Thee Beauregard Parish School Board met in regular session Thursday, December 14, 2017, at 6:00 pm in the Central Office Board Room. David Vidrine, Darrin Manuel, Kathy Bruner, L. D. Spears, Cassie Henry, Martha Jackson, Timothy Hudson, Don Gray, Ray Bowman, and Student Representative Tabitha Deer were present. Wesley Taylor was absent.
Timothy J. Cooley, Superintendent, was present and acted as secretary.
The Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance were led by David Vidrine.
After asking whether all board members had received an agenda, David Vidrine stated that he would accept a motion to adopt the agenda as presented. Upon motion of Timothy Hudson, seconded by Darrin Manuel, board members voted to adopt the agenda as presented.
Next, board members considered adopting the minutes of the November 9, 2017, regular meeting of the Beauregard Parish School Board, as published in the official journal. Mr. Vidrine stated that if all board members had read their minutes, and no one had any concerns, he would entertain a motion to adopt the minutes as published in the official journal. Hearing no discussion, upon motion of Ray Bowman, seconded by Cassie Henry, board members voted in favor of adopting the minutes of the November 9, 2017, regular meeting, as published in the official journal.
The Superintendent’s Report began with Student Representative Tabitha Deer providing a summary of the many holiday activities which had been undertaken by students at all of the parish schools. According to Ms. Deer, Singer High School and East Beauregard students are participating in a food drive, while East Beauregard Elementary students participated in a community Christmas project, which helped identify families who were in need of help with clothing, toys, and Christmas meals. South Beauregard High School conducted a food drive in November, organized an Angel Tree for Christmas, and the JROTC had prepared care packages to send to deployed soldiers overseas, who would not be home for Christmas. Carver Elementary participated in the “Toys for Tots” program and collected donations for God’s Food Box. Ms. Deer expressed appreciation for the outpouring of community support and the spirit of giving back this holiday season.
Superintendent Tim Cooley continued the Superintendent’s Report by sharing that Jimmy Maricle had been selected to fill the position of Instructional Supervisor, with the effective dates of December 1, 2017, through November 30, 2019. Also, according to Mr. Cooley, Kim Hayes will assume the additional duties of Director of Curriculum and Ms. Harlow has transferred from Singer High School to Pine Wood Elementary School as principal, effective December 4, 2017, through December 3, 2019. As a result of this, Shawn Demerit–currently Assistant Principal at Singer High School–will serve as Acting Principal at Singer High School from December 4, 2017, through December 20, 2017.
At this point, Mr. Cooley asked Marlin Ramsey to provide an update on the progress of getting the district’s computer systems back up and running, following a district-wide virus infection. Mr. Ramsey began by advising board members that shortly before Thanksgiving, the first sign of the infection was a “phishing” virus, that arrived by email with a subject line referencing a purchase order or invoice. Later, it was determined to be spreading even without a computer user opening an infected email, indicating that it was spreading via the network, and was being found even on computers without email. The technology department completely shut down all network traffic, and Mr. Ramsey summarized the clean-up effort by advising board members that they were required to touch basically every computer and laptop in the parish, putting in many hours of labor, including during Thanksgiving week (excluding Thanksgiving day.) Mr. Ramsey advised board members that offices were cleaned first, followed by EOC testing facilities, then teachers, and it is anticipated that Wi-Fi capability will be restored before Christmas break. Mr. Ramsey stated that he was very proud of the effort put in by all technology department employees, noting in response to a question, that other districts have been dealing with the same phishing virus, but not always as successfully as our district. Mr. Cooley thanked all school employees for their cooperation and understanding.
Board members learned that sales tax supplement checks would be ready for distribution on Friday, December 15, 2017, in the following amounts: retirees - $131.82, full-time certified - $1,199.91, and full-time support - $799.94.
Mr. Cooley concluded the Superintendent’s Report by wishing board members a very merry Christmas and happy new year on behalf of all Central Office staff and employees.
The next item on the agenda was to hear recommendations from the Policy Committee. The first recommendation was a motion to approve revision of policy File:FHCA, Building Plaques, and waive the waiting period. Mr. Bowman offered a substitute motion which would change the word “voters” to “citizens” in the wording on plaques, to distinguish between those capital improvements which were made possible with bond money and those for which financing came from other sources. Darrin Manuel seconded the substitute motion, which was approved upon voting. The second Policy Committee recommendation was a motion to approve revision of policy File:JS, Student Fees, Fines, and Charges and waive the waiting period. There being no additional discussion, the motion was approved upon voting.
Upon motion of Kathy Bruner, seconded by Cassie Henry, the meeting was adjourned.