LINCOLN PARISH SCHOOL BOARD Ruston, Louisiana
LINCOLN PARISH SCHOOL BOARD
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 6:00 p.m.
The Lincoln Parish School Board met in Regular Session on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Parish School Board, 410 South Farmerville Street, Ruston, Louisiana. Members present were President Otha Anders, Mr. Michael Barmore, Ms. Lisa Best, Ms. Mattie Harrison, Ms. Lynda Henderson, Mr. Trott Hunt, Mr. Eddie Jones, Mr. Jim Kessler, Mr. George Mack, Mr. Ted McKinney, and Mr. Joe Mitcham. Mr. Curtis Dowling and Mrs. Mattie Harrison were absent. Mr. Anders called the meeting to order, and Mr. McKinney gave the invocation. Ms. Henderson led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag followed by Mr. Anders’ welcome to board members, staff, media, persons of special recognition, and guests. He also acknowledged out-going members, Ted McKinney representing district 12 and Jim Kessler from ward 5, who have served their constituents for many years. Mr. Anders thanks them for their dedication to the children and wished them well in the future. Both men thanked the Board for the opportunity to serve. Upon a motion by Mr. Barmore, seconded by Mr. Hunt, the Board unanimously voted by roll call to adopt the agenda with the deletion of one item of new business: Change order for Choudrant Elementary School project. Upon a motion by Mr. Kessler, seconded by Ms. Henderson, the Board unanimously voted to approve the minutes of the Regular Session held on November 2, 2010, as distributed. In order to continue to update the fleet, meet the increasing demand for special education transportation, and due to the price increasing tremendously each year because of increased emission standards, James Payton, Transportation Coordinator, requested permission to buy two new conventional buses and one new special education school bus. Upon a motion by Mr. Mack, seconded by Mr. Kessler, the Board unanimously voted to grant permission to advertise for bids for the purchase of two new conventional and one new special education school buses. The Board served as a Committee of the Whole, and the following Personnel Committee 1.-3. agenda items were considered after being presented by Mary Null, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Programs:
1. Points of Reference:
Larry Waldron transferring from bus driver to central office maintenance effective November 29, 2010; and Janet Burse transferring from I. A. Lewis to special education teacher at Ruston High, effective November 9, 2010, replacing Jill Murphy who transferred. Employment of Rachel Gay as ELA teacher at Lincoln Parish Career Academy, effective December 6, 2010, replacing Betty Peoples who retired. Leave without pay request from April 4, 2011, through May 27, 2011, from Samantha Lantrip, teacher at Hillcrest Elementary. Upon a motion by Ms. Best, seconded by Mr. Barmore, the Board unanimously voted to approve the administration’s personnel recommendation. Paula Pardue, Secondary Academic Coordinator, said that Louisiana Department of Education conversion charts with point value for End-of-Course test achievement levels based on Lincoln Parish’s grading scales have been added to the 10-11 Pupil Progression Plan. She distributed copies of the same and noted that no action was needed by the Board. Thereafter a brief discussion ensued relative to Lincoln Parish’s two grading scales. Calling attention to her chart of student/teacher rations among those with core classes only was Mary Null. The district average last year was 16:1 and this year’s is 17:1. She attributes that to adding a preschool center where ratios are 20:1. A paraprofessional is required by the state if a classroom has over ten students; therefore, a higher student/teacher ration can be maintained in those classes. These numbers are well under what Bulletin 741 allows. November 2010 brought an increase in sales tax collections with $1,000,163 being collected according to George Murphy. That was a 10.07% increase for the month and 6.96% year-to-date. The collections are still down about $3,000,000 compared to two years ago which is significant. Increases each month are good, but he wanted the Board to know that he is still having to dip into reserves. There is only a finite amount of reserves to be had. Recoveries through audits were $44,577 which was up 597% for the month and down 23.378%. He told the Board that 454,620 was collected in the ’67 and ’79 sales tax fund and $545,543 in the ’93 and ’00 fund. He called attention to the shaded line on the October 2010 financial statement. Year-to-date the general fund was still up over 3 million. The 5 mill maintenance fund and all five ad valorem tax funds were all showing negative balances; the property tax revenue will begin to be deposited in December and January. He will also be adding a column for Choudrant’s M & O fund as they passed a millage. The child nutrition fund was showing a positive balance. The sales tax funds were about as predicted. Mr. Murphy communicated that the $1.3 million the district was to receive in the Education Jobs Fund program, which occurred at the same meeting where the Board approved construction of a field house at Ruston High, have subsequently been earmarked by the Governor for other purposes. Last week the Legislature voted to go back and try to recoup those monies. He is concerned about what is going on at the state level – not only this year but what they will cut next year. He is concerned about putting any more money into projects and being able to continue to operate in the same way. He reiterated that student/ teacher ratios may have to go up in order to keep the bond ratings the school system merits. Forethought Consulting had recommended policy changes due to recent acts of the Louisiana Legislature. Ms. Null presented the following policies for the Board to consider revising and a Student Biometric Information (JGFHA) addition to the policy manual: School Superintendent Legal Status (ABD); Board Member Continuing Education (BBBC); School Board Ethics (BH); Superintendent Powers and Responsibilities (CEB); Employment of Superintendent (CED); Investments (DFL); Sale of Buildings and Land (DFN); Bids and Quotations (DJED); Buildings and Grounds Security (EBC); Employment of Personnel (GBD); Transfer (GBM); Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug and Substance Abuse Education Program( IDBB); Testing (II); and Student Alcohol and Drug Use (JCDAC). She suggested that members study the proposed changes until the January meeting. Six qualified bids were received for the Choudrant High School renovation and construction project according to Charles Owens. Initially K D Homes Builder was determined to be the low bidder with their base bid of $3,335,980, but after careful
In a Report of the Superintendent, Mr. Bell said that:
1. Permission slips for H1N1 vaccinations for pre-kindergarteners through fifth graders went home yesterday, were sent to area church’s, are being posted at businesses, and were given to the media. A group of regional nurses and school nurses will administer the vaccine with the help of central office volunteers on December 12 at Ruston High. Sixth through twelfth graders will be scheduled for their H1N1 vaccinations after Christmas. They are moving forward with the purchase of the property in Simsboro. The owner agreed to accept the $80,500 negotiated price. She must have tenants move from trailers and some trailers and other objects vacated by December 8. More information should be available by the January board meeting.
3. The Building and Grounds and Finance committees will gather for lunch and another joint meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2009, at noon at Ruston High School. After brief comments and questions, following a motion by Mr. Hunt, the meeting adjourned at 6:51 p.m.
Danny L. Bell, Secretary Otha L. Anders, President
1td:January 7, 2011