MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA  70760

 

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Thursday, May 26, 2016

 

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 337 Napoleon Street in New Roads, Louisiana 70760.  President Anita LeJeune called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

 

Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi was requested to offer the invocation.

 

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

 

Board members present when the roll was called were: Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Leslie Grezaffi, Bobby Jarreau, Anita LeJeune and Thomas Nelson.

 

Board Member Chad Aguillard arrived at 5:34 p.m.

 

School System Administrative Staff in attendance were: Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent; Stephen Langlois, Chief Fiscal Officer; Natalie Aguillard, Principal of Rosenwald Elementary; Carolyn Wells, Assistant Principal of Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary; and Kim Canezaro, Principal of Valverda Elementary.

 

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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:

 

Carlene Legier, the mother of Dawn Core, a paraprofessional at Livonia High School.

 

Kathy Smith, a bus driver for Valverda Elementary School.

 

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Special Recognitions & Remarks from the Superintendent’s Office.  Mr. Lemoine announced that last September, each principal nominated teachers from their school who demonstrated characteristics of campus leadership.  Eighteen applicants were interviewed by a selection committee. Eight individuals were chosen for the 2015-2016 Pointe Coupee Parish School System’s Leadership Cohort Program; the criterion was based upon degrees held, attributes and certification.  Superintendent Lemoine met in a round table discussion with current principals to survey the most important matters regarding their daily work to develop the program’s framework for aspiring leaders in our schools. Mr. Lemoine explained that participants met twice a month and were exposed to a wide range of principal management responsibilities such as system finances (Title I, Federal funding; grants); food service; transportation; discipline; special education;  maintenance; curriculum, etc.   A Certificate of Completion, acknowledging their vision of tomorrow for future generations,was presented to the following for their participation in the 2015-2016 Pointe Coupee Parish School System’s Leadership Program:  Aiman Bayoumi and Ron Allen from Livonia High School; Semecia Williams from Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary; Brittney Canezaro from Valverda Elementary; Brandi Forbes and Bridget Nall from Rougon Elementary; Samantha Slim and Annette Walker from Rosenwald Elementary. Mr. Lemoine mentioned that these cohort participants will be considered when opportunities of leadership within our school system become available.

 

Mr. Lemoine mentioned that schools and the Central Office will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 in observance of Memorial Day.  He stated that most of the Central Office Directors/Supervisors, Principals and Teacher Leaders from each school will attend the Louisiana State Teacher Leader/Superintendent Conference in New Orleans from Wednesday, June 1- Friday, June 3, 2016.  Superintendent Lemoine announced that several staff members in the Central Office will be on vacation May 31, 2016 – June 3, 2016, and stated that he will be on vacation the week of June 6-9, 2016.

 

Superintendent Lemoine referred to the email that he had sent to members of the School Board on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at the request of Board Member Bergeron, in regard to the salary schedule discrepancy.  He mentioned that he is requesting a Finance Committee Meeting on June 16, 2016, prior to the Executive Committee meeting scheduled that day, to consider changes to the implementation of the current salary schedule; he will illustrate the oversite in the current policy and recommend changes. 

 

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Consent Agenda. On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, the following consent agenda items were adopted by an 8-0 unanimous vote of the Board.

 

·       Approval of the minutes from the regular School Board meeting of Thursday, April 28, 2016.

 

·       Approval of the minutes from the Executive Committee meeting of Thursday, May 19, 2016.

 

·       Approval of The Pointe Coupee Banner as the selection of the official School Board Journal, as required by R.S. 43:150 and R. S. 43:174.

 

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Receive the Head Start Supervisor’s Monthly Report.   Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to receive the Head Start Supervisor’s Monthly Report as prepared and presented by Mrs. Bridget Berry.  The motion was seconded by Mr. James Cline.  

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

 

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Head Start Annual Self- Assessment Report for Discussion & Approval.    Mr. James Cline made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, to approve the Head Start Annual Self-Assessment Report prepared and presented by Mrs. Bridget Berry.  The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the School Board. 

 

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Consider Head Start Cost of Living Supplemental Grant Discussion & Approval.

On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board approved the proposed Cost of Living Adjustment grant application for the Head Start program in the amount of $19,348; the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board will provide the non-federal matching funds in the amount of $4,837. The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the School Board.

 

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding Monthly Financial Information.   On a motion by Mr. Frank Aguillard, seconded by Mr. Bobby Jarreau, the Board unanimously approved the monthly financial information as prepared by Mr. Stephen Langlois, Chief Fiscal Officer. 

 

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding a Banking Account for the STEM Magnet Academy.  Mr. James Cline made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, to authorize Superintendent Kevin Lemoine to open a checking account allowing Rob Howle, the Chief Program Administrator of the STEM Magnet Academy, to conduct financial business for the program.  The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the Board.

 

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding Advertising the Public Hearing to Set Millage Rates.  Chief Fiscal Officer Stephen Langlois announced it is a re-assessment year and requested permission to begin advertising a public hearing of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board on September 22, 2016, at 5:00 p.m., prior to the regular School Board meeting, to set millage rates.  Mr. Langlois informed the Board that millage figures will be included in the advertisement that will appear in The Advocate and The Point Coupee Banner.

 

On a motion by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, seconded by Mr. Bobby Jarreau, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board unanimously approved advertising the public hearing to set millage rates for Thursday, September 22, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. at the School Board Office in New Roads, LA. 

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding Posting a RIF. Superintendent Lemoine announced that he does not anticipate having to implement RIF at this time; however, due to the uncertainty of state revenues, it is his recommendation to post a general notice and follow the policy for orderly reduction of personnel. 

 

On a motion by Mr. Frank Aguillard, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board unanimously approved Superintendent Lemoine’s recommendation to post a general notice of the possibility of a reduction in force in the event this option is necessary to propose a balanced 2017-2018 general fund budget.

 

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Discussion and/or action Regarding Accepting or Denying the Type I Charter Application Submitted by Educolearning, Inc.   Superintendent Lemoine stated the Type I Charter School Application was reviewed by a third-party evaluator for the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board; the evaluation provides strengths and weaknesses. Board Member Thomas Nelson mentioned the evaluation report has been posted on BoardDocs and is clear to him.  Superintendent Lemoine was requested to provide a recommendation to the Board to accept or deny the application. Superintendent Lemoine announced that his recommendation is for the Board to deny the application.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to accept Superintendent Lemoine’s recommendation to deny the Type I Charter Application submitted by Educolearning, Inc.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron and by an 8-0 vote of the School Board, the motion carried.

 

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There being no further business to transact, President LeJeune entertained a motion to adjourn.

 

Adjournment. On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, the meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.

 

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Anita LeJeune, President

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Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent