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OKAY.

GOOD AFTERNOON AGAIN, EVERYONE.

WE ARE NOW MOVING FROM OUR FALL SPORTS CHAMPIONS TO OUR STUDENT OF THE YEAR.

UM, MR. JAFFAN, GOOD AFTERNOON BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT NARCISS.

AT THIS TIME, WE WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THE STUDENTS OF THE YEAR FOR 20 23, 20 24 SCHOOL YEAR.

TONIGHT, WE GATHER TO CELEBRATE, TO CELEBRATE, SORRY, THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS AND EXCELLENCE OF OUR YOUNG SCHOLARS IN GRADES FIFTH, EIGHTH, AND 12TH.

THE SELECTION PROCESS FOR THESE REMARKABLE STUDENTS IS BOTH THOROUGH AND METICULOUS FROM EACH PUBLIC AND DISTRICT CHARTER SCHOOL.

A STANDOUT STUDENT IS CHOSEN AS THE SCHOOL STUDENT OF THE YEAR.

THESE CHOSEN INDIVIDUALS THEN SUBMIT PORTFOLIOS THAT UNDERGO RIGOROUS EVALUATIONS, METICULOUSLY JUDGED AGAINST THE GUIDELINES SET BY THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

FROM THIS, WE PICK ALL THE WINNERS FROM EACH SCHOOL, BUT WE ONLY PICK THREE THAT WILL REPRESENT THE DISTRICT ON THE STATE LEVEL.

SO WE WILL FIRST START WITH OUR PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL WINNERS, AND I AM WAITING FOR IT TO COME ON THE SCREEN.

YOU READY FOR THE FIRST YOU? THAT'S WHAT I WAS ASKING.

OKAY.

I'M SORRY.

I WILL HAVE TO PULL IT UP.

I WAS WAITING FOR THE SCREEN.

I NEED THE LIST.

YES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

STUDENTS OF THE YEAR FOR, WELL, WE WILL START WITH OUR DISTRICT WINNERS.

OUR ELEMENTARY STUDENT OF THE YEAR FOR THE DISTRICT IS BRENNAN SMITH FROM WESTDALE HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY.

OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL DISTRICT WINNER IS MADELINE WHITMORE FROM WESTDALE MIDDLE.

SO I MUST TELL YOU ALL BEFORE I MOVE ON.

MADELINE DID HER INTERVIEW TODAY, AND SHE HAS WON THE REGIONAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR, AND SHE WILL BE A STATE NOMINATED STUDENT OF THE YEAR.

THAT'S SOME GREAT NEWS FOR CHRISTMAS, RIGHT? , OUR HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT, STUDENT OF THE YEAR IS NO AKRAM FROM WOODLAWN HIGH SCHOOL.

AND I'M STILL LOOKING FOR MY DISTRICT.

I'M SORRY, MY CHARTER? NO, IT'S JUST, OH, IT IS.

I'M SORRY.

SORRY.

OUR ELEMENTARY DISTRICT CHARTER STUDENT OF THE YEAR IS CARSON HATCH FROM C SAL ELEMENTARY.

AND OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL DISTRICT WINNER IS FROM INSPIRE CHARTER ACADEMY.

MCKAYLA HENDERSON.

LET'S CONGRATULATE THESE STUDENTS ONE MORE TIME.

AND MR. RENA, IF YOU DON'T MIND, I'LL BE REAL QUICK.

I JUST WANT EVERYONE TO SEE THIS AMAZING DISPLAY OF CHILDREN OR STUDENTS.

OFTENTIMES, YOU ALWAYS HEAR THAT EITHER THEY ATTEND A DIRECT RUN SCHOOL, A MAGNET SCHOOL, OR A CHARTER SCHOOL.

BUT I WANT EVERYBODY TO SEE TODAY THAT THESE ARE ALL OF OUR STUDENTS.

THEY'RE ALL SHINY, THEY'RE ALL THRIVING AND MAKING OUR SYSTEM BETTER.

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SO PLEASE GIVE 'EM ANOTHER ROUND OF APPLAUSE.

CONGRATULATIONS, STUDENTS.

SO THE NAMES ARE HERE.

THANK YOU.

I'M SORRY.

NO, NO, NO.

THIS IS FOR THE, UH, CHRISTMAS CARD.

HE IS, WHERE IS HE? HE'S RIGHT HERE.

HE'S IN THE CROWD.

I'M SO SORRY.

YES.

I WILL.

JUST FOR THE, JUST FOR MENTIONING, BECAUSE THIS IS TRULY AN HONOR TO, UH, FOR US TO HAVE, AND HE'S MAKING HISTORY IN OUR DISTRICT TONIGHT.

WE HAVE A RENAISSANCE STUDENT AWARD THAT WE GAVE THIS YEAR.

WE HAVE SO MANY EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS THAT WE REALLY, THEY REALLY ALL STAND OUT, BUT IT'S ALWAYS ONE THAT REALLY, TRULY STANDS OUT AMONGST ALL OF THE KIDS A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN OTHERS.

AND THIS STUDENT, JUST TO GIVE YOU A BACKGROUND OF HIM, THE RENAISSANCE AWARD IS CALLED THAT BECAUSE THEY ARE BRINGING NEW, EXCITING CHANGES TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEIR SCHOOLS.

AND THIS YEAR'S WINNER ATTENDS BEL AIR HIGH SCHOOL.

AND HE IS ONE WHO CAME TO OUR DISTRICT AS A NON-SPEAKING ENGLISH STUDENT, WHO HAS BEEN A STRAIGHT A STUDENT SINCE HE HAS BEEN IN OUR DISTRICT OR ON HONOR ROLL TO THE POINT WHERE HE SAW PROGRAMMING AT HIS SCHOOL THAT WAS LACKING.

AND HE TOOK IT UP UPON HIMSELF TO START THINGS LIKE BRINGING BACK THE SCHOOL'S YEARBOOK AND ACTUALLY HAVING A CLUB AND FINDING THE TEACHER SPONSORS THAT HE NEEDED TO MAKE SURE THAT HAPPENED.

HE ALSO SAW THE NEED FOR THE HERITAGE CLUB NEEDED AT HIS SCHOOL TO SUPPORT AND SHOW PRIDE IN HIS HERITAGE.

AND HE STARTED THAT CLUB AT HIS SCHOOL AS WELL, TO THE POINT, THEY ACTUALLY HAVE A ACTUAL PROGRAM AND THEY SPEND THE ENTIRE DAY CELEBRATING THE CULTURE.

SO HE HAS DONE BIG THINGS AT HIS SCHOOL.

HE'S KNOWN AT HIS SCHOOL.

AND WHAT I'VE UNDERSTOOD IS THAT HE REALLY WANTS TO GO TO COLLEGE, BECOME A COUNSELOR, AND WORK IN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOLS.

SO PLEASE, LET'S GIVE A WARM ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO JUAN HERNANDEZ FOR THE RENAISSANCE STUDENT AWARD.

AND ONE MS. HALL SAYS, WHEN YOU GET THAT DEGREE, COME SEE HER.

SHE HAS A JOB FOR .

NOW WE WILL GO TO CHRISTMAS CARD WINNERS AND OUR VISUAL ARTS SPECIALIST, MS. KATIE HARLAN, WILL DO THE HONOR.

THANK YOU.

MR. REON.

ON BEHALF OF THE FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT, WE WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE WINNERS OF OUR ANNUAL, UM, UH, GREETING CARD CONTEST.

STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE DISTRICT WERE ASKED TO DESIGN A GREETING CARD, UM, SURROUND, UM, BASED ON THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT.

AND ABOUT 60, UM, SUBMISSIONS WERE RECEIVED BY OUR DEPARTMENT.

AND WE WOULD LIKE TO HONOR THE WINNERS.

TODAY, THE WINNERS WILL BE GETTING THEIR OWN SET OF CARDS TO DISTRIBUTE, HOWEVER THEY PLEASE.

UM, AND I WOULD LIKE TO CALL UP MS. FIAN HOPKINS.

FOURTH GRADE ELEMENTARY.

FOURTH, FOURTH GRADE FROM RYAN ELEMENTARY AND MS. AND HER TEACHER, MS. FANNIE BROWN.

THE CARDS ARE NOW VISIBLE ON THE SCREEN.

YOU CAN SEE THEIR DESIGNS

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FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CATEGORY.

RACHEL ROBES SHOW.

EIGHTH GRADER FROM MCKINLEY, MIDDLE ACADEMIC MAGNET TEACHER, MR. CHET AND THE HIGH SCHOOL WINNER.

SOPHIA LOCKRIDGE, 11TH GRADER FROM BATON ROUGE MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER, MS. AZITA ARISTA.

THANK YOU.

LAST ONE.

HELLO EVERYBODY.

GOOD MORNING.

GOOD MORNING.

SO MY NAME IS CHARNA BANKS AND, UM, I'M ACTUALLY A NATIVE OF SCOTLANDVILLE.

THREE GENERATIONS.

UM, BOTH SETS OF MY GRANDPARENTS, UH, REARED THEIR CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY OF SCOTLANDVILLE.

UM, MY MOM GREW UP ON PROGRESS ROAD.

ANYBODY KNOW WHERE PROGRESS ROAD IS? OKAY, MY DAD GREW UP ON CARDINAL STREET.

WHO KNOWS WHERE CARDINAL STREET IS? ALL RIGHT.

AND I, UM, BOTH MY PARENTS WERE THE OLDEST OF THEIR SIBLINGS.

MY MOTHER HAD 1211 SIBLINGS.

UH, SHE WAS IN THE FIRST GRADUATING CLASS OF SCOTLANDVILLE HIGH SCHOOL IN 1956.

UM, MY DAD GRADUATED FROM, UH, SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LABORATORY SCHOOL PROBABLY IN 1956 OR 57.

AND SO WHEN, WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT THERE ARE TWO HIGH SCHOOLS OVER TIME THAT HAVE SERVED THE FAMILIES OF THE SCOTLANDVILLE COMMUNITY.

AND THAT IS SCOTLANDVILLE AND SOUTHERN LAB.

SO YOU'LL FIND THAT THERE'S ALWAYS A MIXTURE OF FAMILIES THAT SOME WENT TO SOUTHERN LAB, SOME WENT TO SCOTLANDVILLE.

UM, I WENT TO SOUTHERN, I'M THE OLDEST AS WELL IN MY FAMILY.

I HAVE FOUR SIBLINGS, THREE SIBLINGS.

I GRADUATED FROM SOUTHERN LAB.

UH, HOWEVER, MY SON GRADUATED FROM SCOTLANDVILLE MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL IN 2007 WHEN HE STARTED RIGHT WHERE YOU ALL AS NINTH GRADERS.

IT WAS STILL THE BLUE AND THE GRAY EAGLES.

DID Y'ALL KNOW ABOUT THAT CHANGE WHEN THEY TOOK THE SCHOOL? OKAY, SO THE COLORS CHANGED.

THE, THE MASCOT AND ALL THE HISTORY OF SCOTLANDVILLE HIGH SCHOOL WAS LOST.

AND THEN IN, UM, BY THE TIME HE GOT TO 11TH GRADE, THEN THAT'S WHEN WE CAME BACK TO BEING BLACK AND GOLD AND BEING THE HORNETS.

UM, I'M ACTUALLY ONE OF THE FIRST PERSONS TO START A BOOSTER CLUB AND GET THE ATHLETIC PARENTS TOGETHER WHEN SCOTLANDVILLE, UM, STARTED BACK BEING BLACK AND GOLD.

JUST TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MYSELF, MY PARENTS ARE THE FIRST COLLEGE GRADUATES IN THEIR FAMILY.

THEY'RE THE FIRST HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES IN THEIR FAMILIES.

UM, MY GRANDPARENTS, OF COURSE, DID NOT HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION, BUT THEY WANTED THEIR CHILDREN TO, ON MY MOM'S SIDE, MY, UM, MY GRANDFATHER WENT BACK AND GOT HIS GED AFTER HE, UH, WAS AN ADULT JUST 'CAUSE HE WANTED TO.

AND MY GRANDFATHER HAD TO GET HIS GED TO BE ABLE TO VOTE AND WORK FOR STANDARD ALL.

SO BOTH OF THEM, THAT IS THE ONLY, THAT IS, THOSE ARE THE ONLY REASONS THEY WENT BACK.

HOWEVER, EDUCATION WAS SO IMPORTANT TO THEM THAT THEY MADE SURE THEIR CHILDREN GOT AN EDUCATION.

IF ONE PERSON IN THE FAMILY, IT COULD BE

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ALL OF YOU SIZE, I'M GONNA GET A HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION.

I AM GOING TO EITHER GO TO COLLEGE, GO TO THE MILITARY, GO TO A TRADE SCHOOL AND WORK.

IF YOU ARE THE FIRST IN YOUR FAMILY TO DO THAT, THERE'S GONNA BE A WHOLE LOT OF FOLKS BEHIND YOU.

YOU BECOME A CHANGE AGENT IN YOUR FAMILY BECAUSE YOU BEGIN TO SET A MODEL AND A STANDARD FOR YOUR FAMILY.

SO THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED WITH MY MOM AND MY DAD.

SO ALL 11 OF MY MOM'S SIBLINGS GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL, GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE, AND HAVE GOOD SUCCESSES.

SAME THING ON MY DAD.

HE ONLY HAD TWO SISTERS, BUT BECAUSE MY DAD DID THOSE THINGS, SO DID HIS SIBLINGS.

ALL OF MY FIRST COUSINS ALL WENT TO COLLEGE BECAUSE OF THAT STANDARD.

NOW, YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO TO COLLEGE, BUT I'M JUST SAYING THEY MADE A PATHWAY BECAUSE THEY SAW CHANGE IN THEIR FAMILIES.

SO WHEN I, UM, STARTED GOING TO SCHOOL AT SOUTHERN LAB, I DIDN'T KNOW THAT ANYBODY ELSE DID ANYTHING BUT GO TO COLLEGE.

BUT I WENT TO A COLLEGE PREP SCHOOL, BUT STILL, I GOT NO PREPARATION FOR COLLEGE.

BUT BECAUSE SOUTHERN LAB WAS ON SOUTHERN CAMPUS, I JUST THOUGHT THAT'S WHAT EVERYBODY DOES.

EVERYBODY GRADUATE FROM SOUTHERN LAB AND YOU GO STRAIGHT TO CAMPUS.

RIGHT? HOWEVER, I DIDN'T HAVE A TRAINING TO DO THAT.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WANTED TO BE.

I WASN'T A HONOR STUDENT.

I THINK I GRADUATED WITH A 2.8, UM, GPA DURING THAT TIME IT WAS PUBLIC INFORMATION WHERE YOU RANKED.

SO THEY WOULD HAVE WHOEVER HAD A 4.0 ALL THE WAY DOWN TO A 1.0.

AND THAT INFORMATION WAS PUBLIC.

EACH ONE OF US HAD WHERE WE RANKED IN OUR CLASS, I NEVER WAS HIGHER THAN A 2.8.

AND MY MOTHER TAUGHT AT THE SCHOOL.

I ALWAYS, IN MY MIND, SAW MYSELF AS AVERAGE.

AND I WOULD TELL MY MOM, YOU ARE SMART.

DADDY KNOWS HOW TO DO STUFF, BUT I'M JUST AVERAGE.

AND THAT'S WHAT I FELT.

SO WHETHER I KNEW IT OR NOT, WHAT I FELT ABOUT MYSELF IS WHAT, HOW IT WORKED OUT IN MY PAPERWORK.

IT SHOWED UP IN MY GPA, RIGHT? SO FROM ME BEING THE OLDEST, THEN I HAD A BROTHER.

SAME THING.

HE WENT TO SCHOOL.

HE DIDN'T, HE DIDN'T, MY BROTHER HAD A MORE TROUBLED, UH, LIFESTYLE.

UM, MY BROTHER WAS VERY TIMID AND MY DAD WAS A MAN'S MAN.

SO MY BROTHER HAD A DIFFICULT TIME TRYING TO NAVIGATE LIFE IN GENERAL.

AND SO HE GRADUATED FROM CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL.

MY MOM ACTUALLY REGISTERED HIM AT, HE WAS AT SOUTHERN LAB.

MY MOM REGISTERED HIM AT SCOTLANDVILLE 'CAUSE HE WASN'T DOING WELL AT SOUTHERN LAB.

AND HE REGISTERED HIMSELF IN CENTRAL.

TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT, UM, MY BROTHER AS AN ADULT, UM, WAS PART OF A CREDIT CARD RING.

AND HE TOOK THE FALL FOR EVERYBODY ELSE THAT WAS PART OF THIS CREDIT CARD RING.

AND HE ACTUALLY ENDED UP SERVING TIME AT DIXIE CORRECTIONAL CENTER.

I HAD A GREAT BROTHER, GREAT BROTHER.

MY BROTHER GOT OUT OF JAIL ALL THE TIME.

I'M STILL, YOU KNOW, DOING WELL AS FAR AS WELL COULD BE, BUT STILL A LOSS.

'CAUSE REMEMBER, I HAVE NO FOUNDATION AS TO WHAT I SUPPOSED TO BE.

WHEN MY BROTHER GOT OUTTA JAIL, HE BECAME A, HE GOT HIS, UM, HIS RECORDS CLEARED.

UM, HE BECAME A TRUCK DRIVER.

HE PURCHASED A HOME.

HE'S THE FIRST PERSON I KNOW TO HAVE A CAR PHONE.

HE, AND BY THEN IT WAS LIKE IN BAGS.

AND THERE, LIKE WHERE WE GOT NOW, HE'S THE FIRST PERSON I KNOW TO HAVE A LEXUS.

HE DID REALLY, REALLY WELL FOR HIMSELF, BUT HE WAS ALSO STILL VERY OPEN TO EVERYBODY.

AND SO WHEN MY BROTHER WAS 23 OR 24, A 16-YEAR-OLD KILLED HIM IN HIS HOME, HAD NEVER SEEN HIM.

BUT, BUT THE, THE LAWN, THE GUY WHO CUT HIS YARD WOULD TELL HIM HOW MUCH MY BROTHER HAD, HOW NICE HIS HOUSE WAS, HOW HOUSE HIS CAR WAS.

SO WHEN THE, THE, THE GUY WHO CUT, WHO UH, CUT GRASS WOULD COME, CAME TO THE DOOR WITH THIS 16-YEAR-OLD, MY BROTHER JUST LET 'EM IN.

WENT BACK TO COOKING.

AND THEN THE, THE, THE PERSON CAME, HE SHOT MY BROTHER IN THE CHEST.

MY BROTHER FELL DOWN ON THE SOFA ON, HE SHOT HIM IN HIS LEG.

AND THEN HE STOOD OVER HIM AND SHOT HIM IN HIS CHEST.

THAT IS THE FIRST DEATH THAT I A MURDER EVER HAPPENED IN MY FAMILY.

EVEN TO THIS DAY, ON BOTH SIDES.

UM, AGAIN, THAT WAS SHATTERING FOR MY FAMILY.

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UM, I HAVE TWO YOUNGER SIBLINGS.

I WAS 15 AND 17 WHEN THEY WERE BORN.

SO IT'S ALMOST LIKE I'M THE THIRD PARENT.

THE LIFE THEY LIVED WITH MY PARENTS, MUCH DIFFERENT FROM THE LIFE THAT I LIVED.

'CAUSE MY PARENTS ALWAYS SAW THEM AS THE BABY.

MY PARENTS WERE 38 AND UM, 40 WHEN THEY STARTED OVER HAVING THE CHILDREN.

BUT IN THE MEANTIME, I'M STILL MATRICULATING STILL.

LITERALLY, Y'ALL NOW IN MY THIRTIES DON'T KNOW WHAT I SUPPOSED TO BE.

AND THE ONE OF THE REASONS I DON'T KNOW WHAT I I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE IS BECAUSE, AGAIN, WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU THINK YOU SHOULD BE, RIGHT? SO I SEE BOTH MY PARENTS AS TEACHERS.

SO I THINK, I MEAN, THEY LOOK LIKE THEY DOING WELL.

THEY HAVE A BRICK HOUSE.

YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING NICE.

YOU KNOW, WE HAVE WHAT WE NEED.

SO I DECIDED I WANTED TO BE A TEACHER.

MY MOM TOLD ME I COULD NOT BE A TEACHER.

FROM THAT POINT, I HAD NO PLAN.

'CAUSE I WANTED TO BE A TEACHER.

AND THE LESSON IN THAT, Y'ALL, IS WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BE, DON'T LET ANYBODY TALK YOU OUT OF IT.

DON'T TELL 'EM YOU CAN'T MAKE MONEY.

YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, THEY'LL TELL YOU CAN'T MAKE MONEY.

YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE GOOD.

'CAUSE MY MOM'S REASON WAS SHE FELT THAT I WASN'T GONNA MAKE ENOUGH MONEY.

BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN, SHE NOT TRY, NOT DELIBERATELY, SHE DIVERTED MY WHOLE PATH AND CAUSED ME TO BE IN A WILDERNESS ON WHAT I SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN.

SO DURING THE TIME THAT I GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL, WHICH WAS 1979, THAT'S WHEN COMPUTERS WERE JUST COMING ON BOARD.

PEOPLE WERE BEING ENGINEERS.

THERE WERE BEING COMPUTERS.

I MEAN A COMPUTER SCIENTIST.

AND THEY WERE BEING ACCOUNTING.

ALL OF THOSE TAKE WHAT'S WHAT, WHAT CLASS YOU TAKE RIGHT NOW.

IF YOU ARE GONNA BE GOOD IN IT, IF YOU'RE GONNA BE GOOD IN, UH, IN ACCOUNTING, COMPUTER SCIENCE OR ENGINEERING.

WHAT SUBJECT MATTER? WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO BE GOOD IN? ANYBODY? SCIENCE.

HUH? SCIENCE.

SCIENCE.

AND WHAT ELSE? GUESS WHAT? MY WORST SUBJECTS WERE MATH, SCIENCE, AND MATH.

SO HERE I AM TRYING TO NAVIGATE AND GETTING WHERE THE TREND IS.

AND RIGHT NOW YOU HEAR A LOT ABOUT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND TREND.

WHAT ARE THE JOBS THAT ARE AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW? SO THAT'S WHAT WAS GOING ON ALL OVER THE WORLD, BUT NOT IN LOUISIANA.

SO WHEN KIDS WERE GOING TO COLLEGE, THEY WOULD GO M**K AND LEADERSHIP

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BOWL FOR FORCE FOUR YEARS.

HE HOLDS THE RANK OF FIRST LIEUTENANT WITH THE CUMULATIVE GPA OF 4.08.

JUAN HERNANDEZ IS A MEMBER OF THE BETA CLUB AND NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY.

UPON GRADUATING, HE PLANS TO ATTEND LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, MAJORING IN PSYCHOLOGY.

HIS DREAMS IS TO MAJOR IN PSYCHOLOGY AND THEN GET A MASTER AND BECOME A SCHOOL COUNSELOR.

HE ALSO WANTS TO SET UP HIS PHOTOGRAPHY AND CUSTOM CLOTHING DESIGN BUSINESS.

CADET HERNANDEZ IS THE SON OF ANDY PADRES AND CARLOS HERNANDEZ.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HERE TO LEAD US IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

I PRESENT TO YOU CADET ONE, LIEUTENANT JUAN HERNANDEZ, PO PRAS OF BELAIRE MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL.

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG AND TO UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

THANK YOU MR. HERNANDEZ.

WE APPRECIATE YOU IN EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO.

CONTINUE THE GREAT WORK ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY AND ANYWHERE THAT LIFE TAKES YOU.

RIGHT.

MOVING RIGHT ALONG.

NEXT WE HAVE ITEM EIGHT TWO.

CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL.

MADAM SECRETARY, DISTRICT TWO.

PRESIDENT LANTIS.

PRESENT.

DISTRICT THREE, VICE PRESIDENT POWELL LEWIS.

PRESENT, DISTRICT ONE.

MR. BLUE.

HERE.

DISTRICT FOUR.

MS. STEWART, PRESENT.

DISTRICT FIVE.

MR. LEWIS? PRESENT.

DISTRICT SIX.

MR. RUSS? PRESENT.

DISTRICT SEVEN.

MR. GODDE? HERE.

DISTRICT EIGHT.

MS. SHADOWING HERE.

DISTRICT NINE.

MR. MARTIN, PRESENT.

WE HAVE A QUORUM.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, MOVING RIGHT ALONG.

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FIRST WE HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

THIS IS THE APPROVAL.

THIS IS APPROVAL OF THE SCHOOL BOARD, MINUTES OF NOVEMBER, OF THE NOVEMBER 16TH, 2023, REGULAR MEETING.

DECEMBER 7TH, 2023, SPECIAL MEETING.

AND THE DECEMBER 7TH, 2023 COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING AS PUBLISHED IN THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL.

CAN I GET A MOTION MOVED BY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MARTIN, SECONDED BY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER STEWART.

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THIS TIME NOW I'LL GO TO THE QUEUE TO SEE IF THERE'S ANY BOARD MEMBERS THAT WANNA SPEAK ON THIS PARTICULAR ITEM.

SOON AT THIS TIME, I WILL NOW TURN TO OUR PUBLIC COMMENT BOX.

AS I GO TO OUR PUBLIC COMMENT BOX, I ASK ANYONE WHO HAS A, WHO WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A PUBLIC COMMENT ON ANY ITEM TONIGHT, PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY OUT TO THE ATRIUM.

GRAB A COMMENT CARD, FILL OUT YOUR NAME, GIVE IT TO MADAM SECRETARY AND SHOULD BE SURE TO GET IT TO ME.

AND I WILL CALL ON YOU WHEN THE ITEM COMES UP.

SEEING NONE AT THIS TIME ON THIS PARTICULAR ITEM, I'LL GO BACK TO OUR BOARD SEEING NO NAMES IN THE QUEUE.

MADAM SECRETARY, PLEASE CALL FOR THE VOTE, PLEASE VOTE.

YOU DO A ROLL CALL? YES MA'AM.

DISTRICT ONE, MR. BLUE? YES.

DISTRICT TWO PRESIDENT LANIS.

YAY.

DISTRICT THREE, VICE PRESIDENT POWELL LEWIS.

DISTRICT FOUR.

MS. STEWART? YES.

DISTRICT FIVE.

MR. LEWIS? YES.

DISTRICT SIX.

MR. RUSS? YES.

DISTRICT SEVEN.

MR. GOE.

DISTRICT EIGHT.

MS. SHA LANE? YES.

DISTRICT NINE.

MR. MARTIN? YES.

AND HERE'S MR. GOE.

DISTRICT SEVEN.

MR. GODDE? YES.

MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU.

MOVING RIGHT

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ALONG.

NEXT WE HAVE HAVE ITEM C.

THIS IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.

FIRST WE HAVE A MONTHLY REPORT.

IS THERE A MONTHLY REPORT TO BE GIVEN TODAY? FINANCE.

? YES, MA'AM.

ACTUALLY, NO, YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT RIGHT NOW.

MS. LOPEZ.

I APOLOGIZE.

WE'RE GONNA KEEP IT MOVING ALONG SO THAT WE STAY, UH, ON COURSE WITH OUR AGENDA.

NEXT WE HAVE PERSONNEL CHANGES.

ARE THERE ANY REPORTS FOR PERSONNEL CHANGES? ALRIGHT, SEEING NO ONE IN THE ROOM RIGHT AT THIS TIME TO SPEAK ON THAT NOW, MS. LOPEZ.

UH, 2022.

2023 AUDIT RESULTS.

AND THESE AUDIT RESULTS ARE REPORTS, UH, FOR THE EASTBOUND ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30TH, 2023.

YES, SIR.

GOOD EVENING.

BOARD PRESIDENT, UH, SUPERINTENDENT NARCISS AND BOARD MEMBERS.

I'M HAPPY TO INTRODUCE OUR AUDITORS, EISEN AMPER, WHO WILL PRESENT OUR AUDIT FINDINGS FOR 22 AND 23.

GOOD EVENING.

MY NAME IS AMANDA STREEK.

I'M A PARTNER WITH EISNER AMPER.

UM, AS MANY OF Y'ALL PROBABLY RECOGNIZE MY FACE.

WE, UM, EISNER, WE JOINED EISNER AMPER BACK IN MAY.

WE WERE FORMALLY POST AWAY IN NETTERVILLE, BUT STILL THE SAME TEAM, SAME FACES.

I'M JOINED TONIGHT WITH MY COLLEAGUE FREDDY SMITH.

UM, HE ALSO WORKS IN OUR GOVERNMENTAL PRACTICE.

SO, AS KELLY MENTIONED, WE ARE HERE TO PRESENT THE RESULTS OF THE 2023 AUDIT.

UM, IN FRONT OF YOU, YOU SHOULD HAVE A HANDOUT WITH THE SLIDES.

I WANTED TO GIVE KIND OF A HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW OF WHAT THE AUDIT INCLUDES.

UM, SO WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR GIVING AN OPINION ON THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

UM, WE ALSO LOOK AT THE FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT YOU HAVE, AND THOSE FALL UNDER UNIFORM GUIDANCE AND FEDERAL PROGRAM COMPLIANCE STANDARDS.

THEN YOU ALSO HAVE STATEWIDE A AND THE BESSIE A UP.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF INFORMATION THAT'S REQUIRED TO BE GATHERED THAT WE'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR, UM, ASSISTING Y'ALL WITH, AND THEN ULTIMATELY ISSUING OUR REPORTS.

WE ARE SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE WITH THE AUDITS, AND WE WILL BE FINISHED IN TIME TO FILE BY THE 1231 DEADLINE.

UM, WE'RE PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THERE'S GONNA BE AN UNMODIFIED OPINION ON THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF ASSURANCE YOU CAN RECEIVE.

SO THAT'S A CLEAN AUDIT OPINION.

UM, WE DO LOOK AT THE DESIGN OF INTERNAL CONTROLS, BUT WE DO NOT GIVE AN OPINION ON INTERNAL CONTROLS.

SO WE DO WALKTHROUGHS OF KEY AREAS TO MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, THERE'S PROCESSES IN PLACE AND CHECKS AND BALANCES OVER THOSE AREAS TO ENSURE STRONG FINANCIAL REPORTING FOR UNIFORM GUIDANCE.

WE LOOK AT THE DESIGN OF INTERNAL CONTROLS AND ALSO COMPLIANCE.

SO THAT'S A BIG PART OF THE AUDIT.

AND WE'RE GONNA SEE WHICH PROGRAMS WERE TESTED THIS YEAR AS PART OF OUR ROTATION.

THE OTHER THING TO POINT OUT ABOUT THE AGREED UPON PROCEDURES, THOSE ARE DIFFERENT.

THERE IS NO OPINION GIVEN.

THAT IS, UM, IT'S VERY YES OR NO.

YOU HAVE TWO SETS OF AGREED UPON PROCEDURES THAT ARE REQUIRED.

ONE SET SET IS A STATEWIDE AGREED UPON PROCEDURES, WHICH ARE REQUIRED BY THE LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR THAT COVER, UM, 13 DIFFERENT AREAS FOR A DEEPER DIVE INTO RECORDS.

AND THAT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

AND THEN YOU ALSO HAVE THE AGREED UPON PROCEDURES THAT ARE REQUIRED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

SO THE MAJOR PROGRAMS THAT WE TESTED THIS YEAR, UM, Y'ALL HAD OVER $193 MILLION IN FEDERAL DOLLARS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2023.

YOU SAW A REALLY LARGE INFLUX OF ESSER DOLLARS AND OTHER

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GRANTS THAT WERE COMING IN AS WE'RE STILL TRYING TO COPE FROM THE COVID FALLOUT AND IMPACT AND TRYING TO GET STUDENTS BACK WHERE THEY NEED TO BE.

SO THIS YEAR WE, UM, AUDITED SIX FEDERAL PROGRAMS. THE FIRST ONE WAS THE EDUCATION STABILIZATION FUND, WHICH WE'VE AUDITED IN THE PAST, BUT THIS WAS CONSIDERED HIGH RISK BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND APPROXIMATELY $45 MILLION SPENT FOR THAT PROGRAM.

WE ALSO AUDITED THE I-I-D-E-A CLUSTER OF APPROXIMATELY 11 MILLION.

THE EMERGENCY CONNECTIVITY FUND PROGRAM FOR 7 MILLION.

TITLE ONE FOR 26 MILLION, IMPROVING TEACHER QUALITY STATE GRANTS OF 3 MILLION.

AND THEN THE CHILDCARE AND DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT OF 3.9 MILLION.

SO USUALLY WE HAVE ABOUT THREE PROGRAMS THAT MEET THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION.

THIS YEAR.

THERE WERE SIX.

YES.

ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BE FOLLOWING ALONG? 'CAUSE I'M LOST.

I MEAN, I, I HAVE IT, BUT I MEAN, PAGE THREE.

YEAH.

CAN THEY PUT IT ON THE SCREEN? I MEAN, THEY HAD IT UP THERE.

OKAY.

IS THAT BETTER? THE PRE YEAH, THAT'S WHAT I WANTED.

SO THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF FEDERAL FUNDING THIS YEAR.

UH, WE'RE PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THERE WERE NO MATERIAL FINDINGS RELATED TO THE FEDERAL PROGRAMS. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, WE LOOK A LOT AT THE COMPLIANCE WITH THE, WITH THE GRANT TERMS, AND AS WELL AS THE DESIGN OF INTERNAL CONTROLS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, AS I MENTIONED, UM, THERE ARE NO MATERIAL WEAKNESSES NOTED FOR THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OR THE FEDERAL GRANTS.

AND THEN AS WE REVIEW THE STATEWIDE AGREED UPON PROCEDURES, THESE, THESE ARE THE AREAS THAT ARE COVERED IN THOSE STATEWIDE AGREED UPON PROCEDURES.

UM, AND SO, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, THERE'S SOMETIMES THERE CAN BE EXCEPTIONS BECAUSE THERE IS NO AUDITOR JUDGMENT OR MATERIALITY.

THERE WERE ONLY A FEW MINOR ITEMS THAT WE NOTED.

UM, WE DO HAVE TO EVALUATE IF THOSE WOULD RESULT IN FINDINGS AND THEY DID NOT.

SO THOSE WERE REALLY RATHER SMALL, UM, ITEMS OVER SOME DOCUMENTATION, OVER SOME TRAINING, THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO NOTHING REALLY SIGNIFICANT THERE THAT WE WOULD NEED TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION.

I DO WANNA COVER A FEW OF THE NUMBERS TONIGHT.

SO THIS IS, NEXT SLIDE IS THE GENERAL FUND ONLY.

SO, UM, JUST WANNA KIND OF POINT THAT OUT.

SO LOOKING AT THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GENERAL FUND.

SO YOUR TOTAL REVENUES FOR 2023 WERE APPROXIMATELY $539 MILLION.

YOUR TOTAL EXPENDITURES WERE $512 MILLION FOR AN EXCESS OF REVENUES OVER EXPENDITURES OF $27 MILLION.

AND THEN YOU HAVE TRANSFERS IN.

SO THAT'S, THAT'S THE INDIRECT COSTS THAT ARE COMING FROM THE FEDERAL PROGRAMS. YOU SEE THAT NUMBER AS APPROXIMATELY $22 MILLION.

THAT WAS, THE MAJORITY OF THAT IS RELATED TO THE SSR FUNDING.

THAT WAS SUCH A SIGNIFICANT FUNDING SOURCE, AND IT HAD A LARGE INDIRECT COST RATE.

SO THAT BROUGHT YOUR NET SURPLUS TO APPROXIMATELY $49 MILLION FOR THIS YEAR.

UM, Y'ALL ARE ABLE TO SEE A, AN INCREASE IN YOUR, UM, TAX REVENUES DURING THE YEAR, UM, AS WELL AS YOUR FEDERAL DOLLARS AND YOUR MFP DOLLARS.

BUT THEN THERE THAT WAS OFFSET BY SOME INCREASES FOR, YOU KNOW, GENERAL COSTS SUCH AS TRANSPORTATION AND AN INCREASE TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.

AND IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT NEXT YEAR THE ESSER FUNDING WILL BE WINDING DOWN.

SO THAT WAS, YOU KNOW, A LARGE AMOUNT FOR 2022 AND 2023.

THE NEXT SLIDE SHOWS THE GENERAL FUND OPERATING RESERVES.

SO THE YELLOW SHOWS THE GENERAL FUND OPERATING EXPENDITURES, WHICH I MENTIONED WAS APPROXIMATELY $512 MILLION COMPARED TO THE GENERAL FUND FUND BALANCE OF 141 MILLION.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE, THE FUND BALANCE YOU SEE FROM 2019 TO 2023 IS CONTINUING TO RISE THERE.

I KNOW THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF FOCUS ON BUDGETS, UM, MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS, STRATEGIC DECISIONS, TRYING TO ENSURE THE STABILITY OF THE SCHOOL BOARD GOING FORWARD.

UM, Y'ALL ALSO DO HAVE AN INTERNAL POLICY OF MAINTAINING APPROXIMATELY 15% OF YOUR TOTAL REVENUES AND A FUND BALANCE.

THAT'S, THAT'S AN INTERNAL POLICY THAT Y'ALL HAVE SET IN PAST YEARS.

AND SO, UM, THAT IS ROUGHLY $80 MILLION AND YOU CAN SEE YOU'RE AT $141 MILLION.

THE NEXT SLIDE SHOWS FUND BALANCES FOR ALL THE FUNDS.

SO NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE THE GENERAL FUND, YOU HAVE THE CHILD NUTRITION FUND, OTHER FEDERAL GRANT FUNDING, PROPS, ONE, TWO, AND THREE, AND THEN OTHER STATE GRANTS AS WELL AS THE INTERNAL SERVICE FUNDS.

SO IF YOU LOOK, YOU CAN SEE, YOU KNOW, SIGNIFICANT GROWTH OVERALL IN THE FUND BALANCES FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE BUCKETS.

SO THE PINK BUCKET IS NONS SPENDABLE OF APPROXIMATELY 2.5 MILLION THAT'S RELATED TO INVENTORY BALANCES.

SO FROM AN ACCOUNTING PERSPECTIVE THAT KIND OF GETS SET ASIDE.

THE GREEN BUCKET IS MAINLY RELATED TO THE TAX PROPOSITIONS AND YOUR STUDENT ACTIVITY ACCOUNTS.

UM, UH, IN PREVIOUS YEARS WE HAD TO TAKE THE STUDENT ACTIVITY ACCOUNTS.

THAT'S THE MONEY THAT'S HELD AT THE SCHOOLS FOR BAND AND DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES.

AND THAT HAD TO BE RECORDED IN THESE NUMBERS.

AND SO FOR 2023, THAT WAS APPROXIMATELY $7 MILLION.

THE YELLOW CATEGORY IS ASSIGNED, AND THESE ARE CATEGORIES ASSIGNED BY THE BOARD TO SET ASIDE CERTAIN FUNDING FOR FUTURE USE, UM, SUCH AS TRANSPORTATION, UM, COMPENSATION, JUST DIFFERENT THINGS LIKE THAT.

THERE'S SOME, SOME SELECTIONS MADE THERE EACH YEAR.

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AND YOU CAN SEE A LARGE GROWTH AGAIN IN THE GENERAL FUND.

UM, THE GENERAL USE, WHICH IS UNASSIGNED.

SO THAT'S FOR, YOU KNOW, UNASSIGNED PURPOSES GOING FORWARD FOR GENERAL OPERATIONS.

SO THAT WAS 105 MILLION OF THE 371 MILLION.

THE PURPLE IS RELATED TO YOUR INTERNAL SERVICE FUNDS, WHICH IS RELATED TO YOUR MEDICAL, YOUR RISK MANAGEMENT, YOUR WORKERS' COMP FUNDS.

THAT'S APPROXIMATELY $43 MILLION.

THAT'S THE ONLY ONE THAT WENT DOWN SLIGHTLY, BUT THAT'S BEEN STRATEGIC OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS AS Y'ALL ARE MONITORING THOSE BALANCES IN THE VARIOUS ACCOUNTS FOR COMPLIANCE.

AND SO THAT IS, UM, THAT WAS EXPECTED AND PLANNED, BUT IT STILL REMAINS A, YOU KNOW, A SIGNIFICANT BALANCE FOR, TO COVER THOSE COSTS GOING FORWARD.

THE NEXT SLIDE IS THE NET POSITION.

SO WE'VE TALKED A LOT ABOUT FUNDS AND THAT'S HOW THINGS ARE ACCOUNTED FOR AT THE SCHOOL BOARD ON A DAILY BASIS.

YOU TRACK OPERATIONS THAT ARE GONNA OCCUR EACH YEAR, YOU KNOW, THE REVENUE END EXPENSES, THINGS LIKE THAT.

FROM AN ACCOUNTING PERSPECTIVE, WHEN YOU COMPLETE YOUR ANNUAL COMPREHENSIVE FINANCIAL REPORT, YOU HAVE TO DO, UM, WHAT'S CALLED GOVERNMENT WIDE REPORTING.

AND THAT'S WHERE YOU'RE PUTTING ON LONG-TERM ASSETS AND LONG-TERM LIABILITIES.

SO YOUR LONG-TERM ASSETS WOULD BE FIXED ASSETS.

SO ALL THE SCHOOLS THAT, THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND SO THAT'S APPROXIMATELY $460 MILLION OF ASSETS THAT GETS RECORDED ON THE GOVERNMENT WIDE AT YEAR END.

THE OTHER AREA IS APPROXIMATELY $800 MILLION RELATED TO BONDS OUTSTANDING, THE NET PENSION LIABILITY AND OTHER POST-EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.

SO THOSE WERE SIGNIFICANT STANDARDS THAT CAME OUT YEARS AGO THAT BASICALLY JUST SAID YOU NEED TO FORECAST WHAT THOSE COSTS ARE GONNA BE FOR THOSE EMPLOYEES THROUGH THEIR RETIREMENT AGE.

SO THERE'S SIGNIFICANT ESTIMATES THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THAT.

YOU DO USE AN ACTUARY, WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME LOOKING AT THE INPUTS AND LOOKING AT THE PAYROLL NUMBERS THAT ARE USED TO CALCULATE THOSE LIABILITIES.

BUT WHENEVER YOU HAVE SUCH LARGE LIABILITIES AND YOU PUT THOSE ON THE BOOKS, IT CREATES THIS LARGE DEFICIT IN THE YELLOW, WHICH IS ABOUT 554 MILLION.

EVERY GOVERNMENT HAS THAT.

THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT, UM, YOU'RE ABLE TO CONTROL.

THERE'S NO WAY TO FULLY FUND THOSE PROGRAMS, UM, WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS.

AND SO YOU CAN SEE THERE HAS BEEN SOME IMPROVEMENT YEAR OVER YEAR, AND A LOT OF THAT HAS TO DO WITH SOME OF THE CHANGES IN THE RATES, UM, CHANGES IN SOME OF THE PROGRAM OPTIONS THAT Y'ALL ARE OFFERING.

BUT AGAIN, THAT'S NOT REALLY GONNA BE EXPECTED TO FLIP BACK A POSITIVE, UM, GOING FORWARD.

I DO WANNA POINT OUT THE, THE BLUE, WHICH IS APPROXIMATELY 8 180 $5 MILLION.

AND THAT'S RESTRICTED MONIES.

THE MAJORITY OF THAT'S RELATED TO THE PROPS OF 121 MILLION AND ABOUT $9 MILLION IN GRANTS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO JUST TO CONCLUDE, UM, WE, AS I SAID, WE'VE SPENT A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS, LOOKING AT THE FEDERAL PROGRAMS AND WORKING THROUGH THE AGREED UPON PROCEDURES.

UH, WE RECEIVED FULL COOPERATION AND DOCUMENTATION THAT WE NEEDED THROUGHOUT THE AUDIT.

UM, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT ESTIMATES THAT, YOU KNOW, HAVE TO BE EVALUATED EACH YEAR AND LOOKED AT, AND WE ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THOSE ESTIMATES.

UM, AND WE'RE NOT AWARE OF ANY OTHER PRIOR DISCUSSIONS WITH OTHER AUDITORS OR ANY OTHER DISAGREEMENTS THAT WE WOULD NEED TO REPORT.

UM, ONE THING THAT WE DO POINT OUT IS WE DO WILL REQUEST A REPRESENTATION LETTER FROM MANAGEMENT, AND THAT JUST STATES THAT THEY PROVIDED US WITH ALL OF THE INFORMATION.

UM, THERE'S A LOT OF ACTIVITY THAT OCCURS OUTSIDE OF TRULY JUST THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT, WHETHER IT'S CO COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENTS, LEASES, OTHER THINGS THAT POTENTIALLY WOULD HAVE AN IMPACT TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

SO WE WILL REQUEST THAT AND OBTAIN THAT BEFORE WE ISSUE OUR FINAL REPORT.

AND THEN WE DO POINT OUT SOME OF OUR NON-AUDIT SERVICES ARE ASSISTING WITH FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND THE DATA COLLECTION FORM.

THOSE ARE SOME FORMALITIES JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU AS A BOARD ARE AWARE THAT WE, UM, ARE INDEPENDENT, UM, BOTH PERSONALLY AND AS A FIRM RELATED TO THE ORGANIZATION.

SO THAT KIND OF CONCLUDES MY RESULTS.

UM, AGAIN, WE WE REALLY DO APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THE BOARD AND WE APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S HELP.

IT TAKES A LOT OF DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS AND A LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE TO HELP US GET HERE AND READY FOR THIS MEETING TONIGHT TO HELP Y'ALL COMPLY WITH YOUR REPORTING.

SO, UM, ANY QUESTIONS? I'M SORRY, ONE SECOND.

APRIL CONFUSED ME.

MIKE FIRST IN THE QUEUE.

WE HAVE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER.

MIKE, GO THERE.

THANK YOU.

UH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR REPORT AND THANK ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES FOR THE DISTRICT THAT WENT THROUGH AND, UH, WORKED ON ALL OF THIS.

I DO HAVE A COUPLE OF QUICK QUESTIONS.

SO, UH, ONE QUESTIONS AND REQUESTS.

UH, AS YOU KNOW, WE WILL BE TOTALLY REVISING ALL OF OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM YES.

AND ALL OF THE HR SYSTEM AND HOW, AND ALL THE PROCUREMENT SYSTEM AND HOW THOSE THINGS FINALLY WILL BE INTERACTING TOGETHER.

UH, AND

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HOPEFULLY WE'LL GET AWAY FROM A LOT OF PAPERWORK AND GET TO A LOT MORE ELECTRONIC THINGS AND MOVE INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.

BUT WITH ALL OF THAT, WHAT ROLE HAS, HAS YOUR ORGANIZATION, IF ANY, HAS PLAYED IN REVIEWING, UH, HOW THAT NEW SYSTEM IS GOING TO BE IMPLEMENTED AND THE INTERNAL CONTROLS AND EVERYTHING IN THAT SYSTEM? UM, YES.

THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION.

WE, UM, DO LOOK AT IT CONTROLS.

SO WE DID LOOK AT YOUR PREVIOUS SYSTEM AS FAR AS ACCESS CONTROLS AND UM, AS WELL AS, YOU KNOW, IS IT PROPERLY DESIGNED? HOW IS IT KIND OF FUNCTIONING? ARE THE PROPER PARAMETERS SET UP FOR THINGS SUCH AS LIMITS ON CHECKS OR BUDGETS? AND WHO HAS ACCESS? SO WE'VE HAD, GOOD MORNING.

I'M COUNCILMAN CLEVE DUNN JUNIOR COUNCIL PERSON FROM METRO COUNCIL DISTRICT SIX HERE IN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH.

WE'RE HERE AT COLLEGIATE ACADEMY ON THE CONE OF LIVE DAY FLORIDA FOR OUR ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TURKEY GIVEAWAY, PARTNERING WITH COLLEGIATE.

I'M HERE WITH MS. HAMILTON, GLAD TO BE A PARTNER AND GLAD TO WORK WITH THEM ON THIS EVENT EVERY YEAR.

HI, MS. HAMILTON.

I'M HERE.

I'M AN INSTRUCTIONAL COACH IN GRADE LEVEL LEAGUE HERE AT COLLEGIATE BATON ROUGE HIGH SCHOOL.

WE'VE BEEN PARTNERING WITH, UH, COUNCILMAN CLE DUNN, UM, IN DISTRICT SIX FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

AND THIS WILL BE OUR SECOND, UM, ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TURKEY GIVEAWAY.

WE ARE SO GRATEFUL, UM, FOR ALL THE THINGS THAT HE DOES FOR US, BUT PARTICULARLY TODAY BECAUSE WE GET TO HELP, UM, HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES, UM, THAT DO NOT HAVE TURKEYS.

UM, WE'RE ABLE TO GIVE THEM TURKEYS.

WE'RE BRINGING THEM ALL THE JOY, UM, ALL THE LOVE AND ALL THE SMILES.

AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU GUYS ON TODAY.

SIT.

THEY GOT 580 PEOPLE WITH 'EM, RIGHT? ONE TURKEY PER CAR.

THEY'RE SPREADING JOY, UM, SMILING AND HEY, LISTEN, ONCE YOU GET YOUR PARTNER GETTING THEM SIDE BY SIDE, SO Y'ALL COME OVER HERE BECAUSE WHAT'S GOING, LISTEN.

SO WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IS THEY'RE GOING TO OPEN THIS UP.

THE FIRST PAIR GETS THE FIRST PAIR IN THE BACKSEAT.

NO, SORRY.

YOU CAN'T GET YOURS.

NO HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

HURRY UP.

THANK YOU.

YOU TURN THE TO THE FRONT.

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UM, I DON'T REALLY KNOW, BUT I FEEL LIKE IT, IT, IT'S A GREAT WAY CITY, EVERYBODY COME.

HOW IS IT OPTIMISM? IS IT COMMUNITY? IS IT RESPONSIBILITY? IS IT, IT'S FOR EVERYBODY NO MATTER WHAT YOUR INCOME BRACKET IS.

SO WE JUST WANTED TO BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION AND IMPACT A FAMILY.

THIS IS ONE LESS BURDEN THEY HAVE TO HAVE.

UH, WE GETTING THE TURKEY THIS YEAR.

SO Y'ALL, THAT'S AN IMPACT.

EVERYBODY SHOULD GET ONE THANKSGIVING.

I, HEY, HOW YOU HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

WE HAVE VALUE AND OUR VALUE THAT WE'RE PRACTICING TODAY IS COMMUNITY AND RESPONSIBILITY BECAUSE WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS COMMUNITY AND WE ARE SPREADING ALL THE JOY AND LOVE DURING THE THANKSGIVING HOT.

THANK YOU.

HAPPY.

YEAH.

SO, UH, SANFORD CHILDREN LOUISIANA IS VERY EXCITED THIS YEAR TO BE A SPONSOR OF THE TURKEY GIVEAWAY.

UM, NOT ONLY IS IT ABOUT BEING ABLE TO SPONSOR THE EVENT, BUT GETTING TO BE HERE AND SEE FAMILIES, UH, IN THE COMMUNITY IS JUST, UH, SO MUCH MORE THAN, UH, YOU KNOW, WE COULD HAVE IMAGINED FOR TODAY.

YEAH, THE TURNOUT IS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE.

WHEN WE WERE PULLING UP, UH, THE LOT IS DOWN THE ROAD AND AROUND THE CORNER.

AND SO I THINK IT'S JUST REALLY, UH, AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY IN THE SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING AND THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY TO BE ABLE TO BE HERE AND BE WITH SO MANY FOLKS WHO ARE COMING THROUGH.

AND, YOU KNOW, AS WE ENTER A LONG, YOU KNOW, HOLIDAY SEASON, UH, IT JUST FEELS SO GOOD TO BE A PART OF GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND DOING OUR PART.

HOW LONG HAVE Y'ALL BEEN SPONSORING? YEAH, SO THIS IS OUR FIRST YEAR AS, UM, A SPONSOR.

AND SO, UH, WE'VE KNOWN THAT IT'S HAPPENED IN THE PAST AND THEN THIS YEAR WE THANK YOU.

AGREED.

[F.1. Professional Services Contract]

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

RIGHT AT THIS TIME.

NOW WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR WITH A SECOND.

WE WILL NOW COME TO OUR BOARD FOR ANY PUBLIC COMMENT.

I'M SORRY.

BOARD

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COMMENT.

GIVE YOU A FEW SECONDS.

OH, HERE WE GO.

COACH LEWIS, YOU ARE NOW IN THE QUEUE.

YOU SURE? YEAH.

YOU SURE? I'M FINE.

OKAY.

, SEEING ALL THE NAMES OF THE QUEUE AT THIS TIME.

NOW, WE'LL NOW TURN TO THE PUBLIC.

ONE SECOND.

WE HAVE DR. JAMES FINNEY.

OKAY.

HE PASSES ON THIS ITEM.

SEE NO OTHER NAMES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON THIS PARTICULAR ITEM.

THIS TIME WE, WE COME BACK TO OUR BOARD SCENE ON THE, OH, COACH, YOU'RE IN THE QUEUE THIS TIME.

OKAY, .

GO AHEAD, COACH.

YOU HAVE THE FLOOR? YEP.

I, I UNDERSTAND THE MOTION.

I JUST DO NOT WANT US TO SIT HERE AND BE IN THE SAME PLACE WE WERE THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

MM-HMM.

.

WE'RE HALFWAY.

HALFWAY THROUGH DECEMBER.

WE'RE STARING DOWN THE BARREL OF JANUARY.

MM-HMM.

, WE JUST, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO START MOVING ON THE BUDGET.

WE ALL KNOW HOW THAT TURNED OUT LAST YEAR.

SO LET'S, YOU KNOW, LET'S BE MINDFUL OF WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE.

THAT'S ALL.

YES, SIR.

THANK YOU COACH.

AS DULY NOTED.

AND I ALSO SECOND THAT, SO THANK YOU.

SEEING ALL THE NAMES OF THE QUEUE AT THIS TIME.

NOW MATTER.

SECRETARY, PLEASE CALL FOR THE VOTE TO MAKE SURE I HAVE IT RIGHT.

IT WAS TO DEFER TO A DATE, NOT CERTAIN, CORRECT? YES.

MS. POWELL LEWIS.

MR. MARTIN? YES MA'AM.

PLEASE VOTE.

DO WE NEED TO VOTE BEFORE MR. SHAMAN SPEAKS? THE NEXT ONE? OH, OKAY.

YES, THE MOTION CARRIES.

OKAY,

[F.2. Cooperative Endeavor Agreement: YWCA]

MOVING ALONG.

NEXT ITEM WE HAVE IS F TWO CONSIDERATION OF AN, UH, ENDEAVOR OF, SORRY, COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT YWCA.

THIS IS A CO, UH, CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR THE APPROVAL OF A COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD AND THE YWCA UPGRADED BATON ROUGE IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,500,000 TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR STUDENTS.

CAN I GET A MOTION? I SEE WE HAVE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER CALLER POWELL LEWIS IN THE QUEUE.

OKAY.

UH, GOOD EVENING AGAIN, EVERYONE.

UM, SAME.

UM, WOULD JUST LIKE TO ASK THAT WE, UH, UM, THAT I MAKE A MOTION THAT WE WILL DEFER THIS PARTICULAR ITEM TO A DATE UNCERTAIN AS WELL, JUST TO GIVE US SOME MORE TIME TO CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THE DETAILS OF THIS PROGRAM.

YES, MA'AM.

ALL RIGHT.

THAT IS SECONDED BY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MARK BALLOU.

OKAY, THIS TIME NOW I'LL TURN TO THE QUEUE TO SEE IF WE HAVE ANY COMMENTS.

ALRIGHT, I SEE YOU ATTORNEY CHALIN, YOU'RE IN THE QUEUE OR YOU PASS.

ALRIGHT, MS. CARLA POWELL LEWIS, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK OR PASS? ALRIGHT, COACH LEWIS, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK OR PASS? SPEAK? OKAY.

YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.

THIS ITEM.

THIS IS WHAT THE THIRD TIME? MM-HMM.

, CAN YOU SPEAK? IT SEEMS NOW, BY NOW, PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW WHAT THEY WANT TO DO.

THE SERVICES, ALL THOSE THINGS THAT ARE, THAT ARE ATTACHED TO THIS $1.5 MILLION GIVEAWAY SHOULD BE HASHED OUT BY NOW.

A LOT OF THE SERVICES THAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT THAT WE'VE SEEN IN THIS ARE SERVICES THAT ARE ALREADY BEING OFFERED THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

WE HAVE TRUANCY PROGRAM, WE HAVE COUNSELORS IN SCHOOLS.

YOU KNOW, I JUST SEE A LOT OF DUPLICATION OF SERVICES THAT COULD POSSIBLY TAKE PLACE WITH THIS.

UM, BECAUSE OF MY TIME IN THE SCHOOLS, I REACHED OUT TO NUMEROUS COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS AND THEY ALL STATED THE FACT THAT A LOT OF IT LOOKS LIKE DUPLICATION OF SERVICES.

SO I JUST THINK WE REALLY NEED TO TREAD LIGHTLY WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT GIVING AWAY $1.5 MILLION THAT'LL MAKE 3 MILLION WE'VE GIVEN AWAY THIS YEAR.

NOT SAYING IT'S A GOOD, NOT A GOOD CAUSE, BUT I JUST THINK IF, IF, IF, IF THOSE SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE, THEN WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR KIDS ARE, ARE EXPOSED TO THOSE SERVICES YES.

THAT ARE ALREADY OUT THERE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, COACH.

I SEE WE HAVE, UH, MS. DIANE PEYTON INSIDE OF THE BUILDING.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME TO THE MIC AND SPEAK TO US THIS ITEM? OR YOU DON'T HAVE TO.

IT'S COMPLETELY UP TO YOU.

UM, DO I HAVE TO SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. LEWIS FOR YOUR COMMENTS? UH, DULY NOTED.

UH, ALSO WE ARE TRYING TO PULL TOGETHER THE DETAILS.

WE WANNA BE THOROUGH.

WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF OUR PARTNERS HAVE A CHANCE TO INFLUENCE THE BUDGET.

WHAT WE GIVE TO YOU IS TIGHT.

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WE KNOW IT'S ACCOUNTABLE.

WE KNOW THAT ALL THE DETAILS ARE THERE, AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN BE CONFIDENT IN VOTING FOR.

I DISAGREE WITH THE DUPLICATION OF SERVICES, BUT I DO RESPECT YOUR OPINION, MR. LEWIS.

UM, BUT OUTSIDE OF THAT, I HAVE NOTHING FURTHER TO SHARE AT THIS TIME.

THANK YOU, MR. BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

WE APPRECIATE YOU MS. SHALAN, YOU'RE NINE SIDE OF THE QUEUE.

UM, I JUST HAVE TO SHARE THAT, YOU KNOW, IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN PLANNED FOR A YEAR, I'M, I'M PRETTY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE QUESTIONS I'VE ASKED HAVEN'T BEEN ANSWERED.

UM, WHICH IS REALLY JUST SIMPLY WHAT'S THE BUDGET? UM, AND I'M ONLY SAYING THIS PUBLICLY BECAUSE I'VE BEEN VERY PATIENT AND I HAVEN'T ASKED MORE.

AND I'M, I'M CONFUSED ON WHY IT KEEPS GETTING PUSHED.

BECAUSE IN MY MIND, DOES THAT JUST MEAN WE'RE MAKING KIDS WAIT LONGER TO NOT RECEIVE WHAT LOOKED LIKE A PRETTY GREAT, UM, PROPOSAL? SO, UM, THAT'S GREAT THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU WANT MORE TIME, BUT WHEN I APPLY FOR GRANTS AND THINGS, IF I, I MEAN, MY DUCKS ARE IN A ROW AND I'M, I'M STRUGGLING TO UNDERSTAND WHY THEY AREN'T IN THIS MATTER.

ESPECIALLY WHEN I ASKED HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN WORKED ON? AND I WAS TOLD ABOUT A YEAR AGO, UM, AGAIN, I THINK YWC IS A WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION DOING INCREDIBLE THINGS IN THIS COMMUNITY.

AND I'M, I'M WORRIED THAT WE ARE PUTTING OUR KIDS ON PAUSE TO TACKLE WHAT, TO ME IS A CRISIS WITH TRUANCY AND SCHOOL SAFETY.

AND WE'VE NOW JUST GONE MONTHS OF JUST SAYING, WELL, WE'LL GET TO IT.

I, UM, UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THOSE COMMENTS.

WHAT WE'VE SPENT TIME DOING, AN EXAMPLE IS WITH THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, WE WERE LOOKING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE HELPING TO EXPAND THE WORK THAT IS, THAT IS GOING ON.

UM, THERE'S ADDITIONAL SCHOOLS THAT THEY WANTED TO CONSIDER, UM, THAT ALSO INFLUENCES THE BUDGET.

AND SO WE'RE HAVING THOROUGH CONVERSA CONVERSATIONS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE OUR SCHOOLS ALIGNED CORRECTLY, THE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS THAT WE'RE LOOKING TO IMPACT, THE NUMBER OF HOURS THAT WE'RE LOOKING TO BE THERE.

SO WE'RE TRYING TO BE COMPREHENSIVE IS WHY IT'S TAKEN A LITTLE ADDITIONAL TIME.

BUT I DO RESPECT YOUR COMMENTS AND I APPRECIATE THEM WHOLEHEARTEDLY.

THANK YOU.

THAT IS YOUR QUESTIONS, MS. ADELINE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

I WILL NOW ENTER THE QUEUE AND I'LL TRY TO BE AS FAST OR AS BRIEF AS POSSIBLE.

SO ONE, THIS ITEM TOOK PLACE.

SO WHEN IT WAS FIRST ESTABLISHED, IT WAS AROUND NOVEMBER LAST YEAR.

THE REASON WHY IT WAS BEING PUT OFF AGAIN, WE TALKED A LOT LAST WEEK ABOUT POLITICS.

THE REASON WHY IT WAS PUT OFF WAS BECAUSE SOME BOARD MEMBERS DID NOT WANT TO PARTNER WITH THEN THE MAYOR'S OFFICE.

SO RESPECTFULLY, WE TOOK IT OFF.

AND AS YOU SAID, MS. SHA LANE, THE LONGER WE WAIT, KIDS ARE IN THE BALANCE AND THEY'RE THE ONES THAT ARE LOSING.

THE NEXT ORGANIZATION THAT WE TRIED TO REPLACE IT WITH WAS ALSO PUT INSIDE OF A POLITICAL ENTHRALL, AND WE HAD TO TAKE IT OFF AGAIN.

SO WE HAD TO FIND AN ORGANIZATION WHO COULD NOT ONLY HELP US MOVE THE WORK, BUT ALSO WHO HAD THE WHEREWITHAL AND THE, UH, AND THE PROFESSIONAL SETTING OF SERVICES THAT HAVE, THEY HAVE EITHER DONE IT BEFORE OR SOMEONE WHO COULD CONNECT TO OUR DISTRICT WHO DOES AMAZING WORK, WHICH THAT WAS THE YWCA, UH, IN THAT TIME, WHAT I CAN TELL YOU IS THAT IT IS NOT THE SAME POPULATION OF STUDENTS.

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT STUDENTS WHO HAVE HISTORICALLY NOT BEEN INSIDE OF OUR SCHOOLS, OR HAVE HISTORICALLY BEEN PLACED INSIDE OF ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL SETTING.

THERE IS NO PROGRESS MONITORING.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT STUDENTS WHO ARE IN SCHOOLS OR HAVING FIGHTS ON A REGULAR BASIS, AND THEY HAVE NO, NO WAY OF EITHER BEING MONITORED OR HAVING SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO BUILD IN INTERVENTION BASED WORK FOR THEM.

UH, WE DON'T PAY TEACHERS TO BREAK UP FIGHTS.

WE DON'T PRAY OUR SSR UH, OUR SROS INSIDE OF OUR SCHOOLS TO BREAK UP FIGHTS.

IN FACT, THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CAME UP, UH, WHEN WE SAW THE TWO, 200 STUDENT BRAWL THAT TOOK PLACE AT BROOKSTOWN ELEMENTARY, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT IN A POSITION TO DO SO.

THIS PARTICULAR PLAN PUTS TOGETHER, UH, ENOUGH RESOURCES.

SO WE PUT PEOPLE INSIDE OF SCHOOLS WHO HAVE THE WHEREWITHAL AND THE PROFESSIONALISM TO DO THAT.

I JUST WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THAT.

AND ALSO, THIS IS BUDGET NEUTRAL.

THIS IS NOT COMING OUT OF THE FUND BALANCE.

WHEN WE WENT THROUGH THE BUDGET OVER THE COURSE OF THE SUMMER, IT WAS NOT COMING OUT OF THE FUND BALANCE, AND IT DID NOT COME OUT OF OUR GENERAL FUND.

IT CAME OUT OF ESSER, OUR TITLE FUNDING, MEANING THAT IT WAS COMPLETELY, UH, AGAIN, UH, BUDGET NEUTRAL.

AND AGAIN, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A POPULATION OF STUDENTS WHO HISTORICALLY HAVE NEVER RECEIVED ANY DIRECT SERVICES TO GET THEM CAUGHT BACK UP TO SPEED.

SO I JUST SAY, I'LL LET TO SAY, UH, THAT IS THE CONTEXTUAL HISTORY OF IT IN A NUTSHELL.

UH, BUT I AGREE WITH YOU.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD NOT KEEP KICKING DOWN THE DOWN THE, DOWN THE, UH, DOWN THE, UH, STREET OR DOWN THE, UH, HOLE.

BECAUSE THE LONGER WE DO THIS, WE'RE GONNA CONTINUE TO GO THROUGH THE SAME SITUATION.

UH, AS YOU KNOW, LAST MONTH WE JUST WENT THROUGH A HEARING WHERE A GUN WAS BROUGHT ON CAMPUS BY A STUDENT.

THESE ARE THE TYPES OF CASES THAT WE'RE TRYING TO REDUCE, BUT WE HAVE TO GET IN FRONT OF IT.

SO I'LL STOP THERE.

THANK YOU AGAIN

[01:00:01]

FOR YOUR COMMENTS.

I SEE WE HAVE SCHOOL MEMBER MICHAEL GOER IN THE QUEUE.

YES.

THANK YOU TO, UH, MR. LANIS.

UH, JUST A COMMENT FOR ME.

UH, YOU KNOW, WHEN I LOOK AT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, I THINK THE, IF I HAD TO RANK THE THREE BIGGEST AREAS OF MY FOCUS, IT WOULD BE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION.

IT WOULD BE THE PROGRESS IN HIGH SCHOOL, UH, PARTICULARLY IN NINTH GRADE AND GETTING KIDS TO GRADUATE AND THE DUAL ENROLLMENT AND THOSE SORTS OF THINGS.

AND THEN THE LAST WOULD BE TRUANCY AND, AND ATTENDANCE.

BECAUSE IF THE KID, IF THE STUDENTS, I HATE TO CALL 'EM KIDS, SO THEY'RE NOT GOATS.

IF THE STUDENTS, UM, ARE IN CLASS, THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO LEARN.

IF THEY'RE NOT IN CLASS, THEY DON'T.

SO I DON'T PARTICULARLY HAVE, YOU KNOW, I DON'T, I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT WE'RE FOCUSING ON THIS.

AND I THINK THE PIECE THAT IS NOT CONNECTING FOR ME, AND IT MIGHT BE, UH, A WAY FOR THE YWCA AND STUFF TO WORK ON THIS.

I THINK I NEED A PRESENTATION THAT SAYS, OKAY, HERE IS WHAT WE'RE DOING FOR THE WHOLE, HERE'S HOW THE WHOLE SYSTEM WORKS FOR TRUANCY, FOR HOW THE, HOW DO ALL THESE PIECES FIT TOGETHER? AND THEN WHAT'S MISSING? AND THEN HOW DOES THIS FIT INTO THAT PIECE? BECAUSE I THINK WHAT WE'RE GETTING IS A DESCRIPTION OF THAT ONE PIECE.

AND WE'RE CLUELESS ON WHAT IS OUR ENTIRE TRUANCY PROGRAM LOOK LIKE? WHERE HAVE WE BEEN SUCCESSFUL WITH IT? WHERE HAVE WE HAVEN'T? AND HOW IS THIS GONNA HELP US INCREASE OUR SUCCESS BY ADDRESSING THE AREAS WE'RE DEFICIENT IN? SO I DON'T THINK THAT WE ARE GETTING A BROAD ENOUGH PICTURE.

YOU KNOW, IT'S KIND OF LIKE TELLING US THIS IS A GREAT TIRE, BUT IF WE DON'T KNOW WHAT A CAR LOOKS LIKE OR WHAT THE CAR NEEDS, WE CAN'T TELL YOU IF THAT'S A GOOD TIRE OR NOT, OR IF I WANNA BUY IT.

SO MY REQUEST WOULD BE TO, WE REALLY NEED A COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW OF THE WHOLE TRUANCY, UH, COUNSELING ARENA AND THEN PLUG INTO, OKAY, THIS IS HOW THE BIG PICTURE LOOKS.

THIS IS WHERE THIS PART FITS IN.

AND THAT'S WHY IT MAKES SENSE.

THAT'S WHAT I'M MISSING.

AND, AND I, I GET THE SENSE FROM SOME OF MY FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS, THAT'S, THAT'S ALSO WHAT THEY'RE MISSING.

YES, SIR.

I THINK IT'S, IT MIGHT BE THE BEST PROGRAM IN THE WORLD.

I'M NOT SAYING ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT THE PROGRAM.

I, I APPLAUD THE ORGANIZATION FOR STEPPING FORWARD.

I'D LOVE TO SEE US DO IT IF IT WORKS.

BUT I JUST GOTTA HAVE CONTEXT.

YES, SIR.

AND I DON'T THINK ANYBODY'S BASHING THE PROGRAM.

I THINK EVERYBODY ON THIS BOARD, UH, AT THIS DIOCESE RATHER CAN SAY THAT YWCA DOES AMAZING WORK AND I JUST NEED MORE INFORMATION.

SO THAT'S COMPLETELY UNDERSTOOD.

UH, AT THIS TIME.

NOW I GO BACK TO THE QUEUE, HAVE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER PATRICK MARTIN IN THE QUEUE.

THANK YOU PRESIDENT LIN.

I WANTED TO SECOND, UH, MY COLLEAGUE MR. GODES.

UM, COMMENTS.

I THINK THAT THERE, THAT THIS IS, THIS APPEARS AIMED AT ADDRESSING ONE PARTICULAR PIECE OF THE TRUANCY ISSUE.

I AGREE THAT TRUANCY IS ONE OF THE MOST MAJOR ISSUES THAT WE'RE FACING.

WE HAVE TO, TO GET THE KIDS IN SCHOOL.

'CAUSE IF THEY'RE NOT IN IN SCHOOL, THEY'RE NOT GONNA LEARN.

UM, UM, I THINK YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, PRESIDENT LANTIS.

THAT, THAT, THAT, THAT THERE ARE KIDS WHO ARE AFRAID TO GO TO SCHOOL THAT ARE NOT GONNA SCHOOL BECAUSE OF SAFETY CONCERNS.

PARENTS WHO ARE AFRAID TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL.

AND, AND SADLY THEY'RE JUSTIFIABLE FEARS.

MM-HMM.

, RIGHT, BASED ON THE, THE, THE HARROWING STORIES YOU WERE COUNTED AND OTHERS THAT WE'VE ALL HEARD AND GET EMAILS ABOUT ON AN ALMOST WEEKLY BASIS, TRAGICALLY.

SO, I THINK, BUT I THINK THERE ARE ALSO KIDS WHO ARE TRUANT BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET TRANSPORTATION OR BECAUSE THEY, UM, MOM, YOU KNOW, MOM OR DAD DOESN'T JUST CAN'T GET 'EM THERE, CAN'T GET 'EM UP IN THE MORNING.

THEY'RE GONE.

KID DOESN'T WANT TO GO THERE.

THERE ARE A LOT OF REASONS THAT, THAT, THAT KIDS DON'T GO TO SCHOOL.

AND THIS DOES APPEAR TO ADDRESS ONE PIECE, BUT NOT ALL OF 'EM.

AND THEN WE, WE SHOULDN'T, WE SHOULDN'T NOT ADDRESS ONE PIECE OF IT BECAUSE WE CAN'T ADDRESS ALL OF IT AT ONCE.

BUT I DO THINK IT, IT, IT, IT'S IMPORTANT IN THIS ISSUE THAT WE HAVE SOME CONTEXTUAL UNDERSTANDING.

YOU KNOW, MAYBE WE CAN THINK ABOUT AT SOME POINT IN THE NEAR FUTURE, CREATING A TASK FORCE, UM, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT WITH ONE OR TWO BOARD MEMBERS ON IT, TEACHERS MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO, TO REALLY, YOU KNOW, LOOK AT THIS ISSUE, LOOK AT WHAT THE DISTRICT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE DISTRICT IS ALREADY DOING, AND, AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THE DISTRICT CAN DO.

BOTH, BOTH SPENDING MONEY AND THINGS THAT MAYBE WE CAN DO THAT DON'T REQUIRE SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD ON THIS ISSUE.

THANK YOU.

YES SIR.

THANK YOU.

AND THAT'S DULY NOTED.

THOSE ARE ALL GREAT POINTS BY THE WAY.

THANK YOU SCUBA MEMBER MARTIN.

ALRIGHT.

SEEING NO OTHER NAMES IN THIS QUEUE AT THIS TIME, I'LL NOW TURN TO PUBLIC COMMENT.

UM, SOME COMMENTS ARE THE ONE PARTICULAR COMMENT I HAVE TO READ OFFLINE, UH, FOR, UH, CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS.

I'LL JUST READ IT OFFLINE.

UH, THE FIRST COMMENT IS GONNA COME FROM MS. STORM MATTHEWS.

SHE SAYS, I SUPPORT THIS ITEM.

THESE KIDS NEED HELP.

UH, NEXT WE HAVE DR. JAMES FINNEY.

[01:05:03]

THANK YOU.

UM, I WOULD PREFER THAT INSTEAD OF DEFERRING THIS TO A DATE UNCERTAIN AND HAVING THIS DISCUSSION LOOM OVER ALL YOUR FUTURE DISCUSSIONS UNTIL IT FINALLY WEARS YOU DOWN AND YOU PASS IT JUST TO BE DONE WITH IT, I WOULD SUGGEST DEFERRING IT UNTIL YOU ADOPT NEXT YEAR'S BUDGETS.

ALL OF THEM.

OR JUST KILL IT TONIGHT.

'CAUSE HERE'S THE MAIN ISSUE.

YOU'RE PROPOSING TO SPEND A MILLION AND A HALF DOLLARS OF FEDERAL MONEY WITHOUT HAVING DONE AN RFQ.

MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT YOU CAN'T DO THAT.

CALLING THIS A COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT DOESN'T GET AROUND THE FACT THAT YOU'RE BUYING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AND YOU DIDN'T GIVE ANYBODY ELSE A SHOT AT GIVING A PRO A PROPOSAL.

FURTHERMORE, THEY'VE HAD A YEAR TO NEGOTIATE THIS AND IT HASN'T WORKED YET.

SO I THINK YOU ALL HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO THAN TO GET DRUG THROUGH THIS MONTH, AFTER MONTH OR TWICE A MONTH.

SO, IF THERE IS AN ISSUE WITH TRUANCY OR WITH FIGHTS AT SCHOOL, AND I DON'T DOUBT THAT THERE ARE, THE FIRST STEP IS TO DEFINE THE PROBLEM.

LET'S HAVE SOME DATA DISCUSS THE DATA, LET THE COMMUNITY BRAINSTORM SOME IDEAS, DECIDE WHETHER IT MAKES MORE SENSE TO HIRE A MILLION AND A HALF DOLLARS A YEAR OF MORE PEOPLE TO PUT IN THE SCHOOLS OR IN THE COMMUNITIES, AND THEN DECIDE HOW TO PAY FOR THAT.

AND ONLY IF, GOD FORBID, YOU DECIDE THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS IS TO PRIVATIZE THESE SERVICES, THEN AT LEAST FOLLOW THE LAW AND DO AN RFQ INSTEAD OF PICKING ONE PROVIDER OR A GROUP OF PROVIDERS AND FINDING SOME SHELL ORGANIZATION THAT'S WILLING TO FUNNEL THE MONEY THROUGH TO THEM, WHICH HAS BEEN ALLEGED IS THE PLAN HERE.

JUST EITHER DEFER THIS WAY DOWN THE ROAD OR KILL IT TONIGHT, BE DONE WITH IT, AND THEN GO BACK AND DEFINE AND SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU DR.

VINEY.

SEEING NO OTHER COMMENT CARDS ON THIS ITEM, WE COME BACK TO OUR BOARD, SEE NO NAMES INSIDE OF THE QUEUE.

MADAM SECRETARY, PLEASE CALL FOR THE VOTE.

I PLEASE VOTE.

THE MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, MOVING RIGHT ALONG

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