MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA  70760

 

REGULAR MEETING

Thursday, December 17, 2015

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2015, at 337 Napoleon Street in New Roads, Louisiana 70760. President Frank R. Aguillard, Jr., called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. 

 

Superintendent Lemoine was requested to offer the invocation.

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard was requested to lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

 

Board members present for roll call were: Chad Aguillard, Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Leslie Grezaffi, Bobby Jarreau, Anita LeJeune, and Thomas Nelson.

 

School Personnel in attendance were:  Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent; Bridget Berry, Head Start Coordinator; Lacey Bueche, Director of Accountability/IT; Lisa D’Aquila, Director of Human Capitol; Donald Fuselier, Supervisor of Operations; Karla Jack, Chief Academic Officer; Stephen Langlois, Chief Fiscal Officer;  Natalie Aguillard, Principal of Rosenwald Elementary; Myron Brown, Principal of Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary; Kim Canezaro, Principal of Valverda Elementary; Marcie Cazayoux, Principal of Rougon Elementary; and Stacy Gueho, Principal of Livonia High School.

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Remarks from the Superintendent.  Superintendent Lemoine thanked the members of the School Board for dedicating their time at a retreat held on Monday, November 30, 2016.  He stated it was a day of productive dialog regarding the future of our school district. Mr. Lemoine mentioned that it was very evident that every Board Member possess the passion, knowledge and energy to drive this school system towards an A rating. He stated it is a pleasure working with such a committed group that is focused on building this school district into something the citizens in this parish will be proud of. He announced that District Performance Scores (DPS) were released today and the school district remained a “C”, with a drop of 7.1 points.  He mentioned that these results were very similar to the projected scores that he presented at the retreat.  Mr. Lemoine announced that he would like to make a public service announcement regarding Hands Free School Zones.  He stated respective parish and city law enforcement agencies will purchase and post “Hands Free Zone” signs regarding no cell phone use in school zones, this is relative to Act 410 of the 2014 legislative session; this legislation did not identify who was responsible for purchasing the signs nor require any action of the Board with regards to enforcing the law.

 

Superintendent Lemoine stated that he would like to acknowledge the Pointe Coupee Rec United Hurricanes 2015 River Parish Youth League Football Super Bowl Champions for their accomplishment this season.  Mr. Lemoine recognized the following coaches for dedicating their time coaching these students:  Reginald Leonard, Head Coach for the A Team; Nolan Dehon, Head Coach for the D Team, and Coach Blake, Assistant Coach for 12-13 year olds.  Mr. Lemoine also announced how proud he is of the three Livonia High School football players (Willie Baker, Cee Jay Powell and Owen Thompson) for being chosen to play in the U. S. Army Red Stick Bowl in Baton Rouge.  Mr. Lemoine thanked Mr. Kevin Nolten and Mr. Chuck Gardner, from Cyber Innovation Center, for conducting a robotics’ demonstration in room #108 this afternoon; several audience members were able to participate in this exciting innovative activity.  Superintendent Lemoine announced that Mr. G. B. Cazes will make a presentation for prospective SMA parents at a forthcoming Cyber Family Night.  Mr. Lemoine announced that STEM Enrollment will open on January 4, 2016.  He also mentioned the aggressive Public Awareness Campaign; STEM will be advertised on billboards located in several areas of the parish; informational flyers will be placed at businesses; brochures/pamphlets will be available in public places (libraries, stores, etc.); and parent nights will be held at each school during the month of January for interested parents/students.  Mr. Lemoine also mentioned that the Strategic Planning Committee Meetings will begin the first week in January 2016; the calendar is on BoardDocs for review.  Information gathered from these twelve meetings with community stakeholders, teachers and administrators will be used to develop a “road” map for the future success of our school district.

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Introduction of Chief Program Administrator for the STEM ACADEMY of Pointe Coupee.  Superintendent Lemoine announced the individual selected out of ten applicants to lead the program at the STEM Academy of Pointe Coupee is Mr. Robert Howle.  Mr. Lemoine stated Mr. Howle is currently employed as a teacher at West Feliciana Middle (2014-current) and was a finalist for the Principal’s position at the school.  Mr. Lemoine also stated that Mr. Howle was a Master Teacher at the Math Science Academy (MSA) in Iberville Parish from 2011-2014, where he handled day to day discipline; designed data boards as well as curriculum implementation.  Mr. Lemoine was happy to report that while a Master Teacher at the MSA East, the School Performance Score (SPS) grew 15 points and was an “A” rated school.  He was a teacher/coach at Plaquemine High School from (2008-2011; a teacher/coach at False River Academy from 2005-2008 and from 2000-2004, he worked at Galena Park High School in Houston).

Mr. Howell thanked members of the board and the members of the interview committee for selecting him.  He mentioned that he is very familiar with Pointe Coupee, as he and his wife graduated from False River Academy in 1994.  Mr. Howell said, “This is a very exciting time in Pointe Coupee Parish. The STEM Academy is going to offer an education that is not only unique to this area but unique for Louisiana. We are going to create an environment that is safe, that’s motivating and innovative. We’re going to do that by creating a disciplinary structure and an environment where misbehaving is not tolerated, where learning is the objective every day.  We’re going to develop relationships with local business and industrial partners and those relationships are going to allow students to make real life connections to the things they’re learning in class.  A student graduating from the STEM Academy is going to go to college or go to work with a company with skills and knowledge the average student will not have.  My goal for the STEM Academy in three year, since our first students will be ninth grader, is that when they graduate, they should be able to say they’re graduating from a top-rated school in the state. We’re going to do all of this because it’s the right thing to do, but we’re also going to do all these things because the students of this parish deserve this caliber of academics and they deserve the kind of education this academy can offer”!

 

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Adoption of the STEM Magnet Academy of Pointe Coupee by the National Integrated Cyber Innovation Research Center.    Mr. Kevin Nolten, with the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) (www.cyberinnovationcenter.org and www.nicerc.org) stated it is a pleasure to partner with the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.  He provided a brief overview of the program.  The CIC is located in Bossier City, Louisiana and it is the anchor of a 3,000 acre National Cyber Research Park; it serves as the catalyst for the development and expansion of a knowledge-based workforce throughout the region.  Being a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation, the CIC fosters collaboration among its partners and accelerates technology, research, and development.  One of its main missions is to develop a sustainable knowledge-based workforce that can support the growing needs of government, industry, as well as academia.  In 2010, the Cyber Innovation Center created the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) to advance its academic outreach and development, curriculum design and collaboration for education in grades K-12.

A Certificate of Partnership was presented to Superintendent Lemoine and the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, from Cyber Innovation, in recognition of its commitment and education of excellence in STEM education programs in the school district.

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Consent Agenda.  On a motion by Thomas Nelson, seconded by James Cline, the following consent agenda items were adopted.

 

Approval of the minutes from the regular School Board meeting of Thursday, November 19, 2015.

 

Approval of the minutes from the School Board Member Retreat held on Monday, November 30, 2015.

 

Approval of the minutes from the Executive Committee meeting of Thursday, December 10, 2015.

 

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding Monthly Financial Information.    Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, to accept the monthly financial information placed on BoardDocs by Mr. Stephen Langlois.  The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the Board.

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Approval of RFP for Janitorial Services at Livonia High School.  Mr. Stephen Langlois announced the contract with GCA is expiring and the Board is being requested to approve a Request for Proposals for custodial services at Livonia High School, with a proposal opening of January 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Mr. James Cline made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Anita LeJeune, to approve the RFP for janitorial services at Livonia High School.  The motion carried by a 8-0 vote of the Board. 

 

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding a Special Called School Board Meeting Thursday, January 7, 2016.  Mr. Stephen Langlois announced that bids for repairs at the STEM Magnet Academy of Pointe Coupee will be opened on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.  In an effort to getting the project underway, the Board is being requested to consider calling a special meeting on Thursday, January 7, 2016, with agenda items to include awarding bids for the STEM Magnet Academy of Pointe Coupee, but not limited to SMA repairs, as other items may be included on the agenda.  Superintendent Lemoine mentioned that he had received correspondence today from Mr. Scott Richard, Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association, requesting the adoption of a resolution opposing the approval of new schools for Baton Rouge as a local charter authorizer.  Mr. Lemoine stated he would also like to include this item on the January 7, 2016, special School Board meeting agenda.

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, to approve a special called School Board meeting for Thursday, January 7, 2016; agenda to include awarding bids for the STEM Magnet Academy of Pointe Coupee and other items.  The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the Board.

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Approval of a Lease Agreement for the John Pinsonat Property and Cost Associated with Moving Equipment from the STEM Magnet Academy of Pointe Coupee to Livonia High School.  Superintendent Lemoine announced that the reason he has asked the Board to consider approving this lease agreement with Mr. John Pinsonat is to offer a new Jump Start Career Pathway at Livonia High School for students that may not be considering pursuing college prep (TOPS) curriculum while in high school.  This would allow the students to be trained in Auto Mechanics while in high school and thus earn an Industry Based Certificate (IBC), which would earn our school system valuable accountability points.  Mr. Lemoine stated moving the auto mechanics equipment from the SMA Campus would allow the school system to convert the old shop into a “Black Box” Theater.  He also stated this would allow the opening of the first “Performing Arts” Program, that he is aware of, in the parish.

 

Board Member Chad Aguillard stated that he had initially objected to moving the equipment from the former Pointe Coupee Central Campus to Livonia High School.  However, after listening to the Cyber Innovation Presentation, he would like to remove his former objective and make a motion in favor of the move.

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Anita LeJeune, to approve the lease agreement for the John Pinsonat Property and the cost associated with moving the equipment from the STEM Magnet Academy of Pointe Coupee to Livonia High School.    The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the Board.

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Receive the Head Start Supervisor’s Monthly Report and School Readiness Goal Update.   Mrs. Bridget Berry prepared the November monthly report, including a budget revision, and school readiness goals. 

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Bobby Jarreau, to receive the Head Start Supervisor’s monthly report and school readiness goal update as prepared by Mrs. Bridget Berry.  The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the Board.

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Information Regarding Results of the Head Start Community Assessment Study.
Once every three years, one of the reports required from Head Start is a Community Assessment.  This assessment is used to determine community strengths and needs in the target areas to be served by the Head Start program operated by the Grantee (Pointe Coupee Parish School Board).  The information from the study is to be used to plan for services and to prepare grant applications for funding to best serve families. The data process used for the assessment was gathered by the Head Start staff in collaboration with community partners, including health and social service providers, public and private schools, child care providers, local and state governmental agencies, Head Start families (past, current and potential), and other identified partners. The assessment data was compiled as applicable from the local program data, community data, parish data, state data, and national data. 

 

Mr. Bobby Jarreau made a motion, seconded by Mr. James Cline, to receive the results of the Head Start Community Assessment Study as prepared by Mrs. Bridget Berry.  The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the Board.

 

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Regular Meeting Dates, Time and Place for 2016 School Board Meetings Set to comply with Act 681 of 1979 Public Meetings.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Bobby Jarreau, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, officially set the 2016 regular School Board meetings for the fourth Thursday of each month, with the exception of the November and December meetings which have been set for the third Thursday, at 5:30 p.m., to be held at the School Board Office located at 337 Napoleon Street, in New Roads, LA, as the date, time and place of the 2016 regular School Board meetings. The motion carried.  This information will be posted on the website and published in the local journal, The Pointe Coupee Banner.

 

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Adoption of Revisions to Policies GAMFA; JGCC; II; and JBD.    Superintendent Lemoine provided copies of proposed policies that were revised by Forethought Consulting, Inc., based on Legislative and/or Bulletins of the Louisiana Department of Education.  Attorney Hammonds were sent the policies to review.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, to adopt the revisions to policies GAMFA (Employee Communicable Diseases); JGCC (Student Communicable Infections Disease); II (Testing Program); and JBD (Student Absences & Excuses), with the changes that were by Attorney Hammonds.  The motion carried by an 8-0 unanimous vote of the Board

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding Revision of the Student Athlete Drug Testing Policy (IDFAA).     The Student Athlete Drug Testing Policy was discussed at the School Board Members’ Retreat.   Superintendent Lemoine presented revisions to the current drug testing policy for student athletes to Board members at their retreat.  The recommended revisions include adding middle school athletes to the pool of students to be randomly selected each month to be tested; establishes a minimum of 5% of athletes to be randomly selected each month for testing; and eliminates the 40% pre-season screening for all athletes.

 

Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Anita LeJeune, to approve the revisions to the Athletic Drug Testing Policy (IDFAA), as presented and recommended by Superintendent Lemoine.  The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the Board.

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding Revising the Telecommunications Policy Regarding Cell Phone Use  (Policy JCDAE).    The cell phone policy was discussed at the School Board Members’ Retreat.  Superintendent Lemoine suggested the following revisions to the current cell phone use policy:  align Livonia High School, with the remainder of the district schools with regard to no cell phone use; assign Saturday School as the consequence of possession and unapproved electronic devise; allow a parent/guardian to pick up confiscated phones from the school offices at their discretion.  Superintendent Lemoine stated a two-week grace period will be allowed, after the holidays, to inform students/parents about the changes.

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Bobby Jarreau, to revise the cell phone policy (JCDAE), as presented and recommended by Superintendent Lemoine.  The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the Board.

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Announcement of Continuing Education Hours Earned by Individual Members of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board During Calendar Year 2015, According to Act 705, of the 2011 Louisiana Legislative Session.    Superintendent Lemoine stated that all members of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met the minimum six hour requirement of continuing education hours as prescribed by Act 705.  He announced the training credit hours earned by individual members of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board for calendar year 2015, as posted on the Louisiana School Boards’ Association Website.

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard earned 11.5 credits; Mr. Frank Aguillard earned 41.25 credits; Mr. Brandon Bergeron earned 35.5 credits; Mr. James Cline earned 36.0 credits; Mrs. Leslie Ann Grezaffi earned 23.25 credits; Mr. Bobby Jarreau earned 28.25 credits; Mrs. Anita LeJeune earned 23.5 credits, and Mr. Thomas A. Nelson earned 22.5 credits.

 

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President Frank Aguillard requested a three (3) minute recess.

Recess:  The Board recessed at 6:33 p.m.

Open Session:  The Board reconvened in an open session at 6:36 p.m.

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding Policy BBA (Election of Board Officers).  President Frank Aguillard stated Policy BBA will be followed as written.  Therefore, Vice-President Leslie Grezaffi will automatically ascend to the office of President of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.

 

The floor was opened for the Office of Vice-President of the School Board. 

·        Mr. James Cline nominated Mr. Frank Aguillard as Vice-President of the School Board. 

·        Mr. Brandon Bergeron nominated Mrs. Anita LeJeune as Vice-President of the School Board. 

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to close the nominations.  Mr. James Cline seconded the motion to close the nominations.  The motion carried by an 8-0 unanimous vote of the Board.

 

A roll call vote for the nomination of Mr. Frank Aguillard as Vice-President of the School Board resulted in the following:

 

YEAS:   Frank Aguillard, James Cline and Leslie Grezaffi

NAYS:  Chad Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, Bobby Jarreau, Anita LeJeune and Thomas Nelson.

ABSTENTIONS:  None

 

The motion failed by a 3-5 vote.

 

A roll call vote for the nomination of Mrs. Anita LeJeune as Vice-President of the School Board resulted in the following:

 

YEAS:   Chad Aguillard, Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Leslie Grezaffi, Bobby Jarreau, Anita LeJeune, and Thomas Nelson

NAYS:  None

ABSTENTIONS:  None

 

The motion passed by an 8-0 unanimous vote of the Board and Mrs. Anita LeJeune was elected as Vice-President of the School Board.

 

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Appointment of the 2016 Executive Committee of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board. It was announced that an Executive Committee will be appointed at the Special Meeting on Thursday, January 8, 2016.

 

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Adjournment.   On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson seconded by Mr. Chad Aguillard the meeting adjourned at 6:43 p.m.

 

                                                                                   

Frank Aguillard, President

 

                                                                                   

Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent