PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD SEPTEMBER 11, 1997

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, September 11, 1997,  at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the School Board Office, 310 Royal Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana, and, upon roll call, the following members and V. Kenneth Dutile, Secretary-Treasurer, were present: Cecil Walker, Edward Ward, Jr., Carroll Daniels, Dorothy Wilkerson, Rudolph Leon, Jr., Carl P. Henry, III, Ralph Wilson, Thomas E. Roque, Bobby R. Thomas, William L. Hall, and E.L. Moss, Jr.  Absent: None. 

 

The meeting was called to order by President Leon, followed by an invocation by Mr. Henry and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mr. Henry.

 

Under New Business, Mrs. Rena Clark extended an invitation to the Board to travel to New Roads to the School of Hope in Pointe Coupe Parish on September 18, 1997.

 

Under the Superintendent/Staff Reports, the superintendent read a letter of appreciation for use of the Ninth Grade Center by the Longview High School Band.

 

Teacher of the Year awards were presented by Melanie McCain.  Last year's winners in each category presented plaques to this year's honorees.  Honorees were:

 

Elementary Teachers - Angela Davis, Marthaville; Carol Hood, NSU Elementary;Jan McCain, Weaver; Janet Brookins, Parks; Emilyn Horton, Preschool; Ceil Sullivan, Fairview Alpha; Regina Prewitt, Provencal; Carol Colvin, Cloutierville; Juliete Moffett, North Natchitoches; Sarah McElwee, East Natchitoches; and Juliana Wohletz, Goldonna.  Juliete Moffett was named Elementary Teacher of the Year for the Parish.

 

Junior High Teachers - Mattie Demars, Cloutierville; Laura Powell-Strahan, Marthaville; Peggy Johnson, Lakeview Jr. High; William Hyams, Natchitoches Jr. High; and Connie Melder, NSU Middle.  Laura Powell-Strahan was named Junior High Teacher of the Year for the Parish.

 

High School Teacher - Jodie Hallman, Ninth Grade Center and Linda Burke,Natchitoches Central High School.  Mrs. Burke was named High School Teacher ofthe Year.

 

Mr. Dannie Robertson, representing the Chamber of Commerce, presented certificates of recognition to each winner.

 

Mack Wall reported that a date and time needed to be set for the committee concerning financing of bus routes less than 25 miles.  A bus driver is to be added to the committee.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward that the Board hereby approve the following consent agenda items:

 

Adoption of Agenda.

2.         Approval of Minutes of August 14, 1997.

3.         FINANCE ITEMS:

A.         Payment of Bills.

B.         Out-of-State Travel:

 

(1)        Ramona Cason, Melanie McCain, Delores Barnhill, Monica Governale, Stacie Fuller, Penny Bolton, Diane Vienne, Priscilla Monette, Janet Brookins, Cynthia King, Brenda K. Powell And Sonya Nolley, approved at August Board meeting to attend 8(g) Galaxy Reading Classroom Training in Natchez, Mississippi, September 12-13, 1997, funded by 8(g) Competitive Grant.

 

(2)        W. A. Robison, Brenda Robison, and Glenda Stokes, sponsors for students enrolled in Foreign Studies Elective, to London, England, November 20-21, 1997, at no cost to Board except substitutes.

 

(3)        Julio Toro, Bernice McCoy, and Reneva Trahant, Natchitoches Central High School, to attend National Tech-Prep Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, October 2-4, 1997, at no cost to Board except for substitutes.

 

(4)        Sue Creighton and Debra Warren, teachers, Northwestern Elementary, for class trip to Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas, October 2-5, 1997, at no cost to Board.

 

(5)        Cheryl Choate and Rebecca Morgan, teachers, Lakeview Junior High School, to attend Southern Regional Leaders Forum in Rock Eagle, Georgia, October 1-5, 1997, at no cost to Board except for substitute for Rebecca Morgan.

 

(6)        Alice M. Rachal, Director of Federal Programs, to attend U.S. Department of Education's Regional Conference on Improving America's Schools in Washington, D. C., December 14-16, 1997,funded by Title 1.

 

(7)        Cynthia Johnson, Director of Special Education, to attend NAPE Convention in Alexandria, Virginia, November 18-22, 1997, funded by P.L. 101-476.

 

(8)        Robert Dzur and William Dawsey, AFJROTC, Lakeview High School, Curriculum-In-Action trip to Space Center in Houston, Texas, September 7, 1997, funded by United State Air Force.

 

(9)        Carolyn Miller, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, to attend Ninth Annual International Conference on ADD in San Antonio, Texas, October 23-26, 1997, registration to be paid by NCHS (school budget).

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

A.         Resignations:

(1)        Kelly Jennings, executive secretary, Central Office.

(2)        Donna H. Ackel, teacher, Provencal Elementary Lab School.

(3)        Hazel D. Roberts, Title 1 teacher aide, Weaver Elementary School.

(4)        Darcey J. Knight, teacher, Lakeview Junior High School.

(5)        Emma B. Pitcher, Title 1 school nurse, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective September 12, 1997.

 

            B.         Requests for Leave:

(1)        Carletta D. Jones, teacher, Provencal Elementary School, sick leave for maternity purposes September 1 5 - November 12, 1997.

 

C.         Retirements:

(1)        J. D. Ratliff, 12-month custodian, Marthaville Elementary School, effective September 1, 1997.

(2)        Rosa M. McCoy, Title 1 teacher aide, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective August 25, 1997.

(3)        Eloise L. Mc Cart, bus attendant, Natchitoches Preschool Center, effective August 29, 1997.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

Mr. Thomas presented the Finance, Facilities, Services, & Insurance Report

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, that Rena Clark, Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, be approved to visit alternative schools for behavioral problems and academically at-risk students in Kansas City, Missouri, October 15-17,1997, at no cost to the Board.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall,

and Moss.   NAYS: None.   ABSENT: None.        (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and unanimously approved, that the Board advertise for asbestos abatement at District 9 schools as needed.                

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Ward, and unanimously approved, that bids for furniture and playground equipment for use in the Right Start Program at Lakeview High School be advertised.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board approve payment for the Saturday detention staff as follows: Natchitoches Central High School--Elaine Garland and Bernice McCoy, with Julio Toro and Michael Neklutin serving as alternatives;

 

Natchitoches Ninth Grade Center--to be split among Cecil Nelson, Brenda Poynter, and Donna Prothro, with Della Powell and Barbara Askew serving as alternatives.  Each school will conduct Saturday detention a total of 32 Saturdays for four hours per day @ $15.00 per hour for one teacher each day.  The total amount per school is not to exceed $1,920.00, to be paid for with 8(g) Block Grant funds.

 

YEAS:  Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.   NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Henry, and unanimously approved, the Board appointed a committee consisting of Mr.Thomas, Mr. Henry, Mr. Leon, and Mrs. Wilkerson for consideration of asbestos abatement design proposals to be received on September 10, 1997.

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Henry, that the Board approve the 1997-98 operating budget.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall,

and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.                      (Carried)

 

A report was received by the Board regarding the Aramark agreement for the Natchitoches Central High School football concessions.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Moss, that the Board approve the budget for 1998 Starting Points.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall,

and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: none.                       (Carried)

 

Mr. John Vandersypen, Director of Business Affairs, presented a report regarding the legislative distribution of teacher supplies as approved by B.E.S.E.  Funds were increased by approximately $90,000.00.

 

On motion of Mr. Henry, seconded by Mr. Ward, and unanimously approved, that the Board approve payment of $15.00 per hour for 140 hours total for Lynn LaCaze and Laura Powell-Strahan to continue the After-School and Saturday Detention Program at Marthaville Elementary School, funded by Title1.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously approved, that the Board approve JoAnn Ryan, Arts-In-Action consultant, for conducting Louisiana Learn Workshop on Classroom Management on September 19, 1997, for $500.00 plus mileage and meals according to parish policy, funded by Louisiana Learn.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board approve contracts with Joe Bienvenu to provide occupational therapy for 5 hours per week at a rate of $50.00 per hour, and Natchitoches Parish Hospital to provide physical therapy for the 1997-98 school year at a rate of $44,000.00, both to be funded by the State, Medicaid, and P.L. 101-476.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall,

and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.          (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board approve the contract for $9,500.00 for School Management Study Group to be funded by the Louisiana Learn School Improvement Grant.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.        (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and unanimously approved, that the Board pay School Management Study Group $4,750.00 on September 23, 1997, and    $ 4,750.00 upon presentation of the final report to principals and the Board to be funded by the Louisiana Learn Grant.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a LEAP remediation staff for Natchitoches Central High and Lakeview High Schools.  Each school is to offer 20 hours of remediation in English/Language Arts and Written Composition, Math, Science, and Social Studies from September 12 through October 20, 1997, for a total of 80 hours @ $15.00 per hour, not to exceed $300.00 per teacher and $1,200.00 per school, funded by general fund.

 

The executive report was presented by Mr. Walker.

 

On motion of Mr. Hall, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board approve the wearing of shorts to school by students in grades 6 - 12.   Shorts must be standard uniform type in black, navy, khaki, or school colors; should not be more than four inches above the middle of the knee with the shirt tail tucked in.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.         (Carried)

 

Discussion of school uniforms and the 1997-98 school calendar was tabled until the October meeting.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Henry, that the Board approve requesting an opinion from the Attorney General's office relative to the exemption of the Natchitoches Parish School Board from paying taxes on medication paid for by the Board.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

Approval of records retention policy was tabled until the October meeting.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved the public comments policy as required by La. Rev. Stat. Ann 17.81; 42.5;1;42.6; Board Minutes.

 

On motion of Mr. Henry, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board approve the concept of "construction documents phase" of the additions and alterations at Weaver Elementary School, #35-31, presented by Yeager, Watson and Associates, and authorize them to proceed to the "bidding" phase of this project.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board approve changing time of committee meetings from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Leon, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.   NAYS:  Wilkerson and Henry.  ABSENT: None.              (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Moss, that the Board approve the agreement for use of Turpin Stadium for 1997-98 with proper authorization on contract.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Roque, Hall, and Moss.

NAYS: None.  ABSTAIN: Henry.  ABSENT: Thomas.        (Carried)

The Personnel Report was presented by Mr. Henry.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Walker, the following resignations on the addendum were unanimously approved:

 

1.         Jacqueline R. Ackel, Even Start teacher, Louisiana Technical College, September 17, 1997.

2.         Lionel Sowells, coordinator, CITY School.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Roque, the Board  unanimously approved the following staff for Saturday detention: Natchitoches Central High School --Elaine Garland and Bernice Mc Coy, with Julio Toro and Michael Neklutin serving as alternatives; Natchitoches Ninth Grade Center--to be split among Cecil Nelson, Brenda Poynter, and Donna Prothro, with Della Powell and Barbara Askew serving as alternatives.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, the Board  unanimously approved the following LEAP Remediation staff: Lakeview High School--Greg Warren, Science; Terry Williams, Social Studies; Charles Verret, English; Melissa Waters, Math.  Natchitoches Central High School -- Mattie Smith (fall) and David Elkins, Math; Cheryl  Thornhill, Social Studies; Carol Garcia (fall) and Pat Beaudion, Science; Deanna Elkins, English.

  

On motion of Mr. Henry, seconded by Mr. Roque, the following transfers and/or reassignments were unanimously approved:

 

1.         Detre Willis, from teacher aide at CITY School to migrant aide at Marthaville Elementary School, replacing Myra Morris.

2.         Ramona L. Adams, from teacher at North Natchitoches Elementary School to special education teacher at Parks Elementary School.

3.         Martha Massey, from teacher at Fairview Alpha Elementary School to Title  1Right Start Program at Lakeview High School (new program).

4.         Cindy S. Rachal, from special education teacher aide at Fairview Alpha Elementary School to Lakeview High School Title 1 Right Start Program.

5.         Shasta Daniels, from G/T teacher at Marthaville Elementary School to G/T

teacher at Northwestern Middle Lab School, replacing Shelly W. Kendrick.

6.         Mary Nell Lott, from teacher at Provencal Elementary School to G/T teacher

at Marthaville Elementary School, replacing Shasta Daniels.

7.         Kristen Hillman, from teacher at Fairview Alpha Elementary School to teacher at North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing John Chamberlain.

8.         Judy Ashcraft, from special education teacher aide to bus aide, Natchitoches

Preschool Center.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve the following personnel :

 

1.         Mary R. Dupree, teacher, Parks Elementary School, replacing Steven Celestine.

2.         Sheila M. Beasley, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Ramona L. Adams.

3.         John E. Winston, II, teacher, Natchitoches Ninth Grade Center, replacing Kenneth Bates.

4.         Sheila C. Warner, teacher, Provencal Elementary School, replacing Mary Nell Lott.

5.         Mary M. Yount, teacher, Fairview A lpha Elementary School, replacing Kristen Hillman.

6.         Karen Quick, school food service technician, Goldonna Elementary School Erma Scallion.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT:  Thomas .            (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Henry, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the returning personnel not previously approved:

 

1.         Cloutierville Elementary School:  Geraldine D. Lewis, Agnes W. Wafer, Carol W. Steward.

2.         Lakeview Junior High School: Linda M. Hernandez.

3.         Lakeview High School: Robert F. Flaherty,  Marie J. Demery.

4.         Marthaville Elementary School: Monica B. Governale.

5.         Natchitoches Central High School: Carolyn P. Hamilton, Todd A. Neitte, Annette Cade.

6.         Natchitoches Junior High School: Judie W. Barnum, Gene R. Jones, Willie W. Booty, Charles Ray Brown.

7.         Natchitoches Ninth Grade Center: Kenneth Bates.

8.         Natchitoches Preschool Center: Tracy C. Jackson, Karen W. Neitte, Linda D. Lee, Vevalyn Jyll Lucky.

9.         North Natchitoches Elementary School: Amanda J. Nealy, Wanda C. Wynder.

          10.          Parks Elementary School: Doris A. McDaniel, Kristy H. Roberson, Gloria P. Wilson, Billy R. Evans.

          11.          Adult Education Center: Artia B. Johnson.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the attached list of part-time coordinators, coaches, and extracurricular activity sponsors.

 

A notice of pending renewal of performance contracts for the following administrators was announced:

 

A.         Doris Hullaby - October 13, 1997

B.         Ardonul Brinson - October 23, 1997

C.         Louvenia Roberson - October 23, 1997

D.         Becky Ham - November 10, 1997

E.         W. A. Robison - January 12, 1998

 

On motion of Mr. Henry, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board approve a 12 month custodian for the facility on Parkway Drive for one year only, with a review of performance in one year.

 

YEAS: Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Henry, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Hall, and Moss.  NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.             (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Henry, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Sue Hatley as executive secretary at the Central Office, replacing Kelly Jennings.

 

On motion of Mr. Henry, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved student assistance team chairpersons, peer helper sponsors, and conflict mediator sponsors for the 1997-98 school year per attached listing, to be paid with Safe & Drug-Free Schools and Communities Funds.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward, the Board meeting was adjourned.

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V. KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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RUDOLPH LEON, JR., PRESIDENT