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CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Daily News At CentralSpeaks.com • 16 Pages • Thursday, February 10, 2011

Festival of Two Rivers Next Weekend

Krewe de Centrale Has a Ball

Submitted by Stacey Cazes

Each year, St. Alphonsus hosts the Festival of Two Rivers Auction and A Taste of Central. The event serves as a major fundraiser for both St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and the St. Alphonsus School. The night of fundraising includes a live and silent auction, food, music, a cash bar, and a $10,000 raffl e. This event has consistently drawn the support of the Central community, and it is an evening of fun as well as a great fundraiser. This year’s Festival of Two Rivers is being held on Saturday, February 19th at St. Alphonsus on Greenwell Springs Road. Tickets cost $10 per adult in advance or $15 per adult at the door. $10,000 raffl e tickets cost $100 each. Each raffl e ticket you purchase also admits two adults to the festival. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the Silent Auction, and A Taste of Central begins at 6:00. Call the church offi ce at 261-4650 for details or to purchase tickets. We hope to see you there!

Over 300 people enjoyed music, dancing, and good company at the fi fth annual Krewe de Centrale Mardi Gras Ball at St. Alphonsus. Turn to page 8 for more photos from the event. Photo by Mike Spangler of Expressions Photography

City Services Committee Meeting Tonight Tonight, there will be a City Services Committee meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Central Fire Station on Sullivan Road. The public is invited to attend to hear the latest updates on the committee’s work. The City Services Committee was formed last fall. The committee members were given the task of researching possibilities for the future of Central’s City Services. In order to accomplish this, the committee, which

is made up of 21 people, split up into sub-committees with chairpersons assigned to each. The sub-committees have been researching and working on different pieces of the project. Sub-committees include General Services (Chairperson Wayne Leader), DPW (Chairperson Fred Raiford), Planning & Zoning (Chairperson Rodney Bonvillain), Permits (Chairperson Pete Firmin), and Contracts (Chairperson Louis

Final CAYL School Board Committee Takes Public Comment on Public Comment Registration Day

By Dave Freneaux

On Monday evening about 25 citizens showed up to give input on Public Comment at School Board meetings. The Human Resources/Policies Committee consisting of School Board Members Atkinson, Browning, Easley, and Gardner, along with Superintendent Faulk, led discussion with the public concerning Public Comment, Meeting Procedures, Standing Committees and Meeting Agendas. Also in attendance and speaking on the matter were School Board Members Lloyd and

Walker. The meeting lasted almost three hours and consisted of much discussion and debate and even a few brief heated exchanges. After the public weighed in on each issue the School Board drafted policies which will be considered at the next full School Board meeting. The proposed policy changes are presented below. The public is encouraged to attend the School Board meeting next Monday, at which time any citizen will be allowed to express an opinion on each issue prior to a vote by the Board.

Turn to Page 7 to read the proposed policies up for consideration.

This Saturday

This Saturday is the last day to register for CAYL baseball and softball. The registration fee for each player is $60.00. A BIRTH CERTIFICATE IS REQUIRED AT REGISTRATION. CAYL does not keep birth certifi cates. A child’s birth date will be verifi ed at the time of registration and the birth certifi cate returned at this time. (No exceptions) A child who turns fi ve (5) by December 31, 2011 is eligible for t-ball. The cut-off date for boys who participate in all other league play is May 1, 2011. A child who See CAYL, Page 12

DeJohn). This will be the fi rst time the committee has met as a whole since splitting into the smaller groups. At tonight’s meeting, each sub-committee chairperson will share the fi ndings and progress made by his sub-committee. This should be an informative meeting on a topic that has been of interest to many people around the city. Come see this process in action tonight.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

CentralSpeaks.com THURSDAY. 2/10: • CentralSpeaks.com Hits the Streets • Scale Down Orientation at Lane RMC • Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Library • Children’s Knitting, 5 PM at Central Library • Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s Pizza and on 1550 AM • CAYL Registration, 5-7 PM at CMS Cafeteria • CHS Girls Basketball vs Walker, 5:30 PM at Walker • City Services Committee Meeting, 6 PM at Central Fire Station FRIDAY 2/11: • Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist • CHS Boys Basketball vs Walker, 5 PM at CHS SATURDAY 2/12: • St. Alphonsus Monthly Food Drive • Bayou Bebes Doll Show & Sale, 9:30 AM- 3:30 PM at BREC on Florida • Worldwide Sweets & Eats Grand Opening, 1-4 PM • CHS JV Baseball vs Hahnville Scrimmage, 11 AM at HHS • CAYL Registration, 12-2 PM at CMS Cafeteria- FINAL DAY! • CHS Varsity Baseball Scrimmage vs Hahnville, 2 PM at Hahnville SUNDAY 2/13: • St. Alphonsus Monthly Food Drive MONDAY 2/14: • HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! • Heart Disease Program, 10 AM- 12 PM at Lane RMC • CCSS School Board Meeting, 6 PM at Kristenwood • Pickleball, 6-9 PM at Lovett Road Park TUESDAY 2/15: • LSU Mobile Business Classroom in Central • Sewing/Quilting Group, 10 AM at Magnolia Methodist • Cooking in Central Public Meeting, 12 NOON at Elegant Memories • CCA Forum: Legislative Update, 7 PM at DEMCO Meeting Room WEDNESDAY, 2/16: • Republican Women of Central Meeting, 12 NOON at Sammy’s in Central • LSU Mobile Business Classroom in Central THURSDAY. 2/17: • CentralSpeaks.com Hits the Streets • All Pro Dads Breakfast, 7:15-8:15 AM at Central Intermediate • Keep the Beat Signup Deadline • Scale Down Orientation at Lane RMC • EBR Republican Roundtable Meeting, 12 NOON at Sammy’s in Zachary • Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Library • Children’s Knitting, 5 PM at Central Library • Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s Pizza and on 1550 AM • CHS Boys Basketball vs Live Oak, 6 PM at Live Oak

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Heart Disease Program February 24th in Central

Submitted by Trudy Bihm

Health Care Options have partnered with The American Heart Association for a program on Heart Disease on February 24th at 1:00pm. It will be located at La Central plaza at the Central Training Center 6703 Sullivan Road. There will be guest speakers from The American Heart Association and helpful information and resources. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking the life

EBR Republican Roundtable Meeting Next Thursday Submitted by Bill Parsons

The East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Roundtable will meet next Thursday, February 17th at 12 noon at Sammy’s Grill in Zachary. Attendees will get a chance to meet the candidates running for Family Court Judge & District 62 Representative. It is now very helpful to RSVP for the EBRP Roundtables. It would be appreciated if you send an email to EBRPGOP@aol.com if you think you will attend. You will be sent another email reminder prior to the meeting. Please invite your friends to attend. Please be seated by 12:10. Cost of the luncheon is $20.

CHS BETA Students Win Awards at State Convention

From the Central High School website

Congratulations to the following Beta members for their outstanding performances at state convention: Tyler Wales placed third place in the Math competition, the Quiz Bowl team (Tyler Wales, Kegan Hayes, Caleb Covington, and Daniel Holmes) placed 4th, Stephanie Graphia placed second in the on site art competition, and Ashley Estave won first place in colored photography. A special thanks to Ms. deLeon and Ms. Kaiser for being great sponsors for the Beta Club and Ms. Lemoine and Ms. Blanchard for being chaperons.

of 1 in 3 women. That means mothers, sisters, and friends are dying at the rate of one per minute. To help raise the funds needed for lifesaving educational programs and the development of new treatments to fight heart disease, please bring $5.00 for a donation and receive a Red dress pin or bracelet. For more information please contact Trudy Bihm at 225-261-6314 or email trudybihm@ healthcareoptionsinc.com.

CCA Forum Tuesday at DEMCO

The Central Community Alliance will hold their monthly public forum this Tuesday, February 15th at 7 at the DEMCO meeting room on Wax Road. This month’s forum will be a Louisiana Legislative Update. Featured speakers include Senator Dale Erdey, Representative Mack “Bodi” White, and Representative Clif Richardson. All Central citizens are welcome.


CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, February 10, 2011

City Council Video on CentralSpeaks TV

By Dave Freneaux

The Central City Council met on Tuesday at 6PM at Kristenwood, as it does every second and fourth Tuesday. Council Member Moak sponsored a budget amendment to fund Hooper-Sullivan Roads intersection improvements, which passed unanimously. Council Member LoBue asked that an opportunity be offered to learn more about Roberts Rules of Order. Mayor Watts shared that he already is working with an expert on the issue and that Council and

School Board Members will be invited to the training. Additionally, the Mayor will be guiding interested parties to training put on by the Louisiana Municipal Association at no cost to the city. CentralSpeaks.com would like to remind everyone that all Council and School Board meetings can be watched on CentralSpeaksTV. Videos are posted, usually within 24 hours, and can be seen by clicking on the CentralSpeaksTV icon at the top of any page at Central Speaks.com.

Republican Women of Central Meeting February 16th Louisiana Family Forum’s Gene Mills Will Be Guest Speaker Submitted by Betsy Barnes

The Republican Women of Central are pleased to announce Gene Mills, President of Louisiana Family Forum and Amanda Swanner, U.S. Senator David Vitter’s Community Liason as Special Guest Speakers for their February 16th Membership Meeting and Luncheon. It is being held at Sammy’s Grill, 14800 Wax Road in Central. Guests and members may arrive at 11:30a.m. to meet speakers and get acquainted with members and guests. Reverend Gene Mills, an ordained minister and highly sought-after motivational speaker, brings 25 plus years of experience working life and family issues into the Louisiana political landscape. Mills has directed the activities of LFF, a non-profit research and education organization, since its inception in 1999- providing “a voice for traditional families in Louisiana.” LFF’s international network includes associations with Dr. James Dobson and Focus on the Family, the State Policy Network, Washington D.C. based Family Research Council, and forty state-level family policy councils nationwide. All registered Republicans, women and men, are invited to join. Members are encouraged to bring a friend to the meeting and select a committee to serve on. Much help is needed in forthcoming elections and local events benefitting our community. The Republican Women of Central are an affiliated chapter in the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women

with over 2,100 members in 42 chapters statewide. Cost for the lunch and meeting is $15. Membership is $35 per year for both Active and Associate members. Several associate members are men, and women are active in other chapters around the capitol region area actively supporting Republican candidates. Among these members are State Representatives Cliff Richardson and Bodi White, Central Mayor Mac Watts, Central Chamber President and EBRP Metrocouncil Member Scott Wilson, and Capital City Republican Women Chapter President Sarah Holliday, President. “Our mission is to serve the region, locally and beyond by educating citizens about the upcoming municipal elections this year and into the national elections of 2012,” current RWC President Joan Lansing said. “Membership growth, voter registration and participation, education on legislation and lobbying for worthwhile causes that impact Central and surrounding areas are key objectives for this year,” Mrs. Lansing said. Committee volunteers are needed for the Membership, Legislation, Community Service, Awards, Fundraising, Magnolia Club and Education Literacy. For more information about meetings and membership, please email republicanwomenofcentral@yahoo. com , visit the website at www.lfrw. org/RepublicanWomenOfCentral or call Mrs. Lansing at (225) 773-1210 or Betsy Otken Barnes at (225)333-0018.

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Cox Video Prices Changing From Cox Communications

In our continuing effort to keep you informed, Cox Communications would like to let you know, in advance, that effective on or about March 1, 2011, the following video price changes will occur: Video- Monthly Charges Cox TV Starter Cox TV Essential Cox Advanced TV Cox Advanced TV + 1 Pak Cox Advanced TV + 2 Paks Cox Advanced TV + 3 Paks Cox Advanced TV + 4 Paks Premium 1 Pay (HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, or Starz) Premium 2 Pay (HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, or Starz) Premium 3 Pay (HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, or Starz) Premium 4 Pay (HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, & Starz) DVR Service HD & HD/DVR Receiver El Mix

From: $15.55 $52.99 $8.99 $11.99 $14.99 $17.99 $20.99 $13.99 $22.99 $29.99 $35.99 $11.99 $5.25 $44.99

To: $19.55 $56.99 $6.99 $10.99 $14.99 $18.99 $22.99 $14.99 $24.99 $33.99 $39.99 $9.99 $7.25 $46.99

Video One Time Charges Self-Install (TV or Advanced TV) Existing Drop (TV) Existing Drop (Advanced TV) New Drop (Additional Fee) New Drop (TV) New Drop (Advanced TV) Service Call

From: $4.99 $29.70 $29.70 $24.25 $53.95 $53.95 $46.95

To: $0.00 $29.99 $29.99 $30.00 $59.99 $59.99 $51.25

As you know from our role in local government, raising rates is always a difficult decision. However, as a private business, Cox has to constantly be mindful of the costs we incur to remain viable and has done everything possible to absorb costs outside of our control. While we’ve done everything possible to absorb as much of the costs as we can, programming costs continue to rise as much as 10 percent each year, which is much higher than the rate increase our customers will experience. The increase will be less than $10 per month for nearly 80 percent of our customers; the average monthly increase will be $6.47. Cox invests annually in its infrastructure and continues to deliver the nation’s best video, telephone and Internet services to urban and rural areas. We will continue to increase our HD offerings and will reach 100 HD chan-

nels this year. Our OnDemand library has more than 5,000 hours of rich entertainment offerings and we will add more 3D content as it becomes available. Additionally, whole-home DVR and the ability to program your DVR remotely is slated to launch this year. Discount for Low-Income Seniors- Cox will continue its partnership with regional Councils on Aging to offer a discount for low-income seniors on Basic cable. We understand that price increases are difficult for some seniors. While we are advancing our services to meet the demands of the masses, we are very proud to keep our loyal senior customers in mind; therefore we have increased our senior discount from 20% to 25%. Our continuing commitment is to offer the best products with the highest level of service and reliability to our customers. We are proud to be a contributing member of your community.


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Thursday, February 10, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

From the Mayor’s Desk: February 10, 2011

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT:

I am pleased to announce that Steve Vassallo will be returning to Central as our Economic Development Consultant. Mr. Vassallo has been with the City of Central Economic Development Committee since inception and is well versed in the needs and progress of our city. I look forward to working with Mr. Vassallo in continuing our move forward.

CITY SERVICE COMMITTEE MEETING:

There will be a City Service Committee Meeting Thursday, February 10, 2011, at 6:00 P.M., at the Central Fire Department conference room. This meeting will consist of the individual committee chairmen presenting progress reports for their group. The meeting is open to the public.

CENTRAL HIGH ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT INFORMATION: CENTRAL HIGH FOOTBALL BANqUET:

Central High will be hosting its Football Banquet honoring the high school football players on Friday, March 25, 2011. This event will be held at the F.O.P. Hall, located at 10777 Greenwell Springs Road. The meal will be provided for the ball players and all other tickets are $10.00 each. You may contact Coach Dotson at (337) 247-2024 to purchase tickets.

CENTRAL HIGH OPEN BASEBALL TOURNAMENT:

Entry fee is $250.00. For entry information you may contact: Austin Myers at (225) 636-0390 or by email: Austin@ centralspeaks.com, or Daryl Stevens at (225) 405-8709. Also, this Friday night, February 11th, is senior night for the C.H.S. basketball players who will be honored during the game. Be sure to get out and support our athletes and their programs.

CENTRAL COMMUNITY THEATRE:

Congratulations go out to the Central Community Theatre Troupe. This group of young Central Citizens went to Atlanta to compete on the national level in Theatre production. In doing so they brought home numerous fi rst place group awards and also many personal fi rst place awards. Again I urge you to seize every opportunity to enjoy a production by our own Community Theatre. They are a very talented group of young people.

LOUISIANA SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER:

Tuesday, February 15th and Wednesday, February 16th the LABDC Mobil Class room will be in Central, at Central City Hall located at 13421 Hooper Road, suite #9. I am excited that these classes have fi lled up very quickly! If you have questions pertaining to class schedules you may contact: David Barrow at: (225) 261-5255 or by email: david.barrow@ centralgov.com. Fax: (225) 261-0811

COUNCIL ON AGING:

We are still searching for a location The Central High baseball team will to house our Central Council on Aging be hosting an open baseball tournament group. If you are aware of a building that April 1-3, 2011 at Lovett Road Park. The can be utilized, please contact Charlotte team range is T-Ball thru 14 years old.

last years ball. I invite you to consider joining the festivities next year. Our Last Saturday, February 5th, the Cen- Chamber does a wonderful job on this tral Chamber of Commerce hosted our event. annual Central Mardi Gras Ball at St. AlGod Bless Central, phonsus. This year’s event was a huge Mac Watts success! Tickets were a sold out and we Mayor came close to doubling the attendance of Fergerson at City Hall at 261-5988.

CENTRAL MARDI GRAS BALL:

Frenchtown Road Rezonings Submitted by David Barrow

I have received numerous phone calls lately from residents along Frenchtown Rd and adjoining subdivisions concerned about the “For Sale: To Be Rezoned Commercial” signs at several locations along Frenchtown Rd near the Central Thruway. Residents in the area are concerned that these tracts could be rezoned commercial and bring extra traffi c onto Frenchtown Rd, which is a rural setting with large acreage and single family homes. First of all, no applications for rezoning have been submitted. Second, our master plan adopted last year calls for all of the property in this area to remain Rural/Agriculture. This means single family homes on larger tracts of land. Churches or schools would also be allowed. The Master Plan does not recommend commercial zoning anywhere along Frenchtown Road or near this section of the Central Thruway. Citizens living

in the area gave input into the development of the Master Plan. Frenchtown Rd is not designed to handle commercial traffi c. Additionally, the development of a commercial corridor along this tract of the Central Thruway would mean commercial encroachment into a residential area and would defeat the purpose of a “thruway” with limited driveway access. Additionally, parts of this area of Frenchtown Rd are prone to fl ooding, and commercial development could aggravate this existing situation. There is a section of the Central Thruway closer to Greenwell Springs Rd that recommends commercial/offi ce zoning according to the Master Plan. In conclusion, any requests for rezoning to commercial along the Frenchtown Rd corridor near the Central Thruway would most likely be met with an unfavorable recommendation based upon the Master Plan and geographic considerations.

Indian Mound Grocery Burgled: EBRSO Looking for Masked Suspects Submitted by the EBR Sheriff’s Office

The following is a press release from the EBR Sheriff’s Offi ce about a burglary that happened this past Monday night, February 7th: East Baton Rouge Sheriff Offi ce Detectives are looking for two masked suspects. They are wanted for breaking into the Indian Mound Grocery & Deli located at 16935

Liberty Rd. Preliminary reports indicate that two masked men broke into the grocery and stole approximately $650.00 in cash and merchandise and caused approximately $300.00 in damages. If apprehended the suspects will be charged with Simple Burglary, Damage to Property, and Theft.

Anyone with information concerning this incident or the identity of the suspects is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Offi ce at 225-389-5000. Crime Stoppers is also offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344- STOP or (225) 344-7867. The photos included here are of the two suspects robbing the store. Photos were submitted by the EBRSO Sheriff’s Offi ce.


CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ochsner Announces Health Center Expansion in Central

Submitted by Amy Delaney, Ochsner PR Specialist

On February 18th at 10:00 am, Ochsner Health System (http://www.ochsner.org/) will celebrate the groundbreaking of a $2.2 million, 7,500 square foot health center in Central designed to bring healthcare closer to families in the area. The new Ochsner Health Center – Central, Central Park Professional Plaza at 11424 Sullivan Road, will provide space for primary care, cardiology, neurology, laboratory and imaging services. In addition, Ochsner specialists will now be able to rotate weekly at the clinic. Ochsner recognizes that the City of Central continues to grow, especially with new road construction projects making the area more accessible. “Central is a thriving community with many families choosing to raise their children in the area. Ochsner’s goal is to make healthcare more convenient for these families by offering services closer to their homes,” says Mitch Wasden, CEO of Ochsner Baton Rouge. Ochsner is further investing in the local economy by

working with Central native and developer Brandon Rogillio, Central contractor TBT Industries and Scott Ritter of Ritter Maher Architects on the new facility. Initially, the facility will employ three physicians and support staff; however, Ochsner is leaving plenty of room for growth. “We plan to build on our current list of services by offering access to more Ochsner specialists at the health center in the future. We expect to provide both pediatric and gastroenterology services on a weekly basis once the facility opens,” explains Wasden. Once complete, the new facility will feature 12 exam rooms, laboratory services, and imaging services. “We have seen tremendous success with our initial Central health center. This expansion is good news for Central residents because it means more accessibility and quicker appointments, all where they live and work ,” says Keith Holmes, MD, Ochsner Internal Medicine physician and Central resident. Construction on the new facility is expected to be complete later this year.

Above: Rendering of the future Ochsner Health Center in Central

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Business Spotlight: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt By Mia Freneaux

Travis Hood got more than he bargained for when he went on a mission trip 2 years ago. While on the trip, he tasted Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt for the fi rst time, and was so taken with the treat that he returned home and bought his fi rst franchise. Opened in 2009 in Hammond, it was an instant success, which encouraged Travis to open his second Menchie’s here in Central at the end of February. Travis brought his franchise to Central because the town is growing so quickly. When he heard that Jeff Couvillion was building The Quarters at Central Square, he contacted him and arranged to open in the new complex. His business acumen is impressive - Travis is a 22 year old LSU student majoring in Business Management who plans on getting his MBA when he graduates. Menchie’s is a national chain that originated in Los Angeles and has now grown to over 60 franchises. Known for its healthful properties, Menchie’s frozen yogurt is always either lowfat or non-fat. They also serve a non-dairy version, along with sugar free and sugar free, low

carb. The parlor offers 14 fl avors at a time, rotating through a list of over 100 in all. Favorite fl avors include Cake Batter, New York Cheesecake, and Dolce de Leche. Hawaiian Delight Sorbet is also a popular dairy free fl avor. Once you have selected your fl avor, you fi ll your cup with as much as you wish, then choose from over 50 toppings! Dry toppings include granola, different types of candy bits, and crushed cookies. 18 different Cold Toppings include 4 to 5 kinds of fruit such as strawberry, pineapple, mango, or cantaloupe. For the not-so-health-minded, Menchie’s offers brownie bites and Hot Marshmallow Crème. Your cup is then weighed and the total calculated. At $0.43/ounce, it’s a real bargain. You can sit inside at one of their parlor-style tables, or enjoy the fresh air on their outdoor patio. It’s a guilt free way to eat something delicious that’s good for you as well. Menchie’s will be open for business at the end of February, with a Grand Opening planned for March 26th. They are currently accepting applications for employment online at www.menchies.com.

Worldwide Sweets & Eats Grand Opening This Saturday Submitted by Shelley Nicosia

Worldwide Sweets & Eats will be having their Grand Opening this Saturday, February 12th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the event, there will be a spacewalk, free Cane's, a photo kiss booth and more. Come check out Central’s new candy shop on Magnolia Bridge Road next to Smooch My Pooch.


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Monday’s Tentative School Board Meeting Agenda

TENTATIVE AGENDA SCHOOL BOARD MEETING February 14, 2011 6:00 PM at Kristenwood 14025 Greenwell Springs Road Central, LA 1. Call to Order 2. Prayer 3. Pledge 4. Roll Call 5. Recognitions (Mr. Faulk) 6. To consider approval of the minutes of the January 20, 2011 Regular School Board Meeting and the minutes of the January 26, 2011 Special School Board Meeting. 7. To consider a report from the Finance Committee Meeting held on February 2, 2011 and take appropriate action. (Dr. Walker) 8. To consider a report from the Human Resources/Policies Committee Meeting held on February 7, 2011 and take appropriate action. (Mrs. Browning) 9. To consider and take appropriate action relative to a proposed revision to the Travel Policy effective January, 2011. (Mr. Faulk) 10. To consider and grant approval of Change Order No. 3 to the Earthwork Contract for the New Intermediate School and New Middle School in the amount of $54,315.00 for installation of barricade fencing around the perimeters of wetland areas and for additional costs associated with additional earthen excavation and resultant fill material required due to additional striping of unsuitable soils. (Mr.

Bogan) 11. To consider and grant approval of Change Order No. 1 to the Building Contract for the New Intermediate School and New Middle School in the credit amount of $400,000.00 for deleting the contingency allowance. (Mr. Bogan) 12. To consider and grant approval of Change Order No. 2 to the Building Contract for the New Intermediate School and the New Middle School in the credit amount of $200,778.85 for revising the site electrical utility service and revising the stand-by emergency generator size to 600kW from 750kW. (Mr. Bogan) 13. To consider and grant approval of Change Order No. 3 to the Building Contract for the New Intermediate School and New Middle School in the amount of $8,137.28 for lime stabilization of the subgrade material at the alternate classrooms. (Mr. Bogan) 14. To consider and grant approval of a contract with Mike LeBas and Associates for design and construction administration of Roadwork improvements at the entrances to the New Intermediate School and New Middle School along Sullivan and Devall Roads and the Sullivan Rd./ Gurney Rd. Intersection. (Mr. Bogan) 15. To consider and grant staff the authority to approve certain change orders for new construction projects. (Mr. Bogan) 16. Construction Coordinator’s 17. Superintendent’s Report 18. Legal Adviser’s Report 19. Announcements 20. Adjourn

Thursday, February 10, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

Million Dollar Maybe

School Redesign Claim Escalates By Dave Freneaux

The structural steel redesign of Central's new schools may cost someone in excess of $1 Million to correct. $1,017,580.37 is the formal request made on February 4th by Arkel Anderson Joint Venture, the contractor building the new Central Community School System schools on Sullivan Road. This cost estimate has risen from the initial amount of just over $800,000 two weeks ago. On face value, the design flaws seem to be the responsibility of the architect firm, PBK, the designers

of the school buildings. If that holds true, it would follow that the Central Community School System will bear none of the costs for the redesign. The party ultimately responsible for the costs resulting from the redesign will have the task of negotiating a settlement with the contractor. In the meantime, construction continues under the Construction Change Directive issued by PBK, which allows the Contractor to continue the job while the extent and responsibility of the redesign costs are determined.

Central School System Gets Clean Annual Audit Report By Dave Freneaux

Each year the Central Community School System undergoes an audit of its finances. The June 30, 2010 fiscal year audit was done by the CPA firm of Hannis T. Bourgeois. This year's audit report was another affirmation that the accounting practices in place at the Central Community School System are solid and that the control of the taxpayers' money, from an accounting perspective, is professional and by the book. Mr. Brian Kidwell, Director of Finance for the School System, and his staff, are to be congratulated for the job they do. The entire 114 page audit report can be viewed on the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's website. This audit is not related to the Legislative Auditor's investigation and report concerning technology purchases which was issued earlier in 2010.


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CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, February 10, 2011

Proposed Policies for Consideration at Monday’s School Board Meeting

CENTRAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL SYSTEM POLICY ESTABLISHING STANDING COMMITTEES The Central Community School Board ("Board") believes committees can be useful in the decision making process and in the conduction of Board business. The Board desires to establish standing committees to assist the Board in conducting business in an efficient and effective manner, to study issues facing the Central Community School System ("CCSS") in depth and to encourage increased participation by Board members, staff and members of the community. Committees are established to assist the Board in the conducting Board business and are not intended to take away any Board member's opportunity to ask questions or to participate in the decision making process. The function of Board committees shall be fact-finding, deliberating and advising but not legislating or policymaking. Board committees shall be assigned specific duties and shall make recommendations to the Board. All actions taken by Board committees shall be subject to approval by the Board. ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDING COMMITTEES The Board hereby establishes the following standing committees: (1) Finance Committee; (2) Human Resources and Policy Committee; and (3) Student Services Committee (4) Facilities and Equipment; and (5) Curriculum/Instruction/Accountability Each standing committee shall consist of at least three Board members. A majority of the members of the standing committee shall constitute a quorum provided that at least two Board members are present. The Board by majority vote may establish such other standing committees as the Board deems necessary to assist the Board in the efficient conduction of Board business. APPOINTMENT OF STANDING COMMITTEES Beginning in January 2011, the Board president shall appoint the chair of each standing committee and shall appoint at least two Board members to each standing committee in which there is a vacancy immediately following the Board's organizational meeting in January to serve a term of two years. The Board president shall make appointments first from the Board members

who have volunteered to serve on the standing committee. Each Board member shall be appointed to serve on at least one standing committee; however, no Board member shall chair more than one standing committee or serve on more than two standing committees. The Board president may serve on any standing committee in place of any absent Board member. Each standing committee chair shall have the authority to appoint up to two individuals who are registered voters within the CCSS and who have education, knowledge and/or other relevant experience in the subject matter of the committee to serve as members of the standing committee for a term of two years from the date of appointment, unless a longer term is approved by the Board. Each standing committee chair shall appoint a vice-chair to serve in his/her absence. The Board by majority vote may appoint additional individuals who have education, knowledge and/or other relevant experience in the subject matter of the committee to serve as member as the standing committee. Members of the standing committees shall attend at least eighty (80%) percent of the standing committees' meetings. PROCEDURES FOR STANDING COMMITTEES 1. Standing committees shall meet at least once a month and shall meet at such additional times as deem necessary by the chair. Monthly meetings may be cancelled by the chair. 2. Each standing committee chair shall coordinate with the superintendent or designated administrators in advance of each standing committee meeting to establish the meeting agenda to ensure the orderly flow of information and the effective operation of the Board and its committees. 3. The superintendent shall be authorized to designate staff members, as appropriate, to serve in an advisory capacity to any standing committee and to provide such research and support as is necessary. 4. Standing committees shall publish meeting agendas on in accordance with state law and Board policy and shall be furnished to each Board member. 5. All standing committees shall be open to the public. Standing committees shall not have the authority to discuss matters in executive session. In the event the committee chair determines that it is in the best interested of the Board to discuss an item

in executive session, the chair shall immediately inform the Board president and request that the item be placed on the next Board agenda. 6. Standing committee meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order-Revised. 7. Only committee members may vote on matters considered by the committee. 8 Standing committee chairs shall submit to the Board all actions which require Board approval, at the regular Board meeting following any standing committee meeting. Each standing committee chair shall report all actions taken by the standing committee since the last regular Board meeting.

9. All policies recommended by a standing committee shall be presented to the Board at the first regular meeting following the committee's adoption of the recommendation. A public hearing shall not be scheduled on the proposed policy until the next regular meeting of the Board following the committee presentation of the recommended policy. 10. Minutes shall be kept of standing committee meetings. Said minutes shall be distributed to all Board members in order to keep the Board informed of items being handled by each standing committee. Minutes shall be made available for inspection in accordance with state law and Board policies.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS The Central Community School Board desires the citizens of the district to attend its meetings so that they may become better acquainted with the operation of their public school system and so that the Board may have opportunity to hear the thoughts and comments of the public on agenda items for which action will be taken. PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS In accordance with La. R.S. 42:15, a public comment shall be permitted by the Board before any vote is taken on an agenda item. When recognized by the President, the person shall be afforded the floor and given the opportunity to speak for a period not to exceed three (3) minutes. Each speaker shall be recognized to address the Board only once per agenda item. All comments from the public on an item shall be received by the Board after a motion and second have been made on the item and before any discussion of it by Board members. Comments must be limited to the specific agenda item/motion under consideration. Comments do not include participation in debates. The President has the right to rule out of order any comments that do not relate to the agenda item/motion under consideration or that refer to personnel, student, or other matters that are confidential under law. In the event that the Board should add an item to its agenda after the Board meeting begins and that item should receive a motion and second, then the Board President shall orally request of the audience whether anyone in attendance would like to speak on the added agenda item. Each person indicating a desire to do so shall be given an opportunity to address the Board for up to three (3) minutes on each agenda item added. The Board shall delay deliberations on that agenda item until such time as all interested members of the public have had an opportunity to speak. AGENDAS The order of business at meetings of the board shall be according to the agenda which has been prepared and distributed by the superintendent. Items may be added to the agenda, items deleted, or the order of business changed only when such change is approved by specific board action. Expansions to the agenda will be made when duly moved, seconded, and affirmed by a unanimous vote of the members present and voting. B-21.1: REqUEST FOR ITEM TO BE PLACED ON AGENDA Board members, employees or the public wishing to have items placed on the agenda shall submit their requests to the superintendent at least seventy-two (72) hours, exclusive of weekends and legal holidays, prior to

the meeting date and time. The Superintendent and the Board President will determine whether these requests should be sent to a Standing Committee or placed on the agenda. If not submitted on time to be placed on the agenda, the item may be held over for the next scheduled meeting of the Board or assigned to the appropriate committee. Each delegation appearing before the board shall have ten (10) minutes to present the matter to the board. Delegations and individuals may be scheduled on the agenda to appear before the Board in accordance with the board's policy on public participation in board meetings. Once all items of the agenda have been exhausted, the meeting shall be automatically adjourned by the president without the necessity of motion, second or vote thereon.

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Sold Out Mardi Gras Ball Hosts Over 300 Attendees Photos by Mike Spangler of Expressions Photography: www.ep-central.com


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On Saturday, February 5th, the Central Chamber of Commerce held its fifth annual Krewe de Centrale Mardi Gras Ball. The event sold out with a record number of attendees. There was good food, fun, and friends as the crowd visited with each other and danced to Carbon Copy in the St. Alphonsus gym that had been transformed to match the Red Carpet theme. The table decorating award went to a fabulous display centered around Marilyn Monroe. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible! Pictured at top left are the Central Chapeau Chicks who volunteered to help check everyone in. Center left are Russell and Jennifer Starns, who were crowned King and Queen of this year’s Ball. Bottom left are all of the past Kings and Queens of the Krewe de Centrale Mardi Gras Ball.

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10 SPORTS

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Wildcat Powerlifting Boys Take First, Girls Second


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in LHSPLA East Regional Championship Tournament Submitted by Coach Heather Blanchard; Pictures by Teresa Frank

The Wildcat Powerlifting teams competed in the LHSPLA East Regional Championships on Saturday, Feb. 5 at Episcopal High School. The Girls team which consisted of only seven lifters had a strong showing with four individual championships. The Boys team used ten of eleven lifters to edge out the Walker Wildcats for the Championship. The girls were lead by Light flight outstanding lifter and 105 lb. champion Caylin Debataz (220 lb. squat, 125 lb. bench, 240 lb. dead lift). Other individual girls winners were 114 lb. class Meghan Saia (210 lb. squat, 110 lb. bench, 275 lb. dead lift), 123 lb. class Brittany Johnson (220 lb. squat, 115 lb. bench, 285 lb. dead lift) and 148 lb. class Kristen Frank (230 lb. squat, 130 lb. bench, 275 lb. dead lift). Bridget Lieux also earned points for the Lady Wildcats with a third place showing in her weight class. The boys were lead by 148 lb. winner Derek Blough (425 lb. squat, 280 lb. bench, 380 lb. dead lift) and 220 lb. winner Alex Frank (520 lb. squat, 340 lb. bench, 610 lb. dead lift). Runners up were 123 lb. class Stephen Sommers (300 lb. squat, 185 lb. bench, 320 lb. dead lift), 181 lb. class Cooper Moore (470 lb. squat, 300 lb. bench, 460 lb. dead lift) and 198 lb. class Jacob Jones (520 lb. squat, 340 lb. bench, 480 lb. dead lift). Placing third for the Wildcats were 114 lb. class Mark Mancuso (215 lb. squat, 130 lb. bench, 265 lb. dead lift), 165 lb. class Austin Reed (440 lb. squat, 265 lb. bench, 450 lb. dead lift) and SHW Ryan Vickry (420 lb. squat, 330 lb. bench, 460 lb. dead lift). Other Wildcats earning team points were 4th place John Davis and 5th place Joey Jarreau. The Wildcats will participate in the LHSPLA State JV meet at Walker High School on Feb. 26 and the Varsity meet on March 11 and 12 at Pineville High School. See more photos online at www.CentralSpeaks.com.

The Central High School Powder Puff Football Game has been rescheduled for next Friday, February 18th. The date was changed twice due to bad weather. It is a fundaiser for the Central High Sports Medicine Program. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the CHS front office.


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Wildcat Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Face Walker This Week

Above: CHS Boys Freshman Basketball Team (Expressions Photography)

Above: CHS Boys Varsity Basketball Team (Expressions Photography)

Above: CHS Boys JV Basketball Team (Expressions Photography)

Above: CHS Girls Basketball Team (Expressions Photography)

This week, the Wildcat basketball teams will play against the other Wildcats of Walker High. The girls will take on Walker tonight in an away game at Walker High School beginning at 5:30 p.m. This will be the final game of the season for the girls. The boys basketball teams have something special planned in their game against Walker tomorrow. On Friday, there will be a home basketball game beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the CHS gym. This game will benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, a medical center that treats children regardless of their ability to pay. Every fan who brings a toy to donate will receive $1 off admission. Come cheer on the Wildcats at home this Friday! The boys play their final game next Thursday the 17th at Live Oak beginning at 6 p.m.

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(Continued from page 1) turns 15 before this date will not be eligible. A girl’s eligibility is based on their age as of December 31, 2010. CAYL will offer competitive and draft leagues for boys. After regis-

tration players in the pool will participate in a draft at Lovett Road Park on Saturday, February 19th. Parents are responsible for having their child at the draft on this date. All games are played at Lovett Road Park during the week beginning at 6:00 P.M. (rain-outs will be played on Friday nights if necessary)


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Hannah George & Michael Kelly to Wed March 5th

Submitted by Hannah George; Photo by Kaylynn Marie Photography

Hannah Inez George and Michael Evans Kelly, both of Central, will marry in a 6 p.m. Ceremony March 5, 2011, at Victory Harvest Church. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford C. George Jr. of Central. She is the granddaughter of Vivian Zumo and the late Anthony Zumo and Wynona George and the Late Clifford C. George. Hannah is a graduate of Betha-

ny Christian School and Denham Springs Beauty School. She is a hair stylist at Beau Ideal Salon. Her Fiancé is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Kelly of Central. He is the grandson of Denver Evans and Lucille Evans. He Graduated from Franklin High School. He is a Fire Department Operator and works part time at Custom Metal Works. The couple was engaged August 10, 2010.

Bobby & Asia Westbrook Welcome Son James Glen

Submitted by Terri Westbrook

Bobby and Asia Bukowska Westbrook are proud to announce the birth of their baby boy, James Glen. James was born November 19, 2010. He weighed six pounds, six ounces, and was 19 inches long.

Proud grandparents are Bob and Terri Westbrook of Central and Andrej and Renata Bukowska Golicz of Poland; great-grandmothers are Erma Mitchell of Baton Rouge and Stanislawa Zak of Poland; uncle, Tyler Westbrook, of Central, and Aunt Kasia Bukowska of Poland

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Amy Elizabeth Wagley & Capt. Peter Cleek to Marry on February 19th

Submitted by Lisa Wagley

Randy and Lisa Wagley of Central joyfully announce the marriage of their daughter, Amy Elizabeth, to Capt. Peter Ezekial Cleek, son of N. Eugene "Pokey" and Laurel Cleek of Orland, Ca. Elizabeth's grandparents are Billy B. and Ola Clark of Central and Joyce Wagley and the late Freeland Wagley of Baton Rouge. Elizabeth graduated from LSU with a degree in Public Relations and has enjoyed work-

ing for Chef John Folse and Co. Peter's grandparents are Clarence and Rosalyn Hansen of Carrolton, Ga., and the late Norris and Helen Cleek of Orland, Ca. Peter graduated from Bryan College in Tennessee and received his MBA from Cal Poly. He received a law degree from Regent University Law School and serves as a J.A.G. officer with the U. S. Army. The couple will marry on Feb. 19, 2011, at Zoar Baptist Church.

Remember: You’re invited to the Bayou Bebes Doll Show & Sale happening this Saturday, February 12th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at BREC on Florida Boulevard.


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St. Jude’s Benefit Basketball Local Family Loses House in Fire; Donations Being Accepted Game This Friday at CHS Submitted by Adrienne Brown

This Friday's boy's basketball game versus Walker will be CHS's annual St. Jude's benefi t game. With the donation of a toy, attendees will receive a dollar off admission. Toys typical of treasure chests include: • cheap cars/trucks • cheap jewelry

• • • •

silly putty little activity books small toys sticky/stretchy toys (sticky feet, etc.)

Come out and support the Central High Wildcats and St. Jude’s Research Hospital. The fi rst game begins at 5:00 p.m.

Cooking in Central Meeting Tuesday

There will be a Cooking in Central meeting this Tuesday, February 15th at Elegant Memories on Frenchtown Road. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at noon. Everyone interested in volunteering for the event, whether helping ahead of time or on April 8th and 9th, is invited to attend the meeting. See the ad on page 10 for more ways you can participate.

Art and Tina Nijoka lost their home in a fi re this week. They are a local family with eight children. Central Private School’s front offi ce is currently accepting donations of gift cards or money. Any help that you can give would be very much appreciated.

St. Alphonsus Monthly Food Drive This Weekend From the St. Alphonsus weekly newsletter

This Saturday and Sunday, February 12th and 13th, St. Alphonsus Catholic Church will be holding their monthly food drive for St. Vincent DePaul. All nonperishable food items and toiletries are needed at this time. Collection barrels are available in the Gathering Space at the church. Monetary donations are also accepted. Checks should be made to St. Vincent DePaul, placed in an envelope marked St. Vincent DePaul, and put in the collection.


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Central Speaks About Gardening

Landscaping Adds Beauty to Homes By Jeff Newman of LandscapeCentral

Yards and beds in Central can look pretty bad after a hard winter. Time to freshen up those beds to make curbs appealing and outdoor living areas pleasing. Plants function as art, fruit, fragrance, shade, and screen, and, with pruning, feeding, and mulching, they’ll continue to thrive. Plant selection and design is all about COLOR, FORM, and TEXTURE. Stage colors for a progressive rainbow of blooms and foliage throughout the year. Light colors “pop” in the shade. Plant form may be column, pyramid, round, oval, spreading, compact, or umbrella. Horizontal anchors the design to the ground. Vertical catches the eye, drawing it upward. Good design mixes textures like prickly, waxy, smooth, soft, and fuzzy. When curb appeal is achieved and you turn your attention to the back yard, call the pros or have fun yourself. Don’t obsess over perfection and the universe of garden knowledge. Instead, put in a seating area and sit and enjoy the view. Remember, that’s what it’s there for.

Effort Now Will Yield Good Results Later Interview with Lance Butler of Sullivan Hardware

By Mia Freneaux

Now is the time to plan what vegetables you’re going to be enjoying from your garden this summer. Look in your local hardware store for tomato, cucumber, squash and pepper plants, along with watermelon, mustard greens, turnips, cabbage, and cantaloupe. Be sure the last frost has passed – a rule of thumb is to plant on Good Friday. This is a good time to amend soil – humus, cow manure, peat moss, hydrated lime and vermiculite are

all available now to get a jump on the season. Take a soil sample to the LSU Agriculture Department to test and see what amendments it may need. Good preparation now means delicious vegetables and fruits later. Apply a 10-10-10 fertilizer now on pecan trees. Refresh your mulches to prevent weeds and aid moisture retention. Come mid-March, use a good weed and feed on your lawn. Scott’s Bonus S, Ferti-lome, and Hi-yield are all good choices.

Now Is the Time for Pruning Roses & Crepe Myrtles By Mia Freneaux The county extension agent recommends pruning crape myrtles now for best fl owering later. Use a selective method of pruning that thins the canopy. Remove all suckers from the bases of the trees, and all weak growth from the center of the tree to encourage an open growth pattern to allow air circulation and sunlight penetration. Pruning bloom clusters after fl owers fade may promote further blooming and prevent limb breakage. This is also the time to prune hybrid tea and grandifl ora roses. Use sharp hand pruners that make clean cuts. Cut all diseased or dead canes back to their point of origin. Remove spindly, less than a pencil diameter canes. A healthy rose should have 4 to 8 strong canes the diameter of your fi nger or larger. Next cut remaining canes 18 to 24 inches above the ground, being sure to cut ¼ inch above a dormant bud or newly sprouted side shoot. Try to cut back to buds that face outward to ensure proper growth. You can fi nd more information at lsuagcenter.com.

Central Bloomers Time

By Jean Barnard with the Central Bloomers Garden Club

The weather is cold and the yard looks bleek , but look closer. If you planted any bulbs last fall, they should be coming up. Some like narcissus are already blooming. On the nice sunny days go ahead and get out in the yard. You can cut and clean up all the dead items and amend the soil to be ready to plant soon. Your

local nursery will have just what you need and good advice. When you get there you will not be able to resist the beautiful selections they have right now for those porch pots . My favorite is pansies , colorful and cold hardy. If you want a bigger project, consider roses. Now is the time and your nursery has great selections and all the planting materials and advice. Good luck.

Great Ways to Enjoy the Springtime By Jeremy Walock of Creative Patios, Inc.

Adding extra living space to your home provides a better standard of living and increases the value of your property. For example, a patio cover will prevent worries about rain dampening cookouts, parties or family relaxation. A carport will protect your vehicle from direct sunlight and other harsh weather. Sunrooms let sunshine in and leave the enclosure open and bright, so you can enjoy the best of nature in the comfort of your own home. If you are considering adding a room to your home, a sunroom can be an affordable solution. A sunroom can be built from scratch or be a converted porch, patio or screen room. Screen Rooms can turn an ordinary deck or patio into a room protected from sun, insects and weather. Outdoor kitchens are one of the hottest new trends in home improvement. These are all great ways to enjoy cooking and entertaining outdoors.


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