The regular meeting of the East Carroll Parish School Board was held Tuesday, August 4, 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 Michael Owens, Mr. Buford Perry

 

Member(s) absent: Reverend Tommy McKeel

 

The meeting was called to order by the President, Mrs. Georjean Jackson and all visitors were welcomed.

 

Invocation was given by Mrs. Ernestine Houston

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Fannie Hawkins to accept the minutes of the regular meeting of July 7, 1998 as written.

 

The following policies were offered for adoption. Several question were asked for clarification of the proposed policies.

 

School Year

School Day

Board Member Continuing Education

School Superintendent

Employment of Personnel

Substitute Teachers

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to adopt the six policies presented.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Fannie Hawkins to go into ”r;Executive Session” to discuss personnel matters.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Ralph Coleman moved, seconded by Mr. Gene Edmondson to go back into regular session.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen recommended that Mr. James Burrell be made acting principal at Northside Elementary and Ms. Theola Chatman be made acting assistant principal at Northside Elementary due to the fact that Mr. Robert James, the principal, was injured in an accident and will probably not return to work until mid-term.

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to accept the Superintendent’s recommendation.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to move Robert Spencer, a bus driver at Monticello High School to a town bus route. He will run Mr. Willie Edwards’ former bus route. Other routes in Monticello Area would be combined (Joe Davis and W. L. Payne routes) Joe Davis and W. L. Payne would run the route vacated by Robert Spencer and the route that would be combined. Mr. Willie Bell, Transportation Supervisor would assign the two routes.

 

 MOTION PASSED

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Fannie Hawkins to accept the following resignations.

 

Renee Jones - Effective August 4,1998

Susan Clement

Betty D. Reed - Effective August 31, 1998 (retirement purposes)

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mrs. Fannie Hawkins moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to hire the following employees:

 

                            Jill Long                                     School Nurse                 All Schools

                            Willie M. Larry                           Teacher                         Lake Providence Jr. High

                            Caroline Jones                           Teacher                         Lake Providence Jr. High

                            Carolyn Fairley                           Teacher                         Northside Elementary

                            Kathy Bradley                            Assessment Teacher           

                            Olivia Condrey                           Teacher                         Transylvania Elementary

                            Leon Davenport                          Teacher                         Lake Providence Jr. High

                            Jessie Cooper                            Librarian                        Lake Providence

                             Rosie Walker                            Teacher                        Southside Elementary

                           

 MOTION PASSED

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to allow a fundraiser at Monticello High School.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

The Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen presented the proposed budget for the 1998-99 Fiscal Year for consideration and adoption at the September 1, 1998 board meeting. He reminded the board that he or Ms. Theresa Thomas, bookkeeper would be available for questions or clarification.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Reverend Michael Owens to authorized Superintendent, Mr. Marrage Facen to advertise for bids on 638 acres of farm land at Bull Run - Transylvania. Bids would be opened at the September board meeting.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Board members received a copy of the East Carroll Parish School System brochure containing information on the school calendar, dress code, student transportation, the grading system, etc.

 

Mr. Facen reported to the board that judicial subpoenas had been sent out to parents of children who are habitually absent or disruptive in class. Parents will meet with Mrs. Nell Rambo, Child Welfare Supervisor, Mrs. Sylvia Gustafson, FINS Coordinator, school principals and Judge Brackin on Friday, August 7, 1998.

 

Mr. Facen reported that the legislature had promised a $1500 pay raise for certificated personnel and a $300 supplement for support personnel. Beginning in September, 1998 through August, 1999, $800 of the $1500 will be included in the certificated employee checks. When the state releases the $700 in the Spring of 1999, each certificated employee will receive a check in the amount of $700 during the month of March, 1999.

Support employees will receive a one-time supplement of $300 in September, 1998. This is not a pay raise but a pay supplement.

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Fannie Hawkins to grant a request for the use of the Senior High School on August 8, 1998 to Mrs. Ethel Emerson coordinator of the organization ”r;Let’s Make a Difference”. The concert is a benefit program for Reverend James Simmons and Mr. Robert James.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Ernestine Houston to allow Francis Hill a teacher at Transylvania Elementary School to have a carnival to raise funds for the Union Baptist Church Youth Department on August 8, 1998.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Reverend Michael Owens moved, seconded by Mrs. Evangelia Fields to adjourn.

 

MOTION PASSED

               

Georjean Jackson, President                                                             Marrage Facen. , Secretary/Treasurer

East Carroll Parish School Board                                                       East Carroll Parish School Board