At the top of the agenda of Monday night's Webster Parish School Board meeting, were ways to save taxpayers money.
Grant Sutter, board counsel, presented a resolution giving approval to the issuance of General Obligation School Refunding Bonds, of Springhill School District No. 8.
"Based upon current market rates, net savings to taxpayers is estimated at $700,000," said Sutter.
The board passed the resolution by a vote of 11-0, with school board respresentative Charles Strong absent.
The school district has saved more than $3.1 million by refinancing the bonds at a lower interest rate, over the last 10 years.
By a vote of 10 to 1, the Minden High School Band was granted permission to travel to a Mardi Gras parade in Alexandria on February 10, Black Heritage Parade in Farmerville on February 16 and Band Showcase in Panama City Beach, Florida April 26 through 28.
Frankie Mitchell, District 9, opposed the request saying she feels the band needs to participate in local parades.
"I am not going to support it," she said.
She questioned why bands from the community were not present at the Martin Luther King Parade and the Mardi Gras Parade.
Superintendent Steve Dozier agreed with Mitchell that they need to participate in the future.
"I have heard a commitment that our band director insists that they participate in the future, and I would be supportive of these trips, despite our disappointment," Dozier said.
Joan Almond of LSU Agriculture Center presented new hire, Extension Agent Cliff Rainwater, former elementary teacher. The Webster Extension office is now at full staff.
Kevin Washington was granted permission to add 'or Designee' to the CDA Policy. The policy previously stated "...he/she shall be responsible to the Superintendent." The requested change now reads, "....be responsible to the Superintendent or Designee."
"This was a time-sensitive issue to be changed for upcoming evaluations, he said. "Under the previous flow chart, it doesn't give supervisors authority to evaluate. However with the new change, the superintendent can designate persons to evaluate. A three member team will perform Compass evaluations."
Unanimous approval was given to the following requests:
$2,530 for reimbursement to Minden High for cost of refinishing gym floor, using District 6 half- cent Sales Tax.
$1,133.80 to Camus Electric Co. for replacing ballast in the gym at Webster Junior High, using QSCB funds. (The difference of the quote of $7,925 that was approved at the 11/27/2012 meeting.)
$775 for removal and disposal of 70 foot of old fence at Browning Elementary and installation of four foot cyclone fence using Springhill Maintenance fund.
$3,663.49 for service contracts with Homeland Safety Systems for Central Elementary using Consolidated 3 Building Funds.
$4,783.50 for service contracts with Homeland Safety Systems for Lakeside Jr/Sr High using Consolidated 3 Building Funds.
$4,931.55 for service contract with Homeland Safety Systems for North Webster Lower Elementary using funds from Shongaloo Building Fund.
$4,858.14 for service contract with Homeland Safety Systems for North Webster Jr. High using Sarepta Maintenance Fund.
$4,560.81, $3,470.96 and $3,663.49 (total $11,695.26) for service contracts with Homeland Safety Systems for North Webster High, Brown Upper Elementary, and Browning Elementary Schools using Springhill Maintenance Fund.
$2,942.19, $3,237.10, $2,895.15, $5,581.97, $3,663.49 and $3,368.57 (total $21,688.47) for service contracts with Homeland Safety Systems for Harper Elementary, J.L. Jones Elementary, Webster Parish Expulsion Center, Minden High School, Phillips Middle School and Richardson Elementary.
$70,787.16 for installation of digital camera system in Doyline High School using Doyline School Building Fund.
$11,430 total from QSCB funds for the removal of a four foot high nine gauge chain link fencing and reinstalling a six foot high 11.5 gauge chain link fence along with the installation of 29' of the four foot high gauge in between the buildings at the Webster Pre-K location by Pepper Fence, LLC. and proposal for a 50' x 50' pad area for the Webster Pre-K playground by Construction Consultants.
n Approval for Doyline High School to add the sport of Indoor Track at no cost to the system or school.
Amendments to the agenda were approved for the following:
$6,813.21 for ALTEC company to provide oversight and air monitoring during abatement of asbestos at Doyline school utilizing Doyline Bond fund.
$12,950 for Gill Industries, Ltd. To remove asbestos as per Project No. 19455. Funds will come from Doyline Bond fund.
Change Order Number 1/Architect's Project 2012-01 which covers CI-002, CI-003, CI-004 and demolition and disposal of storage building to be performed by Mann's Construction.
Approval was granted for field trips:
n North Webster High School Spanish II students to travel to El Dorado, Arkansas to attend a concert in Spanish.
n 45 students and sponsors to attend Louisiana State Literary Rally on April 19 and 20 in Baton Rouge.
The following personnel changes and recommendations were approved:
David Thompson, Teacher, Richardson Elementary, effective January 31.
Matthew W. Hortman, Bus Driver, Richardson Elementary, effective February 28.
William Major, Teacher, Doyline High School, effective January 23.
Rose Ann Johnson, Librarian, Webster Jr. High School, effective May 22.
Linda Woodall, Food Service Technician, Minden High School, effective May 22.
Food Service Technician Appointments
Keshia Watson, 7-hour Food Service Technician, North Webster Jr. High School, replacing Sarah Ratliff who resigned, effective January 8.
Zandra Moore, 7-hour Food Service Technician, Doyline High School, new position effective January 8.
Diane Brown, 7-hour Food Service Technician, Phillips Middle School, replacing Sheila Kemp who transferred to Webster Jr. High School, effective January 8.
Effie Thompson, 7-hour Food Service Technician, Central Elementary School, replacing Jennifer Bruner who resigned, effective January 8.
A round of applause was given after the Superintendent's report was read that included the $130,967.51 contribution of Webster Parish schools to the St. Jude Auction. Since 2007, the schools have raised almost $690,000 for St. Jude.
"It is just amazing what they are doing. Everyone does a great job," Dozier said.
Next meeting of the Webster Parish School Board is scheduled for Monday, March 11.