PROCEEDINGS OF

LAFOURCHE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

Thibodaux, Louisiana

February 3, 1999

The Parish School Board of the Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana, met in regular session at its regular meeting place, the Parish School Board Office, located at 805 East Seventh Street, Thibodaux, Louisiana, on Wednesday, February 3, 1999, at 7:00 p.m.

The Parish School Board for the Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana, was duly convened as the governing authority of Consolidated School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana, by The Honorable Judy G. Theriot. Ms. Martha Zeringue led the board and the audience in the opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Present for roll call were: Mr. Louis E. Thibodaux (District 1); Ms. Rhoda Caldwell (District 2); Ms. Martha S. Zeringue (District 4); Mr. G. A. Rodrigue, Jr. (District 6); Mr. Dave J. DeFelice, Jr. (District 8); Dr. Judy G. Theriot (District 7); Mr. Aubrey J. Orgeron (District 12); Ms. Loretta Duplantis (District 9); Mr. Dennis Jean’ Chiasson (District 10); Mr. Roy Landry (District 11); Mr. John Danos (District 13); Mr. Paul Chiquet (District 14); Ms. Rebecca Duet (District 15).

Absent were: Ms. Constance T. Williams (District 3); Mr. Jessie Fabiano (District 5).

On motion of Ms. Zeringue, seconded by Mr. Chiquet and unanimously carried, the board approved minutes of school board meeting held January 6, 1999, as recorded.

The board recognized the parish Student of the Year winners for the elementary, middle/junior high, and senior high school divisions, as follows: Dustin Paul Faucheux, Grade 5, Golden Meadow Middle School; Ashley Marie Borne, Grade 8, East Thibodaux Junior High School; and Kristal Michelle Bourgeois, Grade 12, Central Lafourche High School. On behalf of the board, Superintendent Duplantis and President Theriot presented plaques to each of the three parish winners.

The board then recognized winners of the annual Youth Tour Essay Contest sponsored by SLECA, as follows: Tiffany Landry, 10th grade student at Central Lafourche High School; and Jennifer Hamblin, 11th grade student at Central Lafourche High School.

Next, the board recognized Aaron Michael Larose, 11th grade student at Thibodaux High School, for being selected to serve as Student Representative on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) for 1999.

The board recognized Lindsay Melancon, 12th grade student at Thibodaux High School, for serving as President of the Louisiana Association of Student Councils for the 1998-99 school year.

The board then recognized recipients of the 1998-99 QSM Awards, as follows: Ms. Jill Arabie, Golden Meadow Lower Elementary School, Math Award; Ms. Celeste Savoie, Golden Meadow Lower Elementary School, Math Award; and Ms. Sheila Fletcher, Thibodaux High School, Science Award.

Next, the board recognized Lindsay Melancon and Jaret Hubbell, 12th grade students at Thibodaux High School, for receiving the Dale Hawley Award at the recent state student council convention.

The board recognized Dr. William Swann, school social worker, for being nominated as School Social Worker of the Year in Louisiana.

The board then recognized Ms. Mary Anne Bouterie, school nurse, for her efforts in securing a Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Grant Award for Lafourche Parish schools.

President Theriot gave the following report of the Advisory Committee, as per meeting held February 1, 1999:

The Advisory Committee of the Lafourche Parish School Board met at its regular meeting place, the Parish School Board Office, located at 805 East Seventh Street, Thibodaux, Louisiana, February 1, 1999, at 5:00 p. m.

The following committee members were present: Dr. Judy Theriot, Mr. Aubrey Orgeron, Mr. Dennis Chiasson, Ms. Rebecca Duet, and Ms. Martha Zeringue.

There were absent: None.

Dr. Theriot called upon Superintendent Malcolm Duplantis to discuss the request to approve two motions to present to the board at its February meeting. Dr. Duplantis explained to the committee that presently regular counsel and a third party administrator handle all settlements of workers’ compensation claims. He further explained that the board does not have a policy to authorize the superintendent to accept workers’ compensation settlements after consultation with regular counsel or third party administrator. He said that on advice of counsel he is requesting that such a board policy be established. After a short discussion, a motion was offered by Ms. Zeringue, seconded by Mr. Orgeron, to recommend to the board to authorize the superintendent to settle workers’ compensation claims after consultation with regular counsel and third party administrator. The motion passed unanimously.

Dr. Duplantis next explained that his second request for a motion addresses the need to establish a policy to authorize the superintendent to settle claims involving litigation against the Lafourche Parish School Board with a maximum amount not to exceed $50,000. After a lengthy discussion, the committee decided not to take action on this issue at the present time and discuss the matter with the board’s attorneys.

The committee reviewed agenda items for the February 3, 1999, meeting of the Lafourche Parish School Board.

The committee next discussed a request by Ms. Dorothy Murray to include on the agenda a specific board resolution/recognition. After a short discussion, the committee decided not to include the item on the agenda.

There being no other official business, on motion of Mr. Chiasson, seconded by Ms. Duet and unanimously carried, the committee meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

The committee has approved the following item and submits it to the board for consideration:

To authorize the superintendent to settle workers’ compensation claims after consultation with regular counsel and third party administrator.

On motion of Mr. Orgeron, seconded by Ms. Zeringue and unanimously carried, the board authorized the superintendent to settle workers’ compensation claims after consultation with regular counsel and third party administrator. After consultation with the superintendent, President Theriot noted that approval of the committee’s recommendation as presented would establish a new policy; and, therefore, the board could not take formal action on approval of a new policy until the next board meeting (as stipulated in Policy Title 1:2.1). The president stated that the board would vote (again) on approval of the policy at the March meeting.

The following resolution was offered by Mr. John Danos and seconded by Ms. Rhoda Caldwell:

RESOLUTION

A resolution providing for canvassing the returns and declaring the results of the special election held in Consolidated School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, January 16, 1999, to authorize the levy of special taxes therein.

BE IT RESOLVED by the Parish School Board of the Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana (the "Governing Authority"), acting as the governing authority of Consolidated School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana (the "District"), that:

SECTION 1. Canvass. This Governing Authority does now proceed in open and public session to examine the official tabulations of votes cast at the special election held in the District on SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 1999, to authorize the levy of special taxes therein, and said Governing Authority does further proceed to examine and canvass the returns and declare the results of the special election.

SECTION 2. Proces Verbal. A Proces Verbal of the canvass of the returns of said election shall be made and a certified copy thereof shall be forwarded to the Secretary of State, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who shall record the same in his office; another certified copy thereof shall be forwarded to the Clerk of Court and Ex-Officio Recorder of Mortgages in and for the Parish of Lafourche, who shall record the same in the Mortgage Records of said Parish; and another copy thereof shall be retained in the archives of this Governing Authority.

SECTION 3. Promulgation of Election Results. The results of said election shall be promulgated by publication in the manner provided by law.

This resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

YEAS: Louis E. Thibodaux, Rhoda Caldwell, Martha S. Zeringue, G. A.

Rodrigue, Jr., Judy G. Theriot, Dave J. DeFelice, Jr., Loretta

Duplantis, Dennis Jean’ Chiasson, Roy Landry, Aubrey J. Orgeron,

John Danos, Paul Chiquet and Rebecca Duet.

NAYS: None.

ABSENT: Constance T. Williams, Jessie Fabiano.

And the resolution was declared adopted on this, the 3rd day of February, 1999.

 

/s/Malcolm M. Duplantis, Ph. D. /s/Judy G. Theriot, Ph. D.

Secretary President

PROCES VERBAL AND PROCLAMATION OF THE CANVASS OF THE VOTES CAST AT THE SPECIAL ELECTION HELD IN CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 1 OF THE PARISH OF LAFOURCHE, STATE OF LOUISIANA, ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 1999.

BE IT KNOWN AND REMEMBERED that on Wednesday, February 3, 1999, at seven o'clock (7:00) p.m., at its regular meeting place, the Parish School Board Office, Thibodaux, Louisiana, the Parish School Board of the Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana (the "Governing Authority"), acting as the governing authority of Consolidated School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana (the "District"), and being the authority ordering the special election held therein on Saturday, January 16, 1999, with the following members present:

Dr. Judy G. Theriot, President and School Board members Louis E. Thibodaux, Rhoda Caldwell, Martha S. Zeringue, G. A. Rodrigue, Jr., Dave J. DeFelice, Jr., Loretta Duplantis, Dennis Jean’ Chiasson, Roy Landry, Aubrey J. Orgeron, John Danos, Paul Chiquet and Rebecca Duet;

There being absent: Constance T. Williams, Jessie Fabiano;

did, in open and public session, examine the official certified tabulations of votes cast at the said election, and did examine and canvass the returns of the said election, there having been submitted at said election the following propositions, to wit:

 

 

 

PROPOSITION NO. 1 (TAX RENEWAL)

SUMMARY: 10 YEAR 7.49 MILLS PROPERTY TAX RENEWAL FOR ACQUIRING, CONSTRUCTING, IMPROVING, MAINTAINING AND OPERATING SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT (INCLUDING PAYING THE COST OF OPERATING AND MAINTAINING AIR-CONDITIONING FACILITIES) AND THE PROVIDING OF FUNDS TO COVER THE DEPRECIATION THEREOF.

Shall Consolidated School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana (the "District"), levy a special tax of seven and forty-nine hundredths (7.49) mills on all the property subject to taxation in the District for a period of ten (10) years beginning with the year 2001 and ending with the year 2010 for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and operating school buildings in the District (including paying the cost of operating and maintaining air-conditioning facilities) and the providing of funds to cover the depreciation thereof?

PROPOSITION NO. 2 (TAX RENEWAL)

SUMMARY: 10 YEAR 7.49 MILLS PROPERTY TAX RENEWAL FOR GIVING ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT.

Shall Consolidated School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana (the "District"), levy a special tax of seven and forty-nine hundredths (7.49) mills on all the property subject to taxation in the District for a period of ten (10) years beginning with the year 2000 and ending with the year 2009 for the purpose of giving additional support to public schools in the District?

PROPOSITION NO. 3 (TAX RENEWAL)

SUMMARY: 10 YEAR 7.49 MILLS PROPERTY TAX RENEWAL FOR PROVIDING FUNDS FOR THE PAYMENT OF SALARIES OF TEACHERS AND ALL OTHER EMPLOYEES OF THE DISTRICT.

Shall Consolidated School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana (the "District"), levy a special tax of seven and forty-nine hundredths (7.49) mills on all the property subject to taxation in the District for a period of ten (10) years beginning with the year 2000 and ending with the year 2009 for the purpose of providing funds for the payment of salaries of teachers and all other employees of the District?

There was found by said count and canvass that the following votes had been cast at the said special election IN FAVOR OF and AGAINST, respectively, the propositions as hereinabove set forth at the following polling places, to-wit:

POLLING

PLACES

PROP.

NO. 1

PROP.

NO. 2

PROP.

NO. 3

Wd.

Pct

POLLING PLACE

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

NO

1

1

St. John Catholic Church Hall, Hwy. 1 North @ St. John Bridge, Thibodaux

56

10

55

10

55

10

1

2

Thibodaux High School, 1355 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux

18

9

18

9

19

8

1

2A

St. John Catholic Church Hall, Hwy. 1 North @ St. John Bridge, Thibodaux

25

4

23

6

26

3

1

3A

Thibodaux High School, 1355 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux

108

6

107

7

109

6

1

3B

Thibodaux High School, 1355 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux

84

11

83

12

83

12

1

4

W. S. Lafargue School, 700 Plantation Rd., Thibodaux

17

3

18

2

18

2

2

1

North Thibodaux Fire Station, 699 St. Patrick Hwy., Thibodaux

38

6

38

6

38

6

2

2

North Thibodaux Fire Station, 699 St. Patrick Hwy., Thibodaux

99

16

97

18

99

16

2

3

West Thibodaux Fire Station, 200 Notre Dame St., Thibodaux

51

12

49

13

47

14

                 

2

4

West Thibodaux Fire Station, 200 Notre Dame St., Thibodaux

22

6

21

6

21

6

2

5

Home Hook & Ladder Fire Station, 706 W. Canal Blvd., Thibodaux

41

8

40

8

41

7

2

6

Lafourche Parish Courthouse, Green St. & W. 2nd St., Thibodaux

57

7

55

8

56

7

2

7

St. Joseph Life Center, 721 Canal Blvd., Thibodaux

33

1

33

1

32

2

2

8

Protector Fire Company No. 2, 549 Tetreau St., Thibodaux

102

5

100

6

99

7

2

9

Thibodaux High School, 1355 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux

9

4

10

3

9

4

2

10

South Thibodaux Fire Station, 102 Lafaye St., Thibodaux

33

10

31

12

30

13

2

11

South Thibodaux Elementary School, Ledet St. @ Iris St., Thibodaux

51

3

51

3

49

4

2

12

Bowie Fire Company No. 1, 1075 Hwy. 1, Thibodaux

108

18

105

20

104

20

2

13

Bowie Fire Company No. 1, 1075 Hwy. 1, Thibodaux

34

16

34

16

34

16

3

1

St. Charles Elementary School, 1690 La. Hwy. 1, Thibodaux

68

15

69

14

69

14

3

2

Oaks Bldg. #2 (St. Charles Chr), 1027 Hwy.

308, St. Charles Community

38

7

38

7

38

7

3

3

Barrios Center for Human Services, 119 Hwy. 3199, Raceland

72

15

70

17

70

17

3

4

Central Fire Station, 102 St. Philip St., Raceland

53

13

50

14

53

11

3

5

Central Fire Station, 102 St. Philip St., Raceland

47

23

44

27

45

26

3

6

Fire Station No. 2, 4470 Hwy. 1, Raceland

89

13

90

13

92

12

4

1

Central Lafourche High School, 4824 Hwy. 1, Raceland

52

14

51

15

52

14

4

2

Lockport Volunteer Fire Company, 5511 Hwy. 1, Lockport

54

13

52

15

54

12

4

3

Lockport Town Hall (New), 710 Church St., Lockport

33

2

32

2

31

3

4

4

Lockport Town Hall (New), 710 Church St., Lockport

43

4

43

5

43

4

4

5

Lockport Junior High School, Hwy. 1 Corner of School & Main, Lockport

52

4

48

8

52

4

4

6

Upper Larose Volunteer Fire Station, Off Hwy. 1, Jason & Sandra Sts., Larose

72

13

70

14

70

14

5

1

The Opportunity Place North, 2134 Hwy. 308, 5 miles above Thibodaux

40

1

39

2

39

2

5

2

Lafourche Crossing Fire Station, Hwy. 308, 3 miles below Thibodaux

75

12

74

13

73

14

6

1A

Chackbay Volunteer Fire Co., 100 Hwy. 304, Thibodaux

47

11

48

10

49

9

6

1B

Chackbay Volunteer Fire Dept., 100 Hwy. 304, Thibodaux

62

31

57

36

61

32

6

2

Chackbay Volunteer Fire Co. #2, 1530 Hwy. 20, Thibodaux

56

31

56

32

55

33

6

3

Bayou Boeuf Volunteer Fire Co., 1307 Hwy. 307, Kraemer

33

7

33

8

33

8

6

4

Choctaw Volunteer Fire Dept., 1190 Choctaw Rd., Choctaw

37

9

37

9

36

10

7

1

Oaks Building (St. Charles Chr), 1027 Hwy. 308, St. Charles Community

14

6

15

6

14

6

7

2

Fire Station #3, Hwy. 308, 3.5 miles below St. Charles Bridge, Raceland

28

12

30

10

29

11

7

3

Vivian Comardelle Residence, 148 East Bayou Rd., Des Allemands

7

5

8

4

9

3

7

4

Lafourche Parish Agricultural Barn, Hwy. 308 Behind Raceland Upper Elem. School, Region B, 129 Texas St., Raceland

34

7

32

6

32

6

8

1

Vacherie-Gheens Community Center, 1783 Hwy. 654 & N. Leon Dr., Gheens

63

26

62

27

60

29

9

1

Region C Barn, Corner of Hwy. 308 & Fontenelle, Lockport

33

5

32

6

32

6

9

2

Larose Lower Elementary School, La. Hwy.1, 1 mile north of Intrac Can, Larose

31

8

31

7

31

8

10

1

Holy Rosary Catholic School Cafeteria, 12925 East Main St., Larose

49

10

47

11

48

10

10

2

The Opportunity Place South, 2300 East Main, Cut Off

44

2

43

2

43

2

10

3A

Bel Amie Fire Station, East 69th & Hwy. 308, Cut Off

39

7

38

8

39

7

10

3B

Bel Amie Fire Station, East 69th & Hwy. 308, Cut Off

29

3

29

3

29

3

10

4

South Lafourche High School, Hwy. 308 & Brenton Canal, 16911 East Main, Galliano

26

5

25

6

26

5

10

5

South Lafourche High School, Hwy. 308 & Brenton Canal, 16911 East Main, Galliano

25

15

25

15

25

15

10

6

East Galliano Fire Station, Hwy. 308 East 135th & 136th Sts., 18255 East Main, Galliano

29

7

29

7

29

7

10

7

Old Golden Meadow Settlement School, Hwy. 1-2 Miles below Golden Meadow, 20986 Hwy. 1, Golden Meadow

11

8

11

8

12

7

10

8

Golden Meadow Jr. High School, Hwy. 1 Town of Golden Meadow, Golden Meadow

32

10

31

11

31

11

10

9

Golden Meadow Middle School, 2201 North 3rd St., Golden Meadow

54

11

53

11

53

11

10

10

St. Joseph Church Recreation Center, Rusty Eymard Dr., rear of St. Joseph, Galliano

61

19

62

17

63

16

10

11

West Galliano Fire Station, Hwy. 1 - 135 West 158th St., Galliano

23

6

23

6

24

6

10

12

Tenth Ward Annex Bldg., Hwy. 1 West 112th St., Galliano

73

9

71

10

75

7

10

13

West Cut Off Fire Station, 14734, West Main St., Galliano

51

16

51

14

51

14

10

14

Cut Off Elementary School, 5522 W. Avenue C, Cut Off

61

9

59

11

60

10

10

15

Cut Off Elementary School, 5522 W. Avenue C, Cut Off

45

6

45

6

45

6

10

16

Larose-Cut Off Junior High School, Hwy. 1 & West 24th & 25th Sts., Larose

40

4

40

4

40

4

11

1

Peter Dupre Rainbow Inn, 435 Hwy. 655, Montegut

3

8

3

8

3

8

11

2

Lower Bayou Blue School, Hwy. 316, 1 block below Hwy. 90, 1916 Bayou Blue Rd., Houma

19

12

21

10

21

10

11

3

First Presbyterian Church of Bayou Blue, 3200 Bayou Blue Rd., Gray

46

15

45

16

46

15

11

4

St. Charles Elementary School, 1690 Hwy. 1, Thibodaux

6

0

5

1

5

1

ABSENTEE VOTES

19

2

20

2

18

3

TOTAL

3,004

646

2,955

680

2,977

656

MAJORITY FOR

2,358

2,275

2,321

The polling places above specified being the only polling places designated at which to hold the said election, it was therefore shown that

(i) there was a total of 3,004 votes cast IN FAVOR OF Proposition No. 1 and a total of 646 votes cast AGAINST Proposition No. 1, as hereinabove set forth, and that there was a majority of 2,358 votes cast IN FAVOR OF Proposition No. 1 as hereinabove set forth;

(ii) there was a total of 2,955 votes cast IN FAVOR OF Proposition No. 2 and a total of 680 votes cast AGAINST Proposition No. 2, as hereinabove set forth, and that there was a majority of 2,275 votes cast IN FAVOR OF Proposition No. 2 as hereinabove set forth; and

(iii) there was a total of 2,977 votes cast IN FAVOR OF Proposition No. 3 and a total of 656 votes cast AGAINST Proposition No. 3, as hereinabove set forth, and that there was a majority of 2,321 votes cast IN FAVOR OF Proposition No. 3 as hereinabove set forth.

Therefore, the Governing Authority did declare and proclaim and does hereby declare and proclaim in open and public session that Proposition No. 1 as hereinabove set forth was duly CARRIED that Proposition No. 2 as hereinabove set forth was duly CARRIED and that Proposition No. 3 as hereinabove set forth was duly CARRIED by a majority of the votes cast by the qualified electors voting at the said special election held in the District on Saturday, January 16, 1999.

THUS DONE AND SIGNED at Thibodaux, Louisiana, on this, the 3rd day of February, 1999.

 

ATTEST: /s/Judy G. Theriot, Ph. D.

President

/s/Malcolm M. Duplantis, Ph. D.

Secretary

PROCLAMATION

I, the undersigned President of the Parish School Board of the Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana, the governing authority of Consolidated School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lafourche, State of Louisiana (the "District"), do hereby declare, proclaim and announce that Proposition No. 1 submitted at the special election held in the District on Saturday, January 16, 1999, was duly CARRIED; that Proposition No. 2 was duly CARRIED and that Proposition No. 3 was duly CARRIED by a majority of the votes cast at the said special election, all as described and set out in the above Proces Verbal.

THUS DONE AND SIGNED at Thibodaux, Louisiana, on this, the 3rd day of February, 1999.

/s/Judy G. Theriot, Ph. D.

President

(End of resolution)

President Theriot called on the superintendent to offer his recommendation on the appointment of someone to fill the vacancy for Assistant Principal at Raceland Upper Elementary School. The superintendent recommended Ms. Donna Bergeron for appointment to the position. Ms. Duet offered a motion, seconded by Mr. DeFelice, to accept the superintendent’s recommendation. A vote was then taken, and the motion was unanimously carried. Accordingly, Ms. Bergeron was appointed to the position of Assistant Principal at Raceland Upper Elementary School, effective February 4, 1999. President Theriot called on Ms. Bergeron, who thanked the board members for their vote of confidence.

President Theriot then called on Supervisor Leonard St. Pierre to report on bids received February 2, 1999, for a full bridge simulator for the Marine Operations Program at South Lafourche High School. Supervisor St. Pierre reported that only one bid was received, as follows:

Name of Bidder: Nautilus Education Systems

(Seattle, Washington)

Bid Amount: $70,000

On motion of Ms. Duplantis, seconded by Mr. Orgeron and unanimously carried, the board accepted the bid of Nautilus Education Systems (of Seattle, Washington) in the amount of $70,000, as recommend by Supervisor St. Pierre.

Next, President Theriot asked Supervisor St. Pierre to report on bids received February 2, 1999, for welding equipment for Central Lafourche High School and Thibodaux High School. Supervisor St. Pierre reported that only one bid was received, as follows:

BID TALLY

Name of Bidder:

Gulf States AirGas

Thibodaux, LA

     

Items for Bid

No. of Items

Price Per Unit

Bid Amount

Welding Machines

6

$2,324.80

$13,948.80

MIG-Gun

6

$108.10

$648.60

Wire Feeder

6

$615.26

$3,691.56

Total Bid

   

$18,288.96

On motion of Mr. Chiquet, seconded by Ms. Duplantis and unanimously carried, the board accepted the bid of Gulf States AirGas (of Thibodaux, LA) in the amount of $18,288.96, as recommended by Supervisor St. Pierre.

Ms. Zeringue offered a motion, seconded by Mr. Danos, to appoint the following members to serve on the Pupil Progression Plan Parents’ Advisory Committee for the 1999-2000 school year: Mr. Jerry Arabie, Ms. Lila Arsan, Ms. Julie Clement, Mr. Robert Johnson, Mr. Louis Kovar, Ms. Deanna Oncale, Ms. Ginger Persilver, Ms. Hope Rodrigue, Ms. Jacinta Ruffin, Ms. Rosalie Shaw, Ms. Linda Thibodaux, Ms. Zita Badeaux, Ms. Angela Eusea, Ms. JoAnn Falgout, Ms. Tammy Guidry, Ms. Felicia Matherne, Ms. Shandra Streams, Ms. Tracy Adams, Ms. Beatrice Berryhill, Ms. Wanda Birdsall, Ms. Melanie Boulet, Ms. Gay Bouzigard, Ms. Rebecca Cheramie, Mr. Ray Collins, Ms. Shannon Guidry, Mr. Joel Hanberry, Ms. Angelique Hebert, Ms. Kari Melancon, Ms. Elizabeth Toups, and Ms. Maggie Tran. After a brief discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. Ms. Zeringue’s motion was unanimously carried.

President Theriot called on Business Manager Don Gaudet, who presented proposed changes to the qualifications and performance responsibilities for the position of Deputy Sales Tax Collector (as listed in the Business Department Handbook). Business Manager noted that the proposed changes were mailed to the board members, as well as members of the Sales and Use Tax Oversight Committee, in advance. He then asked for a two-thirds vote to waive the waiting period for the amendment of policies in order for the board to approved the proposed changes (tonight). Mr. Rodrigue then offered a motion, seconded by Ms. Duet, to waive the waiting period for the amendment of policies, as specified in Item 5 of Policy Title 1:2.1. The motion was unanimously carried. Mr. Chiquet then offered a motion, seconded by Ms. Duet, to approve the changes to the qualifications and performance responsibilities as presented. A brief discussion followed regarding the proposed changes, at the end of which a vote was taken on Mr. Chiquet’s motion. The motion was unanimously carried; accordingly, the qualifications and performance responsibilities for the position of Deputy Sales Tax Collector were amended as follows:

TITLE: DEPUTY SALES TAX COLLECTOR

Qualifications:

Reports To: Business Manager

Performance Responsibilities:

Terms of Employment: 7½ hours per day - 12 months (240 days)

There shall be a probationary period of 90 days from date of employment for new employees. After 90 days, a decision based upon an evaluation will be rendered in regards to the employee’s status as a permanent employee.

Evaluation: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on evaluation of non-instructional personnel.

1. New employees shall be evaluated annually for the first 3 years.

2. Beginning with the fourth year of employment, the employee shall be evaluated every other year.

The Superintendent reserves the right to change the job and any other duties, as required, with advance written notification.

(End of qualifications and performance responsibilities for the position of Deputy Sales Tax Collector as amended.)

President Theriot called on Supervisor Gary Babin to report on the proposed policy on test security. Supervisor Babin stated that a new test security policy was recently adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education; and, as a result, each school board is required to adopt a district test security policy that is in compliance with BESE’s policy. He then presented the following proposed policy for the board’s consideration:

LAFOURCHE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

TEST SECURITY POLICY

The Lafourche Parish School Board holds the test security policy to be of utmost importance and deems any violation of test security to be serious.

  1. Tests administered by Lafourche Parish School Board through the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall include, but not be limited to:

a. Graduation Exit Examination (GEE)

  1. All criterion-referenced tests (CRTs) and norm-referenced tests (NRTs).
  1. It shall be a violation of test security for any individual having access to tests to do any of the following:
  1. Administer tests in a manner that is inconsistent with the administrative instructions
  2. provided by Lafourche Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of

    Education (LDE);

  3. Give examinees in any manner access to test questions prior to testing; NO ONE IS TO EXAMINE ANY TEST ITEM PRIOR TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE TEST;
  4. Copy, reproduce, and/or use in any manner inconsistent with test regulations all or any part of any secure test booklet or any answer document;
  5. Coach examinees in any manner what so ever during testing and/or alter and/or interfere with examinees' responses in any manner;
  6. Provide answers or any part of answers to students in any manner during the test,
  7. including provision of cues, clues, hints, and/or actual answers of any part thereof in

    any form --written, printed, verbal or nonverbal;

  8. Administer published parallel or current forms of a test (e.g., Forms K, L, and M of
  9. The Iowa Tests) as a practice test; such parallel forms of a test must be kept in a

    predetermined, locked, secure area in each school;

  10. Fail to follow security regulations for distribution and return of secure test booklets

and answer documents as well as overages as directed;

  1. Fail to account for and secure test materials or any part thereof before, during, or after testing; all secure materials must be kept in a locked storage area at the schools; secure materials MUST NEVER be left in open areas or unattended;
  2. Conduct testing in environments that differ from the usual classroom environment without prior written permission from the Louisiana Department of Education, Division of Student Standards and Assessments;
  3. Fail to report any testing irregularities to the District Test Coordinator (a "testing
  4. irregularity" is any incident in test handling or administration that leads to a question

    regarding the security of the test or the accuracy of the test data);

  5. Participate in, direct, aid, counsel, assist in, encourage, or fail to report any of the acts prohibited in this section or any self evident breech of testing security.
  1. The Lafourche Parish School Board, in compliance with the examination program

administration manuals as provided by the Louisiana Department of Education, shall

assure that:

  1. Test materials including test booklets, answer documents, test administrators' manuals, observational answers, video tapes, and completed observation sheets shall be stored in a predetermined, secure, locked area before, during, and after testing;
  2. An annual in-service on test security and test administration shall be provided by the
  3. district test coordinator for all individuals with access to test materials (access to

    test materials by school personnel means handling the materials but does not include

    reviewing tests or analyzing test items, which are prohibited); school testing

    coordinators shall in turn in-service all school level personnel having access to testing

    materials on security and administration;

  4. Authorized personnel on the school level having access to the locked, secure storage
  5. area shall include principals, his/her designees, and school test coordinators;

  6. Any testing irregularities, (especially erasure analysis) shall be investigated by the district test coordinator along with the school principal, school testing coordinator and any other personnel involved.
  1. Test materials shall be kept secure and accounted for in accordance with the procedure

specified in the examination program administration manuals and other communications

provided by the Louisiana Department of Education. Secure test materials include test

administrators’ manuals, test booklets, and answer documents for which the following

procedure shall apply:

  1. All test booklets and answer documents shall be kept in a predetermined, secure, locked storage area as determined by the principal, prior to and after administration of any test; test administrators are to be given access to the tests only on the day the test is to be administered, and the tests are to be retrieved immediately after testing is completed for the day and stored in a locked, secure location each day of testing;

b. All test booklets and answer documents shall be accounted for and written

documentation kept by test administrators and proctors for each point at which test

materials are distributed and returned;

c. Any discrepancies noted in the number of serial numbers of test booklets and answer

documents received from contractors shall be reported by the principal and/or the

school test coordinator to the District Test Coordinator, who will advise the Director,

Division of Student Standards and Assessments (LDE) prior to the administration of

the test;

d. In the event the test booklets or answer documents are determined to be missing

while in the possession of the school or school district, the designated district test

coordinator shall immediately notify the superintendent and the Director, Division of

Student Standards and Assessments (LDE) by telephone or facsimile. The principal

and district test coordinator shall investigate the cause of the discrepancy and

provide the Louisiana Department of Education with a report of the investigation

within thirty (30) calendar days of the initiation of the investigation. At a minimum,

the report shall include the nature of the situation, the time and place of occurrence,

and the names of the persons involved in or witnesses to the occurrence. Officials

from the Louisiana Department of Education are authorized to conduct additional

investigations.

5. Only trained personnel as determined by the testing coordinator shall be allowed to have

access to or administer any standardized tests.

6. The superintendent of Lafourche Parish shall annually designate a supervisor in the school system who is authorized to procure test materials that are utilized in testing programs administered by or through the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education or the Louisiana Department of Education. The name of the individual designated shall be provided in writing to the Director, Division of Student Standards and Assessments (LDE), and included on the "Statement of Assurance."

  1. Testing shall be conducted in class-sized groups regarding student testing in grades K-12. Smaller class-size groups shall be provided for exceptional students. Permission for testing in environments that differ from the usual classroom environment shall be obtained in writing from the Louisiana Department of Education, Division of Student Standards and Assessments at least thirty (30) days prior to testing. If the Division of Student Standards and Assessments approves testing outside the usual classroom environment, the school board shall provide at least one proctor for every thirty (30) students.

8. Test results that may have been achieved in a manner that violates test security may be

disallowed by the State Superintendent of Education.

9. The Lafourche Parish School Board shall adhere to the Louisiana Department of Education’s established procedures to identify:

  1. a. Improbable achievement of test score gains in consecutive years;
  1. Situations in which collaboration between or among individuals may occur during the
  2. testing process;

  3. A verification of the number of all tests distributed and the number of tests returned;
  4. Excessive erasures for multiple-choice tests;
  5. Any violation to written composition or open-ended responses that involves
  6. Plagiarism;

  7. Any other situation which may result in suspect test results.
  1. In cases where test results are not accepted because of breach of test security or action by the Louisiana Department of Education, any programmatic, evaluative, or graduation criteria dependent upon the data shall be deemed not to have been met.

11. Individuals shall adhere to all procedures specified in all operational manuals that govern

mandated testing programs.

12. Any individual(s) who engages or attempts to engage in any activity during testing which results in invalidation of scores derived from the Graduation Exit Examination shall forfeit the test results and will be allowed to retake the test at the next test administration; beginning in 2000, any individual(s) who engages or attempts to engage in any activity during testing which results in invalidation of scores derived from LEAP for the 21st Century shall forfeit the test results and will be allowed to retake the test at the next test administration.

  1. Anyone involved in the presentation and/or preparation of forged, counterfeit, or altered identification for the purposes of obtaining admission to a test administration site for any test administered by Lafourche Parish School Board or through the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education or the Louisiana Department of Education shall have breached test security. Any individual(s) who knowingly causes or allows the presentation of forged, counterfeit, or altered identification for the purpose of obtaining admission to any test administration site shall forfeit all test scores and will be allowed to retake the test at the next test administration.

14. Any teacher or other school personnel who allows or breaches test security shall be disciplined in accordance with statutory provisions, policy and regulations adopted by the Lafourche Parish School Board, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and any and all laws that may be enacted by the Louisiana Legislature.

Supervisor Babin advised the board that the superintendent must submit, by March 1, 1999, a statement of assurance regarding the district’s test security policy. He stated that the proposed policy is in compliance with the guidelines set forth by BESE and has been approved by the supervisory staff, the Accountability Committee, Mr. Joseph Bertrand, and Mr. James Prescott of Forethought Consulting, Inc. Supervisor Babin then requested that the proposed policy be adopted (tonight) and submitted to BESE as the official Lafourche Parish School Board Test Security Policy. President Theriot, noting that this involves the adoption of a new policy which must be submitted to BESE by March 1, then asked for a two-thirds vote to waive the waiting period. Mr. Chiasson offered a motion, seconded by Mr. Rodrigue, to waive the waiting period for the approval of a new policy, as specified in Item 5 of Policy Title 1:2.1. The motion was unanimously carried. Mr. Thibodaux then offered a motion, seconded by Ms. Duet, to approve the Lafourche Parish School Board Test Security Policy as presented. A brief discussion followed. At the end of the discussion, a vote was taken on Mr. Thibodaux’s motion. The motion was unanimously carried.

President Theriot called on Mr. Danos, who addressed the board regarding the establishment of a new board committee to be known as the Policy and Procedure Committee. At the end of his presentation, Mr. Danos offered a motion, seconded by Mr. Orgeron, to establish the Policy and Procedure Committee of the Lafourche Parish School Board. A discussion followed regarding functions of the committee. President Theriot stated that, if approved by the board, the committee would really need to begin working immediately on the revisions of the Policy Manual. The president then asked for a two-thirds vote to waive the waiting period for the amendment of policies. Mr. Danos then offered a motion, seconded by Mr. Chiquet, to waive the waiting period for the amendment of policies, as specified in Item 5 of Policy Title 1:2.1. The motion was unanimously carried. A discussion then followed regarding Mr. Danos’ motion to establish the committee. Mr. DeFelice stated that heretofore he has not seen any problems regarding policy revisions; and the establishment of an additional committee was not needed at this time. A vote was then taken on Mr. Danos’ motion. The motion was carried, although not unanimously – one dissenting vote was cast by Mr. DeFelice. Accordingly, the Policy and Procedure Committee was established, thus amending Policy Title 1:2.1.h., "Committee meetings," as follows:

P. T. 1:2.1.h Committee meetings

The Lafourche Parish School Board shall have five standing committees, as follows:

1. Advisory Committee

2. Finance Committee

  1. Insurance Committee
  2. Policy and Procedure Committee

5. Transportation Committee

Committees of the board shall meet at least quarterly, provided that the president, superintendent or committee chairpersons have the authority to call special meetings should the need arise.

The board president shall appoint committee members and designate chairpersons for the Finance, Insurance, Policy and Procedure, and Transportation Committees.

(End of policy as amended by the board.)

At this time, President Theriot appointed the following members to serve on the Policy and Procedure Committee: Mr. John Danos; Ms. Loretta Duplantis; Ms. Rhoda Caldwell; Mr. Dave DeFelice, Jr.; and Mr. Louis Thibodaux, who will serve as chairperson.

On motion of Mr. Chiasson, seconded by Ms. Caldwell and unanimously carried, the board proclaimed the following observances in Lafourche Parish schools:

a. Vocational Education Week, February 14 – 20, 1999, in conjunction with a

proclamation issued by the Governor

b. Newspaper in Education Week, March 1 – 5, 1999, in conjunction with the Louisiana Reading Association

c. School Breakfast Week, March 1 - 5, 1999, in conjunction with National School Breakfast Week

d. School Lunch Week, March 15 - 19, 1999, in conjunction with Louisiana School Lunch Week

e. Retired Teacher’s Day, March 18, 1999, in conjunction with a proclamation issued by the Governor

On motion of Ms. Caldwell, seconded by Ms. Duplantis and unanimously carried, the board authorized school board members, the superintendent, and selected students from the parish high schools to participate in the annual Lafourche Parish Student Government Day Program; and adopted the following resolution in connection therewith:

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the fifth annual Lafourche Parish Student Government Day Program will be held on Tuesday, April 6, 1999; and

WHEREAS, this program, held in conjunction with the Thibodaux Mayor for a Day Program, involves high school students ceremonially assuming the offices of public officials—including the superintendent and school board members; and

WHEREAS, each high school devises a selection process to determine which students will participate and an election is held so that all students are given the opportunity to participate in the election process either as candidates or voters; and

WHEREAS, the benefits from this worthwhile program are many, and participating students from the various high schools get to meet one another and learn about parish government; now, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Lafourche Parish School Board hereby authorizes and encourages the members of the board, the superintendent, and those students selected from the parish high schools to participate in the Lafourche Parish Student Government Day Program on Tuesday, April 6, 1999.

On motion of Ms. Zeringue, seconded by Ms. Duet and unanimously carried, the board adopted the following resolution:

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, in January of 1924, St. Luke Catholic Church was dedicated to serve the needs of African-American Catholics in the Thibodaux area;

WHEREAS, St. Luke developed into a full parish with church, school, and gymnasium and opened its doors to the youth of the area through school and community activities; and

WHEREAS, in 1967, when the process of integration in the schools began, the diocesan officials expressed the willingness of the local Church to implement integration in the entire pattern of Catholic activity, and St. Luke Parish was closed; and

WHEREAS, under Bishop Warren Boudreaux, Bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, St. Luke Parish was reopened in 1985 under the direction of the Josephite Fathers; and

WHEREAS, in June of 1997, under Bishop Michael Jarrell, Bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, St. Luke Church became linked with St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, with Msgr. Francis J. Amedee, Pastor, and Sister Nancy McNemar, S.S.N.D, Pastoral Associate; and

WHEREAS, in January of 1999, the parishioners of St. Luke Church proudly celebrated 75 years of Catholic life in Thibodaux; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Lafourche Parish School Board congratulates St. Luke Catholic Church on its 75th anniversary; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Lafourche Parish School Board extends its best wishes and congratulations to the parishioners of St. Luke as they celebrate 75 years of dedicated service to God and the community.

On motion of Ms. Duplantis, seconded by Mr. Chiasson and unanimously carried, the board appointed the following personnel:

a. Ms. Geralyn Rodrigue, teacher, Bayou Blue Elementary School, effective January

19, 1999, through June 2, 1999

b. Ms. Clara Brumfield, teacher (substituting for Renee Hebert), Galliano Elementary

School, effective January 25, 1999, through June 3, 1999

c. Ms. Julie English, teacher, Raceland Lower Elementary School, effective January 5, 1999, through June 2, 1999

d. Ms. Tricia Falgout, special education teacher, Raceland Lower Elementary School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

e. Ms. Danelle Rice, teacher, Raceland Lower Elementary School, effective January

19, 1999, through June 2, 1999

f. Mr. Chad Domangue, teacher, East Thibodaux Junior High School, effective

January 19, 1999, through June 2, 1999

g. Ms. Suzanne Breaux, special education teacher, Lockport Junior High School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

h. Ms. Marsha Gaspard, special education teacher, Lockport Junior High School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

i. Mr. Tim Smith, teacher (substituting for Warren Mabile), Lockport Junior High

School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

j. Mr. Fred Hebert, teacher, West Thibodaux Junior High School, effective January 4, 1999, through June 2, 1999

k. Ms. Phyllis Prince, special education teacher, West Thibodaux Junior High School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

l. Mr. Stephen Rousseau, special education teacher, Central Lafourche High School,

effective January 11, 1999, through June 2, 1999

m. Ms. Tina Toups, special education teacher, South Lafourche High School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

n. Mr. Richmond Boyd, Jr., teacher, Central Area PASS Site, effective October 26,

1998, through June 2, 1999

o. Ms. Leslie Besson, janitor, Lockport Upper Elementary School and Lockport Junior

High School, effective January 11, 1999, through June 30, 1999

p. Ms. Sylvia Orgeron, janitor, Lockport Junior High School, effective January 11,

1999, through June 30, 1999

q. Ms. Patricia Serigny, janitor, South Lafourche High School, effective January 11,

1999, through June 30, 1999

r. Ms. Kelli Himel, janitor, Thibodaux High School, effective December 7, 1998,

through June 30, 1999

s. Ms. Tammy Barrow, special education teacher, Bayou Blue Elementary School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

t. Mr. Kevin Fallon, teacher, Bayou Blue Elementary School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

u. Ms. Patrice Prince, special education teacher, Bayou Blue Elementary School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

v. Ms. Michelle Stall, teacher (kindergarten) (substituting for Margaret Constant),

Bayou Blue Elementary School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2,

1999

  1. Ms. Claudia Stewart, teacher [Pre K (8g)], Bayou Blue Elementary School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

x. Ms. Angel LaJaunie, special education teacher, Chackbay Elementary School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

y. Ms. Rhonda Avants, special education teacher, W. S. Lafargue Elementary School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

z. Ms. Danielle Vaughan, teacher (kindergarten) (substituting for Beverly Hebert),

Lockport Lower Elementary School, effective January 13, 1999, through June

2, 1999

aa. Ms. Jane Prejeant, teacher [Pre K (8g)], Raceland Lower Elementary School,

effective February 1, 1999, through June 2, 1999

bb. Ms. Mona Robichaux, special education teacher, Raceland Lower Elementary

School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

  1. Ms. Angela Boudreaux, teacher (substituting for Marilyn Brown), Raceland Upper
  2. Elementary School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

  3. Ms. Lisa Ordoyne, special education teacher, Raceland Upper Elementary School

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

ee. Ms. Gina Johnson, special education teacher, St. Charles Elementary School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

ff. Ms. Amanda Clement, teacher, South Thibodaux Elementary School, effective

January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

gg. Ms. Sabrina Giammancheri, teacher, South Thibodaux Elementary School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

hh. Ms. Lara Howell, teacher, South Thibodaux Elementary School, effective

January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

ii. Ms. Kristie Knight, teacher, South Thibodaux Elementary School, effective

January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

jj. Ms. Irma Wright, teacher (substituting for Christine Young), South

Thibodaux Elementary School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2,

1999

kk. Mr. Emile Borne, special education teacher, South Thibodaux Elementary

School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

ll. Ms. Shenelle Ellis, special education teacher, South Thibodaux Elementary

School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

mm. Ms. Pamela Heary, special education teacher, South Thibodaux Elementary

School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

nn. Ms. Gail Whittingham, special education teacher, South Thibodaux

Elementary School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

oo. Ms. Cindy Grandin, special education teacher, East Thibodaux Junior High

School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

pp. Ms. Nicole Hayes, special education teacher, East Thibodaux Junior High

School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

qq. Ms. Erika Ladd, special education teacher, East Thibodaux Junior High School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

rr. Ms. Roxanna Billiot, special education teacher, Golden Meadow Junior High

School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 3, 1999

ss. Mr. Bryan Curole, teacher, special education teacher, Golden Meadow Junior High School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 3, 1999

tt. Ms. Erica Johnson, teacher, Lockport Junior High School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

uu. Ms. Rosie Vizier, special education teacher, special education teacher, Lockport Junior High School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

vv. Ms. Nijelnia Bieniemy, teacher, Raceland Junior High School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

ww. Ms. Tina Chaisson, teacher, Raceland Junior High School, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

xx. Ms. Paula Jones, teacher, Raceland Junior High School, effective January 7, 1999, through June 2, 1999

yy. Ms. Holly Ledet, teacher, Raceland Junior High School, effective January

13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

zz. Mr. Steve Matherne, teacher, Raceland Junior High School, effective

January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

aaa. Mr. Tommy Menuet, teacher, Raceland Junior High School, effective

January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

bbb. Ms. Catina Pierre, teacher, Raceland Junior High School, effective January

13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

ccc. Mr. Clarence Michael Robinson, Jr., teacher, Raceland Junior High School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

ddd. Mr. Blyght Wunstell, teacher, Raceland Junior High School, effective

January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

eee. Ms. Sylvia Vicks, special education teacher, Raceland Junior High School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

fff. Ms. Billie Jo Falgout, special education teacher, Raceland Junior High

School, effective January 7, 1999, through June 2, 1999

ggg. Mr. Dwayne Cremaldi, special education teacher, West Thibodaux Junior

High School, effective February 1, 1999, through June 2, 1999

hhh. Ms. Tessie Douglas, teacher, West Thibodaux Junior High School, effective

January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

iii. Ms. Cynthia Lee, teacher, West Thibodaux Junior High School, effective

January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

jjj. Ms. Raecheal Vizier, teacher, West Thibodaux Junior High School, effective

January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

kkk. Ms. Monique Lapeyrouse, teacher, Central Lafourche High School, effective

January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

lll. Mr. Bradley LeBlanc, teacher, Central Lafourche High School, effective

January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

mmm. Ms. Bernadette Roberts, teacher, Central Lafourche High School, effective

January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

nnn. Mr. Shelly Vedros, Jr., teacher, Central Lafourche High School, effective

January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

ooo. Mr. Matthew Blake Walker, teacher, Central Lafourche High School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

ppp. Ms. Lyne Gariepy, teacher, South Lafourche High School, effective January

13, 1999, through June 3, 1999

qqq. Ms. Stacey Hanberry, teacher, Thibodaux High School, effective January 13,

1999, through June 2, 1999

rrr. Mr. Kevin Amedee, special education teacher, Thibodaux High School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

sss. Mr. Christopher Daigle, special education teacher, Thibodaux High School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

ttt. Ms. Leslie Guidry, special education teacher, Thibodaux High School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

uuu. Mr. Louis Guillot, special education teacher, Thibodaux High School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

vvv. Ms. Rhonda Daigle, teacher (substituting for June Shaw), Thibodaux High

School, effective February 1, 1999, through June 2, 1999

www. Ms. Lesley Terrebonne, teacher (FIND Work GED), Lafourche Parish

Schools, effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

xxx. Ms. Robin Sanchez, paraprofessional [Pre K (8g)], Raceland Lower Elementary School, effective February 1, 1999, through June 2, 1999

yyy. Ms. Kelly Theriot, paraprofessional, Lockport Upper Elementary School,

effective January 13, 1999, through June 2, 1999

zzz. Ms. Patricia Randall, paraprofessional, Raceland Junior High School,

effective December 12, 1998, through June 2, 1999

Ms. Zeringue noted that it is time for the stadium inspections.

The superintendent presented sales tax figures for the month of January, 1999.

The board received the following information:

a. Agenda for the School Board Member Inservice to be held at Nicholls State University on February 24 and 25

b. List of school activities being held in observance of African American History Month

c. List of Lafourche Parish student athletes who participated in fall sports and received academic recognition by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association

d. Copy of Policy Alert, a publication of Forethought Consulting, Inc.

e. Reaching for Results newsletter

The superintendent announced that the school system would again be participating in the Louisiana School Boards Association Artwork Contest. He noted that the 1st place artworks from the three categories have been sent to LSBA to represent Lafourche Parish in the state competition; and the artworks will be displayed and judged at the 1999 State LSBA Convention in the Riverfront Center in Alexandria, March 4-6. Superintendent Duplantis invited the board members and the audience to view the 2nd and 3rd place parish winning artworks currently being displayed in the school board office lobby.

The board received the draft of the Lafourche Parish School Board Policy Manual as revised by Forethought Consulting, Inc.

On motion of Mr. Chiasson, seconded by Mr. Danos and unanimously carried, the board entered executive session at 8:01 p.m. to discuss litigation, pursuant to 42:6.1.A.(2) – specifically, Class-Action Settlement in Federal Litigation named "MDL 1206-Lease Oil Antitrust Litigation (II)."

On motion of Mr. Chiasson, seconded by Mr. DeFelice and unanimously carried, the board returned to regular session at 8:30 p.m.

Mr. Orgeron then offered the following motion:

"That this board concur with counsel and that we opt out of Class-Action Settlement in Federal Litigation named "MDL 1206-Lease Oil Antitrust Litigation (II)."

Mr. Orgeron’s motion was seconded by Mr. Thibodaux and unanimously carried.

On motion of Mr. Chiquet, seconded by Mr. Chiasson and unanimously carried, the board entered executive session at 8:31 p.m. to discuss allegations of misconduct, pursuant to R. S. 42:6.1.A.(4).

On motion of Mr. DeFelice, seconded by Mr. Danos and unanimously carried, the board returned to regular session at 9:25 p.m.

Mr. Orgeron then offered the following motion:

"After reviewing action taken by the superintendent and staff, I move that we find that they were in compliance with Policy Title 3:2.2.a, regarding employees 99-1, 99-2, and 99-3."

Mr. Orgeron’s motion was seconded by Mr. Chiasson and unanimously carried.

Mr. Rodrigue then offered a motion, seconded by Mr. Landry, to authorize the superintendent to grant employee 99-4 a tenure hearing. A vote was then taken on Mr. Rodrigue’s motion. The motion was carried, although not unanimously – one dissenting vote was cast by Mr. Chiquet.

Mr. Chiquet requested that a report be given to the board on the satellite lunch program in the lower part of the parish. He stated that the satellite program was supposed to be an experimental program and asked that the report include the pros and cons of what was found.

Mr. Chiquet then asked about school janitors – specifically, he asked who is the person responsible for handling concerns involving janitors? The superintendent responded that school janitors come under the direct responsibility of the school principal. Mr. Chiquet asked if the school principal could not handle a concern, then who would be the next person to be contacted. Superintendent Duplantis stated that if it was a personnel issue, the principal should contact his/her immediate supervisor (in accordance with the Accountability Program).

There being no further business, on motion of Ms. Zeringue, seconded by Ms. Caldwell and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned at 9:32 p.m.

 

JUDY G. THERIOT, PH. D. MALCOLM M. DUPLANTIS, PH. D.

President Secretary