337 Napoleon Street

New Roads, LA  70760



Thursday, August 25, 2011



The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board met in a regular session on Thursday, August 25, 2011, at 337 Napoleon Street, New Roads, LA 70760.  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, Leslie Ann Grezaffi, Kevin Hotard, Anita LeJeune, and Thomas Nelson.


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


Larry Bossier was requested to offer the invocation.

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Candidacy Announced.  Mr. Larry Thomas addressed the School Board and announced his candidacy for State Senator in District 17. 

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Agenda Item Added. Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion to add an item to the agenda regarding a policy pertaining to Sports Injury Management and Concussions.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson.  President Aguillard stated that the item will be agenda item number 16-A and it will be addressed toward the end of the meeting. There were no objections and the motion carried.

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Consent Agenda


The following items are considered to be routine and are enacted with one motion.  Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Frank Aguillard to approve the following consent agenda items.  The motion carried.



End of Consent Agenda

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Monthly Report from the Head Start Supervisor.  Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion to adopt the Head Start Supervisor’s August 2011 report.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi.  The motion passed.

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Pupil Progression Plan Approved for 2011-2012.  Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Anita LeJeune, to approve the revisions/additions to 2011-2012 Pupil Progression Plan as proposed by Mrs. Lisa Huffaker-D’Aquila.

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Personnel Actions.  Mrs. Lisa Huffaker-D’Aquila presented personnel actions to be considered for approval.


Mr. James Cline made a motion to accept all of the personnel items as presented.  Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi seconded the motion. 




Terri Saizan, Bus Driver, Livonia High School, effective 05.27.11




JoAnna Caesar, Certified Teacher, Livonia High School, effective 06.30.11

Dawn Cobb, Certified Teacher, Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary School, effective 08.15.11


Extended Sick Leave:


Dawn David, Certified Teacher, Livonia High School, effective 08.22.11-12.5.11

Lester Jack, Maintenance Employee, Warehouse, effective 06.13.11-06.30.11


New Hires:


Sgt. Melvin Chavis, ROTC Instructor, Livonia High School, effective 08.01.11

Lionel Gilbert, Certified Teacher, Livonia High School, effective 08.08.11

Jadon Hooper, Practitioner Teacher, Livonia High School, effective 08.12.11

Deborah Rutledge, Certified Teacher, Valverda Elementary School, effective 08.22.11

Tanzie Banks, H.Q. Paraprofessional, Livonia High School, effective 08.15.11

Ashley Daigrepont, H.Q. Paraprofessional, Valverda Elementary School, effective 08.12.11

Christina Rosaya, H.Q. Paraprofessional, Valverda Elementary School, effective 08.15.11


Administrative Transfer:


Rebecca Part, a teacher from Rougon Elementary School to Valverda Elementary School, effective 08.22.11


Appointment of Assistant Principal at Valverda Elementary.

Kim Canezaro, effective 08.26.11.


FYI - Request to Transfer


Lauren Burnett, a teacher at Rosenwald Elementary

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Federal Programs Update Report.  Mrs. Karla Jack offered a Power-Point Presentation regarding Federal Programs (No Child Left Behind-Title I, Title II Programs and School Improvement Grant 1003g).  She mentioned that this is the first of monthly reports that will be presented to the School Board.  All federal program grants can be found @louisianaschools.net on the e-grant portal. A question and answer session ensued.  Mrs. Jack explained that the school system must show that we are taking steps to increase student achievement.  Letter grades for schools are expected in October 2011. The Title I budget this year, substantially approved by the state, is approximately $1,129,000.  She further explained that Title I funding will require adjustments based upon the number of free and reduced lunch students that transfer to Rougon and Valverda, resulting in an increase in allocations for schools receiving those students. 

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Adoption of Resolution to Set Millage Rates for the Tax Year 2011.    Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi, to adopt the Resolution to set millage rates for the tax year 2011.




            BE IT RESOLVED, that the following millage(s) are hereby levied on the 2011 tax roll on all property subject to taxation by the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board:




            Constitutional                                                                            4.54 mills


            Special Parishwide Schools                                                       11.96 mills


            Bond and Interest District 10                                                      10.00 mills


            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the proper administrative officials of the Parish of Pointe Coupee, State of Louisiana, be and they are hereby empowered, authorized, and directed to spread said taxes, as hereinabove set forth, upon the assessment roll of said Parish for the year 2011, and to make the collection of the taxes imposed for and on behalf of the taxing authority, according to law, and that the taxes herein levied shall become a permanent lien and privilege on all property subject to taxation as herein set forth, and collection thereof shall be enforceable in the manner provided by law.


The foregoing resolution was read in full, the roll was called on the adoption thereof, and the resolution was adopted by the following votes:


YEAS:  Mr. Brandon Bergeron, Mr. Chad Aguillard, Mr. Thomas Nelson, Mr. Frank Aguillard, Mr. Kevin Hotard, Mrs. Anita LeJeune, Mrs. Leslie Grezaffi


NAYS:  None




ABSENT:  Mr. James Cline




            I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and exact copy of the resolution adopted at the board meeting held on August 25, 2011, at which meeting a quorum was present and voting.


            New Roads, Louisiana, this 25th day of August, 2011



(Signature of authorized person of the taxing district)

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Monthly Financial Information for July 2011.  Chief Financial Officer Jared Gibbs provided the following monthly financial information:  a reconciled bank statement from Guaranty Bank dated 07/01/11-07/31/11; an outstanding check report (8/12/11), an Accounting Statement of Revenues and Expenses for the period ending July 31, 2011, Sales and Use Tax Revenue Information, Ad Valorem and Minimum Foundation Program Revenue, balances regarding cash and other current assets. 


Mr. Kevin Hotard made a motion to approve the monthly financial information for July 2011 as presented by Chief Financial Officer Jared Gibbs.  The motion was seconded by Brandon Bergeron.  There being no objection, the motion carried.

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Report form the Finance Committee.   Kevin Hotard, Chairperson of the Finance Committee, reported from the meeting that was held on August 18, 2011. 

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Approval of Revisions to the School-Based Health Clinic Mental Health Policies and Procedures.   Mr. Chad Aguillard made a motion, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson, to approve revisions to the School-Based Health Clinic Mental Health Policies and Procedures. Board Member Brandon Bergeron mentioned that the building located on the Pointe Coupee Central campus that houses the School Based Health Clinic is a $1,400 monthly rental expense to the Board as well as paying 50% of the salary and benefits of a social worker for the clinic. Superintendent D’Amico explained that this was agreed to prior to opening the School Based Health Clinic in a Memorandum of Understanding between the School Board and the Innis Community Health Clinic, Inc.  She stated that the clinic serves students at Rosenwald and Upper Pointe Coupee for medical and mental health needs.  Transportation is provided by the clinic from the school to the site for medical needs.  The social worker sees children at their respective schools.  Additionally, their Dental Van provides dental health services to children in all of our elementary schools.  Mr. Brandon Bergeron requested a review of our MOU with the Innis Community Health Center, Inc. at next School Board meeting.

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Remarks from the Superintendent.  Superintendent D’Amico announced that the school supply drive, "Stuff the UPS", was a success as there was plenty of local support.  All of the materials were delivered to schools for children.  She mentioned that after five days of absence, students are considered truant and reminded everyone that the attendance rate is a part of the School Performance Score.  Student attendance is crucial to student success in school and Mrs. D’Amico stated that the school system is striving to make sure that the needs of students are met and is looking forward to a successful school year.

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Approval of Sports Injury Management and Concussions Policy. Superintendent D’Amico stated that she had reviewed the Sports Injury Management and Concussions Policy (IDFAB) recently received from Forethought Consulting for consideration of approval.  Principal Gueho and Athletic Director Brewerton were also requested to review the policy for implementation prior to participation in athletic activities. 


Mr. Thomas Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Brandon Bergeron, to approve Policy IDFAB - Sports Injury Management and Concussions.  There being no objection, the motion carried.

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Discussion and/or Action Concerning Threatened Litigation.  Mr. Robert L. Hammonds, Attorney with the law firm of Hammonds & Sills, requested that the School Board enter into an Executive Session to discuss strategy for responding to the threat of litigation made by Rita Bywater relative to worker’s compensation and sick leave benefits. 


Executive Session.  Upon a motion by Mr. Frank Aguillard, seconded by Mr. Chad Aguillard, and with no objection, the Board entered into executive session at 6:50 p.m.   


Open Session.  A motion was made by Brandon Bergeron, seconded by Mr. James Cline, to return to open session at 7:40 p.m. 


No action was taken.

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Adjournment. On a motion by Mr. Chad Aguillard, seconded by Mr. Thomas Nelson, the meeting adjourned at 7:41 p.m.



Chad Aguillard, President



Linda D’Amico, Superintendent


*Draft copy of minutes to be considered for adoption by the School Board on September 22, 2011.