East Carroll Parish

School Board Meeting

November 9, 2004

 

The regular meeting of the East Carroll Parish School Board was held Tuesday, November 9, 2004 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Boardroom of the School Board Office.

 

Member(s) present:  Mr. Glenn Dixon, Mrs. Fannie Hawkins, Rev. Tommy McKeel, Mrs. Harriet Bridges, Mr. Ralph Coleman, Mrs. Oleaner Green, Mrs. Georjean Jackson, Mrs. Evangelia Fields, and Mr. Gene Edmondson.

 

Member(s) absent:  None.

 

The meeting was called to order by the president Mr. Glenn Dixon, and all visitors were welcomed.

 

Invocation was given by Rev. Tommy McKeel.

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to accept the minutes of the regular meeting of October 5, 2004 and the special meeting of October 12, 2004.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mrs. Fannie Hawkins moved, seconded by Mrs. Evangelia Fields to allow Mrs. Delores Martin, representative of the Lake Providence Senior High School Band Booster Club, to conduct a fundraiser on November 18, 2004 in the Senior High School Band room.  Funds raised from the event would be used to purchase uniforms for band members.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mrs. Evangelia Fields moved, seconded by Rev. Tommy McKeel to employ the following teachers:

 

            Ms. Katrina Jackson - teacher, Lake Providence Jr. High School;

            Ms. Jennifer Bridges - teacher, Lake Providence Sr. High School; and,

            Ms. Connie Brown - teacher, Northside Elementary School.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mrs. Evangelia Fields moved, seconded by Mrs. Oleaner Green to employ Mr. Larry Flowers as a janitor at Northside Elementary School.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Rev. Tommy McKeel moved, seconded by Mrs. Oleaner Green to employ Mr. Gregory Williams as the truancy officer for the East Carroll School District.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mrs. Evangelia Fields moved, seconded by Mr. Gene Edmondson to approve a sales tax distribution of $1,000 to all eligible school employees.  The supplement would be distributed on November 17, 2004.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Dr. Eliza Dorsey made the following report on the Accountability Testing Program for the 2003-2004 school year:

 

  1. Four of the five public schools in East Carroll Parish met and passed their growth targets.

  2. Eligible schools will receive reward monies.

  3. One school, which did not reach it growth target, will be placed in School Improvement I.

  4. Students, parents, teachers, support personnel, administrators, and supervisors were congratulated for all efforts to ensure that all students made academic achievements during the 2003-2004 school year.

 

Board members made and seconded the motion to approve the CHP (Convertible Health Plan) as proposed by Keith Walley and Associates.  The school board would have to increase the deductible for the school system to $2000, but each employee will still have an $800 individual deductible.  The changes would lower the board’s renewal rates by 20.9%.  The money saved would fund the CHP which would reimburse the employee the difference between the $800 and $2000 deductible or $1200.  The money that would be left over in the CHP could be rolled over into next year.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mrs. Oleaner Green to approve the TAC Energy Service Contract and to place a new roof on the School Board Office.

 

VOTING FOR THE MOTION:  Mr. Glenn Dixon, Mrs. Fannie Hawkins, Rev. Tommy McKeel, Mrs. Harriet Bridges, Mr. Ralph Coleman, Mrs. Oleaner Green, Mrs. Georjean Jackson, Mrs. Evangelia Fields, and Mr. Gene Edmondson.

 

VOTING AGAINST THE MOTION:  None

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mrs. Harriet Bridges moved, seconded by Rev. Tommy McKeel to approve the College Class Leave Policy.

 

VOTING FOR THE MOTION:  Mrs. Harriet Bridges, Rev. Tommy McKeel, Mrs. Evangelia Fields, Mrs. Oleaner Green, and Mr. Gene Edmondson.

 

VOTING AGAINST THE MOTION:Mrs. Georjean Jackson, Mr. Ralph Coleman and Mrs. Fannie Hawkins.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mrs. Harriet Bridges to approve the following East Carroll Parish School District Policies:

 

  1. Administrative Records

  2. Bids and Quotations

  3. Sabbatical Leave

  4. Sick Leave

  5. Holidays

  6. Field Trips and Excursions

 

VOTING FOR THE MOTION:  Mrs. Harriet Bridges, Mrs. Fannie Hawkins, Mr. Ralph Coleman, Mrs. Oleaner Green, Mrs. Georjean Jackson, Mrs. Evangelia Fields, and Mr. Gene Edmondson.

 

ABSTAINED:  Rev. Tommy McKeel.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to accept Mr. Toby Frith’s bid in the amount of $8,150 per year for three years on farmland tract number 609. This was the only bid received for tract 609.  Total amount for bid - $24,450.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mrs. Evangelia Fields  to join the Thrill Hill farmland owners in the implementation of soil conservation methods to protect the Thrill Hill Farmland Levee area from soil erosion.  The School Board’s share of the cost would be up to $1.83 per acre.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to add three items to the agenda.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Gene Edmondson moved, seconded by Mr. Ralph Coleman to accept a Workmen’s Compensation Insurance Proposal from Amicus Mutual Insurance for a $62,713 premium. The superintendent of schools noted that the company has a B+ rating and is used by a number of area school districts.  The insurance would become effective on November 16, 2004.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

Mr. Ralph Coleman moved, seconded by Mrs. Fannie Hawkins to accept the lowest responsible bid of the Ross Bus Company for two school buses which did meet the board’s specifications.  The bid was for $60,631 per bus.

 

MOTION PASSED

 

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

 

VOTING FOR THE MOTION:  Mr. Gene Edmondson, Mrs. Evangelia Fields, Mrs. Harriet Bridges, Mr. Ralph Coleman, and Mrs. Oleaner Green.

 

VOTING AGAINST THE MOTION:  Mrs. Georjean Jackson, Rev. Tommy McKeel and Mrs. Fannie Hawkins.

 

MOTION PASSED