MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA  70760

 

SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Thursday, January 7, 2016

 

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a special session on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 337 Napoleon Street in New Roads, Louisiana 70760.  President Anita LeJeune called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

 

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

 

Central Office Staff in attendance were: Superintendent Kevin Lemoine, Donald Fuselier and Stephen Langlois.

 

Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi was requested to offer the invocation.

 

Mr. Brandon Bergeron led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

 

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Superintendent Lemoine made several announcements prior to the beginning of the meeting.  He announced that he had received a call from the Colonial of the Louisiana State Police in New Orleans stating they are opening the Bonne Carre’ Spillway, they are monitoring the Mississippi River levels and there is a 99% chance that the Morganza Spillway will be opened next week.  Mr. Lemoine explained that if the spillway is opened, it should not jeopardize student transportation; however, if road closure would impact students being transported to/from school, he will notify the Board by email.   Mr. Lemoine congratulated, Anita LeJeune, the new President of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.  He also thanked the immediate past President, Frank Aguillard, for helping him get acclimated in his role as Superintendent for his first six months in the position.  Mr. Lemoine provided an update of the progress of the Five-Year Strategic Plan Committee Meetings.  He thanked Chairpersons Lisa D’Aquila, Karla Jack, and Stephen Langlois for their contributions at the two initial meetings (22 participants the first night and 20 the second night).  Superintendent Lemoine also expressed his gratitude of appreciation for the great input and dialogue received from teachers, community members, and staff from their involvement with the productive process of moving the school system forward.  Mr. Lemoine was excited to report that registration for the STEM Academy of Pointe Coupee opened three days ago (Monday, January 4, 2016) and there are already 126 students that have applied to attend the program.  Mr. Rob Howle, Chief Program Administrator of STEM, spent his first week on the job evaluating applications, discussing the program with parents, visiting local businesses with Mrs. Lacey Bueche, Director of Accountability/I.T., to discuss the program and hand out flyers.  Social media has been updated (sma.pcpsb.net) and people have also been utilizing the digital application process.  A series of informational meetings about the program will be held throughout the parish.  All interested community members are invited to attend the following meetings scheduled for 6:00 p.m.: Monday, January 11, 2016, at Livonia High School; Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary; Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the Pointe Coupee Parish Library in New Roads; and Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Rougon Elementary.  Representatives from Cyber Innovations will make a presentation to the Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, 20, 2016; there will also be a Cyber Family Night on February 3, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., at the Cottonport Community Center in New Roads.

 

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Base Bid Accepted with Approval of a Concurrent Resolutions for Repairs at the STEM Academy of Pointe Coupee.  Mr. Stephen Langlois, Chief Fiscal Officer of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, stated two bids for renovations of the STEM Magnet Academy were received on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.; this project was rebid since the first bid received was high.   He announced the lowest base bid of $905,000 was received from Charles Carter, with an Alt. No. 1 for $44,000 and Alt. No. 2 for $19,200.  MD Descant Construction’s base bid was $969,000, with Alt. No. 1 for $10,000 and Alt. No. 2 at $13,000.  Mr. Langlois stated he and Architect Mougeot recommend awarding the project to Charles Charter Construction, the company that submitted the lowest bid. 

Mr. Langlois stated he had spoken to Mr. Lee at the State and the second part of the process is to send a resolution to the Louisiana Facility & Control identifying Charles Carter as the low based bid.  

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson requested that Mr. Mougeot provide him with information regarding the alternate bid prices listed on the bid tabulation sheet.  Mr. Mougeot explained that Alt.1 is for miscellaneous floor and wall work and he doesn’t recommend it at this time; Mr. Donald Fuselier is of the opinion that his maintenance department can handle these projects in house; Alt. 2 is for pressure washing the building. 

Mr. James Cline questioned how much money the school system will receive from the State.  Mr. Langlois mentioned that $859,996 will be given to the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, the base bid is $905,000; 25% matching funds from the chiller and boiler expenses, a difference of $45,034, using the line of credit account at Guaranty Bank, to complete the project.  Mr. Cline alluded to the condition of the state’s finances and his concern should funds become frozen.  Mr. Langlois reminded Mr. Cline that the process of releasing funds to the school system began in August 2015 when the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement was approved by the State and according to Mr. Lee, the money for the project is committed. 

Mr. Frank Aguillard stated, as President of the School Board, he attended meetings with Mr. Lee, Representative Thibaut, Senator Ward, Superintendent Lemoine and Stephen Langlois and assured Mr. Cline that the process was started when the agreement was signed; the process is in place for payment transactions with this Resolution.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Chad Aguillard to accept the lowest base bid of $905.000 from Charles Carter Construction for renovations at the STEM Magnet Academy of Pointe Coupee.

 

The motion carried by an 8-0 unanimous vote of the Board.

 

 

On a motion by Board Member Thomas Nelson and seconded by Board Member Chad Aguillard, the following resolution was offered for adoption:

 

A RESOLUTION COMMITTING FUNDS TO PAY ALL COSTS ON THE POINTE COUPEE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL REPAIRS PROJECT THAT EXCEED THE CURRENT AVAILABLE STATE FUNDS

 

WHEREAS, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board has authorized Charles Carter Construction Company, Inc., to proceed with this project upon approval from Facilities Planning & Control Board (FP&C); and

 

WHEREAS, the available state funds for this project amount to $859,966 and the total project costs are estimated at $905,000; and

 

WHEREAS, the estimated Pointe Coupee Parish School Board match is $45,034 to complete the project;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board hereby commits to pay all costs associated with the completion of this project that exceeds the current available state funds.

 

            The above resolution was read in full, the roll was called on the adoption thereof, and the resolution was adopted by the following votes on the 7th day of January, 2016:

 

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

            NAYS:  None

            ABSTAINED:  None

            ABSENT:  None

                       

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Anita LeJeune, President

                Pointe Coupee Parish School Board

ATTEST:

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Stephen Langlois, Chief Fiscal Officer

Pointe Coupee Parish School Board

 

CERTIFICATE

 

            I, Stephen Langlois, Chief Fiscal Officer of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board hereby certify that the above foregoing resolution was adopted by the School Board at a Special meeting held on January 7, 2016.

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                                                                                    Chief Fiscal Officer                


RESOLUTION

 

            BE IT RESOLVED, that the low base bid in the amount of $905,000 submitted by Charles Carter Construction Company, Inc. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the repairs and construction at the Pointe Coupee Central High campus, Louisiana Facility Planning Project 50-S39-15-01 be accepted by the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, the contract to be awarded pending concurrence of Facility Planning and Control and the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board commitment to fund the project until completion.

 

STATE OF LOUISIANA

PARISH OF POINTE COUPEE

 

            I, Stephen Langlois, Chief Fiscal Officer of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board hereby certify that the above and foregoing constitutes a true and correct copy of a resolution from the minutes of a special meeting of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board held on January 7, 2016.

            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have subscribed my official signature and impressed the official seal of the School Board of the Parish of Pointe Coupee Louisiana, this 7th day of January, 2016.

                       

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                                                       Chief Fiscal Officer

 

Announcement of Special Meeting to Consider Millage(s).  Mr. Stephen Langlois mentioned that he has been speaking with Bond Attorney Wes Shafto and reported the February 18, 2016, is the deadline for a Resolution submittal to the Bond Commission regarding the April 9,  2016 Municipal General Election, and February 23, 2016, is the deadline for proposition. Mr. Langlois stated a special meeting will need to be called no less than 30 & no more than 60 days from today and asked if the Board would consider meeting the Thursday after Mardi Gras. 

Mr. Bobby Jarreau made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, to identify the date of Thursday, February 11, 2016, as the special meeting to consider millages.  The motion carried by an 8-0 unanimous vote of the Board. 

Mr. Stephen Langlois read into the minutes the following announcement: The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, at a special meeting to be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 5:30 p.m., to consider plans for adopting a Resolution to call a special election on April 9, 2016, to propose to the voters of the Parish, the authorization of one or more property tax millages for additional support of public schools.  The duration and amount of the millages will be determined at this special meeting.

Mr. James Cline mentioned that he has questions for Mr. Shafto regarding the current District 10 tax; and is requesting that Mr. Shafto provide information that can be explained to the people in his district.   Mr. Cline stated that the money has basically been collected; therefore, any millages will not be an additional tax there should be enough to maintain and not have to levy additional. 

 

Discussion and/or Action Regarding Electing a Member of the Board to Serve as Vice-President of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.   Inasmuch as Vice-President Anita LeJeune assumed the Office of President of the School Board after Mrs. Leslie Ann Grezaffi resigned from office on January 4, 2016, someone will need to be elected to the office of Vice-President.

 

President Anita LeJeune opened the floor for nominations for Vice-President of the School Board.

 

School Board Member Thomas Nelson nominated Mr. Chad Aguillard for the office of Vice-President of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.

 

School Board Member Frank Aguillard nominated Mr. James Cline for the office of Vice-President of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to close nominations for the office of Vice-President of the School Board.  Mr. Frank Aguillard seconded Mr. Nelson’s motion.

 

President Anita LeJeune announced that a roll call to elect Chad Aguillard as Vice-President will be taken at this time. 

 

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

 

NAYS:  Frank Aguillard and James Cline

 

On a 6-2 vote of the Board, Mr. Chad Aguillard was elected as Vice-President of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, effective January 2016 through December 2017.

 

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Appointment of the 2016 Executive Committee of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board. 

 

Executive Committee:

President Anita Lejeune requested that Brandon Bergeron and Leslie Grezaffi serve on the Executive Committee; they accepted the appointment and will serve from January 2016 to December 30, 2016.

 

President Anita LeJeune announced that she would also like to appoint members of the Board to serve on other committees. Pointe Coupee Parish School Board Members accepting committee assignments effective January 2016 to December 30, 2016, are as follows:

 

Finance/Building & Grounds:

Chad Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron and Bobby Jarreau (Chairperson)

 

Personnel/Policy & Procedure Committee:

Chad Aguillard (Chairperson) Leslie Grezaffi and Bobby Jarreau

 

 

Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury Tax Oversight Representative for the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board: 

Frank Aguillard, Jr.

 

Legislative Liaison Representative for the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board:

Frank Aguillard, Jr.

 

President Anita LeJeune encourages all Committees to exert authority; if the item dies in Committee, let it die and not bring it to the full Board for consideration.

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Adoption of a Resolution Opposing the Approval of New Schools for Baton Rouge as a Local Charter Authorizer.  On a motion by Mr. Frank Aguillard, seconded by Mr. Chad Aguillard, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board approved the following Resolution opposing the approval of new schools for Baton Rouge as a local charter authorizer.  The motion carried by an 8-0 unanimous vote of the Board.

 

RESOLUTION

 

OPPOSING THE APPROVAL OF NEW SCHOOLS for BATON ROUGE

AS A LOCAL CHARTER AUTHORIZER

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is considering New Schools for Baton Rouge as the first Local Charter Authorizer in the State of Louisiana;

 

WHEREAS, the concept of a local charter authorizer is vesting a private corporation run by an unelected Board of Directors with the authority to award charters for other private entities to operate “public” charter schools;

 

            WHEREAS, the award of such a charter by the private local charter authorizer, results in the effective diversion of local tax dollars, collected by a local school district, run by a duly elected local school board, to the hands of the private charter entity;

 

            WHEREAS, the charter for such schools is never reviewed by or ruled upon by any person elected by the very taxpayers that are to be called upon to provide the public taxpayer funding;

 

            WHEREAS, the charter recipient can then contract the full and complete authority to collect the taxpayer dollars and operate the charter school to a private FOR-PROFIT corporation, “operators”, with no accountability;

 

WHEREAS, historically such for-profit charter operators have taken the position that the employees at the so-called “public charter schools” were NOT SUBJECT TO THE CODE OF GOVERNMENTAL ETHICS, and have only recently, and reluctantly, after engaging legal counsel to fight the issue, acknowledged that they are subject to the Louisiana Code of Governmental Ethics;

 

            WHEREAS, the charter schools will only be subject to the supervision and administration of the unelected board of directors of the private charter recipient and the unelected board of directors of the private local charter authorizer, leaving no redress to the taxpayer for holding anyone accountable for the expenditure of public tax dollars;

 

            WHEREAS, any charter school granted a charter by New Schools for Baton Rouge, in its role as a local charter authorizer, will divert funds from, potentially, all of the school districts in the Baton Rouge Regional Labor Market that includes the following Local Education Agencies (school districts):  East Baton Rouge Parish School System, the Zachary Community School System, the Baker School System the Central Community School System, the Ascension Parish School System, the East Feliciana School System, the Iberville Parish School System, the Livingston Parish School System, the Pointe Coupee School System, the St. Helena Parish School System, the Tangipahoa Parish School System, the Washington Parish School System, the West Baton Parish School System and the West Feliciana Parish School System;

 

            THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board and the Superintendent respectfully urges BESE to decline to designate New Schools for Baton Rouge as a local charter authorizer.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution be submitted to BESE, the State Superintendent of Education, and to each and every member of the East Baton Rouge Parish legislative delegation, and, to Governor-elect John Bel Edwards.

 

THUS, DONE AND ADOPTED ON THE 7TH DAY OF January 2016.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                  

Anita LeJeune, President                                                           R. Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent

Pointe Coupee Parish School Board                                           Pointe Coupee Parish School Board                                               

(SEAL)

 

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Sponsorship Request for Advertisement of a Sign.  It was decided that since hospitality funds from the School Board Members’ personal account will be used to purchase a $300 advertisement sign, email notification is sufficient; not action by the School Board.

 

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President Anita LeJeune entertained a motion to adjourn.

 

 

Adjournment. Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Bobby Jarreau seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 6:06 p.m.

 

 

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Anita LeJeune, President

 

 

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Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent