The regular meeting of the East Carroll Parish School Board was held Tuesday, May 5, 1998 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.  Invocation was given by Reverend Tommy McKeel.

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman that the minutes be accepted as written.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen asked that three items be added to the agenda. They included:

 

1.         Uniforms for Southside Elementary

2.         Get a report on the lawn tractor

3.         Apprise the board regarding the School Accountability Meeting at Neville High School on May 6, 1998

 

Mrs. Hawkins moved, seconded by Reverend Michael Owens to add the items to the agenda.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

A letter from the Principal of Southside Elementary, Mrs. Bobbie Facen stated that 335 surveys had been sent to parents to solicit their opinion on students wearing uniforms.  A total of 296 surveys were for students wearing uniforms and 39 surveys said were against.

 

Mrs. Hawkins moved, seconded by Mr. Gene Edmondson to allow students at Southside Elementary to begin wearing uniforms beginning with the school year 1998-99 with the understanding that the uniforms would be worn on a voluntary basis.  Students were not mandated to wear the uniforms. 

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen informed the Board that prices for tractor/mower rigs had been received from three companies.  Discussion followed regarding the best horsepower tractor to pull the 15 feet blade mowers.  The board voted to take the lawnmower purchase under consideration for the next meeting.

 

The Special Education Application was presented for approval. 

 

Reverend Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Evangelia Fields to approve the application.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The bid from Banner Democrat for the Official Journal for next year was opened.

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Ernestine Houston to accept the Banner Democrat’s bid as the Official Journal of the East Carroll Parish School Board.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

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Bids from Louisiana Delta Bank and Hibernia Bank were opened for Official Depositories for the East Carroll Parish School Board.  Each institution bid to receive « the School Board’s funds for 1998-99.

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Fannie Hawkins to accept the bids of the two banks.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

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A proposal from Dr. Jesse Turner was read to put Americorp Youth in the schools doing janitorial work, tutoring, etc.  Principals would be contacted to see if they wanted any assistance from the youth.

 

Mr. Buford Perry moved, seconded by Mrs. Evangelia Fields to accept the proposal.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen apprised the Board of the Louisiana School Accountability School Improvement Plans that had been mailed to each Board Member along with the Career Options Program. 

 

Mrs. Fannie Hawkins moved, seconded by Reverend Michael Owens to approve the plans.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Lane, Principal at Lake Providence Junior High presented a list of needed repairs for his school.  After discussion by Board Members and Mr. Lane, the Board authorized Mr. Facen to contact the Board’s Architect to draw up a repair cost list.

 

The Summer Recreation List of Employees was presented to the Board.

 

Mr. Buford Perry moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to accept the Summer Recreation Employees for 1998.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

SUMMER RECREATION PERSONNEL

 

BASEBALL

 

            EUGENE HALEY - DIRECTOR

            DAVID HERRINGTON - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

 

BASKETBALL

 

            EARL WEBB, SR.DIRECTOR

 

SOFTBALL

 

            PATSY TAYLOR - DIRECTOR

            THERESA THOMAS - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

 

The Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen presented the list of employees for the 1998-99 school year.

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Evangelia Fields to accept the list.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

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The Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen explained that Item IX on the agenda simply gave the Superintendent the authority to accept resignations and recommend persons to fill vacancies to the Board for approval.  The School Board has final approval on all recommendation for accepting resignations and filling vacancies. 

 

Mrs. Fannie Hawkins moved, seconded by Mrs. Evangelia Fields to leave the procedure for accepting resignations and filling vacancies as is.  This action was amended from previous Board minutes. 

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Buford Perry moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to grant permission to advertise for bids on the following:

 

            School Food Service Supplies

            Janitorial Supplies

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mrs. Fannie Hawkins moved, seconded by Reverend Michael Owens to allow Southside Elementary students go on a trip to Atlanta, Georgia.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen read the resignation for retirement from Mrs. Letha Whaley, Title I Aide at Monticello High School.

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Evangelia Fields to accept the resignation for retirement.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen read the disability retirement request letter for Ms. Artelia Carter, Cafeteria Worker, Southside Elementary.

 

Mr. Ralph Coleman moved, seconded by Mrs. Fannie Hawkins to accept the resignation.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen announced the graduation dates of the two local high schools.  Lake Providence Senior High School has scheduled its graduation ceremony for Sunday, May 17, 1998 at 2:00 p.m., Location: Lake Providence Senior High School Auditorium.  Monticello High School has scheduled its graduation ceremony for Friday, May 15, 1998 at 7:00 p.m., Location: Monticello High School Gymnasium.

 

The Sales Tax Supplement of $600.00 was presented to the Board for all employees. 

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Ernestine Houston to approve the salary supplement.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mr. Buford Perry to go into ”r;Executive Session” to discuss personnel problem.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to end the ”r;Executive Session”. 

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mrs. Fannie Hawkins to adjourn the meeting.

 

MOTION PASSED