337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA 70760



Monday, January 11, 2010


The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a special session on Monday, January 11, 2010, at 337 Napoleon Street, New Roads, LA.  Mr. Chad Aguillard, President, called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.    


Board members present were Chad Aguillard, Frank R. Aguillard, Jr., Brandon Bergeron, James Cline, Debbie Collins, Kevin Hotard, and Anita LeJeune.


Mr. Thomas Nelson was absent.


Mr. Frank Aguillard lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.


Mrs. Debbie Collins offered the invocation.

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President Chad Aguillard stated that he had received a telephone call from Mrs. D'Amico on Friday, January 8, 2010, regarding the possibility of re-addressing Race to the Top.  Inasmuch as Superintendent D'Amico stated that the school system had until midnight to submit the participating partnership agreement to the State Department of Education, a special School Board meeting was scheduled for Monday, January 11, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.  Mr. Chad Aguillard read agenda item number five, discussion/action regarding participation in Race to the Top.


Board member Frank Aguillard interjected that this meeting was called because someone on the prevailing side wanted to change their vote.  Mr. Frank Aguillard stated that his previous understanding for reconsideration by the prevailing side would have to be done at a subsequent meeting, according to what was indicated to him by School Board Attorney Hammonds.


President Chad Aguillard stated that he had spoken to Attorney Hammonds and the meeting was convened by law via the School Board agenda that was posted on Friday, January 8, 2010 and also mailed.


At 5:44 p.m., the following School Board members exited the meeting: Frank Aguillard, Brandon Bergeron and James Cline.


Mr. Chad Aguillard preceded to conduct the meeting.  Superintendent Linda D'Amico recommended that the Board enter into a Partnership Agreement with the Louisiana State Department of Education to establish a framework of collaboration, as well as articulate specific roles and responsibilities in support of the State in its implementation of an approved Race to the Top grant project.  Mrs. D'Amico is of the opinion that the school system would receive much needed funding that will help to improve education in Pointe Coupee.


Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Debbie Collins to accept the Superintendent's recommendation to enter into a Partnership Agreement with the Louisiana State Department of Education.  


Mr. Chad Aguillard, Mrs. Debbie Collins, Mr. Kevin Hotard, and Mrs. Anita LeJeune voted in favor of the Race to the Top Partnership Agreement with the Louisiana State Department of Education. 


The following School Board members were absent at the time of the vote: Mr. Frank Aguillard, Mr. Brandon Bergeron, Mr. James Cline, and Mr. Thomas Nelson.

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Remarks from the Superintendent.  Superintendent D'Amico stated that budget revisions for the 2009-2010 general fund budget will be one of the agenda items addressed at the regular January School Board meeting.  Mrs. D'Amico reiterated that money is needed to implement educational programs, and thought that it was important enough for the children in the parish to have the Board consider revisiting the Race to the Top Grant.

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Adjournment.  On a motion by Mr. Kevin Hotard, seconded by Mrs. Debbie Collins, the meeting adjourned at 5:48 p.m.





Chad Aguillard, President



Linda D'Amico, Superintendent/Secretary-Treasurer