MINUTES

 

POINTE COUPEE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA  70760

 

SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Thursday, June 15, 2017

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a special session on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at 337 Napoleon Street in New Roads, Louisiana 70760.  President Anita LeJeune called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m.

 

Board members present when the roll was called 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, Bridget Berry, Lacey Bueche, Amanda Craighead, Gayle Daigle, Lisa D’Aquila, Andrew Duhe’, Kristy LaCoste,  Kate Roy and Mary Wells.

 

School Administrators in attendance were:  Natalie Aguillard, Principal of Rosenwald Elementary; Ron Allen, designee of Principal Stacy Gueho of Livonia High School; Myron Brown, Principal of Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary; Kim Canezaro, Principal of Valverda Elementary; Marcie Cazayoux, Principal of Rougon Elementary;  and Rob Howle, Chief Academic Officer of STEM Magnet Academy of Pointe Coupee.

 

Mr. Myron Brown 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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Discussion and/or Action Regarding Benefits for the Chief Financial Officer 

Superintendent Lemoine announced that Mrs. Gayle Daigle accepted the job as the School System’s Chief Financial Officer effective March 6, 2017.  He explained that she had previously worked at the Louisiana Board of Regents for nine years, where she was enrolled in the Louisiana School Employees Retirement System and a participant in the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) Health Insurance System.  Prior to retiring and accepting a position with the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, she contacted a representative at the OGB to inquire about coverage.  She was advised that if she had no break in her participation with OGB, her new employee that is also a participant in OGB could continue to pay their portion ($886.28) of her insurance benefits, and she would pay her portion ($548.54).  However, two months after being employed with the PCPSB, she was informed by OGB that because she had retired, she would now have to pay the full retiree portion of the benefits ($1,876.66).  Mr. Lemoine asked the Board for consideration to continue to pay the district’s portion of her health benefits ($886.48) in the form of an allowance and she would then only have to pay the difference of $990.18 for the benefit.  Superintendent Lemoine stated if approved, the end result would mean that her health insurance would still cost her an additional $441.64, or $991.18 per month. Superintendent Lemoine mentioned that she was unsuccessful with the appeal that was made to the OGB.  He further stated that Mrs. Daigle is a CPA with 30 plus years of experience; she took a $10,000 pay reduction to come to work for our system.  Superintendent Lemoine asked if the School Board would consider offsetting a portion of the insurance premium, as they do for any active employee, but in the form of an allowance.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson inquired about the Finance Committee’s consideration.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron stated that the Finance Committee met earlier this afternoon and they do not recommend providing the additional benefit in the form of an allowance and according to the salary schedule.  Mr. Bobby Jarreau stated that he is sorry about the circumstances with regard to this isolated incident; he assured her that it is nothing personal, as he likes the work she is performing, but has to look at the broader picture. 

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to accept the Finance Committee’s recommendation not to provide an allowance with regard to the Chief Financial Officer.   Mr. Brandon Bergeron seconded the motion.   A roll call vote resulted in the following:

 

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

 

NAYS:                Anita LeJeune

 

ABSTENTIONS:  None

 

The motion carried by a 7-1 vote of the Board.

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding the School Camera Upgrades.  Mr. Lemoine announced that at the May 25, 2017, regular meeting of the School Board, Emergency Alert Systems was awarded the bid for the security camera upgrades because they had the highest rated bid proposal.  Superintendent Lemoine stated that he and Lacey Bueche, Director of IT, met with a competing vendor the next day who informed them the company who conducts the work must possess a Louisiana Contractor’s License.   Superintendent Lemoine informed the Board that he contacted School Board Attorney Charles Hardie, of Hammonds, Sills, Adkins and Guice, to inform him of the situation and to seek advice of how to proceed.  Mr. Hardie informed Lacey and Mr. Lemoine that he had researched the licensing requirements of the video surveillance system and apparently, the Louisiana State Licensing Board (LSBC) deems that one must possess a Louisiana Contractors License in order to conduct this work. He stated that he disagreed that a license was needed as the nature of the work did not appear to require any special skill that would fall under a recognized license classification.  Mr. Hardie further stated that he could not locate any specific opinion or case either in support or against.  Superintendent Lemoine stated that they contacted the Louisiana Contractors’ Licensing Board and were told that the vendor must have such a license.   Mrs. Lacey Bueche received an email from James Watson, of Emergency Alert, withdrawing his bid because the Louisiana Contractors Licensing Board advised him that they needed such a license to perform the work.  Superintendent Lemoine stated that he had requested to have a special meeting of the School Board so that they could decide to either accept the recommended second lowest bid proposal with the highest rating and reduce the number of cameras, or to reject all previous bids and reissue a RFP specifying the need to possess a LSC License prior to submitting a bid proposal.  Mr. Hardie was asked to attend the meeting tonight to provide guidance to the board. Attorney Hardie mentioned he disagrees with the LSC Board and stated the Board could award the bid to the next lowest bidder or consider re-bidding with amended specifications of licensing and reduction in the number of cameras.  He advised the Board to avoid any potential litigation, it is his recommendation that the Board rejects all previous bid offers and re-advertises the RFP specifying the vendor would have to have a Louisiana Contractors License and classification of the number of cameras.  

 

Superintendent Lemoine stated that he recommends rejecting previous bid proposals and re-advertising with amended specifications reducing the number of cameras by 31 to a minimum of 187. Mr. Brandon Bergeron stated that the Finance Committee met earlier and they support the Superintendent’s recommendation.

 

Mrs. Lacey Bueche had prepared a revised draft copy of the revised RFP for consideration by the Board.

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to reject all current bid proposals.  Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi seconded the motion. 

 

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

 

Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to re-advertise the RFP for security cameras with amended specifications regarding licensing and reduction in the number of cameras.  Mr. Frank Aguillard seconded the motion. 

 

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

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Discussion and/or Action Regarding the Pointe Coupee Parish Virtual Alternative Program.  Superintendent Lemoine announced that at the May regular meeting, the School Board voted unanimously for the changes he had recommended to the Virtual Alternative Program (VAP).  Mr. Lemoine stated that since then, several members of the Board have expressed concerns about the new location of the program and about the proposed four-day school week.  Superintendent Lemoine mentioned after meeting with the negotiating attorney form the Louisiana Laborer’s Union, he is now of the opinion that the program should remain on the central office site and have a five day school week.   Mr. Lemoine stated he would still like all other components of the program implemented, including transportation; tiered levels of behavior expectations and mandated completion of the program prior to returning to regular school campuses.  When questioned about the community service hours that would have been performed on Fridays, if there was a four day school week, Mr. Lemoine stated that those expectations will remain; however, some adjustments will be made.

 

Mr. Frank Aguillard made the motion to accept Superintendent Lemoine’s recommendation regarding all parts of the Pointe Coupee Parish Virtual Alternative Program remaining the same for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, with the exception of the location being housed at the 337 Napoleon Street property rather than the proposed Laborer’s Training Facility in Frisco, Louisiana, and a five rather than a four day school week.  Mr. Bobby Jarreau seconded the motion. 

 

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

 

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Adjournment. Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.

 

 

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        Anita LeJeune, President

 

 

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   Kevin Lemoine, Superintendent