Tuesday, August 4, 2009


The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a special session on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at the School Board Office, 337 Napoleon Street New Roads, Louisiana.  President James M. Cline called the meeting to order at 5:45 p.m.


Board members present were Messrs. Chad Aguillard, Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James M. Cline, Debbie Collins, Kevin Hotard, Anita LeJeune, and Thomas Nelson.


President Cline requested that Mr. Emmett "Bozo" Jarreau, a former decorated Marine, lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.


Mr. Larry Bossier offered the invocation. 

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Prior to the start of the public forum interview process, a reception for the five finalists for Superintendent of Schools was held between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., to allow members of the public to speak informally with the candidates in a social gathering.

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Interviews of Superintendent Candidates.   The five finalists for Superintendent of Schools, Ronald Cheek, Linda D=Amico, Mark Marshall, Camacia Smith-Ross and Elizabeth Swinford, were interviewed in a forum style, five track/five questioning process; Interim Superintendent Michael Lucia was the moderator.  Candidates were given three minutes to answer the moderator=s questions. In addition, several Board members posed questions to all of the candidates.  Each of the five candidates was given two minutes to make closing statements.


Recess.  President Cline requested a recess at 7:55 p.m.


Open Session.  The Board reconvened in an open session at 8:09 p.m.


As part of the process, the finalists were notified in writing that there may be an Executive Session after the public forum to discuss their character, professional competencies, or physical or mental health as permitted by La RS. 42:6.1 (A) (1).  Unless the Board heard from the candidates on the contrary, the Board will conduct this part of the interview in private session.


Mr. Thomas Nelson requested to add an item to the agenda regarding Executive Session.  Mr. Frank Aguillard seconded the motion.  Unanimously carried.


Added Agenda Item: Executive Session to Discuss Professional Competence or Character of Candidates.


It was stated that each candidate would be requested to meet with the Board members in Executive Session for more personal questioning relative to their professional competence and/or character.


Executive Session. On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard, and unanimously carried, the Board convened in an Executive Session at 8:10 p.m.


Open Session.  Mr. Frank Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson to reconvene in open session at 8:52 p.m. 


Mr. James Cline stated that the Board will need to schedule a special meeting for either Monday, August 9, 2009 or Tuesday, August 10, 2009, to consider a proposal regarding the Louisiana Recovery Authority Office of CDBG Community Development Block Grants; discussion/action regarding Curriculum Career Diploma, and the balloting process to consider selection of Superintendent of Schools.

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Adjournment.  On a motion by Mr. Thomas Nelson, seconded by Mrs. Anita LeJeune, the meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.



James M. Cline, President


Michael J. Lucia, Interim Superintendent