NEW ROADS - The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board denied on a 6-1 vote a move to add to its agenda a request to forward system funds to a technology project proposed by the parish's Chamber of Commerce.

According to the proposed agenda item, the program aims to teach students digital media skills including website creation, filming, editing, post production skills and uploading content.

Superintendent Linda D'Amico told board members during their meeting Thursday night that as part of the grant process, the district agreed to allow its students to take part in the program.

D'Amico said the chamber received $80,000 of a requested $113,800 from the Louisiana Broadband Grant Program to fund the project.

D'Amico said the chamber needed an answer quickly, as the grantor requires a decision by Monday.

Some board members questioned the timing of the request, stating it did not give enough time for review.

Board member James Cline objected, asking why the school system was being asked to provide funds when the chamber and other entities taking part were not.

Board President Chad Aguillard said a unanimous vote of all board members present was required before the item could be added to the agenda.

Other matters coming before the board included:

TECHNOLOGY STUDY: The board voted to put off action on granting proposed funding for requested technological improvements at its schools, pending a district-wide needs assessment study.

The items were proposed during discussion on possible one-time use of $40,000 in capital outlay funds.

The agenda item listed options for the funding as technology upgrades for parish elementary schools and Livonia High School, as well as new band instruments and uniforms for the high school.

D'Amico and board members discussed if the funds should be split equally among all schools or distributed based on need.

Board Vice President Brandon Bergeron suggested conducting a needs assessment, saying he would feel more comfortable with a detailed plan for technological upgrades.

The board then voted to allow no more than $10,000 in outlay funds for Livonia High to purchase the needed musical instruments and uniforms.