MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA  70760

 

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, September 25, 2014

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, September 25, 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.

 

Mr. Brandon Bergeron was requested 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.

 

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

 

Mr. John Bauer, father of Samantha Slim, teacher at Rosenwald Elementary School.

Mrs. Verna Jarreau, retired School Food Service employee of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.

Ms. Mary Joseph, retired paraprofessional of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.

Mr. Raymond Rodney, Sr., father of Tabitha Ransom, Assistant Principal at Rosenwald Elementary. 

 

Presentation by Union Pacific Railroad Personnel.  Mrs. Bridget Berry is currently in charge of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board’s Crisis Management Team.  She provided an update regarding the refurbished supply kits she secured for Shelter in Place for all public schools in the parish.  Mrs. Berry mentioned she had previously participated in a webinar presented by Chris Dorn, an expert on School Crisis, which helped complete the revisions to our plan. She stated there are 14 First Student Bus Driver Crisis Members and plans to have bus drills every six (6) weeks.  Mrs. Berry invited Union Pacific Railroad Personnel to the September meeting to provide information relevant to safety precautions.  The Board thanked Mr. Thomas Robinson, Jr., with the Haz Mat Department of Union Pacific and Mr. Thomas Robinson, Sr., a recently retired Union Pacific Employee, for attending the meeting and providing necessary information to protect our children. 

 

School Highlights/Updates.  Principals or their designee have been requested to provide an overview of happenings at their school at monthly School Board meetings.  Dr. Monica Fabre, Principal of Rosenwald Elementary School; Kim Canezaro, Principal at Valverda Elementary; Patsy Langlois, Principal at Rougon Elementary; Myron Brown, Principal at Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary; and Stacy Gueho, Principal of Livonia High School, presented information at this meeting.

 

Consider Approval of Job Description for Early Childhood Coordinator.  Mrs. Lisa D’Aquila, Supervisor of Personnel, presented a job description for an Early Childhood Coordinator (Pre-K and Day Care Programs are no longer under the Department of Health and Hospitals, but under the Louisiana Department of Education). The Pointe Coupee Early Childhood Care Education Community Network needs a District Level Early Childhood Instructional Coordinator to assist with partnering with day cares for compliance measures, as required by Act 3, from the 2012 Legislative Session, which becomes effective next year.  Mrs. Anita LeJeune congratulated the district stating she is glad someone is addressing Early Childhood.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to approve the job description presented for a District Level Early Childhood Instructional Coordinator for Pointe Coupee’s Early Childhood Care and Education Community Network.  Mrs. Anita LeJeune seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

 

Approval of Pupil Progression Plan for 2014-2015.   Mrs. Lisa D’Aquila announced the 2014-2015 Pupil Progression Plan is located on BoardDocs; it has also been on public display at the School Board’s Central Office.  She presented the following information regarding the changes required by law that have been made:

 

·       The PARCC Assessment will be administered in the spring of 2015.  The PARCC will replace the LEAP and ILEAP in ELA and math in grades 4-8.  The PARCC Assessment Scores will be released in the fall of 2015.  Because of this implementation, the pupil progression plan will have major changes.

Ø  There will be no requirement to pass the statewide assessment in grades 4 and 8 for the 2014-2015 school year.

Ø  There will be no summer retest for students in grades 4 and 8. (4th grade is on page 28 and 8th grade is on page 32)

Ø  All references to LEAP and ILEAP have been changed to “The State Testing Program”.

Ø  The EOC, ACT, Plan, Explore and LEAP and ILEAP for science and social studies will remain the same.

Ø  The promotion requirements for 4th and 8th grades have changed with the removal of passing the statewide test. (4th grade requirements reflect 5th grade and 8th grade requirements reflect 7th grade requirements for passing.)

Ø  References to statewide testing data have the added language “If available”.

Ø  The EOC (End of Course) requirements have changed.  (See page 16)

Ø  Students with disabilities statements (see Page 38)

 

On a motion by Mrs. Anita LeJeune, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, the Pupil Progression Plan for 2014-2015 was adopted as presented by Mrs. D’Aquila.   The motion carried.

 

Consent Agenda

 

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. Kevin Hotard, to approve the following consent agenda items.  The motion carried.

 

·       Approval of the minutes from the regular School Board meeting of Thursday, August 28, 2014.

·       Approval of the minutes from the Executive Committee meeting of Thursday, September 18, 2014.

 

Head Start Supervisor’s Monthly Report.   Mrs. Karen Shaw, Supervisor of Head Start, shared the Head Start Supervisor’s Monthly Report.  She explained the Program Information Report (PIR) for 2013-2014, included with this month’s report, is a snapshot of services for PCPSB Head Start children, families, and staff.  She also stated that the PIR is sent to the U. S. Congress for our district’s congressman to review our parish’s level of implementation of the School Board’s Head Start program for 2013-2014 school year.  In addition, Mrs. Shaw requested the School Board’s approval of the Head Start Policy Council’s revisions to their By-Laws regarding removal of the position of Treasurer and a date change was made for Election of Officers from the 1st to the 2nd Policy Council meeting.

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to approve the Head Start Supervisor’s Monthly Report, including the PIR for 2013-2014, and the revisions that were made to the by-laws of the Head Start Policy Council, as presented by

Mrs. Karen Shaw.  The motion carried.

 

Discussion and/or Action Regarding Monthly Financial Information for September 2014.  Mr. Stephen Langlois, Chief Financial Officer, announced the month of August went well, with no major concerns and sales tax revenue is about what it was last year.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, to approve the monthly financial information for the month of September 2014, as presented by Chief Financial Officer Stephen Langlois.  The motion carried.

 

Discussion and/or Action Regarding Commercial Liability Insurance. Mr. Stephen Langlois announced it is time to renew the commercial liability insurance. Mr. Donald Cazayoux of Cazayoux Insurance provided a proposal offering a quote for Excess General Liability Insurance through Louisiana Public Schools Risk Management Agency (LARMA), effective October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

 

Mr. Brandon Bergeron made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to accept the proposal presented by Mr. Donald Cazayoux of Cazayoux Insurance, for renewal of commercial liability insurance for the school system.

 

RESOLUTION

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a public meeting held on September 25, 2014; the meeting was conducted in accordance with the open meetings law.

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board accepted the proposal as presented by Cazayoux Insurance Company. 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution authorizes the Superintendent to sign the required Louisiana uninsured/under insured motorist form reflecting the cancellation of uninsured/under-insured motorist bodily injury coverage. The policy no longer offers coverage for uninsured/under-insured motorists. This selection is applicable to commercial automobile insurance coverage for the period October l, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

 

On a motion by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, the aforementioned Resolution was adopted and recorded as follows:

 

YEAS:  Chad Aguillard, Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Kevin Hotard,

            Leslie Grezaffi, Anita LeJeune, and Thomas Nelson

NAYS: None

ABSTENTIONS: None              

ABSENT:  None

 

CERTIFICATE

I, hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of a resolution adopted by the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, New Roads, Louisiana, on the 25th day of September 2014, at which time a quorum was present and voting.

                                                                                                                                   

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(SEAL)                                                 Linda D. D’Amico

                                                            Secretary-Treasurer/Superintendent

                                                            Pointe Coupee Parish School Board

 

Approval of Revisions to Policies.  Superintendent D’Amico requested Attorney Robert Hammonds review proposed changes to the following policies: (File:  GBA; GBI; GBJ; GBK; GBL; GBN; GBRIB and JCBE),received from Forethought Consulting, Inc., resulting from laws passed during the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. Mrs. D’Amico provided a copy of Mr. Hammonds’ letter recommending minor changes to the proposed policies received from Forethought, Inc.

 

On a motion by Mr. Kevin Hotard, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, the Board approved revisions made to policies: GBA; GBI; GBJ: GBK; GBL; GBN; GBRIB and JCBE, as recommended by Attorney Hammonds, resulting from laws passed during the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.  The motion carried.

 

Remarks from the Superintendent.  Superintendent D’Amico announced that Principals have been most appreciative of Supervisors being in their schools and she wanted to thank them publicly for their support.

 

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. 

 

Superintendent D’Amico was requested to present a plan for the potential use of Pointe Coupee Central High School for consideration by the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, effective with school year 2015-2016. At a special School Board meeting on Monday, September 22, 2014, Mrs. D’Amico presented a detailed plan for an Early College/Career Academy of Pointe Coupee.  No action was taken at that meeting; however, Attorney Hammonds explained to the Board that its plan for the future of the Pointe Coupee Central High School facility needed to be filed with the Court prior to the Status conference scheduled for October 22, 2014. Therefore, this item was included on the regular September School Board meeting agenda for further discussion by the Board. 

 

Executive Session.  Mr. James Cine made a motion to convene in an executive session.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi.  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 Board and they entered in executive session at 6:33 p.m.

 

Open Session.  On a motion by Mr. Chad Aguillard, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, the Board reconvened in an open session at 7:36 p.m.

 

President Frank Aguillard announced that no action was taken.

 

Superintendent D’Amico announced a letter from Reverend Carl Terrance, President of Concerned Citizens for Education for all Children of Pointe Coupee, was hand-delivered to the Central Office, noting she received it on September 24, 2014.  The letter requested permission to be placed on the agenda to allow an opportunity to present their plan to the School Board at their September 25, 2014 meeting.  

 

Agenda Item Added.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Chad Aguillard, the Board unanimously approved adding an item to the agenda to allow the presentation of a plan from the Concerned Citizens for Concerned Citizens for Education for all Children of Pointe Coupee.

 

President Frank Aguillard informed Mr. Terrance that he will allow one spokesperson from the group to present the plan during a 10 minute time limit; he announced he will call another special School Board meeting on Thursday, October 2, 2014, to consider adoption of a plan.

 

Ms. Joetta Hunter-Joseph stated she was asked by the group to speak about the transformation of Pointe Coupee Central High School utilizing the Thematic Based School Concept in shaping the future of the school.  Ms. Hunter stated after much research, they offer consideration of consolidation of the existing system enacting Pointe Coupee Central High School as the Parish High School structured as a Theme-Based Academy with the configuration of 7th through 12th grades.   Ms. Hunter stated they feel the direction of this school should be that of bridging students’ success/achievement versus failing schools. She mentioned they are proponents of all students who reside in Pointe Coupee Parish and are opposed to student eligibility criteria, as all students should be afforded the opportunity to enroll in school. Ms. Hunter further mentioned they are opposed to the exclusion of extra and co-curricular offerings and the location of dual enrollment class offerings that will vary by course due to circumstances noting resources, instructors, and transportation.

 

President Aguillard thanked Ms. Hunter for her presentation and reiterated a special meeting will be held next week for further consideration of a plan.


Adjournment.
  On a motion by Mrs. Anita LeJeune, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, and having no objections, the meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

 

                                               

                                                                                   

Frank Aguillard, President

 

                                                                                   

Linda D’Amico, Superintendent