Monday, November 2, 2009


The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a special session on Monday, November 2, 2009, at 337 Napoleon Street New Roads, Louisiana.  President James M. Cline called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.


Board members present at roll call were Chad Aguillard, Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron, James M. Cline, Debbie Collins, Kevin Hotard, and Thomas Nelson.


President Cline requested that Mr. Kevin Hotard lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.


Mr. Cline requested that Mrs. Debbie Collins offer the invocation. 

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Appointment of Chief Financial Officer.   Superintendent D'Amico announced that the first person that she had recommended for the vacant position of Chief Financial Officer had chosen to withdraw their name; this particular candidate's letter was received the day after the last School Board meeting. Mrs. D=Amico stated that her second recommendation, Mr. Jarred Gibbs, was in attendance at the meeting. 


Board member Frank Aguillard stated that he would like to ask the candidate a question or two. Mr. Aguillard mentioned that the position of a Chief Financial Officer is a very important position, and that the Board is very involved with the budgetary aspects of the system.  He further stated that an item appears on the agenda of each Board meeting with regard to receiving monthly financial information, as well as attending scheduled Finance Committee meetings.


Board member Anita LeJuene arrived at 5:33 p.m.


Board Member Debbie Collins questioned if Superintendent  D'Amico was considering this appointment, or was she going to re-advertise for the position. Mrs. D'Amico announced that she did not see a need to re-advertise, as Mr. Gibbs was the second candidate that had been chosen by the Committee.  For clarification purposes, she explained that nine candidates were interviewed by a Committee for the position of CFO; the Committee narrowed the candidates to four.  The top four candidates were interviewed by a second Committee with ranking results remaining the same. She stated that Mr. Larry Francis, the candidate that withdrew his name, was the Committee's first choice, and out of the top four candidates, Mr. Jarred Gibbs was the Committee's second choice.  Mrs. Collins further questioned Mrs. D'Amico if the other candidates in the top four would be given a chance.  Superintendent D'Amico announced that two Committees had conducted both the first and second round of interviews; therefore, she is of the opinion that there would not be any difference.


Board member Thomas Nelson commended Mr. Frank Aguillard for asking the candidate to attend the meeting for questioning.


Mr. Brandon Bergeron made a motion, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson to appoint Mr. Jarred Gibbs to the position of Chief Financial Officer, as recommended by Superintendent D'Amico.  A roll call vote resulted in the following:


YEAS:              Frank Aguillard, Jr., Brandon Bergeron, James M. Cline, Kevin Hotard, Thomas Nelson, and Anita LeJeune


NAYS:              Chad Aguillard and Debbie Collins




ABSENT:          None


On a 6-2 vote of the Board, the motion passed.


Mrs. D'Amico stated that Mr. Gibbs's start date will be in approximately three weeks, as he has an obligation to complete an end of the year project with his current employer.

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Permission to Advertise for the position of Child Nutrition Programs Supervisor.  Supt. D=Amico stated that she is in receipt of a resignation letter from Mrs. Thelma Pattan, dated before the last School Board meeting, but received the Sunday after the last Board meeting, effective October 30, 2009.  Mrs. D'Amico requested that the advertisement process begin as soon as possible for this position.


Board Member Thomas Nelson mentioned that he was of the understanding that only new job positions needed authorization from the Board to advertise and that this is an existing position.  Therefore, he questioned why this item was placed on the agenda.


Superintendent D=Amico stated that a previous request to consolidate the position was made by a School Board member, and Ms. Cynthia O'Meara, Personnel Director, felt that clarification was needed, thus this item was added to the agenda.  Mrs. D'Amico mentioned that she had provided a copy of the job description and Bulletin 746 guidelines to the School Board members prior to tonight's special meeting to clarify that the position cannot be consolidated, as no one in the central office has the necessary requirements/qualifications as specified.


Board member Brandon Bergeron questioned Mrs. D'Amico regarding whether the Supervisor of Child Nutrition Programs will be a part-time position or a full time position.  Mrs. D'Amico stated that the position will be a twelve-month position.  She announced that in the past, there had been no qualified applicants for the school food service Supervisor's position; therefore, the previous Superintendent had entered into a contract with the departing consultant.  She mentioned that the school system's five-year school food service monitoring visit will be in January, and that there is back work that needs to be completed.


This item was tabled since this is an existing position and no Board action is needed; the Personnel Director will begin advertising for a Supervisor of Child Nutrition Programs.

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Remarks from the Superintendent.  Mrs. D'Amico stated that she had received a letter from the State Department of Education indicating that the Qualified School Construction Bond deadline had been extended to December 18, 2009.  President Cline mentioned that he had attended the Police Jury's public hearing and that our proposal for the Louisiana Recovery Authority Community Development Block Grant was well received.  He further mentioned that plans are to submit it during the second week in November.


Mrs. D'Amico mentioned that she is researching educational programs (JBHM, ICLES, to better enhance school performance scores), as her goals are to improve schools performance scores above 70.  She mentioned that as an instructional leader she is monitoring student absenteeism.  Mrs. D'Amico stated that according to the information that she received from the Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA) the superintendents are not necessarily against the Race to the Top program, but the way the program is being presented; she also mentioned that she will obtain information regarding Type II Charter school applications.  Board member Anita LeJeune inquired about the curriculum job embedded use of state assessment guides in the classroom.  Mrs. D'Amico stated that professional development coaches are using the comprehensive curriculum with teachers when modeling lessons.  The incorporation of the educational programs (JBHM, ICLES, FASTForward) will provide data analysis and additional coaching strategies to use in the classroom for enhanced student performance measures. Mr. James Cline stated that State Superintendent Pastorek may move the score from 70 to 75.  Mr. Cline further stated that the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board needs to be proactive and ready in the event that Mr. Pastorek is successful in his attempt to increase the score to 75 in 2011.  Board member Frank Aguillard stated that the Union Parish School Board filed a suit regarding the local dollars being used to fund the charter schools and that he planned to watch this very closely, as this will set precedence.

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Adjournment.  On a motion by Mr. Frank Aguillard, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson, the meeting adjourned at 6:15 p.m.





James M. Cline, President




Linda D=Amico, Superintendent