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MINUTES OF THE

LAT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD, INC.

ELLENDALE COUNTRY CLUB

3319 HIGHWAY 311

HOUMA, LOUISIANA

DECEMBER 7, 2017

 

 

 

A. CALL TO ORDER

 

B. ROLL CALL

 

PRESENT:

 

Mr. E. A. Angelloz

Mr. Kevin Belanger

Ms. Lora Ann Chaisson

Mr. Greg Diez

Ms. Avie Fontenot

Mr. Alfred Fox, III

Mr. John Hebert

Ms. Misti Johnson

Mr. Kevin Pellegrin

Mr. Thomas Reckert

Ms. Marilyn Schwartz

Dr. Kristine Strickland

Mr. Darrel Waire

 

ABSENT:

 

Ms. Katherine DuBois

Mr. Randall Domingue

Ms. Michele Turner-Jones

Ms. Annette Smith Huber

Ms. Freddia Ruffin-Roberson

Mr. Kevin Pellegrin

Ms. Terri St. Peter

Mr. Spergeon Holly, Jr.

Ms. Lyn D. Clement

Mr. Stanley Folse

 

 

 

 

 

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ALSO ATTENDING:

 

Mr. Frank Lewis, Staff

Ms. Mary Landry, Staff

Ms. Valerie Campbell, Temporary Staff

Ms. Lorey Owens, Business & Career Solutions Center, Work Connection, Inc.

Ms. Paula Adams, Business & Career Solutions Center, Work Connection, Inc.

Ms. Cherie Blanchard, LWC - Oil/Gas Industry Sector

Ms. Bryan Moore, Private Consultant

Ms. Julie Falgout, Louisiana Sea Grant, LSU

 

  1. CHAIRMAN’S COMMENTS

 

 

Mr. Angelloz thanked the members and acknowledged guest in attendance. He expressed positive comments on the quorum that the Board had met since its inception in 2015 under WIOA.

 

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D. APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS BOARD MINUTES OF MARCH 23, 2017

 

Motioned by Mr. Darryl Waire/Seconded by Mr. John Hebert to accept the previous board minutes of September 28, 2017.

 

Not in Favor: None

Abstains from Voting: None

Vote: Unanimous:

 

Vote:

 

Mr. E. A. Angelloz Yes

Mr. Kevin Belanger Yes

Ms. Lora Ann Chaisson Yes

Mr. Greg Diez Yes

Ms. Avie Fontenot Yes

Mr. Alfred Fox, III Yes

Mr. John Hebert Yes

Ms. Misti Johnson Yes

Mr. Kevin Pellegrin Yes

Mr. Thomas Reckert Yes

Ms. Marilyn Schwartz Yes

Dr. Kristine Strickland Yes

Mr. Darrel Waire Yes

 

Motion Approved

 

E. NEW BUSINESS

 

  1. American Job Center Certification (vote)

 

Mr. Angelloz deferred to Mr. Lewis to present the primary concepts of why the American Job Center must be voted upon by the Board as an official Comprehensive American Job Center housed at 807 Barrow Street, Houma, LA. Mr. Lewis stated that there is a deadline which must be met by December 31, 2017 and that an extension is given to the Regions which do not have a December meeting scheduled, thereby given those areas until January 31, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Lewis stated that the Center in Region 3 provides the following requirements to be deem as a Comprehensive American Job Center.

 

  • Title 1 staff physical present at the center

  • Both career and training services are provided

  • Access to employment activities

  • Customers have access to programs and activities carrier out by Partners, including Wagner-Peyser ES Programs

  • Access is available to the workforce and labor market information

 

Motioned by Mr. Darrel Waire that the American Job Center housed at 807 Barrow Street is approved as a Comprehensive American Job Center for Region 3/Seconded by Mr. John Hebert.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Mr. Kevin Belanger asked Mr. Lewis about information he provided to the Board is meeting the minimum criteria.

 

Not in Favor: None

Abstain from Voting: None

Vote: Unanimous

 

Vote:

 

Mr. E. A. Angelloz Yes

Mr. Kevin Belanger Yes

Ms. Lora Ann Chaisson Yes

Mr. Greg Diez Yes

Ms. Avie Fontenot Yes

Mr. Alfred Fox, III Yes

Mr. John Hebert Yes

Ms. Misti Johnson Yes

Mr. Kevin Pellegrin Yes

Mr. Thomas Reckert Yes

Ms. Marilyn Schwartz Yes

Dr. Kristine Strickland Yes

Mr. Darrel Waire Yes

 

Motion Approved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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F. OLD BUSINESS

1. Cooperative Endeavor Agreement to Engage Out-of-School Youth (Legal Opinion)

 

During the meeting of September 28, 2017, Staff was approved to pursue the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement to Engage Out-of-School Youth. Mr. Lewis indicated that the matter is still being pursued however, Staff is still awaiting additional clarification due to the use of the term “Vendor” in referring to the Board’s commitment and responsibilities. Mr. Lewis expressed that the review is continuing and necessary because he does not want to put a strain on neither the Business and Career Solution Center nor the Board.

 

Ms. Marilyn Schwartz inquired as to what type of activities are involved with this endeavor. Mr. Lewis responded that it is what the One-Stop is currently doing in working with the school systems to seek out-of-school youth.

 

No action required

 

2. Ethics Training Information

 

Mr. Angelloz reminded the Board of its responsibility to take the training. Mr. Belanger indicated that the Ethics Board will present a fine on anyone on the Board who fails to take the training. The deadline is December 31, 2017.

 

No action required

 

 

3. Tier 2.1 Personal Financial Disclosure

 

Mr. Angelloz stated that the appropriate forms should be done and submitted to the Louisiana Board of Ethics. Mr. Angelloz expressed that everyone needs to go online to take care of it. Mr. Lewis indicated that we provided these forms in advance so that everyone could avoid having to be penalized with a fine. This form is due by May 15, 2018.

 

G. UPDATES

 

Both Program and WIOA funds summary sheets were provided for information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Lewis indicated that the reports reflected the number of enrollment by the One-Stop Center as well as current information on the funds which had been disbursed. Mr. Lewis also indicated that the One-Stop is on-target with spending. However, it is still being looked at on how to find and spend more funds on the out-of-school youth.

 

No action required

 

 

H. LWDB MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2018

 

Mr. Angelloz indicated that the schedule for 2018 was for review only.

 

No action required

 

 

I. BUSINESS FROM THE FLOOR

 

Ms. Marilyn Schwartz spoke a little about the infrastructure agreement between the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. A kiosk, as opposed to actual funds, will be placed at the Comprehensive American Job Center to access information about the Adult Ed Program. The students will be able to enroll online, access services, etc.

 

Mr. Reckert discussed a SLEC grant which is looking for $15,000.00 to fund an apprenticeship program. Mr. Lewis stated that some funds can be provided. Ms. Owens stated that funds can be provided for the eligible individuals. Mr. Reckert indicated that would be something to be considered. Mr. Reckert indicated to Mr. Lewis that a call will be coming to him from Mr. Vic Lafont.

 

Ms. Cherie Blanchard, Business Service Representative for LWC, stated that she brought the partnership between the apprenticeship division in Baton Rouge to the table with SLEC by spearheading a meeting. Discussion is in progress regarding this matter and Mr. Lewis will be receiving a call soon.

 

Mr. Angelloz discussed portions of Mr. Lewis evaluation and commended Mr. Lewis for a job well done and that he has never received a complaint regarding Mr. Lewis’s performance as a Director. For Mr. Lewis to qualify for the 4% Merit increase, an evaluation on him needed to be done by the Chair, Mr. Angelloz, and Vice-Chair, Mr. Greg Diez, as stated in the June 2017 Board meeting. Mr. Belanger commended Mr. Lewis as well on a job well-done and stated that he deserved the 4%, if not more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Angelloz called for a motion from the Board to grant a 4% increase for Mr. Lewis.

Motioned by Mr. Kevin Belanger/Seconded by Mr. Darryl Waire.

 

Not in Favor: None

Abstain from Voting: None

Vote: Unanimous

 

Vote:

 

Mr. E. A. Angelloz Yes

Mr. Kevin Belanger Yes

Ms. Lora Ann Chaisson Yes

Mr. Greg Diez Yes

Ms. Avie Fontenot Yes

Mr. Alfred Fox, III Yes

Mr. John Hebert Yes

Ms. Misti Johnson Yes

Mr. Kevin Pellegrin Yes

Mr. Thomas Reckert Yes

Ms. Marilyn Schwartz Yes

Dr. Kristine Strickland Yes

Mr. Darrel Waire Yes

 

Motion Approved

 

COMMENTS:

 

Mr. Angelloz thanked the Board again for meeting the quorum and wished the Board Merry Christmas. He also introduced Mr. Bryan Moore, the representative making a presentation regarding the Board’s functions.

 

J. TRAINING ON BOARD MEMBERS FUNCTIONS, ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Mr. Bryan Moore, public consultant, discussed Board Functions in general and introduced himself as the former State Director of the Office of Workforce Development with Louisiana Workforce Commission. He stated that Board training can be lengthy, but he wanted to focus mostly on Functions during the presentation. However, he did offer to the Board that if they wanted the tangible information, Mr. Lewis could provide him with the Board email addresses.

 

Mr. Moore’s discussion centered around the Local Plan and its alignment with the State Plan, purpose of the funds, how a formula is used to disburse funds to the States and touched upon some of the different variables used to determine how much a State receives.

 

 

 

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Mr. Kevin Belanger inquired about how the formula is derived. Mr. Moore stated that variables are used in a fair way. Mr. Moore stated that variables such as unemployment numbers, job openings, labor market information, etc., established at Federal level is how the funds are calculated for the specific States. He indicated that the variables are looked at by economist, Office of Management and Budget, State’s Office of Workforce Development, etc., and that each of the 64 Parishes receive monies based on the formula for the specific areas.

 

Mr. Belanger stated that more money could be attracted to an area based upon high unemployment, however he has noticed that there is dwindling of revenues for the past five years in the Region 3 area. Mr. Belanger expressed that the formula needed to be re-tweeted as a result to our area having dropped from being the second best in the country to the second worst.

 

Mr. Moore stated that this is a challenge throughout the country and that it is incumbent upon all of us as citizens to petition the congressmen, US Department of Labor, etc., because there is strength in numbers. Mr. Belanger stated that the legislators should be made aware of the formula. Mr. Moore stated that it would be advantageous if more legislators would get involved and be educated on how the system works and how the money flows. He stated that the Board and the CEOs can have a role in all of it.

 

Mr. Moore continue his discussion on convening, brokering and leveraging and stated that the right members needed to be on the board, and they must leverage and broker other resources, etc., due to shrinkage of funds. He discussed the membership requirements, and stated that WIOA dollars are the dollars of last resort. He elaborated a little on standing committees and how this would increase the number of people engaged with the Board to have labor market information in the area in a timely manner because the State provides labor market information in real time. Mr. Moore indicated that the Board should do an analysis based upon engagement with economic development, education, etc.

 

The following consist of other issues Mr. Moore touched upon. The Board must operate on up-to-date proven and practicing principles. Rules, monitoring and oversight are done to ensure that the funds are used properly so that at the Federal level, they would not decide that the program is a waste of money. Business engagement is very important. Performances must be negotiated at the local level or you will have to settle for what the State provides, selection of the One-Stop Operator is a Board function. He also stated that Eligible Training Providers are selected through the State and that they may also be procured. He indicated that the State does not control the funding to the local areas however, the money must be used based upon principles as stated by the Office of Management and Budget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Moore solicited questions and stressed that the right conversations between the educational providers and businesses need to take place and that the Board’s role in this conversation is very important. Mr. Moore also thanked the Board for allowing him to make the presentation.

 

Mr. Angelloz also thanked Mr. Moore on behalf of the Board for taking time out to share information to the Board and called for a motion to adjourn.

 

 

K. ADJOURNMENT

Motioned by Mr. Kevin Belanger to adjourn/Seconded by Ms. Avie Fontenot.

Not in Favor: None

Abstain from Voting: None

Vote: Unanimous

 

Vote:

 

Mr. E. A. Angelloz Yes

Mr. Kevin Belanger Yes

Ms. Lora Ann Chaisson Yes

Mr. Greg Diez Yes

Ms. Avie Fontenot Yes

Mr. Alfred Fox, III Yes

Mr. John Hebert Yes

Ms. Misti Johnson Yes

Mr. Kevin Pellegrin Yes

Mr. Thomas Reckert Yes

Ms. Marilyn Schwartz Yes

Dr. Kristine Strickland Yes

Mr. Darrel Waire Yes

 

Motion Approved