The Beauregard Parish School Board met in regular session Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room. The following board members were present: David Vidrine, Charles Hudson, Darrin Manuel, Wesley Taylor, Don Gray, L. D. Spears, and Ray Bowman. Kathy Bruner, Martha Jackson, Cassie Henry and Student Representative Kailey Bailey were absent.
Timothy J. Cooley, Superintendent, was present and acted as secretary.
The Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance were led by Mike Greene.
Mr. Vidrine asked board members to look at the agenda that had been prepared and stated that he would accept a motion to adopt the agenda, as presented. Upon motion of Charles Hudson, seconded by Wesley Taylor, board members voted in favor of adopting the agenda, as presented.
Next, board members were asked to consider adopting the minutes of the October 13, 2016, regular school board meeting, as published in the official journal. Upon motion of Don Gray, seconded by Ray Bowman, board members voted to adopt the minutes of the October 13, 2016, regular school board meeting as published in the official journal, with six “yes” votes and one abstention (Taylor.)
The Superintendent’s Report began with Superintendent Tim Cooley reporting on recent teacher in-service days for 4-day and 5-day schools. Mr. Cooley explained that the state Network Team Leaders had delivered instruction to teachers at DeRidder High School (5-day schools) and Singer High School (4-day schools) regarding the EOC (End-of-Course) Assessment Guides which will be used to help prepare students for testing this spring. In addition, the EAGLE (Enhanced Assessment of Grade-Level Expectations) system was not ready when anticipated, so some of the in-service time was devoted to making sure that the teachers could log in to the system and could access the items they needed to utilize it.
Board members learned that American Education Week would be observed November 14-18, 2016, Board members and others were encouraged to recognize educators during the week.
Mr. Cooley advised board members that many great Veterans’ Day programs were being conducted across the parish and involved students, parents, other community members, and former military guest speakers.
Parish high school football programs were congratulated on a successful season, as the last games of the year are being played this week.
Board members were advised that the school visits were going well, with all but four schools having been visited. According to Mr. Cooley, the visits have been informative and plans for next year may include board members for the first part, so they could experience first-hand some of the positive things being done at each of the schools.
Mr. Cooley informed board members that District Performance Scores, and School Performance Scores for the 2015-2016 school year from the Louisiana Department of Education are supposed to be released to the public by November 17.
Board members received an update on the status of policy File:DIEA, Preservation of School Board Records Due to Legal Action, from James Herrington. Mr. Cooley reminded board members that this policy had been tabled pending an opinion from the board’s legal counsel. Mr. Herrington noted that he had been in contact several times with Mr. Lestage, as recently as just a few days ago, and shared that Mr. Lestage’s opinion was that it was not a good time to pursue adoption of this policy. Mr. Vidrine noted that the board had several options for addressing the policy, and that it would be further discussed prior to putting the policy on back on the agenda.
The final item on the agenda was a recommendation from the Finance Committee. Board members were asked to consider a motion to accept sealed offers of not less than $300 through December 1, 2016, for the remaining portable building on the South Beauregard campus. Upon voting, the motion to accept sealed offers of not less than $300 through December 1, 2016, for the remaining portable building on the South Beauregard campus, passed without further discussion.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned by general consent.