The Beauregard Parish School Board met in regular session Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 6:00 pm in the Central Office Board Room. David Vidrine, Darrin Manuel, Ray Bowman, Kathy Bruner, L. D. Spears, Cassie Henry, Wesley Taylor, Martha Jackson, Timothy Hudson, Don Gray and Student Representative Maili Bartz were present.
Timothy J. Cooley, Superintendent, was present and acted as secretary.
The Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance were led by Donnie Love.
David Vidrine stated the would accept a motion to accept the agenda as presented, if all board members had received it and had a chance to look over it. Darrin Manuel offered a motion to adopt the agenda as presented, which was seconded by Cassie Henry. There being no discussion on the agenda, upon voting, the agenda was adopted.
Next, board members were asked if everyone had received the minutes of the March 8, 2018, regular meeting of the Beauregard Parish School Board, as published in the official journal. Ray Bowman offered a motion to adopt the minutes of the March 8, 2018, regular meeting of the Beauregard Parish School Board, as published in the official journal, which was seconded by Kathy Bruner, and approved by a margin of 9-0, upon voting. Wesley Taylor stated that he wished to abstain.
Superintendent Cooley began his report by advising board members that, before he asked Maili to share the student representative’s report, he wished to recognize Donnie Love who was representing Beauregard Parish as a state semi-finalist in the Principal of the Year competition. In addition, Mr. Cooley noted that a teacher from DeRidder High School – Mr. Beard – had been selected to represent Beauregard Parish as a semi-finalist in the Teacher of the Year competition, and would be recognized at a later meeting.
Maili Bartz began by describing her experience attending the Beauregard Parish Special Olympics, which were held at South Beauregard High School. Ms. Bartz advised board members that 5-8 graders would soon begin taking the LEAP 2025 test and that juniors and seniors would be taking the ACT test, as well. Board members learned that the district-wide Student Council Color run would be held on April 21, to benefit Hope Village.
Continuing the Superintenden’t report board members were reminded that the Beauregard Parish Senior Scholar’s Banquet would take place at 7:00 pm, on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall. Mr. Cooley advised board members that a former educator and current author would be the guest speaker and that Judge Kerry Anderson would assume the duties of the emcee this year, beginning a rotating schedule for this responsibility.
Mr. Cooley noted that board members would find a blank copy of the Personal Financial Disclosure Statement required by the Louisiana Ethics Administration in their folders. Forms are due to be filed at the Ethics Administration Office, no later than May 15, and board members were asked to let Ms. Archer know by May 7 if they needed help completing or submitting this form.
Mr. Cooley shared upcoming recognition dates being observed in Beauregard Parish schools. April is Purple-Up Month, in honor of the month of the military child; April 25 is Administrative Professionals’ Day; May 7-11 is National Teacher Appreciation Week; and May 9 will be National School Nurse Day.
Board members heard that the last of the “acting” administrative positions in the parish had now been filled, with Kace Marcantel becoming the permanent assistant principal at East Beauregard High School, with the effective dates of March 12, 2018, through March 11, 2020.
Next, Glenda Dean and Lisa Adams of the Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce presented information concerning a grant which was being awarded to assist in providing the WorkKeys assessment to parish high school students. Lisa Adams shared that WorkKeys provided a way for employers to identify an individual’s skill set in relation to the skills necessary to perform a particular job and that it would benefit the student who may not be on a college preparatory diploma path or who may not have had the opportunity to finish school. In addition, the implementation of WorkKeys will benefit the community by boosting future economic development. On behalf of the Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce, Glenda Dean was pleased to announce that Beauregard Parish schools would receive $10,125 in the next academic year toward providing the WorkKeys assessment.
The next item on the agenda was for board members to consider recommendations from the Finance Committee. Don Gray offered a motion to consider items 4a through 4e in globo (all together), which was seconded by Wesley Taylor. Upon voting, the motion to address Finance Committee recommendations 4a through 4e in globo was approved unanimously. Upon voting, all of the following Finance Committee recommendations were approved:
a. Motion to adopt Resolution 2018001 - Industrial Tax Exemption.
b. Motion to adopt Resolution 2018002 - Industrial Tax Exemption.
c. Motion to adopt Resolution 2018003 - Industrial Tax Exemption.
d. Motion to adopt Resolution concerning the H. C. Drew Estate/Beauregard Parish Property.
e. Motion to approve issuing a Request for Proposals for auditing services for FYE 2018.
The recommendation from the Building and Grounds Committee was to accept substantial completion of the South Beauregard Band Room. Upon voting, the recommendation to accept the substantial completion of the South Beauregard Band Room was appoved.
Next, board members were asked to consider final adoption of File IFD, Parent and Family Engagement, after completion of the waiting period. Mr. Vidrine reminded board members that the policy had been approved after discussion last month, and after the completion of the waiting period, was ready to consider for final adoption. Hearing no additional discussion, upon voting, board members approved final adoption of policy File:IFD, Parent and Family Engagement, after completion of the waiting period.
The final item on the agenda was to consider renewal of contract for Timothy J. Cooley, Superintendent, pending agreement of contract. Mr. Vidrine explained that the board had an option to conduct the discussion regarding renewal of the Superintendent’s contract in Executive Session, under the provision that allowed for discussion of a person’s performance and professional competence to be conducted behind closed doors, with the board returning to the open (public) session for official action on the contract. Don Gray offered a motion to accept renewal of contract for Timothy J. Cooley, Superintendent, as presented, which was seconded by Ray Bowman. During discussion, Mr. Cooley answered general questions about the overall health of the district, and gave specific examples of how the district is addressing the concerns over testing changes and how to maximize results, given dwindling funding and increasing demands. Board members heard the efforts being made, in collaboration with neighboring parishes, to develop and implement a science curriculum. Mr. Cooley offered information regarding new challenges regarding school security, methods to enhance community relations, and efforts being made to improve communication with board members, schools and the general public. In addressing the changes to the performance objectives, Mr. Cooley stated that these objectives had been updated to reflect the information that was available on the state “School Finder” website. In additional discussion, board members learned that the contract contained a 1% salary increase. Regarding the timing of the Superintendent’s evaluation, a suggestion was made that it might be beneficial to consider changing the evaluation timeframe to coincide with the Superintendent’s contract renewal. Mr. Vidrine clarified for board members that the motion actually had two parts: 1) to decide whether retain the current Superintendent, and 2) to approve the contract, after review. Upon voting, board members unanimously approved renewal of contract for Timothy J. Cooley, Superintendent, from June 13, 2018 through June 30, 2020, pending agreement of contract after review by the board's legal counsel.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.