THE FOLLOWING resolution was offered by Michael Barmore and seconded by Mattie Harrison:
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THE FOLLOWING resolution was offered by Michael Barmore and seconded by Mattie Harrison:
A resolution providing for the issuance of Six Million Six Hundred Five Thousand Dollars ($6,605,000) of General Obligation School Refunding Bonds, Series 2013, of Ruston School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana; prescribing the form, fixing the details and providing for the rights of the owners thereof; providing for the payment of the principal of and interest on such bonds and the application of the proceeds thereof to the refunding of certain bonds of said School District; and providing for other matters in connection therewith. WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of Article VI, Section 33 of the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, Sub-Part A, Part III, Chapter 4, Title 39 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as amended, and other constitutional and statutory authority, and a special election held on April 17, 2004, the result of which was duly promulgated in accordance with law, Ruston School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana (the "Issuer"), acting through its governing authority, the Parish School Board of the Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana (the AGoverning Authority@), issued $10,000,000 of General Obligation School Bonds, Series 2005, dated March 1, 2005, of which $7,085,000 is currently outstanding (the "Series 2005 Bonds"); and WHEREAS, the Issuer is authorized to borrow money and issue general obligation school bonds payable from ad valorem taxes to refund its outstanding general obligation school bonds, pursuant to Chapter 14-A of Title 39 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as amended (the "Act"), and other constitutional and statutory authority; and WHEREAS, the Issuer has found and determined that the advance refunding of $6,165,000 of the Series 2005 Bonds, consisting of those Series 2005 Bonds which mature March 1, 2016 to March 1, 2025, inclusive (the "Refunded Bonds"), would be financially advantageous to the Issuer and would result in a lower effective interest rate on such Refunded Bonds and debt service savings to the Issuer; and WHEREAS, pursuant to the Act and other constitutional and statutory authority, it is now the desire of the Issuer to adopt this resolution in order to provide for the issuance of Six Million Six Hundred Five Thousand Dollars ($6,605,000) principal amount of its General Obligation School Refunding Bonds, Series 2013 (the "Bonds"), for the purpose of refunding the Refunded Bonds, to fix the details of the Bonds and to sell the Bonds to the Purchaser thereof; and WHEREAS, it is necessary to provide for the ap¬plication of the proceeds of the Bonds and to provide for other matters in connection with the payment or redemption of the Refunded Bonds; and WHEREAS, it is necessary that this Governing Authority prescribe the form and content of the Defeasance and Escrow Deposit Agreement providing for the payment of the principal and interest of the Refunded Bonds and authorize the execution thereof as hereinafter provided; and WHEREAS, in connection with the issuance of the Bonds, it is necessary that provision be made for the payment of the principal and interest of the Refunded Bonds described in Exhibit A hereto, and to provide for the call for redemption of the Refunded Bonds pursuant to a Notice of Defeasance and Call for Redemption substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit E; and WHEREAS, the Issuer desires to sell the Bonds to the purchaser thereof and to fix the details of the Bonds and the terms of the sale of the Bonds, pursuant to the commitment letter attached as Exhibit D hereto; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Parish School Board of the Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana, acting as the governing authority of Ruston School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana, that:
DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION
SECTION 1.1. Definitions. The following terms shall have the following meanings unless the context otherwise requires:
"Act" shall mean Chapter 14 A of Title 39 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as amended, and other ap¬plicable constitutional and statutory authority.
"Bond" or "Bonds" shall mean any or all of the General Obligation School Refunding Bonds, Series 2013 of the Issuer, issued pursuant to the Bond Resolution, as the same may be amended from time to time, whether initially delivered or issued in exchange for, upon transfer of, or in lieu of any previously issued Bond.
"Bond Obligation" shall mean, as of the date of computation, the principal amount of the Bonds then Outstanding.
"Bond Resolution" shall mean this resolution, as it may be amended and supplemented as herein provided.
"Business Day" shall mean a day of the year other than a day on which banks located in New York, New York and the cities in which the principal offices of the Escrow Agent and the Paying Agent are located are required or authorized to remain closed and on which the New York Stock Exchange is closed.
"Code" shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
"Costs of Issuance" shall mean all items of expense, directly or indirectly payable or reimbursable and related to the authorization, sale and issuance of the Bonds, including but not limited to printing costs, costs of preparation and reproduction of documents, filing and recording fees, initial fees and charges of any fiduciary, legal fees and charges, fees and disbursements of consultants and professionals, costs of credit ratings, fees and charges for preparation, execution, transportation and safekeeping of the Bonds, costs and expenses of refunding, premiums for the insurance of the payment of the Bonds, if any, and any other cost, charge or fee paid or payable by the Issuer in connection with the original issuance of Bonds.
"Debt Service" for any period shall mean, as of the date of calculation, an amount equal to the sum of (a) interest payable during such period on Bonds and (b) the principal amount of Bonds which mature during such period.
"Defeasance Obligations" shall mean (a) cash, or (b) non callable Government Securities.
"Escrow Agent" shall mean with respect to the Refunded Bonds, Argent Trust, a division of National Independent Trust Company, of Ruston, Louisiana, or its successor or successors, and any other person which may at any time be substituted in its place pursuant to the Bond Resolution.
"Escrow Agreement" shall mean the Defeasance and Escrow Deposit Agreement dated as of April 9, 2013, between the Issuer and the Escrow Agent, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit B, as the same may be amended from time to time, the terms of which are incorporated herein by reference.
"Executive Officers" shall mean, collectively, the President and Secretary of the Governing Authority.
"Fiscal Year" shall mean the one year accounting period ending on June 30 of each year, or such other one year period as may be designated by the Governing Authority as the fiscal year of the Issuer.
"Governing Authority" shall mean the Parish School Board of the Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana, or its successor in function.
"Government Securities" shall mean direct general obligations of, or obligations the principal of and interest on which are unconditionally guaranteed by, the United States of America, which may be United States Treasury Obligations such as the State and Local Government Series and may be in book entry form.
"Interest Payment Date" shall mean March 1 and September 1 of each year, commencing September 1, 2013.
"Issuer" shall mean Ruston School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana.
"Outstanding", when used with reference to the Bonds, shall mean, as of any date, all Bonds theretofore issued under the Bond Resolution, except:
(a) Bonds theretofore cancelled by the Paying Agent or delivered to the Paying Agent for cancellation;
(b) Bonds for the payment or redemption of which sufficient Defeasance Obligations have been deposited with the Paying Agent or an escrow agent in trust for the owners of such Bonds as provided in Section 11.1 hereof, provided that if such Bonds are to be redeemed, irrevocable notice of such redemption has been duly given or provided for pursuant to the Bond Resolution, to the satisfaction of the Paying Agent, or waived;
(c) Bonds in exchange for or in lieu of which other Bonds have been registered and delivered pursuant to the Bond Resolution; or
(d) Bonds alleged to have been mutilated, destroyed, lost, or stolen which have been paid as provided in the Bond Resolution or by law.
"Owner" or "Owners" shall mean the Person reflected as registered owner of any of the Bonds on the registration books maintained by the Paying Agent.
"Paying Agent" shall mean Regions Bank, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as paying agent and registrar hereunder, until a successor Paying Agent shall have become such pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Bond Resolution, and thereafter "Paying Agent" shall mean such successor Paying Agent.
"Person" shall mean any individual, corporation, partnership, joint venture, association, joint stock company, trust, unincorporated organization, or government or any agency or political subdivision thereof.
"Purchaser" shall mean Regions Bank, of Shreveport, Louisiana, the original purchaser of the Bonds.
"Record Date" shall mean, with respect to an Interest Payment Date, the fifteenth day of the calendar month next preceding such Interest Payment Date, whether or not such day is a Business Day.
"Refunded Bonds" shall mean the callable maturities of the Issuer's outstanding General Obligation School Bonds, Series 2005, dated March 1, 2005, consisting of those Series 2005 Bonds maturing March 1, 2016 to March 1, 2025, inclusive, which are being refunded by the Bonds, as more fully described in Exhibit A hereto.
"State" shall mean the State of Louisiana.
SECTION 1.2. Interpretation. In this Bond Resolution, unless the context otherwise requires, (a) words importing the singular include the plural and vice versa, (b) words of the masculine gender shall be deemed and construed to include correlative words of the feminine and neuter genders and (c) the title of the offices used in this Bond Resolution shall be deemed to include any other title by which such office shall be known under any subsequently adopted charter.
AUTHORIZATION AND ISSUANCE OF BONDS
SECTION 2.1. Authorization of Bonds; Refunding of Refunded Bonds. (a) This Bond Resolution creates a series of Bonds of the Issuer to be designated "General Obligation School Refunding Bonds, Series 2013, of Ruston School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana", and provides for the full and final payment of the principal of and interest on all the Bonds. The Bonds issued under this Bond Resolution shall be issued for the purpose of refunding the Refunded Bonds through the escrow of a portion of the proceeds of the Bonds, together with other available moneys of the Issuer in Government Securities, in accordance with the terms of the Escrow Agreement, in order to provide for the payment of the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the Refunded Bonds as they mature or upon earlier redemption as provided in Section 13.1 hereof. Provision having been made for the orderly payment until maturity or earlier redemption of all the Refunded Bonds, in accordance with their terms, it is hereby recognized and acknowledged that as of the date of delivery of the Bonds under this Bond Resolution, provision will have been made for the performance of all covenants and agreements of the Issuer incidental to the Refunded Bonds, and that accordingly, and in compliance with all that is herein provided, the Issuer is expected to have no future obligation with reference to the Refunded Bonds, except to assure that the Refunded Bonds are paid from the Government Securities and funds so escrowed in accordance with the provisions of the Escrow Agreement. The Escrow Agreement is hereby approved by the Issuer, and the Executive Officers are hereby authorized and directed to execute and deliver the Escrow Agreement on behalf of the Issuer substan¬tially in the form of Exhibit B hereof, with such changes, additions, deletions or completions deemed appropriate by such signing officials, and it is expressly provided and covenanted that all of the provisions for the payment of the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the Refunded Bonds from the special trust funds created under the Escrow Agreement shall be strictly observed and followed in all respects.
SECTION 2.2. Bond Resolution to Constitute Contract. In con¬sideration of the purchase and acceptance of the Bonds by those who shall own the same from time to time, the provisions of this Bond Resolution shall be a part of the contract of the Issuer with the Owners of the Bonds and shall be deemed to be and shall constitute a contract between the Issuer and the Owners from time to time of the Bonds. The provisions, covenants and agreements herein set forth to be performed by or on behalf of the Issuer shall be for the equal benefit, protection and security of the Owners of any and all of the Bonds, each of which Bonds, regardless of the time or times of its issue or maturity, shall be of equal rank without preference, priority or distinction over any other thereof except as expressly provided in this Bond Resolution.
SECTION 2.3. Obligation of Bonds. The Bonds shall constitute general obligations of the Issuer, and the full faith and credit of the Issuer is hereby pledged for their payment and for the payment of all the interest thereon. The Issuer is bound under the terms and provisions of law and this Bond Resolution to impose and collect annually, in excess of all other taxes, a tax on all the property subject to taxation within the territorial limits of the Issuer, sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the Bonds falling due each year, said tax to be levied and collected by the same officers, in the same manner and at the same time as other taxes are levied and collected within the territorial limits of the Issuer. All ad valorem taxes levied by the Issuer in each year for the payment of the Bonds shall, upon their receipt, be transferred to the Governing Authority, which shall have responsibility for the deposit of such receipts and for the investment and reinvestment of such receipts and the servicing of the Bonds and any other general obligation school bonds of the Issuer.
SECTION 2.4. Authorization and Designation. Pursuant to the provisions of the Act, there is hereby authorized the issuance of Six Million Six Hundred Five Thousand Dollars ($6,605,000) principal amount of Bonds of the Issuer to be designated "General Obligation School Refunding Bonds, Series 2013, of Ruston School District No. 1 of the Parish of Lincoln, State of Louisiana", for the purpose of refunding the callable maturities of the Refunded Bonds and paying the Costs of Issuance. The Bonds shall be in substantially the form set forth as Exhibit C hereto, with such necessary or appropriate variations, omissions and insertions as are required or permitted by the Act and this Bond Resolution. This Governing Authority hereby finds and determines that upon the issuance of the Bonds, the total outstanding amount of general obligation school bonds of the Issuer issued and deemed to be outstanding will not exceed the Issuer's general obligation bond limit.
SECTION 2.5. Denominations, Dates, Maturities and Interest. The Bonds are issuable as fully registered bonds without coupons in the denominations corresponding to the principal amount of each maturity(one Bond per maturity), and shall be numbered R 1 upward. The Bonds shall be dated the date of delivery thereof, shall mature on March 1 in the years and in the principal amounts and shall bear interest, payable on March 1 and September 1 of each year, commencing September 1, 2013, at the rates per annum, as follows:
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The principal and premium, if any, of the Bonds are payable in such coin or currency of the United States of America as at the time of payment is legal tender for payment of public and private debts at the principal corporate trust office of the Paying Agent, upon presentation and surrender thereof. Interest on the Bonds is payable by check mailed on or before the Interest Payment Date by the Paying Agent to the Owner thereof (determined as of the close of business on the Record Date) at the address of such Owner as it appears on the registration books of the Paying Agent maintained for such purpose. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, Bonds shall bear interest from date thereof or from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or duly provided for, as the case may be, provided, however, that if and to the extent that the Issuer shall default in the payment of the interest on any Bonds due on any Interest Payment Date, then all such Bonds shall bear interest from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid on the Bonds, or if no interest has been paid on the Bonds, from their dated date. The person in whose name any Bond is registered at the close of business on the Record Date with respect to an Interest Payment Date shall in all cases be entitled to receive the interest payable on such Interest Payment Date notwithstanding the cancellation of such Bond upon any registration of transfer or exchange thereof subsequent to such Record Date and prior to such Interest Payment Date.
GENERAL TERMS AND PROVISIONS OF THE BONDS
SECTION 3.1. Exchange of Bonds; Persons Treated as Owners. The Issuer shall cause books for the registration and for the registration of transfer of the Bonds as provided in this Bond Resolution to be kept by the Paying Agent at its principal corporate trust office, and the Paying Agent is hereby constituted and appointed the registrar for the Bonds. At reasonable times and under reasonable regulations established by the Paying Agent said list may be inspected and copied by the Issuer or by the Owners (or a designated represen¬tative thereof) of 15% of the outstanding principal amount of the Bonds. All Bonds presented for registration of transfer or exchange shall be accompanied by a written instrument or instruments of transfer in form and with a guaranty of signature satisfactory to the Paying Agent, duly executed by the Owner or his attorney duly authorized in writing. The Bonds may be transferred, registered and assigned only on the Bond Register, and such registration shall be at the expense of the Issuer. A Bond may be assigned by the execution of an assignment form on the Bond or by other instruments of transfer and assignment acceptable to the Paying Agent. A new Bond will be delivered by the Paying Agent to the last assignee (the new Owner) in exchange for such transferred and assigned Bond after receipt of the Bond to be transferred in proper form. Such new Bond shall be in an authorized denomination. Neither the Issuer nor the Paying Agent shall be required to issue, register, transfer or exchange any Bond during a period beginning at the opening of business on a Record Date and ending at the close of business on the Interest Payment Date. No service charge to the Owners shall be made by the Paying Agent for any exchange or registration of transfer of Bonds. The Paying Agent may require payment by the person requesting an exchange or registration of transfer of Bonds of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge that may be imposed in relation thereto. The Issuer and the Paying Agent shall not be required to issue, register the transfer of or exchange any Bond during a period beginning at the opening of business on a Record Date or any date of selection of Bonds to be redeemed and ending at the close of business on the Interest Payment Date. All Bonds delivered upon any registration of transfer or exchange of Bonds shall be valid obligations of the Issuer, evidencing the same debt and entitled to the same benefits under this Bond Resolution as the Bonds surrendered. Prior to due presentment for registration of transfer of any Bond, the Issuer and the Paying Agent, and any agent of the Issuer or the Paying Agent may deem and treat the person in whose name any Bond is registered as the absolute owner thereof for all purposes, whether or not such Bond shall be overdue, and shall not be bound by any notice to the contrary.
SECTION 3.2. Bonds Mutilated, Destroyed, Stolen or Lost. In case any Bond shall become mutilated or be improperly cancelled, or be destroyed, stolen or lost, the Issuer may in its discretion adopt a resolution and thereby authorize the issuance and delivery of a new Bond in exchange for and substitution for such mutilated or improperly cancelled Bond, or in lieu of and substitution for the Bond destroyed, stolen or lost, upon the Owner (i) furnishing the Issuer and the Paying Agent proof of his ownership thereof and proof of such mutilation, improper cancellation, destruction, theft or loss satisfactory to the Issuer and the Paying Agent, (ii) giving to the Issuer and the Paying Agent an indemnity bond in favor of the Issuer and the Paying Agent in such amount as the Issuer may require, (iii) complying with such other reasonable regulations and conditions as the Issuer may prescribe and (iv) paying such expenses as the Issuer and the Paying Agent may incur. All Bonds so surrendered shall be delivered to the Paying Agent for cancellation pursuant to Section 3.4 hereof. If any Bond shall have matured or be about to mature, instead of issuing a substitute Bond, the Issuer may pay the same, upon being indemnified as aforesaid, and if such Bond be lost, stolen or destroyed, without surrender thereof. Any such duplicate Bond issued pursuant to this Section shall constitute an original, additional, contractual obligation on the part of the Issuer, whether or not the lost, stolen or destroyed Bond be at any time found by anyone. Such duplicate Bond shall be in all respects identical with those replaced except that it shall bear on its face the following additional clause: "This bond is issued to replace a lost, cancelled or destroyed bond under the authority of R.S. 39:971 through 39:974." Such duplicate Bond may be signed by the facsimile signatures of the same officers who signed the original Bonds, provided, however, that in the event the officers who executed the original Bonds are no longer in office, then the new Bonds may be signed by the officers then in office. Such duplicate Bonds shall be entitled to equal and proportionate benefits and rights as to lien and source and security for payment as provided herein with respect to all other Bonds hereunder, the obligations of the Issuer upon the duplicate Bonds being identical to its obligations upon the original Bonds and the rights of the Owner of the duplicate Bonds being the same as those conferred by the original Bonds.
SECTION 3.3. Cancellation of Bonds. All Bonds paid, together with all Bonds purchased by the Issuer, shall thereupon be promptly cancelled by the Paying Agent. The Paying Agent shall thereupon promptly furnish to the Secretary of the Governing Authority an appropriate certificate of cancellation.
SECTION 3.4. Execution. The Bonds shall be executed in the name and on behalf of the Issuer by the manual or facsimile signatures of the Executive Officers, and the corporate seal of the Issuer (or a facsimile thereof) shall be thereunto affixed, imprinted, engraved or otherwise reproduced thereon. In case any one or more of the officers who shall have signed or sealed any of the Bonds shall cease to be such officer before the Bonds so signed and sealed shall have been actually delivered, such Bonds may, nevertheless, be delivered as herein provided, and may be issued as if the person who signed or sealed such Bonds had not ceased to hold such office. Said officers shall, by the execution of the Bonds, adopt as and for their own proper signatures their respective facsimile signatures appearing on the Bonds or any legal opinion certificate thereon, and the Issuer may adopt and use for that purpose the facsimile signature of any person or persons who shall have been such officer at any time on or after the date of such Bond, notwithstand¬ing that at the date of such Bond such person may not have held such office or that at the time when such Bond shall be delivered such person may have ceased to hold such office.
SECTION 3.5. Registration by Secretary of State. The Bonds shall be registered with the Secretary of State of the State of Louisiana and shall bear the endorsement of the Secretary of State of the State of Louisiana substantially in the form set forth in Exhibit C hereto, provided such endorsement shall be manually signed only on the Bonds initially delivered to the Purchaser, and any Bonds subsequently exchanged therefor as permitted in this Bond Resolution may bear the facsimile signature of said Secretary of State.
SECTION 3.6. Registration by Paying Agent. No Bond shall be valid or obligatory for any purpose or entitled to any security or benefit under this Bond Resolution unless and until a certificate of registration on such Bond substantially in the form set forth in Exhibit C hereto shall have been duly executed on behalf of the Paying Agent by a duly authorized signatory, and such executed certificate of the Paying Agent upon any such Bond shall be conclusive evidence that such Bond has been executed, registered and delivered under this Bond Resolution.
SECTION 3.7. Recital of Regularity. This Governing Authority, having investigated the regularity of the proceedings had in connection with this issue of Bonds, and having determined the same to be regular, the Bonds shall contain the following recital, to wit: "It is certified that this Bond is authorized by and is issued in conformity with the requirements of the Constitution and statutes of this State."
SINKING FUND; PAYMENT OF BONDS
SECTION 4.1. Sinking Fund. (a) For the payment of the principal of and the interest on the Bonds, the Issuer will maintain a special fund, to be held by the regularly designated fiscal agent of the Issuer (the "Sinking Fund"), into which the Issuer will deposit the proceeds of the aforesaid tax described in Section 2.3 hereof and no other moneys whatsoever (except for interest earnings thereon). The depository for the Sinking Fund shall transfer from the Sinking Fund to the Paying Agent at least one (1) day in advance of each Interest Payment Date, funds fully sufficient to pay promptly the princi¬pal and interest falling due on such date. All moneys deposited with the regularly designated fiscal agent bank or banks of the Issuer or the Paying Agent under the terms of this Bond Resolution shall constitute sacred funds for the benefit of the Owners of the Bonds, and shall be secured by said fiduciaries at all times to the full extent thereof in the manner required by law for the securing of depos¬its of public funds. All or any part of the moneys in the Sinking Fund shall, at the written request of the Issuer, be invested in accordance with the provi¬sions of the laws of the State of Louisiana, in which event all income derived from such invest¬ments shall be added only to the Sinking Fund. Accrued interest, if any, received upon delivery of the Bonds shall be invested only in Government Securities maturing on or prior to the first Interest Payment Date.
SECTION 4.2. Payment of Bonds. The Issuer shall duly and punctually pay or cause to be paid as herein provided, the principal of every Bond and the interest thereon, at the dates and places and in the manner stated in the Bonds according to the true intent and meaning thereof.
REDEMPTION OF BONDS
SECTION 5.1. Redemption of Bonds. The Bonds are not callable for redemption prior to their stated dates of maturity.
APPLICATION OF BOND PROCEEDS
SECTION 6.1. Application of Bond Proceeds. As a condition of the issuance of the Bonds, the Issuer hereby binds and obligates itself to: Deposit irrevocably in trust with the Escrow Agent under the terms and conditions of the Escrow Agreement, as hereinafter provided, an amount of the proceeds derived from the issuance and sale of the Bonds (exclusive of accrued interest), and other moneys accessible to the Issuer for the following purpose, as will enable the Escrow Agent to purchase Government Obligations described in the Escrow Agreement, which shall mature in principal and interest in such a manner as to provide at least the required cash amount on or before each payment date for the Refunded Bonds (said amounts being necessary on each of the designated dates to pay and retire or redeem the Refunded Bonds, including premiums, if any, payable upon redemption). Prior to or concurrently with the delivery of the Bonds, the Issuer shall obtain an independent mathematical verification that the moneys and obligations required to be irrevocably deposited in trust in the Escrow Fund with the Escrow Agent, together with the earnings to accrue thereon, will always be sufficient for the payment of the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the Refunded Bonds. The moneys so deposited with the Escrow Agent shall constitute a trust fund irrevocably dedicated for the use and benefit of the owners of the Refunded Bonds. Deposit in the Expense Fund established with the Escrow Agent such amount of the proceeds of the Bonds as will enable the Escrow Agent to pay the Costs of Issuance and the costs properly attributable to the establishment and administration of the Escrow Fund on behalf of the Issuer. Deposit accrued interest, if any, received on the delivery date of the Bonds into the Sinking Fund established by Section 4.1 hereof and to apply said funds to pay a portion of the interest due on the Bonds on the first Interest Payment Date therefor. Accrued interest, if any, received upon delivery of the Bonds shall be invested only in Government Securities maturing on or prior to the first Interest Payment Date.
SUPPLEMENTAL BOND RESOLUTIONS
SECTION 7.1. Supplemental Resolutions Effective Without Consent of Owners. For any one or more of the following purposes and at any time from time to time, a resolution supplemental hereto may be adopted, which, upon the filing with the Paying Agent of a certified copy thereof, but without any consent of Owners, shall be fully effective in accordance with its terms:
(a) to add to the covenants and agreements of the Issuer in the Bond Resolution other covenants and agreements to be observed by the Issuer which are not contrary to or inconsistent with the Bond Resolution as theretofore in effect;
(b) to add to the limitations and restrictions in the Bond Resolution other limitations and restrictions to be observed by the Issuer which are not contrary to or inconsistent with the Bond Resolution as theretofore in effect;
(c) to surrender any right, power or privilege reserved to or conferred upon the Issuer by the terms of the Bond Resolution, but only if the surrender of such right, power or privilege is not contrary to or inconsistent with the covenants and agreements of the Issuer contained in the Bond Resolution;
(d) to cure any ambiguity, supply any omission, or cure or correct any defect or inconsistent provision of the Bond Resolution; or
(e) to insert such provisions clarifying matters or questions arising under the Bond Resolution as are necessary or desirable and are not contrary to or inconsis¬tent with the Bond Resolution as theretofore in effect.
SECTION 7.2. Supplemental Resolutions Effective With Consent of Owners. Except as provided in Section 7.1, any modification or amendment of the Bond Resolution or of the rights and obligations of the Issuer and of the Owners of the Bonds hereunder, in any particular, may be made by a supplemental resolution, with the written consent of the Owners of a majority of the Bond Obligation at the time such consent is given. No such modification or amendment shall permit a change in the terms of maturity of the principal of any outstanding Bond or of any installment of interest thereon or a reduction in the principal amount thereof or in the rate of interest thereon without the consent of the Owner of such Bond, or shall reduce the percentages of Bonds the consent of the Owner of which is required to effect any such modification or amendment, or change the obligation of the Issuer to levy and collect taxes for the payment of the Bonds as provided herein, without the consent of the Owners of all of .the Bonds then outstanding, or shall change or modify any of the rights or obligations of either the Paying Agent or the Escrow Agent without its written assent thereto. For the purposes of this Section, Bonds shall be deemed to be affected by a modification or amendment of the Bond Resolution if the same adversely affects or diminishes the rights of the Owners of said Bonds. A supplemental resolution, upon the filing with the Paying Agent of a certified copy thereof, shall become fully effective in accordance with its terms.
TAX COVENANTS; CONTINUING DISCLOSURE
SECTION 8.1. Tax Covenants. The Issuer covenants and agrees that, to the extent permitted by the laws of the State of Louisiana, it will comply with the requirements of the Code to in order to establish, maintain and preserve the exclusion from "gross income" of interest on the Bonds under the Code. The Issuer shall not take any action or fail to take any action, nor shall it permit at any time or times any of the proceeds of the Bonds or any other funds of the Issuer to be used directly or indirectly in any manner, to acquire any securities or obligations the acquisition of which would cause any Bond to be an "arbitrage bond" as defined in the Code or would result in the inclusion of the interest on any Bond in "gross income" under the Code, including, without limitation, (i) the failure to comply with the limitation on investment of the proceeds of the Bonds, (ii) the failure to pay any required rebate of arbitrage earnings to the United States of America, or (iii) the use of the proceeds of the Bonds in a manner which would cause the Bonds to be "private activity bonds" under the Code. The Executive Officers are hereby empowered, authorized and directed to take any and all action and to execute and deliver any instrument, document or certificate necessary to effectuate the purposes of this Section.
SECTION 8.2. Continuing Disclosure Under SEC Rule 15c2-12. It is recognized that the Issuer will not be required to comply with the continuing disclosure requirements described in the Rule 15c-2-12(b) of the Securities and Exchange Commission [17 CFR '240.15c2-12(b)], because:
(a) the Bonds are not being purchased by a broker, dealer or municipal securities dealer acting as an underwriter in a primary offering of municipal securities, and
(b) the Bonds are being sold to only one financial institution (i.e., no more than thirty-five persons), which (i) has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters that it is capable of evaluating the merits and risks of the prospective investment in the Bonds and (ii) is not purchasing the Bonds for more than one account or with a view to distributing the Bonds.
SECTION 8.3. Bonds Are ABank Qualified@. The Bonds are designated as Aqualified tax-exempt obligations@ within the meaning of Section 265(b)(3) of the Code. In making this designation, the Issuer finds and determines that:
(a) the Bonds are not private activity bonds within the meaning of the Code; and
(b) the reasonably anticipated amount of qualified tax-exempt obligations which will be issued by the Issuer and all subordinate entities in the calendar year 2013 will not exceed $10,000,000.
REMEDIES ON DEFAULT
SECTION 9.1. Events of Default. If one or more of the following events (in this Bond Resolution called "Events of Default") shall happen, that is to say, if default shall be made in the due and punctual payment of the principal of any Bond when and as the same shall become due and payable, whether at maturity or otherwise; or if default shall be made in the due and punctual payment of any installment of interest on any Bond when and as such interest installment shall become due and payable; or if default shall be made by the Issuer in the performance or observance of any other of the covenants, agreements or conditions on its part in the Bond Resolution, any supplemental resolution or in the Bonds contained and such default shall continue for a period of forty five (45) days after written notice thereof to the Issuer by any Owner; or if the Issuer shall file a petition or otherwise seek relief under any Federal or State bankruptcy law or similar law; then, upon the happening and continuance of any Event of Default the Owners shall be entitled to exercise all rights and powers for which provision is made under Louisiana law.
SECTION 10.1. Escrow Agent; Appointment and Acceptance of Duties. Argent Trust, a division of National Independent Trust Company, of Ruston, Louisiana, is hereby appointed Escrow Agent with respect to the Refunded Bonds. The Escrow Agent shall signify its acceptance of the duties and obligations imposed upon it by this Bond Resolution by executing and delivering the Escrow Agreement.
SECTION 10.2. Paying Agent; Appointment and Acceptance of Duties. The Issuer will at all times maintain a Paying Agent having the necessary qualifications for the performance of the duties described in this Bond Resolution. The designation of Regions Bank, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as the initial Paying Agent is hereby confirmed and approved. The Paying Agent shall signify its acceptance of the duties and obligations imposed on it by the Bond Resolution by executing and delivering to the Executive Officers a written acceptance thereof. The Governing Authority reserves the right to appoint a successor Paying Agent by (a) filing with the Person then performing such function a certified copy of a resolution giving notice of the termination of the agreement and appointing a successor and (b) causing notice to be given to each Owner. Furthermore, the Paying Agent may be removed by the Issuer at any time for any breach of its duties set forth herein, affective upon appointment of a successor Paying Agent as set forth above. Every Paying Agent appointed hereunder shall at all times be a trust company or bank organized and doing business under the laws of the United States of America or of any State, authorized under such laws to exercise trust powers, and subject to supervision or examination by Federal or State authority.
SECTION 11.1. Defeasance. (a) If the Issuer shall pay or cause to be paid to the Owners of all Bonds then outstanding, the principal and interest become due thereon, at the times and in the manner stipulated therein and in the Bond Resolution, then the covenants, agreements and other obligations of the Issuer to the Owners shall be discharged and satisfied. In such event, the Paying Agent shall, upon the request of the Issuer, execute and deliver to the Issuer all such instruments as may be desirable to evidence such discharge and satisfaction and the Paying Agent shall pay over or deliver to the Issuer all moneys, securities and funds held by them pursuant to the Bond Resolution which are not required for the payment of Bonds not theretofore surrendered for such payment.
Bonds or interest installments for the payment of which money shall have been set aside and shall be held in trust (through deposit by the Issuer of funds for such payment or otherwise) at the maturity date thereof shall be deemed to have been paid within the meaning and with the effect expressed above in this Section. Bonds shall be deemed to have been paid, prior to their maturity, within the meaning and with the effect expressed above in this Section if they have been defeased pursuant to Chapter 14 of Title 39 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as amended, or any successor provisions thereto.
SECTION 11.2. Evidence of Signatures of Owners and Ownership of Bonds. Any request, consent, revocation of consent or other instrument which the Bond Resolution may require or permit to be signed and executed by the Owners may be in one or more instruments of similar tenor, and shall be signed or executed by such Owners in person or by their attorneys in fact appointed in writing. Proof of (i) the execution of any such instrument, or of an instrument appointing any such attorney, or (ii) the ownership by any person of the Bonds shall be sufficient for any purpose of the Bond Resolution (except as otherwise therein expressly provided) if made in the following manner, or in any other manner satisfactory to the Paying Agent, which may nevertheless in its discretion require further or other proof in cases where it deems the same desirable: the fact and date of the execution by any Owner or his attorney in fact of such instrument may be proved by the certificate, which need not be acknowledged or verified, of an officer of a bank or trust company or of any notary public or other officer authorized to take acknowledgments of deeds, that the person signing such request or other instrument acknowledged to him the execution thereof, or by an affidavit of a witness of such execution, duly sworn to before such notary public or other officer. Where such execution is by an officer of a corporation or association or a member of a partnership, on behalf of such corporation, association or partnership, such certificate or affidavit shall also constitute sufficient proof of his authority; the ownership of Bonds and the amount, numbers and other identification, and date of owning the same shall be proved by the registration books of the Paying Agent. Any request or consent by the Owner of any Bond shall bind all future Owners of such Bond in respect of anything done or suffered to be done by the Issuer or the Paying Agent in accordance therewith.
SECTION 11.3. Moneys Held for Particular Bonds. The amounts held by the Paying Agent for the payment due on any date with respect to particular Bonds shall, on and after such date and pending such payment, be set aside on its books and held in trust by it, without liability for interest, for the Owners of the Bonds entitled thereto.
SECTION 11.4. Parties Interested Herein. Nothing in the Bond Resolution expressed or implied is intended or shall be construed to confer upon, or to give to, any person or entity, other than the Issuer, the Paying Agent, the Escrow Agent, and the Owners of the Bonds any right, remedy or claim under or by reason of the Bond Resolution or any covenant, condition or stipulation thereof; and all the covenants, stipulations, promises and agreements in the Bond Resolution contained by and on behalf of the Issuer shall be for the sole and exclusive benefit of the Issuer, the Paying Agent, the Escrow Agent, and the Owners of the Bonds and the owners of the Refunded Bonds.
SECTION 11.5. No Recourse on the Bonds. No recourse shall be had for the payment of the principal of or interest on the Bonds or for any claim based thereon or on this Bond Resolution against any member of the Governing Authority or officer of the Issuer or any person executing the Bonds.
SECTION 11.6. Successors and Assigns. Whenever in this Bond Resolution the Issuer is named or referred to, it shall be deemed to include its successors and assigns and all the covenants and agreements in this Bond Resolution contained by or on behalf of the Issuer shall bind and enure to the benefit of its successors and assigns whether so expressed or not.
SECTION 11.7. Subrogation. In the event the Bonds herein authorized to be issued, or any of them, should ever be held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the Owner or Owners thereof shall be subrogated to all the rights and remedies against the Issuer had and possessed by the owner or owners of the Refunded Bonds.
SECTION 11.8. Severability. In case any one or more of the provisions of the Bond Resolution or of the Bonds issued hereunder shall for any reason be held to be illegal or invalid, such illegality or invalidity shall not affect any other provision of the Bond Resolution or of the Bonds, but the Bond Resolution and the Bonds shall be construed and enforced as if such illegal or invalid provisions had not been contained therein. Any constitutional or statutory provision enacted after the date of the Bond Resolution which validates or makes legal any provision of the Bond Resolution or the Bonds which would not otherwise be valid or legal shall be deemed to apply to the Bond Resolution and to the Bonds.
SECTION 11.9. Publication of Bond Resolution. This Bond Resolution shall be published one time in the official journal of the Issuer; however, it shall not be necessary to publish any exhibits hereto if the same are available for public inspection and such fact is stated in the publication.
SECTION 11.10. Execution of Documents. In connection with the issuance and sale of the Bonds, the Executive Officers are each authorized, empowered and directed to execute on behalf of the Issuer such documents, certificates and instruments as they may deem necessary, upon the advice of bond counsel, to effect the transactions contemplated by this Bond Resolution, the signatures of the Executive Officers on such documents, certificates and instruments to be conclusive evidence of the due exercise of the authority granted hereunder.
SECTION 11.11. Audit. As soon as practicable after the filing thereof, a copy of any financial statement of the Issuer and a copy of any audit and annual report of the Issuer shall be forwarded to the Purchaser until the Bonds mature.
SALE OF BONDS
SECTION 12.1. Sale of Bonds. The Bonds are hereby awarded to and sold to the Purchaser at the price of par and accrued interest, if any, and under the terms and conditions set forth in the commitment letter attached hereto as Exhibit D, and after their execution, registration by the Secretary of State and authentication by the Paying Agent, the Bonds shall be delivered to the Purchaser upon receipt by the Issuer of the agreed purchase price.
REDEMPTION OF REFUNDED BONDS
SECTION 13.1. Call for Redemption. Subject only to the actual delivery of the Bonds, $6,165,000 principal amount of the Issuer's General Obligation School Bonds, Series 2005, dated March 1, 2005, consisting of all of the Series 2005 Bonds which mature March 1, 2016 to March 1, 2025, inclusive, are hereby irrevocably called for redemption on March 1, 2015, at the principal amount thereof and accrued interest to the call date in compliance with the resolution authorizing their issuance.
SECTION 13.2. Notice of Defeasance and Call for Redemption. In accordance with the resolution authorizing the issuance of the Refunded Bonds, a Notice of Defeasance and Call for Redemption for the Refunded Bonds in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit E, shall be sent by the paying agent for the Refunded Bonds to the registered owners as the same appear on the registration books of said paying agent by means of first class mail not less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of redemption. The foregoing resolution having been submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:
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And the resolution was declared adopted on this, the 12th day of March, 2013.
/s/ Danny L. Bell /s/ Otha Anders
EXHIBIT A TO BOND RESOLUTION OUTSTANDING BONDS TO BE REFUNDED
General Obligation School Bonds, Series 2005, dated March 1, 2005, as follows:
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Those bonds maturing March 1, 2016, and thereafter will be called for redemption on March 1, 2015, at the principal amount thereof and accrued interest to the date fixed for redemption.
EXHIBIT B (Escrow Deposit Agreement), EXHIBIT C (Form of Bond), EXHIBIT D (Commitment Letter), EXHIBIT E (Notice of Call for Redemption) to this resolution have not been published. These Exhibits are on file with the minutes of the Lincoln Parish School Board, 410 S. Farmerville Street, Ruston, Louisiana 71270, and are available for inspection during regular business hours weekdays, Monday through Friday.
1td: March 20, 2013