The Beauregard Parish School Board met in regular session Thursday, January 11, 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 Tabitha Deer were present.
Timothy J. Cooley, Superintendent, was present and acted as secretary.
The Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance were led by Joey Bartz.
David Vidrine asked if all board members had received an agenda and stated that he would accept a motion to adopt the agenda as presented. Upon motion of Wesley Taylor, seconded by Cassie Henry, board members voted to adopt the agenda as presented.
The first item of business was to elect officers for the Beauregard Parish School Board for 2018. Mr. Vidrine stated that there were several ways to accomplish the task, but that–as in the past–he would turn the meeting over to Superintendent Tim Cooley, who would conduct the election for the office of president. Mr. Cooley opened the floor to nominations for the office of president and Wesley Taylor nominated David Vidrine. Hearing no other nominations, Wesley Taylor offered a motion to close the nominations, which was seconded by Kathy Bruner. Mr. Cooley announced that David Vidrine had been selected president by acclamation. Next, David Vidrine stated that he would accept nominations for the office of vice-president. Wesley Taylor nominated Darrin Manuel, after which Timothy Hudson offered a motion that the nominations cease. The motion to close the nominations was seconded by Wesley Taylor and Darrin Manuel was named vice-president by acclamation.
Following the election of officers, board members prepared to recognize the candidates for Student Representative to the Board before seating the new student representative. Tammy Crain began by thanking outgoing student representative Tabitha Deer for her service to the board. Ms. Deer spoke briefly about her experience as Student Representative to the Board, noting that she had a greater appreciation for the school system and the behind-the-scenes work that kept the schools up and running. Ms. Crain explained the procedure for selecting a student representative and introduced the candidates: East Beauregard High School - Maili Bartz, DeRidder High School - Dylan LeBoeuf (not present, due to prior committment), Merryville High School - Kamryn Mouton, South Beauregard High School - Jennie Pearce, and Singer High School - Laci VanWinkle. Following this recognition, Ms. Crain announced that the 2018 Student Representative Alternate would be Dylan LeBoeuf and the 2018 Student Representative to the Board would be Maili Bartz. Outgoing representative Tabitha Deer presented Maili Bartz with her official nameplate and Ms. Bartz took her seat with the board.
Next, board members considered adopting the minutes of the December 14, 2017, regular meeting of the Beauregard Parish School Board, as published in the official journal. Mr. Vidrine asked whether all board members had received the minutes and indicated that he would entertain a motion to adopt the minutes as published in the official journal. Hearing no discussion, upon motion of Kathy Bruner, seconded by Cassie Henry, board members voted in favor of adopting the minutes of the December 14, 2017, regular meeting, as published in the official journal.
The final agenda item was to hear the Superintendent’s Report. Superintendent Cooley began by advising board members that they would have a print-out of the training hours on file with the Louisiana School Boards Association in their folders. Board members were asked to review those hours and let Ms. Archer know if there were discrepancies, since the hours would have to be announced during the board meeting in February. In addition, board members were advised that the deadline was approaching for registration to attend the LSBA Annual Convention and were asked to let Ms. Archer know if they required assistance.
Board members heard that night classes are underway for the spring semester, through the ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) School, and NCCER electrical class at East Beauregard High School continuing from the fall semester, AWS welding is being taught at Singer High School and DeRidder High School (also continuing from the fall semester), and plans are being made to offer another NCCER electrical class at Merryville High School. Many students have already benefitted from these programs, and earned an electrician’s helper or a welder’s helper certificate.
According to Mr. Cooley, Harvey Rabbit presentations have been made successfully in all elementary schools, emphasizing a drug-free lifestyle, discouraging bullying, and encouraging everyone to get along.
Mr. Cooley advised board members that the January 5 system-wide professional development day was very productive, with meetings and trainings conducted by district personnel and Louisiana Department of Education staff, as well as outside presenters.
Mr. Cooley called board members’ attention to some additional financial reports that had been provided in their folders. Board members were advised that these additional reports were part of the additional “agreed-upon” requirements of the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office. Mr. Cooley noted that board members are currently receiving three of these reports each month: the general fund ledger report, a report on ad valorem funds, and a sales tax summary report. According to Mr. Cooley, going forward these would be accompanied by three additional reports: a report on school food services, a capital projects report, and a report on parishwide debt service, and—in addition—the minutes must make reference to the fact that these reports were provided.
Board members were advised that Denise Maddox had been selected as principal of Singer High School, effective December 27, 2017, through December 26, 2019. Mr. Cooley expressed his appreciation for her willingness to serve and noted that she had already begun working with that faculty and staff.
Next, Mr. Cooley identified the following upcoming contract renewals: Mark Weldon, Principal, East Beauregard Elementary; Harry Hooker, Principal, DeRidder High School; Terrie Smith, Supervisor, School Food Services; Larry Hollie, Principal, East Beauregard High School; Alanna Bradford, Assistant Principal, East Beauregard Elementary; and Stephanne Spikes, Assistant Principal, Pine Wood Elementary. Board members were advised that the contracts would be renewed using the standard 2-year administrative contract approved by the board.
Mr. Cooley advised board members that there would be a state-mandated parent and school personnel meeting to discuss the Pupil Progression Plan at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at the Title I/Media Center. Board members were reminded that proposed changes to the Pupil Progression Plan were presented during the Policy Committee meeting, and also assured that suggestions could still be made by contacting Kim Hayes at any time prior to the actual board meeting at which approval will be sought for the PPP.
Wrapping up the Superintendent’s Report, Mr. Cooley stated that the chiller system at South Beauregard High School had experienced issues related to its programming. Fortunately, according to Mr. Cooley, a company called “Automated Logics” had successfully located the original program and reprogrammed the chiller system, although there will still have to be some changing of certain components (modems, contact points, etc.) Mr. Cooley remarked that he felt good about the capability of the system to provide adequate heat, in light of the approaching cold weather.
Following the Superintendent’s Report, Mr. Cooley answered questions regarding the approval process for the Beauregard Parish Pupil Progression Plan, reminding board members that the parent committee meeting was required by the state and noting that it was not a “board” committee meeting, although board members were welcome to attend. In addition, it was emphasized that this meeting was entirely separate from the Discipline Policy Review Committee meeting, which will take place in February.
Upon motion of Kathy Bruner, seconded by Ray Bowman, the meeting was adjourned.