation may present said law firm with an actual and/or potential conflict of interest. As an inducement to said law firm to undertake its representation on the terms set forth in this Resolution, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board irrevocably waives any and all such past, present and future actual and/or potential conflicts of interest.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Pointe CoupeeParish School Board specifically authorizes special counsel to name it as a party plaintiff and/or intervene to said lawsuit.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution be sent to the Attorney General of the State of Louisiana.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that subject to approval of this Resolution by the Attorney General, this employment shall be effective immediately upon adoption of this Resolution.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that any and all attorneys' fees and expenses incurred in said litigation be contingent upon the recovery of amounts constituting the annual growth adjustment for Fiscal Year 2013-14, not to exceed ten (10%) percent.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the President of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board is hereby authorized and empowered to execute the Contingent Fee Agreement and Power of Attorney engaging the services of Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP and Blackwell & Associates.

 

RESOLUTION OFFERED BY:    Chad Aguillard          

                                                                             

RESOLUTION SECONDED BY: Leslie Grezaffi            

           

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 26, 2014 and that same has not  been  rescinded  or repealed .

 

New Roads, Louisiana, this 26th day of June, 2014

 

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Linda D’Amico, SECRETARY                                       Frank Aguillard, PRESIDENT

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD               POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

 

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Approval of Cooperative Endeavor Agreement Between Pointe Coupee Sheriff Beauregard Torres, III and the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board for School Resource Officers for the 2014-2015 school year.  The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board contracted with the Sheriff’s Office for four (4) School Resource Officers during the 2013-2014 school year.  Superintendent D’Amico stated she reviewed the 2014-2015 proposed agreement and it is the same as the previous year.

 

Mr. James Cline made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, to approve the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between Pointe Coupee Sheriff Beauregard Torres, III and the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board for four School Resource Officers for the 2014-2015 school year, effective August 1, 2014 until June 30, 2015. The motion carried.

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Contract with the City of New Roads for a School Resource Officer for the 2014-2015 School Year.  Superintendent D’Amico stated she had requested a contract from the City of New Roads for the SRO assigned to Rosenwald Elementary, it is forthcoming; however, she could not obtain one for this meeting.  She further stated that she does not anticipate any contractual differences.  Mr. Cline expressed his concern regarding not having the contract for this meeting.  Mrs. D’Amico explained the resource officer is an employee of the City and that the School Board will reimburse the City the salary and benefits the City pays to the officer.   

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, to approve the contract with the City of New Roads for a School Resource Officer for the 2014-2015 school year, contingent upon the contract being similar to what it is now.  A roll call vote resulted in the following:

 

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

 

NAYS:              James Cline

 

The motion passed by a 7-1 vote of the Board.

 

Mrs. D’Amico informed the Board and audience that she is going to add another Administrator at Livonia High School to be in charge of discipline.

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Approval of Suspension of the 2% Cash Reserve Portion of Policy DC for General Fund Fiscal Year Budget  2014-2015.   Mr. Stephen Langlois stated for the last two years a request has been made to suspend the cash reserve portion of Policy DC with regard to the line item in the annual operating budget.  Mr. Langlois requested the Board consider doing so again for FY 2014-2015.

 

Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, to suspend the 2% cash reserve portion of Policy DC in the general fund budget for fiscal year 2014-2015.  The motion carried.

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Authorization to Advertise the Proposed 2014-2015 General Fund Budget for Public Review.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron, Chairperson of the Finance Committee, announced the Finance Committee had met this afternoon to review the proposed 2014-2015 budget. Their recommendation is to table the item to allow Superintendent D’Amico and Chief Financial Officer Langlois more time to work on the budget. Mr. Bergeron mentioned the Committee will meet again in July to review the proposed general fund budget and make a recommendation to the Board regarding authorization to advertise for public review.

 

Mr. James Cline made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Finance Committee to table advertisement of public review of the proposed 2014-2015 general fund budget until July.  Mrs. Anita LeJeune seconded the motion.  The motion carried. 

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Approval of Revisions to School Board Policies.   Superintendent D’Amico reviewed the few minor policy revisions and technical correction changes, as recommended by Forethought Consulting; this information was included on BoardDocs.

 

On a motion by Mr. Chad Aguillard, seconded by Mrs. Anita LeJeune, the Board approved revisions to policies IHF (Graduation Requirements); IKDB (Graduation Exercise); EGAA (Workers’ Compensation); EE (Child Nutrition Program Management), as Suggested by Forethought Consulting.

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Accountability Presentation.  Superintendent D’Amico prepared a Power-Point of initial results of school performance test data, without eighth grade adjustments; graduation rates and progress points. It was reported that all schools are advancing and the graduation rate has increased.  She reported as a district, there was a 4% increase in basic and above scores; complete results are expected in October. According to the State Department of Education, they will inform school systems in August if school choice will be allowed for D & F schools due to a new state law that passed during the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session; Federal law allows school choice for F schools.  She reminded everyone that our district is still operating under the consent decree.  State school choice will have to be approved by the Federal Judge before it can be offered.

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding an Off-Site Alternative School. Superintendent D’Amico reviewed her proposed plan for an Offsite Alternative Instructional Program for Pointe Coupee Parish Schools.  A discussion ensued regarding the location of the proposed off-site school; the K-12 Curriculum Program; a staff of four certified teachers; first year initial set-up costs in comparison to the cost of the current program housed on each campus for the 2013-2014 school year and the difference in cost associated with year two; transportation; satellite meals; etc.  Mr. James Cline stated he would like to allow further time to study the alternative school options until the July meeting. 

 

On a motion by Mr. James Cline, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson, the Board voted to table this item until the July meeting.  The motion carried.

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Recess.  President Frank Aguillard requested a recess at 6:53 p.m.

Open Session. The Board reconvened in an open session at 7:05 p.m.

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding the Preliminary Plan for the Pointe Coupee Central High School Facility for 2015-2016.  Superintendent D’Amico presented a draft of her preliminary plan for the Pointe Coupee Central High School facility for school year 2015-2016 and announced the following statements:  Mission Statement:  Pointe Coupee Early College/Career Academy prepares students from all backgrounds to succeed in their future college and/or career plans & Vision Statement:  We will be a trailblazer in a new wave of high school design.  We will establish unsurpassed curriculum and meaningful community and business relations in order to produce distinguished alumni.  Pointe Coupee Early College/Career Academy will be known as Louisiana’s preeminent institution for college and career readiness.  She stated two types of diplomas, college or career, as well as associates’ degrees.  Mrs. D’Amico mentioned she attended a Pointe Coupee Business and Workforce Solutions Meeting sponsored by Baton Rouge Community College Economic and Workforce Development Division and the Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce.  The purpose of the meeting was to create a foundation for a Pointe Coupee education and workforce training network; identify Pointe Coupee’s workforce challenges and to propose recommendations for addressing those challenges.  Attendees were local business and industry leaders; participants worked in five groups to identify workforce challenges unique to each group and noting that lack of transportation is a major challenge for a postsecondary education throughout our parish. A timeline (July 1, 2014-January, 2015; January, 2015-May, 2015; June and July, 2015) of specific action steps to be taken prior to opening school in August, 2015, were included in the plan to be submitted to the Judge. 

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson commended Superintendent D’Amico for her plan and also commended Mr. Oliver as it encompass’ the plan he brought to the Board in April. He mentioned Superintendent D’Amico’s plan is for the 2015-2016 school year and questioned why not use the plan for the 2014-2015 school year. 

 

Superintendent D’Amico stated after her meeting today with the Recovery School District (RSD), there is a lot to do in that school.  She announced that she wants the school to succeed and quality staff is essential and mentioned the credentials required for a college like BRCC. 

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard stated it is an excellent plan and expressed his sentiments about the taxpayers wanting to see the school open for the upcoming school year.  He stated the school will be returned to the system on July 1, 2014, and hates to see the school closed for the 2014-2015 school year.

 

It was reiterated that the school system is still under the desegregation order and the Judge closed the school for the 2014-2015 school year. 

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to adopt the plan presented by Superintendent D’Amico and seek leave of court to implement the plan for the 2014-2015 school year.  Mr. Chad Aguillard seconded the motion.  A roll call vote resulted in the following:

 

YEAS:  Chad Aguillard and Thomas Nelson

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

 

The motion failed by a 2-6 vote of the Board.

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Remarks from the Superintendent.  Superintendent D’Amico announced, contrary to what everyone thinks, summer time is an extremely busy time for Central Office Personnel with regard to closing out the previous school year, completing the task of ending the current fiscal year, preparing for the upcoming school year (staffing, curriculum decisions, coordinating bus routes, professional development, etc.).  She mentioned Teacher Leader Meetings and Superintendent Collaboration meetings were held in New Orleans the first week of June for teachers and superintendents across Louisiana; twenty-four participants from the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board attended the training sponsored by the State Department of Education.    Mrs. D’Amico reminded everyone the 21st CCLC Summer Program will end on Monday, June 30, 2014.  She wished everyone a safe and Happy 4th of July. 

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Meeting Adjourned.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Chad Aguillard, the meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m.

 

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Frank Aguillard, President

 

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Linda D’Amico, Superintendent