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MINUTES OF THE

LAT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD, INC.

ELLENDALE COUNTRY CLUB

3319 HIGHWAY 311

HOUMA, LOUISIANA

MARCH 22, 2018

 

 

A.   CALL TO ORDER

B. ROLL CALL

 

PRESENT:

 

Mr. E. A. Angelloz

Mr. Kevin Belanger

Ms. Lyn D. Clement

Mr. Greg Diez

Mr. Stanley Folse

Ms. Avie Fontenot

Mr. John Hebert

Mr. Spergeon Holly, Jr.

Ms. Marilyn Schwartz

Mr. Frank Streva

Dr. Kristine Strickland

Mr. Darrel Waire

 

ABSENT:

 

Ms. Lora Ann Chaisson

Mr. Randall Domingue

Ms. Katherine DuBois

Mr. Alfred Fox, III

Ms. Michele Turner-Jones

Ms. Annette Smith Huber

Ms. Misti Johnson

Mr. Kevin Pellegrin

Mr. Thomas Reckert

Ms. Freddia Ruffin-Roberson

Ms. Terri St. Peter

 

 

 

 

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ALSO ATTENDING:

 

Mr. Frank Lewis, Staff

Ms. Mary Landry, Staff

Ms. Valerie Campbell, Temporary Staff

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

Ms. Aimee Zerringue, Bourgeois Bennett, LLC

Mr. Dan Toefler, CPA, Bourgeois Bennett, LLC

Mr. Vic LaFont, South Louisiana Economic Council

Ms. Tandra LeMay, South Louisiana Economic Council

 

C. CHAIRMAN’S COMMENTS

 

Guest in attendance were acknowledged by Chair, Mr. Angelloz thanked the members for meeting the quorum.

 

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

 

Motioned by Mr.  Kevin Belanger/Seconded by Mr. Stanley Folse to accept the previous board minutes of December 7, 2017.

 

Not in Favor:   None

Abstains from Voting:    None

Vote:     Unanimous

 

Vote:

 

Mr. E. A. Angelloz Yes

Mr. Kevin Belanger  Yes

Ms. Lyn D. Clement  Yes

Mr. Greg Diez    Yes

Mr. Stanley Folse  Yes

Ms. Avie Fontenot  Yes

Mr. John Hebert   Yes

Mr. Spergeon Holly, Jr.  Yes

Ms. Marilyn Schwartz  Yes

Mr. Frank Streva  Yes

Dr. Kristine Strickland  Yes

Mr. Darrel Waire   Yes

 

Motion Passed

 

 

 

 

 

 

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E. NEW BUSINESS

 

DRAFT Confidentiality Policy

 

Mr. Angelloz stated that he spent some time reviewing this policy and that it is one which requires continual enforcement.  He called for discussion from the Board.

 

Discussion: Ms. Schwartz inquired as to whether legal was consulted in preparing this policy.  Mr. Lewis responded that research was done from various policies and developed from situations which occurred in the office environment.  No farther discussion.

 

Mr. Angelloz called for a motion to accept the DRAFT Confidentiality Policy.

Motioned to accept by Mr. Frank Streva/Seconded by Ms. Marilyn Schwartz.

 

Not in Favor:   None

Abstains from Voting:   None

Vote:    Unanimous

 

Vote:

 

Mr. E. A. Angelloz  Yes

Mr. Kevin Belanger  Yes

Ms. Lyn D. Clement  Yes

Mr. Greg Diez    Yes

Mr. Stanley Folse  Yes

Ms. Avie Fontenot  Yes

Mr. John Hebert   Yes

Mr. Spergeon Holly, Jr.  Yes

Ms. Marilyn Schwartz  Yes

Mr. Frank Streva  Yes

Dr. Kristine Strickland  Yes

Mr. Darrel Waire   Yes

 

Motion Passed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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F.   BOURGEOIS BENNETT, LLC (Financial Report Year Ended June 30, 2017)

Presenter:  Mr. Dan Toefler

 

Mr. Toefler referenced the delay in presenting the report in December due to

statewide agreed upon procedures. Policies may require additional verbiage such as the

credit card policy in terms of specifying who uses it. Under what circumstances is it used, what items can be paid with the card, who pays the bill, etc.  Other policies may require developing to comply with the audit requirements.  Mr. Toefler stated that he would advise Ms. Landry of the website to look for sample policies to customize to fit the LAT’s needs.

 

The Board was directed to pages 31-60 of the LAT’s Independent Auditor’s Report on Internal Control for year ending June 30, 2017.  There were no questionable cost findings.  Mr. Toefler addressed Ms. Landry regarding the process currently being used for Purchase Order.  Ms Landry’s responded by indicating that orders are approved by Mr. Lewis prior to ordering. Ms. Landry does the ordering, Ms. Campbell fills out the purchase order form and Mr. Lewis initials the completed purchase order form.

 

Mr.Toefler addressed exceptions within the contents of pages 31-60, again no disallowed cost.  Pages 28-29 was referenced as the only area where programs are broken down and where unrestricted funds are illustrated.  These are funds with a separate checking account and no co-mingling with WIOA funds.  Ms. Landry stated that those programs associated with those funds no longer exist and that those funds were converted into a “General Fund”.  Mr. Toefler also indicated that the report in hand is also the one forwarded to the Legislative State Auditor’s office.

 

Mr. Streva inquired whether there was a chance of the Board losing the unrestricted funds and Mr. Toefler replied “no”.  Mr. Belanger inquired about why the retirement was not vested or a part of the Louisiana Retirement System.    Mr. Lewis stated that when the current plan was established, due to having only 3 people in the plan, staff had to go with a simple retirement plan.  Mr. Toefler stated that the LAT’s plan is a “client contribution” plan, not a “client benefits” plan.  Mr. Toefler thanked Mr. Lewis and Ms. Landry for a job well-done.  Ms. Landry also thanked Ms. Zeringue of Bourgeois Bennett, LLC for working with the LAT.  Mr. Toefler continued to explain the financial statement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Angelloz called for a motion to accept Bourgeois Bennett, LLC year end June 30, 2017Report.  Moved to accept by Mr. Streva/Seconded by Mr. Belanger.

 

Not in Favor:   None

Abstains from Voting:   None

Vote:    Unanimous

 

Vote:

 

Mr. E. A. Angelloz  Yes

Mr. Kevin Belanger  Yes

Ms. Lyn D. Clement  Yes

Mr. Greg Diez    Yes

Mr. Stanley Folse  Yes

Ms. Avie Fontenot  Yes

Mr. John Hebert   Yes

Mr. Spergeon Holly, Jr.  Yes

Ms. Marilyn Schwartz  Yes

Mr. Frank Streva  Yes

Dr. Kristine Strickland  Yes

Mr. Darrel Waire   Yes

 

Motion Passed

 

 

G.    INTERNATIONAL CONCEPTS & RESOURCES GROUP, L.L.C. (Apprenticeship Program)

Presenter:  Mr. Fred Duplantis, EDFP, President & Manager

replaced by Mr. Vic LaFont of South Louisiana Economic Council

 

Mr. LaFont gave Mr. Duplantis credit for the hard work he had done on the initiative to get the apprenticeship program with Fletcher Community College back to this point.  He also gave a little history of the oil industry status during the 1980s and the bounce back of the 1990s and states that sometimes hindsight becomes foresight.   Region 3 has lost a lot of skilled level people since the 1990s (a metal and apprenticeship program was put together) and now they are looking at rebuilding. Mr. LaFont indicated that skill sets need to be done now and that the apprenticeship program will provide this.  Waiting until things start booming again is not the time, now is the time to engage in training. They know exactly what the industry needs and is asking for.

 

The end game is to get this program reinstated through the Louisiana Workforce Commission Department of Labor.  This time the program will approach what the apprenticeship program looks like and what specifically should be addressed.  He stated the apprenticeship program being proposed will bring back the old and modify it.

 

 

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Information was provided in the Board packet with specifics of the apprenticeship program.  Mr. LaFont stated that what is needed from the Board is a letter of support and financial support.  Mr. LaFont addressed Ms. LeMay of Fletcher technical colledg in reference to seeking additional financial support from other resources.

 

Mr. Belanger questioned prior existence of the apprenticeship program as to whether this was a continuation or a lapse program.  Mr. Belanger also seeked clarification that the program would be renewed.  Mr. LaFont responded “yes”.   Mr. Streva questioned the Board’s involvement.  Ms. LeMay indicated that they are asking for a reinstatement of the welding program and after it kicks off, they will address oil and gas technician to avoid a lengthy process.  Mr. Belanger asked if the money would be coming from the Department of Labor.  Ms. LeMay stated that this is a grant that will be written to the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

Ms. Strickland stated that Fletcher will be applying for the Grant through the Department of Labor at the Federal level due to this administration bringing back apprenticeship programs. Ms. Strickland stressed that as part of the Grant application, a letter of support from the Board is needed.

 

Mr. LaFont stated the new President is big on apprenticeship and he dumped a great deal of money in that area therefore, there is surety that the money is there. Due to prior years, they have a track record to illustrate success.

 

Mr. Angelloz asked for a motion to submit a letter of support from the Board.  Mr. Belanger moved that a letter of support be given towards the grant by the Board with the Chairman’s signature/Seconded by Ms. Fontenot.

 

Not in Favor:   None

Abstains from Voting:   None

Vote:    Unanimous

 

Vote:

 

Mr. E. A. Angelloz  Yes

Mr. Kevin Belanger  Yes

Ms. Lyn D. Clement  Yes

Mr. Greg Diez    Yes

Mr. Stanley Folse  Yes

Ms. Avie Fontenot  Yes

Mr. John Hebert   Yes

Mr. Spergeon Holly, Jr.  Yes

Ms. Marilyn Schwartz  Yes

Mr. Frank Streva  Yes

Dr. Kristine Strickland  Yes

Mr. Darrel Waire   Yes

 

Motion Passed

 

 

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H.   TIER 2.1 PERSONAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT (Reminder)

Mr.  Angelloz reminded the Board of the importance of submitting this information in a timely manner.  Mr. Lewis emphasized that the information must be submitted to the Louisiana Board of Ethics before May 15, 2018.

 

 

I.   OLD BUSINESS

 

None

 

No action required

 

 

J.   UPDATES

 

Mr. Lewis made reference to enrollment numbers and the struggle in capturing out-of-

school youth.  Mr. Lewis credited Ms. Schwartz in helping to recruit that population in the adult education area.

 

No action required

 

K. LWDB MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2018

 

Mr. Angelloz indicated that the schedule for 2018 was for review only. And stated when the next Board meeting would be, June 28, 2018.

 

No action required

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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L.   BUSINESS FROM THE FLOOR

 

None

 

Mr. Angelloz thanked the Board again for meeting the quorum so that business can

continue to be conducted.  He also wished everyone a “Happy Easter”.

 

No action required

 

M. ADJOURMENT

Mr. Angelloz requested a motion to adjourn

Moved by Mr. Folse/Seconded by Ms. Strickland

 

 

Not in Favor:   None

Abstains from Voting:   None

Vote:    Unanimous

 

Vote:

 

Mr. E. A. Angelloz  Yes

Mr. Kevin Belanger  Yes

Ms. Lyn D. Clement  Yes

Mr. Greg Diez    Yes

Mr. Stanley Folse  Yes

Ms. Avie Fontenot  Yes

Mr. John Hebert   Yes

Mr. Spergeon Holly, Jr.  Yes

Ms. Marilyn Schwartz  Yes

Mr. Frank Streva  Yes

Dr. Kristine Strickland  Yes

Mr. Darrel Waire   Yes

 

Motion Passed