The regular meeting of the East Carroll Parish School Board was held Tuesday, September 9, 1997 at 7:30 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 and all visitors were welcomed.

 

Invocation was given by Mr. Gene Edmondson

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to accept the minutes of the regular meeting of August 5, 1997 and the special meeting of August 13, 1997 as written.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The President, Mrs. Georjean Jackson yield in favor of Mr. Leatrice Hawkins, Science Teacher at Lake Providence Senior High School who introduced Ms Sheri Maples Wischusen, LSU Program Coordinator of Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biological Science Education and Ms Cindy Henks, LSU who gave a very interesting demonstration with the "Scope-on-a-Rope" instrument. Mrs. Wischusen informed the Superintendent and the Board that East Carroll had been included with three others parish in applying for a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and National Science Foundation to provide Science equipment in the schools.  Mrs. Wischusen expressed her appreciation for the letters of support for the Science Program submitted.

 

Mrs. Ernestine Houston moved, seconded by Mrs. Fannie Hawkins to accept the letter of resignation from Mr. Clifton Scott for disability retirement due to medical reasons (effective immediately)

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Ernestine Houston to accept the following resignations:

 

1.         Ms. Madlyn Matthews - Teacher Aide with the Multi-Handicapped Program

2.         Mrs. Gloria Emerson Campbell - Teacher Aide - Monticello High School (effective August 12,1997)

3.         Ms. Robin Hughes - Teacher - Northside Elementary School

4.         Ms. Rita Breckenridge - Teacher - Lake Providence Senior High School

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to accept the letter of resignation from Mrs. Mary Lou Holley -Transylvania Elementary for disability retirement due to medical reasons.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Ralph Coleman moved, seconded by Mr. Gene Edmondson to accept the recommendation of Mr. Marrage Facen, Superintendent, Ms. Judy Knight, Principal and Ms. Joan Arledge, Head Technician, Transylvania Elementary to employ Ms. Cynthia Thomas Harris as School Food Service Technician.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Buford Perry moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to employ the following retired teachers "due to a critical teacher shortage"

 

            1.         Mrs. Josephine Hagel - Elementary Teacher Transylvania Elementary

            2.         Ms. Jerrene Martin - Home Economics Teacher Monticello High School

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to accept the proposed General Funds Budget for the 1997-98 school year.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen distributed copies of the proposed policy on "Public Participation" to the Board for review.  He stated that adoption or adjustments could be made in the October 7, 1997 meeting.

 

Mrs. Jackson, President yield in favor of the Superintendent who gave a report on the following programs along with Mrs. Helen Millikin and Mrs. Voleria Millikins

 

            1.  Learn Grant

            2.  Technology Grant

            3.  K-3 Initiative

 

Mr. Ralph Coleman moved, seconded by Mrs. Ernestine Houston to approve the Employment List for the 1997-98 school year.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Ernestine Houston to authorize the Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen to advertise for bids to sell Bus #1, 1993 Ford, Special Education Bus.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The Superintendent apprised the Board of the increased enrollment for the 1997-98 school year

 

Mr. Ralph Coleman moved, seconded by Mr. Gene Edmondson to accept the high bid of C & C Partnership on Farm #535 Greenbriar Ridge, 640 acres at $32,788.00 per year a total of $98,364.00 for three years.

 

Mr. Ralph Coleman moved, seconded by Mr. Gene Edmondson to accept the high bid of Mr. Roger Clement on Farm #1457 (Next to Rev. Atlas), 249 acres at $13,695.00 per year a total of $41,085.00 for three years.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to authorize Mr. Marrage Facen, Superintendent to readvertise on the "Thrill's Hill Farm" Farm #696

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mrs. Evangelia Fields that the meeting adjourn.

 

MOTION PASSED