LINCOLN PARISH SCHOOL BOARD Ruston, Louisiana
LINCOLN PARISH SCHOOL BOARD
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 12:30 p.m.
The Lincoln Parish School Board met in Regular Session on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. at Choudrant Elementary School. Members present were Ms. Debbie Abrahm, Mr. Otha Anders, Mr. Michael Barmore, Mr. Curtis Dowling, Mr. Danny Hancock, Mr. Trott Hunt, and Mr. Joe Mitcham. Ms. Lisa Best, Ms. Mattie Harrison, Ms. Lynda Henderson, Mr. Eddie Jones, and Mr. George Mack were absent. After President Anders called the meeting to order, the invocation was given by Mr. Hancock, and Ms. Abrahm led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag. Mr. Anders thanked Ms. Lisa Bastion, Principal of Choudrant High, and Mr. Charles Hogan, Principal of Choudrant Elementary, for the brief tours of their facilities prior to lunch. He also thanked Mr. Hogan and his staff for their hospitality and the delicious lunch. Mr. Anders welcomed board members, staff, members of the media, and special guests to the meeting. Upon a motion by Mr. Mitcham, seconded by Mr. Barmore, the Board unanimously voted by roll call to adopt the agenda with the deletion of #8.1, Policy manual revisions, and the addition of #8.4, Change order #003 for Choudrant High School. Charles Hogan welcomed guests to the school and invited them to visit the classrooms at the conclusion of the meeting. He voiced his appreciation to the Board and especially for their support in the recent building program. He invited visitors back to the school at any time. It was an honor for Ricky Edmiston, Secondary Supervisor, to recognize Katie Hogan for being selected as a National Merit Finalist. He gave background information on the distinguished program and was pleased to present the Choudrant High senior with a plaque in honor of her accomplishments. She introduced her guests which included her father, Mr. Charles Hogan. Mr. Anders congratulated Katie for her diligence, hard work, and ethics. Accountability Coordinator, Donna Doss, reminded board members of their earlier discussion regarding school improvement plans. She recognized Lisa Bastion from a “B” school and Charles Hogan from a “C+” school who are tailoring things to meet the needs of their schools and students. Lisa Bastion and Charles Hogan shared their action plans and outlined their efforts and identified programs being used to meet growth targets and improve performance scores. Because work at Choudrant Elementary was completed, Charles Owens, Director of Auxiliary Services, asked for permission to execute Substantial Completion documents based on the recommendation of the architect after his preparation of the final punch list and other appropriate paperwork. Upon a motion by Mr. Barmore, seconded by Mr. Hancock, the Board unanimously voted to grant permission and authorize the superintendent, his staff, and the architect to execute the Substantial Completion documents for the Choudrant Elementary School renovation and addition. Likewise as time was nearing to conclude the work at Choudrant High School, Mr. Owens requested permission to execute Substantial Completion documents on that project. Upon a motion by Mr. Dowling, seconded by Mr. Hunt, the Board unanimously voted to grant permission and authorize the superintendent, his staff, and the architect to execute the Substantial Completion documents for the Choudrant High School renovation and addition. FRP walls in the restrooms of the new ag building at Choudrant High School were overlooked. The total cost, according to Charles Owens, was $12,176.65; however due to the oversight error on the part of the architect, contractor, and school board, an agreement had been reached to split the cost three ways. The Lincoln Parish School Board would pay $4,058.88 if the Board agreed. Upon a motion by Mr. Hancock, seconded by Mr. Hunt, the Board unanimously voted to approve change order #003 in the amount of $4,058.88 for the Choudrant High School project. In a Report of the Superintendent, Mr. Bell said:
1) At the request of the attorneys working on the desegregation suit, to place a Special Called Session on calendars for next Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. The Board would likely go into Executive Session to discuss strategy on the case; and
2) LSBA convention information had been placed in portfolios. He stressed the importance of presenting a tax exemption form upon arrival at the hotel.
Following brief comments and a motion by Mr. Dowling, the meeting adjourned at 1:26 p.m.
Danny L. Bell, Secretary
Otha L. Anders, President
1td: March 4, 2012