MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA  70760

 

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, October 23, 2014

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, October 23, 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. Kevin Hotard was requested to lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

 

Mr. Larry Bossier was requested to offer the invocation.

 

President Aguillard announced Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi telephoned to notify him that she was unable to attend the meeting due to illness in the family.  He also stated Mrs. Anita LeJeune telephoned to state she was involved in a project at her job.

 

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

 

Board members absent were:  Leslie Grezaffi and Anita LeJeune

 

Board Member James Cline arrived at 5:45 p.m.

 

School Personnel in attendance were:  Linda D’Amico, Superintendent; Bridget Berry, Supervisor of 21st Century Community Learning; Lacey Bueche, Supervisor of Technology; Lisa D’Aquila, Supervisor of Personnel; Donald Fuselier, Director of Maintenance and Support Services, Kate Guillory, Supervisor of Child Nutrition; Stephen Langlois, Chief Financial Officer; Karen Shaw, Supervisor of Head Start; LaShonda Victorian, Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance; Mary Wells, Supervisor of Special Education; Stacy Gueho, Principal of Livonia High School, Monica Fabre, Principal of Rosenwald Elementary; Myron Brown, Principal of Upper Pointe Coupee; and Kim Canezaro, Principal of Valverda Elementary.

 

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

 

Mr. Barry Henry, retiree of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board; the husband of Glenda Henry, a School Food Service Technician at Valverda Elementary School, and the father of Brandi Boudreaux, a Teacher at Valverda Elementary School.

 

A Day at “VAP”.  Mr. Ted David, Site Administrator of the Pointe Coupee Parish Virtual Alternative Program (PCPVA), provided an overview of the program recently instituted on August 1, 2014, and what a typical day is like at “VAP”.  Mr. David stated the program is going well, thanked his staff (Dr. Gracie Amos, Technology Facilitator/Instructor; Kathy Saizan, Instructor; and Gloria Richard, Instructor), and everyone at the Central Office for their assistance. 

 

Child Nutrition Program Update.  Ms. Kate Guillory, Supervisor of Child Nutrition, stated new regulations require an increase serving of fruits and vegetables.  She was excited to present a slide demonstrating several young students enjoying their fruits and vegetables, even before eating their main course. Ms. Guillory reviewed a graph denoting an increase in student meal participation since the implementation of the new Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR) that offers free meals to students in our rural school system.

 

Information Regarding Individual Schools Tabled.   President Frank Aguillard stated Superintendent D’Amico has requested permission to present School Performance Scores and other Accountability Data in lieu of information from Principals and/or their designee regarding individual schools. 

 

Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, to allow an agenda item change allowing Superintendent D’Amico to provide School Performance Scores and other Accountability Data tabling the agenda item regarding school highlights/updates from school personnel.  There being no opposition, the motion carried.

 

Agenda Item Order Change -Presentation of School Performance Scores and Other Accountability Data. 

 

Superintendent D’Amico made a Power-point presentation detailing School Performance Scores, which indicated overall parish growth.  The district is labeled C.  The improved performance is the effort of administration, teachers, paraprofessionals, staff, parents and students.  Report cards are on-line for parents and on Board Docs, too.

 

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

 

·       Approval of the minutes from the special School Board meeting of Monday, September 22, 2014.

·       Approval of the minutes from the regular School Board meeting of Thursday, September 25, 2014.

·       Approval of the minutes from the special School Board meeting of Thursday, October 2, 2014.

·       Approval of the minutes from the Executive Committee meeting of

Thursday, October 16, 2014.

 

Head Start Supervisor’s Monthly Report.   Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mr. James Cline, to approve the Head Start Supervisor’s Monthly Report and the Five Year-Grant Re-application for 2015.  The motion carried.

 

Discussion and/or Action Regarding Monthly Financial Information.   Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, to approve the monthly financial information as presented by Chief Financial Officer Stephen Langlois.  The motion carried.

 

Approval of Procedures for Conducting Hearings; a List of Disciplinary Hearing Officers, as Required in Act 570; and Approval of Policy Files: GBK & GBK-P, from Forethought Consulting, Inc.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to approve the procedures for conducting hearing procedures for employee discipline, a list of disciplinary hearing officers and approval of policy files GBK & GBK-P as required in Act 570 and presented by Mrs. Lisa D’Aquila, Supervisor of Personnel.  The motion carried.

 

Approval of the Support of a Joint Statement Promoting an Increased Investment in Louisiana’s Early Care and Education System.  On a motion by Mr. James Cline, seconded by Mr. Chad Aguillard, the Board approved the recommendation of Superintendent D’Amico to support a joint statement promoting an increased investment in Louisiana’s Early Care and Education System.   The motion carried.

 

Receive Results of Annual Performance Review for Superintendent D’Amico.  President Frank Aguillard announced a Personnel Committee meeting was held at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon to tally the results of Pointe Coupee Parish School Board Members’ Evaluation Instrument of the Superintendent.  Mr. Aguillard  announced Superintendent D’Amico received a score of 3.39 out of 5 on her annual evaluation. 

 

Remarks from the Superintendent.  Mrs. D’Amico congratulated all School Board members for their re-election to the School Board.  She announced the November Executive Committee meeting will be held on November 13, 2014 and the regular School Board meeting will be held on November 20, 2014 (2nd and 3rd Thursdays) due to the holidays.

 

Strategy Session and/or Action Concerning Pending Litigation.*   The agenda noted 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. 

 

A Status Conference was held on October 22, 2014 with Judge John Brady.  Attorney Robert Hammonds, President Frank Aguillard and Superintendent D’Amico attended a Status Conference with Judge John Brady on October 22, 2014. Representing the Justice Department was Attorney Chris Awad and representing the plaintiff was Attorney Nelson Taylor.  Mrs. D’Amico presented the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board’s approved draft of the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) plan for the Pointe Coupee Central campus.  Judge Brady instructed Supt. D’Amico to continue working on the plan with the incorporation of data and support.   

 

Executive Session.  Mr. James Cline made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to convene in an executive session at 6:50 p.m.

 

Open Session.  Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, to reconvene in open session at 7:20 p.m. 

 

President Frank Aguillard announced no action was taken.

 

Strategy Session and/or Action Concerning Pending Litigation.*   The agenda noted there may be an executive session to discuss this litigation, which is entitled, Tessie M. Mouton on behalf of Kolby Keith Johnson, et al v. Louisiana High School Athletics Association, Inc. Suite No: 630, 120; Sec: 27;19th JDC; Parish of East Baton Rouge.

 

Executive Session.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to convene in an executive session at 7:21 p.m.  The motion carried. 

 

Open Session.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. James Cline, the Board reconvened in open session at 7:26 p.m.

 

President Frank Aguillard announced no action was taken.

 

Agenda Item Added.  Attorney Larry Bossier requested to add an item to the agenda to be heard in an executive session.

 

On a motion by Mr. James Cline, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, the Board unanimously approved adding the following item to the agenda.  The motion carried.

 

Strategy session and/or action concerning pending litigation.* Pointe Coupee Parish School Board vs. Stephen C.E. Bridgewater, Docket Number 46,136; Division “A” 18th Judicial District Court. This is to be discussed in an executive session.  (Assistant District Attorney Larry S. Bossier)

 

Executive Session.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron made a motion, seconded by Mr. Kevin Hotard, to convene in an executive session at 7:27 p.m.  The motion carried. 

 

Open Session.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. James Cline, the Board reconvened in open session at 7:45 p.m.

 

Mr. James Cline made a motion to authorize the Superintendent to take whatever action is necessary.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron.  The motion carried.

 

Adjournment.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Chad Aguillard, and having no objections, the meeting adjourned at 7:46 p.m.

 

                                                                       

                                                                                   

Frank Aguillard, President

 

                                                                                   

Linda D’Amico, Superintendent