MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA  70760

 

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Thursday, April 27, 2017

 

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 27, 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 Colby Richard, a student from Livonia High School.

 

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

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard entered the meeting at 5:35 p.m.

 

School System Administrative Staff in attendance were: Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent;  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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Special Recognition. Superintendent Lemoine announced that he would like to recognize Cole Jarreau, a 4.0 student at Livonia High School for being selected to the Class 4-A All-Academic Composite Boy’s Baseball Team.  Mr. Lemoine explained that the composite team includes all classifications in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association and Cole, a senior, was one of 60 students to receive this honor.   Cole is the son of Wanda (Sparks) Jarreau and Richard Jarreau.  He has been a member of the LHS Baseball Team for four years.  As a sophomore, he was named to the All District 1st Team as a Utility Player and as a junior; he was named to the All District 2nd Team as a 3rd Baseman.  Cole was presented with a certificate for his achievement.

 

Superintendent Lemoine stated that Mr. Clayton Chenevert, Agriculture Teacher and Mr. Randy Jarreau, Welding Instructor, will recognize the students from Livonia High School that won several competitions in the Area IV Career Development Experience, as well as the FFA State Competition.  The following students were presented certificates acknowledging their accomplishment as a member of the 206-2017 Livonia High School Welding Class & Future Farmers of America Organization: 

 

·       Tyler Smith   - 1st Place on the Blue Team in Area IV FFA Career Development Experience Regional Competition; 2nd Place Team in the FFA State Competition and 3rd Place Individual in the FFA State Competition;

·       Andy Landry - 1st Place on the Blue Team in Area IV FFA Career Development Experience Regional Competition; 2nd Place Team in the FFA State Competition and 2nd Place Individual in the FFA State Competition

·       Colby Richard -  1st Place Individual Welder, out of 40 welders, in the Area IV FFA Career Development Experience Regional Competition; 2nd Place on the Gold Team in the Area IV FFA Career Development Experience Regional Competition; 1st Place Team in the FFA State Competition and 1st Place Individual in the FFA State Competition

·       Hunter Gerace -   2nd Place on the Gold Team in the Area IV FFA Career Development Experience Regional Competition, and 1st Place Team in the FFA State Competition

 

Mr. Clayton Chenevert mentioned that Tyler Bergeron’s encouragement was instrumental regarding participation in this year’s rally.  Mr. Chenevert was pleased to report that two of the students placed and certificates were presented to the following members of the Livonia High School FFA:

 

·       Tyler Bergeron - 3rd Place for FFA Extemporaneous Speaking

 

·       Logan Landry – 2nd Place in the Literary Rally for Agriculture

 

Superintendent Lemoine acknowledged the dedication and leadership of Mr. Randy Jarreau and Mr. Clayton Chenevert; they were also presented with certificates.

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Remarks from the Superintendent’s Office.  Superintendent Lemoine mentioned that all of the schools started the LEAP Tests on Wednesday, April 24, 2017, by administering the Social Studies exam.  He stated this is the first year that it is required to use computer based tests for 5th grade and up.  Mr. Lemoine announced that all went well with very few minor glitches.  He commended Mrs. Lacey Bueche and her staff for working so hard to ensure that all schools technological needs were met prior to the tests being administered.  Superintendent Lemoine also mentioned that he and Mrs. Bueche visited all schools to award teachers whose students exhibited exemplary student performance growth from the beginning of the 2016 school year until this last progress monitoring during the month of April 2017.   The following was announced: Gold (70-100% of the students in Tier 1) -6; Silver (50-69.9% of students in Tier 1) – 23; Bronze (70-100% of students in Tiers 1 and 2) -21; Star Performer (Average Gain Exceeded a year’s growth) -55. All schools will administer the ELA and Math tests, as well as the EOC in high schools, the week of May 1-5, 2017.

 

Superintendent Lemoine announced to members of the School Board that a list of dates, pertaining to the 2016-2017 End-of-the-School-Year events, is included in their update folder.  He mentioned that School Board members are always welcome to attend any of these functions.

 

Mr. Lemoine also announced that the Livonia High School Baseball Team won its first play-off game last Tuesday by a score of 3-0 and reviewed their upcoming schedule.

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Consent 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, March 23, 2017.

 

Approval of the minutes from the Executive Committee meeting of Thursday, April 20, 2017.

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Teacher Appreciation Week Proclamation.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, the following proclamation was adopted by an 8-0 vote of the Board.

 

PROCLAMATION

 

Whereas, teachers play vital roles in the renewal and regeneration of our democratic society; and

 

Whereas, teachers shape the future by helping to influence and train tomorrow’s workforce for the demand of a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive and technological society; and

 

Whereas, teachers have chosen a profession, which is a demanding one, requiring not only mastery of the subject matter to be taught, but underlying patience and an overriding concern for the well-being of the students’ minds and bodies as well; and

 

Whereas, teachers transform lives through their work; and

 

Whereas, teachers give of themselves by imparting knowledge to help others learn.

 

Be it resolvedthat due to this year’s testing schedule, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board will celebrate May 7-13, 2017 as Teacher Appreciation Week & Tuesday, May 9, 2017 as Teacher Appreciation Day.

 

Be it further resolvedthat the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board encourages all citizens and schools to take time to remember those individuals who inspire children to learn.

 

This resolution was adopted at the regular meeting of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board on this 27th day of April, 2017.

 

 

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Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent                                      Anita LeJeune, President

Pointe Coupee Parish School Board                               Pointe Coupee Parish School Board

 

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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:

 

Juliet Williams, a retiree of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board and the mother of Ewanyia Williams, a teacher at Rosenwald Elementary.

 

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Head Start Supervisor’s Monthly Report.  Mr. Frank Aguillard made a motion to accept the Head Start Supervisor’s monthly report as prepared by Mrs. Bridget Berry.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron seconded the motion.  The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the School Board.

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Approval of Revised Job Descriptions for Head Start Positions.  Mrs. Bridget Berry stated that based upon new program standards for Head Start, she is presenting revisions to three job descriptions for consideration of approval.

 

On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Bobby Jarreau, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board approved revisions regarding job descriptions for the following positions:  Head Start Coordinator; Head Start Family Services Facilitator, and the Head Start Family Advocate.  The motion carried by an 8-0 unanimous vote of the School Board.

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School Readiness Updates for Head Start Program.  Mrs. Bridget Berry provided members of the School Board with school readiness updates that were approved by the Policy Council regarding the Head Start program. No action was necessary regarding this agenda item.

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding Monthly Financial Information.  Mrs. Gayle Daigle, CFO, stated that all of the financial reports are available on BoardDocs.  She mentioned that an additional report was uploaded in the new SunGuard Financial System. 

 

Superintendent Lemoine commended Mrs. Daigle for the work she has done thus far providing new reports, etc., and is grateful she joined our system.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, to approve the monthly financial information as presented.  The motion carried by an 8-0 unanimous vote of the School Board.

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Adoption of a Resolution Supporting the Industrial Tax Exemption Program.

Superintendent Lemoine described why the Board should consider adopting a resolution supportive of the Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP). Mr. Les Cantrell, Executive Director of Economic Development in Pointe Coupee, and Mr. Arthur Ewing, President of the Chamber of Commerce, were in attendance to provide information and answer questions regarding the executive order signed by Governor John Bel Edwards pertaining to the Industrial Tax Exemption Program.  Mr. Cantrell provided a copy of the Resolution adopted by the Pointe Coupee Police Jury and announced that since the Sheriff does not answer to a Board, it is his plan to provide a letter in support of the program.  Mr. Cantrell stated support of the governing bodies (School Board, the Police Jury and the Sheriff) will demonstrate unity among the taxing district to companies interested in doing business in Pointe Coupee.  Having this in place will allow our parish a competitive edge when manufacturing companies express an interest. Mr. Cantrell stated that Louisiana is leading other states regarding locations and shovel ready sites. An Executive Order issued by Governor John Bel Edwards recommends the terms of the exemptions to a maximum of 100% for the initial five (5) years and 80% for the subsequent three (3) years. 

 

Mr. Frank Aguillard announced that he would like to accept the Superintendent’s recommendation to adopt a Resolution relative to the Louisiana Industrial Tax Exemption Program.  Mr. Chad Aguillard seconded the motion and the following resolution was adopted by an 8-0 vote of the School Board.

 

RESOLUTION

Relative to the Louisiana Industrial Tax Exemption Program under which exemptions from ad valorem taxation are granted to certain manufacturing establishments, expressing support thereof, and lending approval of all such applications concerning this parish, both present and future, and further providing with respect thereto.   

 

WHEREAS, Article 7, Section 21(F) of the Louisiana Constitution authorizes the Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry ("BCI"), with the approval of the governor, to approve contracts under the Industrial Tax Exemption Program ("ITEP"), through which applicants seeking to construct, replace or expand certain manufacturing and industrial facilities within this state can be awarded an exemption for such facilities from ad valorem taxes levied by local public bodies, including parishes, school boards, municipalities, sheriffs and other taxing districts; and

WHEREAS, historically ITEP provided for an initial exemption from 100% of such taxes for a period of up to five (5) years, with a renewal of that 100% exemption for an additional five years; and

WHEREAS, historically BCI evaluated applications for ITEP awards in consultation with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, without consultation with the governing bodies of the local taxing authorities which the exemptions affect; and

WHEREAS, historically the governor accepted the recommendation of BCI and finalized the initial exemption and subsequent renewals based upon an evaluation of the best interests of the state; and

WHEREAS, Governor John Bel Edwards has issued Executive Orders JBE 16-26 and JBE 16-73 indicating a shift in operations and policy with regard to ITEP; and

 

WHEREAS, said Executive Orders provide that the governor will not approve new applications, nor renewals thereof, without two additional conditions: 1. An agreement with the applicant as to the level of investment and the promised job creation or retention related to the industrial or manufacturing construction; and 2. The application includes resolutions of approval from certain of the affected local taxing authorities; and

 

WHEREAS, said Executive Orders also limit the terms of the exemptions to a maximum 100% exemption for the initial five (5) years and a maximum 80% exemption for the subsequent three (3) years; and

WHEREAS, it is this School Board’s desire to lend its constant approval to all such exemptions applied for in this parish, both present and future.

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, acting in its capacity as the governing authority of the Parish of Pointe Coupee, in consideration of the foregoing and the need and desire for continued economic development in this parish, and further recognizing the economic and employment benefits to the people of this parish which will arise from such development, this School Board does hereby express its support for the award of ad valorem tax exemptions under the Industrial Tax Exemption Program.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this school board hereby expressly approves such exemptions including any applications therefor which are presently pending and any which may be applied for in the future.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Superintendent/Secretary-Treasurer of this school board is hereby authorized for and in the name of this board to execute any documents which may be required to formally express this board’s approval of all such applications now and in the future.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this school board urges and requests the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, the Pointe Coupee Parish Law Enforcement District and all municipalities of this parish to consider expressing their support for the award of exemptions under ITEP for the reasons hereinabove expressed.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOVLED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Honorable John Bel Edwards, Governor, the Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry, the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, and all taxing authorities of the Parish of Pointe Coupee.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this constitutes a standing resolution, to remain valid and binding until expressly suspended or rescinded.

 

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STATE OF LOUISIANA

PARISH OF POINTE COUPEE

 

      I, Ronald Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, certify that the above and foregoing constitutes a true and correct copy of a resolution from the minutes of a regular meeting of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board held on April 27, 2017.

 

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have subscribed my official signature and impressed the official seal of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, this 27th day of April, 2017.

 

                                                            ________________________________

Ronald Kevin Lemoine

Superintendent/Secretary-Treasurer

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Approval of a Resolution to Authorize the Louisiana State Mineral and Energy Board and the Office of Mineral Resources to Accept Nominations, Advertise for, Accept and Award Bids, and Execute All Oil, Gas and Mineral Leases Pertaining to the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board’s Immovable Property located in Sections 8, 12 & 39, Township 4 South, Range 9 East, Pointe Coupee Parish, State of Louisiana, and as More Fully Described in Exhibit A hereto.

 

RESOLUTION

 

WHEREAS, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board has received an application for an oil, gas and mineral lease on Pointe Coupee Parish School Board land located in Sections 8, 12 & 39, Township 4 South, Range 9 East, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana and more fully described in the attached Exhibit A and in which the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board has retained a mineral interest; and

 

            WHEREAS, pursuant to Louisiana Revised Statute 30:153, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board desires to direct the Louisiana State Mineral Board to lease the rights to explore for oil, gas and other subsurface minerals on Pointe Coupee Parish School Board land located in Sections 8, 12 & 39, Township 4 South, Range 9 East, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana and more fully described in Exhibit A.

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board directs the Louisiana State Mineral Board to advertise and solicit bids for a mineral lease of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board property located in Sections 8, 12 & 39, Township 4 South, Range 9 East, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, as more fully described in Exhibit A, pursuant to the provisions of Subpart A of Chapter 2, Title 30 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as amended and other applicable law.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, to adopt this Resolution.

 

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

NAYS:  None

ABSTAIN:         None

 

            And this Resolution was declared adopted on the 27th day of April, 2017.

 

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Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent                                                  Anita LeJeune, President

Secretary-Treasurer

 

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Approval to Advertise Bids Regarding the Child Nutrition Program.  Mrs. Kate Guillory Roy, Supervisor of the Child Nutrition Program, stated this it is a standard procedure to advertise bids; an item will be placed on the June agenda to approve the bids.

 

Mr. James Cline made a motion to advertise bids for the Child Nutrition Program for the upcoming 2017-2018 school-year.  Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi seconded the motion.  The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the Board.

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Approval of 2017 Summer Feeding. Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, to approve the 2017 summer feeding program at Livonia High School; Rosenwald Elementary; Valverda Elementary and Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary.  The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the Board. 

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Permission Granted to Advertise Bids for Janitorial/Paper Supplies.    

Mr. Brandon Bergeron made a motion to advertise bids for janitorial/paper supplies for the upcoming 2017-2018 school-year.  Mr. Chad Aguillard seconded the motion.  The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the Board.

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Mr. James Cline stated since the School Board is currently discussing business/finance, he would like to propose adding an item to tonight’s agenda.  

 

It was announced that Supt. Lemoine received formal notification from the Louisiana Board of Ethics that it is not unethical for the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board to transact business with any of the companies that submitted a bid for the fencing and gates’ project at Livonia High (bids were opened on February 21, 2017).

 

For clarification purposes - in an effort to consider priority needs using capital outlay funds from the sale of timber on the 16th section property, Superintendent Lemoine surveyed Principals last January.  The first priority was security camera upgrades (the camera bids are due May 16; there was a pre-bid walk through; eight companies attended; several vendors are familiar with the campuses, and a recommendation will be made at the May School Board meeting.  The second priority was the fencing project at Livonia High School (since they already had a marquis in front of the school that was donated by BP America). The third priority was a marquis for public relations purposes; however, at the February School Board meeting, the Board was requested to place the marquis project on hold.

 

Mr. Chad Aguillard asked the Superintendent if the funds to be used were from the sale of the 16th section timber sales (one-time revenue deposited in the non-restricted Capital Outlay Account to be used at the discretion of the Board). Superintendent Lemoine confirmed that the funds being discussed are in fact from the proceeds collected from the Sixteenth Section School Board property timber sales.

 

Mr. James Cline stated the money previously allocated for the school marquises can be used for other projects voted on by the Board.  Nevertheless, priority one is replacing the outdated equipment with regard to security cameras.  Mr. Cline mentioned the fence at Livonia High School is more than thirty years old; therefore, would like to the Board to consider adding an item to tonight’s agenda to discuss and/or take action.

 

Mr. James Cline offered the motion to add an item to the agenda to discuss and/or take action to consider awarding the bid for the LHS Fencing Project, using Capital Outlay Funds.  Mr. Frank Aguillard seconded the motion.   

 

 Mr. Brandon Bergeron requested a roll call that resulted in the following action:

 

YEAS:              Chad Aguillard, Frank R. Aguillard, Jr., James Cline, Leslie Ann Grezaffi, Bobby Jarreau, and Thomas Nelson

 

NAYS:              Brandon Bergeron and Anita LeJeune

 

ABSTAIN:         None

 

According to policy, there must be a unanimous approval of the members present at a meeting to add an item to the agenda for discussion; therefore, the motion failed.

 

Mr. Brandon Bergeron stated the reason he did not want to add the item to the agenda is because he would like to use funding for the virtual Z-Space program.  He requested that Mr. Howell, Chief Program Administrator at the STEM Magnet Academy, attend next month’s meeting with funding information. 

 

Mr. Frank Aguillard requested that all principals bring information regarding their technology needs to the meeting.

 

Mr. James Cline stated he is very much interested in the virtual school software; but the Board voted in December for the fencing project.

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Permission Granted to Award Purchase Agreement to Winning Proposer for ChromeBook/Carts RFP. 

 

On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, Trinity III was awarded as the winning proposer for Chrome/Book Carts.  The motion carried by an 8-0 vote of the Board.

 

Superintendent Lemoine announced the school system is expected to have an increase in enrollment next year; however, because of Lacey Bueche’s due diligence, the school system was able to save $75.00 per device.

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Adjournment. On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, the meeting adjourned at 6:23 p.m.

 

 

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Anita LeJeune, President

 

 

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Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent