MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA  70760

 

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Thursday, March 23, 2017

 

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 337 Napoleon Street in New Roads, Louisiana 70760.  President Anita LeJeune called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

 

Everyone was requested to silence their cell phones to avoid interruptions during the meeting. 

 

Mr. Myron Brown provided the invocation, as requested by President LeJeune.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Miss Taelyn Dean, a student from Rosenwald Elementary School.

 

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

 

Mr. James Cline was absent from the meeting.

 

School System Administrative Staff in attendance were: Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent; Stephen Langlois, Chief Fiscal Officer; Lisa D’Aquila, Director of Human Capital; Bridget Berry, Supervisor of Head Start; Lacey Bueche, Director of IT and Gayle Daigle, Chief Financial Officer;  Natalie Aguillard, Principal of Rosenwald Elementary; Myron Brown, Principal of Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary; Kim Canezaro, Principal of Valverda Elementary; Marcie Pinsonat, Principal of Rougon Elementary; Stacy Gueho, Principal of Livonia High School, and Rob Howle, Chief Program Administrator (Principal) of the STEM Academy of Pointe Coupee.

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

 

Albert Morris, the brother of Debra Dixon, a school clerk at Rougon Elementary School.

 

Bernadine Rodney, the mother of Tabitha Ransom, Coordinator of the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program for the school district.

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Office of Superintendent –Superintendent Lemoine announced that he would like to celebrate Upper Pointe Coupee’s Eighth Grade Boys’ Basketball team for their 2016-2017 undefeated 8-0 season.  Certificates of Achievement were prepared for the following players Joel Andrade, Shamal Cotton, Monzerrie Harris, Jeremy Landheart, Devonte Leonard, LaDarrius Matthews, Romeo Matthews and Xavier Thompson.  Mr. Larry Oliver, Head Basketball Coach; Shaletha Bowie-Jacobs, Assistant Basketball Coach and David Wall, Assistant Basketball Coach were also recognized for their accomplishment.

 

Superintendent Lemoine announced that he accepted an invitation to attend a reception and dinner honoring Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) on Tuesday, March 28th in Baton Rouge being hosted by Governor John Bell Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards.  He stated that two middle school students from Livonia High School, Cyrah Parker and Amber Williams, were elected to serve on the JAG State Board; they will be introduced and have their picture taken with the Governor. In addition, Cyrah Parker was asked to speak before the JAG National Board on Wednesday, March 29th at the Governor’s Mansion; the Board consists of governors from other states, as well as CEO’s from General Electric, McDonald’s, AT & T, Entergy and many more. Mr. Lemoine stated that this is an honor for Pointe Coupee to have students elected to the JAG State Board and a great experience for Cyrah to speak before the National Board Members.

 

Valverda Elementary was one of two schools statewide that won the “Fuel up to Play 60” contest sponsored by the NFL.  He announced that Valverda will have a pep rally featuring the New Orleans Saints (Jr. Training Camp) on April 7, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

 

Mr. Lemoine stated a Type I Charter School Application was received from EducoLearning.  The application has been sent to our third party evaluator, Mrs. Pamela Wall, for scoring. Superintendent Lemoine announced that he will bring the information back to the Board in April or May for consideration of approval.  A copy of the application will be emailed to the entire Board for their perusal.

 

Superintendent Lemoine stated that on Wednesday, March 29th, BESE will meet to decide whether to send the ESSA Plan to the USDOE at the April submission date or the September date.   He mentioned that he will join Superintendents from across the state at the BESE meeting to support the recommendation to delay until September.

 

Also announced was that there would be no school for students on Friday, March 24th due to staff development for test security purposes.

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Presentation from Principals Regarding an Overview Regarding Individual School Campuses.  Superintendent Lemoine mentioned that the school system adopted a 5- Year Strategic Plan last year and partnered with Scholastic to work with the school district concerning the Learning Supports Component.  The Principals/Staff chose attendance and disciple as their two areas of focus since it directly affects student achievement.  Kim Canezaro, Principal of Valverda Elementary, facilitated the Power-Point Presentation and individual principals provided data and improvement strategies regarding their respective school site.  To improve absenteeism and behavioral issues, Superintendent Lemoine stated that additional parental outreach and truancy checks will be implemented as well as referrals to community mentoring programs and in some cases, outside counseling will be considered.

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Presentation Regarding Z-Space Virtual Reality Classroom at STEM Magnet Academy of Pointe Coupee.  Mr. Rob Howle showed a PowerPoint presentation regarding a ZSpace STEM Lab designed for student-centered learning with an exclusive suite of educational software and curriculum resources that offer differentiated learning experience across subject and grade levels.  Mr. Howle mentioned the student excitement about this and the fund-raising activity they are actively pursuing to generate funds for the lab. A brief discussion ensued regarding student to computer ratios, costs, training, etc. 

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Consent AgendaConsent Agenda.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, the following consent agenda items were approved for adoption.  The motion carried 7-0 by members of the Board present and voting.

 

Approval of the minutes from the regular School Board meeting of Thursday, February 23, 2017.

 

Approval of the minutes from the Executive Committee meeting of Thursday, March 16, 2017.

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Discussion and/or action regarding the monthly financial information.  Mrs. Gayle Daigle, Chief Financial Officer, prepared financial documents that were placed on BoardDocs for review by members of the Board. 

 

On a motion by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, seconded by Mr. Bobby Jarreau, the Board approved the monthly financial information.  The motion carried 7-0 by members of the Board present and voting.

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Adoption of a resolution designating Gayle D. Daigle, Chief Financial Officer, as the Authorized representative regarding the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between the State of Louisiana and the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board for FP & C Project No. 50-S39-10-01.

 

Resolution Authorizing Signatory Authority

for

Capital Outlay Project

Pointe Coupee Central Office Renovation Project

FP & C No. 50-S39-10-01

 

On a motion by Mr. Chad Aguillard and seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board approved the following:

 

RESOLUTION

 

             BE IT RESOLVED that pursuant to a public notice, a regularly scheduled meeting of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board was held on the 23rd day of March 2017, at 5:30 o’clock p.m. at 337 Napoleon Street, New Roads, Louisiana, where the following resolution, upon motion duly seconded and passed, was adopted, to-wit:

            BE IT RESOLVED that the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board designates authorization to Gayle D. Daigle, Chief Financial Officer, to act as its representative between the School Board and the State of Louisiana, Division of Administration, Facility Planning and Control, with regard to the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement for Capital Outlay Grant # 50-S39-10-01.

 

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

            NAYS:  None

            ABSENT:  James Cline

            ABSTENTIONS:  None

 

            And this Resolution was declared adopted on the 23rd day of March 2017

 

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R. Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent         Anita LeJeune, President

Secretary-Treasurer                                          Pointe Coupee Parish School Board

 

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Permission Granted to Release RFP for the Purchase of ChromeBooks for 2017-2018.  Mrs. Lacey Bueche, IT Director, stated the Pointe Coupee Parish School District’s objective for a Request for Proposal for Google Chromebooks is for vendors to propose a bundled Chromebook solution that includes a minimum of 180 Chromebooks, Management Console Licenses, Carts, Warranty, device enrollment and asset tagging.  She mentioned that last year she was able to obtain better prices by using the RFP than purchasing on state contract.   Mrs. Bueche stated upon approval, the RFP will be released on Friday, March 24, 2017 and the proposal window will open; proposals will be due on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 1:15 p.m., followed by the public bid opening; Thursday, April 27, 2017; Board approval to officially award winning offeror will be sought at a regular scheduled board meeting; the deadline for receipt of equipment will be Wednesday, June 16, 2017. 

 

On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, the Board granted permission to release a RFP for 17-18.  The motion carried 7-0 by members of the Board present and voting.

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Consider Approval of the Head Start Supervisor’s Monthly Report.   Mrs. Bridget Berry mentioned the monthly report has been on BoardDocs.  She stated that Rosenwald had the highest student attendance and personally provided the students with a pizza party.  Mrs. Berry was pleased to report that parent involvement has been great.

 

Mr. Brandon Bergeron made a motion, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, to approve the Head Start Supervisor’s monthly report. The motion carried 7-0 by members of the Board present and voting.

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Consider Approval of the Head Start Practice-Based Coaching Plan.   Mrs. Bridget Berry announced in accordance with the newly revised Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), the implementation and use of a research-based coaching strategy must be a part of a Head Start program’s Training and Professional Development Plan.   A copy of the plan was placed on BoardDocs. 

 

Mr. Bobby Jarreau made a motion, seconded by Mr. Chad Aguillard, to approve the Head Start Practice-Based Coaching Plan. The motion carried 7-0 by members of the Board present and voting.

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Consider Approval of the Head Start Family Services’ Plan.   Mrs. Bridget Berry announced in accordance with newly revised Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), center-based programs must structure education and child development services to recognize parents’ roles as children’s lifelong educators and to encourage parents to engage in their child’s education.   A copy of the plan was placed on BoardDocs.

 

Mr. Brandon Bergeron made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, to approve the Head Start Family Services’ Plan.  The motion carried 7-0 by members of the Board present and voting.

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Review Results of Mr. Lemoine’s Annual Evaluation as Superintendent.  According to Mr. Lemoine’s contract, the Board shall evaluate in writing, the performance of the Superintendent at least once each fiscal year, no later than the regularly scheduled School Board meeting in March, using an evaluation instrument that was prepared by him. Mr. Chad Aguillard, Chairperson of the Personnel Committee, mentioned Committee Members Leslie Grezaffi and Bobby Jarreau met from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for compilation of evaluation forms submitted by each member of the Pointe Coupee Parish Board.  President LeJeune announced that Superintendent Lemoine received an overall evaluation score of 3.21 out of 4.0; an above average rating on the scoring rubric.  Superintendent Lemoine thanked the Board and mentioned that he did a self- evaluation and the Boards’ evaluation was higher.  Mr. Lemoine stated that he holds teachers to high standards and himself to a higher standard; he mentioned that he looks forward to moving the system forward.

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Strategy session and/or Action Concerning Pending Litigation.  President Anita LeJeune read aloud the following agenda item:  Strategy session and/or action concerning pending litigation.* 

*There may be an executive session to discuss strategy regarding the litigation entitled, “Frank Vine v. Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana, et al”, Suite No. 607,425 on the docket of the 19th Judicial District Court for the Parish of East Baton Rouge.

 

Attorney Robert Hammonds requested that members of the School Board convene in an executive session.

 

Executive Session:  On a motion by Mr. Chad Aguillard, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board convened in an executive session at 6:55 p.m.

 

Open Session:  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Chad Aguillard, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board returned to an open session at 7:27 p.m.

 

It was announced that no action was taken in executive session.

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

 

Adjournment. On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Chad Aguillard, the meeting adjourned at 7:28 p.m.

 

 

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Anita LeJeune, President

 

 

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Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent