The regular meeting of the East Carroll Parish School Board was held Tuesday, January 7, 1997 at 6:30 p.m. in the Boardroom of the School Board Office.

 

Member(s) present:  Mr. Ralph Coleman, Mr. Gene Edmondson, Mrs. Evangelia Fields, Mrs. Fannie Hawkins, Mrs. Ernestine Houston, Mrs. Georjean Jackson, Reverend Tommy McKeel, Reverend Michael Owens, Mr. Buford Perry

 

Member(s) absent:  None

 

The meeting was called to order by the President, Mrs. Georjean Jackson

 

Invocation was given by Mrs. Ernestine Houston

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Reverend Michael Owens to accept the minutes of the regular meeting of December 2, 1996 and the special meeting of December 12, 1996

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The President, Mrs. Georjean Jackson called for the election of officers for 1997 and yield in favor of the Interim Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen, who announced the floor was open for the election of President for 1997.

 

Mrs. Fannie Hawkins moved, seconded by Reverend Michael Owens to nominate Mrs. Georjean Jackson for President.

 

The nomination ceased:  Mrs. Georjean Jackson was elected by "Acclamation"

 

Mr. Facen called for nomination of Vice-President

 

Mrs. Georjean Jackson nominated Mrs. Fannie Hawkins

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson nominated Reverend Tommy McKeel.  Reverend Tommy McKeel "declined"

 

Mrs. Fannie Hawkins was elected by a unanimous vote

 

The Interim Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen turn the meeting back into the hands of the newly elected President, Mrs. Georjean Jackson

 

Mrs. Ernestine Houston moved, seconded by Mrs. Fannie Hawkins to accept the resignation of the following persons (effective January 10, 1997)

 

            1.  Mrs. Flora Watson - Teacher, Transylvania Elementary

            2.  Mrs. Linda Evans  - Nurse

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Ernestine Houston to employ Ms. Kimberly Caldwell to replace Mrs. Flora Watson, Transylvania School

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to advertise for bids on the farm land previously obligated to the Technology Challenge Grant.  Bids are to be opened at the Board's February 4, 1997 meeting.

 

Mrs. Fannie Hawkins moved, seconded by Mrs. Ernestine Houston to amend the main motion to table the advertisement for bids on the farm land obligated to Technology Challenge Grant

 

Voting for the amendment:  Mrs. Evangelia Fields, Mrs. Fannie Hawkins, Mrs. Ernestine Houston, Mrs. Georjean Jackson

 

Voting against the amendment:  Mr. Ralph Coleman, Mr. Gene Edmondson, Reverend Tommy McKeel, Reverend Michael Owens, Mr. Buford Perry

 

AMENDMENT FAILED

 

Voting for the main motion: 

 

For:  Mr. Ralph Coleman, Mr. Gene Edmondson, Reverend Tommy McKeel, Reverend Michael Owens, Mr. Buford Perry

 

Voting against:  Mrs. Fannie Hawkins, Mrs. Ernestine Houston, Mrs. Georjean Jackson

 

Abstaining:  Mrs. Evangelia Fields

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mrs. Fannie Hawkins moved, seconded by Reverend Michael Owens to allow Mr. Wes Godfrey five minutes to make a presentation to the Board

 

Voting for:  Mrs. Evangelia Fields, Mrs. Fannie Hawkins, Mrs. Ernestine Houston, Mrs. Georjean Jackson, Reverend Michael Owens

 

Voting against:  Mr. Ralph Coleman, Mr. Gene Edmondson, Reverend Tommy McKeel, Mr. Buford Perry

 

MOTION FAILED FOR LACK OF 2/3 VOTE

 

Mr. Buford Perry moved, seconded by Mr. Gene Edmondson to turn all bids on General Liability Insurance over to the Interim Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen and that he and the Board's Attorney, Mr. Michael Kelly examine the bids and select the lowest bidders.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Ralph Coleman moved, seconded by Mr. Gene Edmondson to dissolve the School Board Association with the School Based Health Program and terminate the position of coordinator of the program.

 

It was further stipulated that in the event that there are future development with this program the Board will reconsider its position on this matter.

 

Voting for:  Mr. Ralph Coleman, Mr. Gene Edmondson, Mrs. Ernestine Houston, Reverend Tommy McKeel, Reverend Michael Owens, Mr. Buford Perry

 

Abstaining:  Mrs. Evangelia Fields, Mrs. Fannie Hawkins

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mrs. Fannie Hawkins moved, seconded by Mrs. Evangelia Fields that the Board increase its salaries from $400.00 a month to $650.00 a month an increase of $250.00

 

Voting for:  Mrs. Evangelia Fields, Mrs. Fannie Hawkins, Mrs. Ernestine Houston, Mrs. Georjean Jackson, Reverend Tommy McKeel, Reverend Michael Owens

 

Voting against:  Mr. Gene Edmondson, Mr. Buford Perry

 

Abstaining:  Mr. Ralph Coleman

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mrs. Ernestine Houston to allow Northside Elementary to serve as the pilot school for the 1997-98 school year in allowing student to wear school uniforms. It was further stipulated that the Principal, Ms. Alice Jean Nichols along with other school personnel call a community meeting with parents to explain cost and answer any other questions that may arise.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The Interim Superintendent apprised the Board of the Title I Van that had been ordered.  He stated that a 12 passenger Dodge Ram, 350 Wagon Deluxe, had been ordered with a delivery cost of $18,970.01.

 

The President, Mrs. Georjean Jackson yield in favor of Mr. Randy Vickers, with Software and Services of Louisiana and Associates. Mr. Vickers explain a software program to the Board that would update Bookkeeping.

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Fannie Hawkins to add Mr. Joseph Jackson to the agenda and that he be allowed to speak.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Ernestine Houston that the Board pay a shared amount of $156.98 to Bayou Internet along with a letter of support.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The President, Mrs. Georjean Jackson yield in favor of Mr. Louis R. Bradley, Auditor for his report.  The Board voted to accept the Audit Report.

 

Mrs. Evangelia Fields moved, seconded by Mrs. Ernestine Houston to reimburse Mr. Louis R. Bradley, Auditor for his mileage and out of pocket expense in the amount of $1796.00

 

Voting for:  Mrs. Evangelia Fields, Mrs. Fannie Hawkins, Mrs. Ernestine Houston, Mrs. Georjean Jackson

 

Against:  Mr. Ralph Coleman, Mr. Gene Edmondson

 

Abstaining:  Reverend Tommy McKeel, Reverend Michael Owens, Mr. Buford Perry

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mrs. Ernestine Houston moved, seconded by Mrs. Evangelia Fields to add Mr. Wes Godfrey to the agenda

 

MOTION FAILED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to terminate the Technology Challenge Grant with Mr. Wes Godfrey and that all copyrights, ideas, and concepts be returned to Mr. Godfrey.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Buford Perry moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to authorize the Interim Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen to advertise for quotes on roof repairs at the Lake Providence Junior High School.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The Interim Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen apprised the Board of the status of the Art Contest for the Louisiana School Board Association.

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mrs. Ernestine Houston that the meeting adjourn.

 

MOTION PASSED