The Beauregard Parish School Board met in regular session Thursday, October 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 Maili Bartz were present.
Timothy J. Cooley, Superintendent, was present and acted as secretary.
The Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance were led by Denise Maddox.
David Vidrine asked whether all board members had received a copy of the agenda and stated he would entertain a motion to adopt the agenda as presented. Upon motion of Cassie Henry, seconded by Darrin Manuel, board members voted in favor of adopting the agenda as presented.
The first item on the agenda was to consider adopting the minutes of the September 13, 2018, regular meeting of the Beauregard Parish School Board, as published in the official journal. Darrin Manuel offered a motion to adopt the minutes as published in the official journal, which was seconded by Wesley Taylor. Upon voting, board members voted to adopt the minutes of the September 13, 2018, regular meeting of the Beauregard Parish School Board, as published in the official journal.
To begin the Superintendent’s report, Mr. Cooley first asked Student Representative Maili Bartz to deliver her report to the board. Ms. Bartz began by stating that October would be a busy one, and had started with the Beauregard Parish Fair, noting that a student from South Beauregard High School had been crowned Queen BeauFair. DeRidder High School and South Beauregard High School students had hosted a “Fields of Faith” event at their respective campuses. Basketball and Cross-Country activities were underway, and all high school FFA clubs had participated in the annual State Forestry Competition. Completing the activities for the first half of October, student council members and sponsors from across the parish, with the assistance of the United Way, packed around 2000 backpacks with water, juices and non-perishable food items for delivery to schools for at-risk students to have food for weekends.
Next, Colonel Jarrett Thomas, Fort Polk Garrison Commander, delivered information about military involvement and activities in the area. Colonel Thomas advised board members that he would be representing Fort Polk, as 24 students who had scored a 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement exams were recognized prior to the Friday, October 12, 2018, football game at DeRidder High School. In addition, October 20 would be Retiree Appreciation Day at Fort Polk. Also on October 20, a “Louisiana Hayride” event would provide a variety of fun activities for families, followed on October 31 by a haunted house and trick-or-treating activities for Halloween. Board members were advised that a very important event would take place at 10:00 am, on November 8, 2018, when Fort Polk would host a Welcome Home celebration for all Vietnam Veterans at the Aviation Hangar on Fort Polk Army Airfield, to give them the proper welcome home ceremony.
Superintendent Cooley shared with board members that October had three special recognition weeks. October 15-19 is National School Lunch Week, and October 22-26 is National School Bus Safety Week. Mr. Cooley thanked all of the employees who work to ensure that students receive nutritious meals and are transported safely to school and back home. In addition, October 23-31 will be “Red Ribbon Week” to promote good character, good choices, remaining drug-free, and bullying prevention. The national theme this year will be “Life is your journey, travel drug-free.”
Early childhood performance reports will be released in late October, followed by the statewide release of School and District Performance Scores on November 8, according to Mr. Cooley. Mr. Cooley explained that the score reports may seem a bit confusing because it will show three entirely different pieces of information: the 2016-2017 school performance scores, the 2017-2018 scores based on the old formula for calculating them, and the 2017-2018 scores figured using the new standard developed under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA.) Mr. Cooley emphasized that the state anticipates that the number of schools statewide receiving a grade of “F” would increase by an estimated 57%, while schools receiving a grade of “A” would see an expected decrease of 38%.
In addition, board members were advised that Jennifer Stark would fill the “Acting” Assistant Principal vacancy, in the absence of Scott Cornes, as he continues to deal with a family emergency.
The next agenda item was for board members to hear recommendations from the Finance Committee. The first recommendation was a motion to approve guidelines for the Beauregard Parish Taxing Authorities and adopt a resolution appointing the Board President, Finance Committee Chairperson, and Superintendent to represent the Beauregard Parish School Board at Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) meetings. There being no further discussion, board members voted to adopt the following resolution:
A Resolution of the Beauregard Parish School Board to
Approve and Adopt the Beauregard Parish Taxing Authority
Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) Process and
Name an Official Designee
Whereas: On June 24, 2016, Governor John Bel Edwards signed an Executive Order that gave local taxing authorities a voice in the process to grant industrial tax exemption incentives for new or expanding manufacturing industries locating in their parish; and
Whereas, the Beauregard Parish School Board is one of the Taxing Authorities impacted by this Executive Order; and
Whereas, Beauregard Parish has millions of dollars in announced industrial projects that will likely apply for an industrial tax exemption; and
Whereas, the attached document, "Beauregard Parish Taxing Authorities Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP)," defines the participants and processes for Beauregard Parish Taxing Authorities in recommending industrial tax exemption incentives for qualified applicants filing an Advanced Notification with Louisiana Department of Economic Development after June 24, 2016; now
Therefore be it resolved that the Beauregard Parish School Board approves and adopts the "Beauregard Parish Taxing Authorities Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP)" as presented in the attached document, and
Therefore, be it further resolved that the Beauregard Parish School Board designates David Vidrine, Board President; Darrin Manuel, Finance Committee Chairperson; and Timothy J. Cooley, Superintendent, as their designee(s) for the "Beauregard Parish Taxing Authorities Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP)."
Approved by a vote of the Beauregard Parish School Board on the 11th day of October, 2018.
The second recommendation to come from the Finance Committee was a motion to approve the sample resolution for use as a template for future ITEP requests. There being no further discussion on this motion, board members voted in favor of approving the sample resolution for use as a template for future ITEP requests.
There was one recommendation from the Building and Grounds Committee: a motion to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) regarding the South Beauregard High School chiller software and controls, which was approved without additional discussion, upon voting.
Board members were advised that the next agenda item was to consider final adoption of new policy File:JGCF, Behavioral Health Services for Students, after completion of the waiting period. Upon voting, board members granted final adoption to new policy File:JGCF, Behavioral Health Services for Students, after completion of the waiting period.
The final agenda item was to consider going into Executive Session under LA R. S. 42:17 to receive a compilation of the Superintendent’s evaluation results. Upon motion of L. D. Spears, seconded by Kathy Bruner, board members voted to go into Executive Session to receive a compilation of the Superintendent’s evaluation results. Following the Executive Session, upon motion of Wesley Henry, seconded by Darrin Manuel, board members voted to return to open session. David Vidrine commented that the process for completing the superintendent’s evaluation had been discussed and that the superintendent had received an excellent evaluation. No action was taken as a result of the Executive Session.
There being no further business, upon motion of Ray Bowman, seconded by Kathy Bruner, the meeting was adjourned.