February WPSB Meeting Wrap-Up
Written by Mark Chreene on February 4, 2020
The February meeting of the Webster Parish School Board was held Monday night. The meeting began with Mr. Rodney Taylor of Taylor and Sons recognizing Mrs. Debra Corke, Bookkeeper at Doyline High School as the February 2020 Taylor and Sons employee of the month.
Board members heard a resolution from Superintendent Johnny Rowland considering an appointment to fill the unexpired term of District 8 board member, Ronnie Broughton. Broughton passed away in January. The board unanimously voted to appoint Broughton’s wife, Glenda Broughton to fill the seat. A special election will be held to fill the seat. Qualifying will be held July 15 – 17, 2020 with the primary election to be held November 3, 2020 and the general election to be held December 5, 2020. Board members then approved the Policy Update Cf: ABCA of Unexpired Term Fulfillment. The policy change reflects a change in the number of days to fill an unexpired term. The original policy stated ten days, but the policy should state twenty days as per statutory changes.
The board also approved:
A Resolution ordering and calling for a special election to be held in Doyline School District Number 7 for a Millage Renewal.
- To removed all assets under $3,000 for equipment and under $50,000 for improvements from the districts capital asset program.
- To add bass fishing as a club activity at all applicable schools effective February 7, 2020. Applicable schools include: Minden High School, Webster Junior High School, North Webster High School, North Webster Junior High School, Lakeside Junior/Senior High School, and Doyline High School.
At the January meeting the board heard from Mike Trainor of the Minden Evening Lions Club concerning providing Cubsight screening for the students in Webster Parish. The Lioins’ Club was asking for permission to perform vision screening for the children for free. If the children are “referred” by their camera then the parents can take their child to their optometrist of their choice at their own cost. If the cannot afford the visit, they can come to any Lions’ Club and they will assist with the cost. The board voted on Monday evening to allow the Lions’ Club to perform the screening with parents’ permission.
Consolidated 3 Maintenance Fund:
- Purchase eight chairs and one desk from BMS office supply for Lakeside Junior/Senior High School in the amount of $1,865.00.
- Purchase a Pilot-3 Mobile Touch podium i5 Wifi doc cam from AXI Education Solutions for Lakeside Junior/Senior High in the amount of $3,399.00.
- Purchase a re-key locking system at Lakeside Junior/Senior High for $14,049.79 from provided quote from A&A Building Specialties.
- Hercules Ag and Outdoor to replace the storm damaged baseball dugout at Lakeside Junior/Senior High School in the amount of $15,910.00
- Ratify approval of payment of $2,965.00 to Moro Electric for emergency electrical repairs to underground electric wire under the access road construction project at Lakeside Junior/Senior High School.
- Ratify approval of payment of $2,020.00 to Mechanical Cooling Services for installation of new office thermostat at Lakeside Junior/Senior High School.
- Ratify approval of payment of $6,999.99 to S.B. Samuel Electric for Emergency repairs to underground electric wires at baseball and softball field at Lakeside Junior/Senior High School damaged during installation of cover over bleachers.
Cotton Valley Maintenance Fund:
- Ratify approval of payment of $5,821.07 to ArCom Systems for additional fire alarm repairs at North Webster Upper Elementary School, repairing system struck by lightening.
Doyline Maintenance Fund:
- Approval to install new Aaron Thermostat in gym at Doyline High School from Mechanical cooling for $600.00.
- Replace the existing intercom and phone system at Doyline High School with a Bogen Nyquist system from the provided estimate from Diversifire in the amount of $59,580.00.
Minden Building Fund:
- Approval to install 25 new LED light fixtures under walk ways at Webster Junior High School in the amount of $6,800.00 by Moro Electric
District 6 half-cent Sales Tax Fund:
- Approval to repair twelve skylights at Webster Junior High School in the amount of $4,060.00 by Terry’s Roofing.
- ArCom Systems to install pull stations and strobe lights in temporary building at J.A. Phillips Elementary School for $3,996.46
- Approval for Main Street LED signs to replace the storm damaged 3’x6’ LED sign at Webster Junior High School in the amount of $8,215.00
- Ratify approval of payment of $9,210.00 to Diversifire for emergency fire alarm repairs from lightning strike at J.A. Phillips Elementary School.
- Ratify approval of payment of $1,474.00 to Mechanical Cooling Services to install new actuator on cooling lines at Webster Junior High School.
- L. Jones Elementary School to purchase 5 Smartboards from DETEL in the amount of $24,200.00
- L. Jones Elementary School to purchase 26 laptops and 2 desktops from DETEL in the amount of $30,176.00
The board also approved to pay Homeland Safety Systems, Inc. for the service agreement for all Webster Parish Schools in the total amount of $75,756.91. Breakdown by funding source:
- Springhill Maintenance Fund: $11,772.59
- Sarepta Maintenance Fund: $4,858.14
- Shongaloo Building Fund: $4,931.55
- Cotton Valley Maintenance Fund: $2,385.84
- Consolidated 3 Maintenance Fund: $8,524.32
- Doyline Maintenance Fund: $9,397.00
- District 6 half-cent Sales Tax: $333,402.37
- General Fund: $485.10
Mrs. Ursalla Hullaby presented the School Community Liaison Report to the board. She reported to the board that Webster Parish Schools donated a total of $114,245.65 to the Minden St. Jude Auction this past weekend.
The next meeting of the Webster Parish School Board will be held Monday, March 2, 2020.