PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD OCTOBER 9, 1997

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, October 9, 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, Ralph Wilson, Thomas 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. Ward and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mr. Daniels.

 

Mr. Bob Black, Director of Natchitoches Parish Library, made an appeal to the Board to support the 8 Mill Tax Renewal to be voted on by the parish on October 18, 1997.

 

Mr Ralph Wilson requested that the Board recognize Dr. Tommy Dunagan and Mr. Calvin Braxton for their work with the dropout program.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved the following consent agenda items:

 

1.         Adoption of Agenda.

2.         Approval of Minutes of September 11, 1997.

3.         FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:

B.         Out-Of-State Travel:

 

(1)        Gwendolyn Hardison, travel to San Antonio, Texas, January 23-28, 1998, to attend National Title 1 Conference, funded by Title 1.

(2)        W. A. Robison, travel to Denver, Colorado, November 4-8, 1997, to attend the 11th Annual Technology and Learning Conference (General Fund).

(3)        Chris Evans and Mary Nell Lott, travel to Little Rock, Arkansas, to attend 44th Annual Gifted Convention on November 5-9, 1997, at a cost of $850.00.  (General Fund)

(4)        Kenneth Dutile, Susie Brooks, Rena Clark, Alice Rachal, Trudy Howell and Thurman Baptiste, travel to Dallas, Texas, to visit "Voyager," an after-school tutorial program, on October 6, 1997,at no cost to the Board.             

(5)        Rebecca A. Callaway, travel to Austin, Texas, to a Tel-Ed Conference to present three workshops on LA Challenge on November 13-17, 1997, funded by LASIP.

                  

            C.         School Bus Route Changes:

(1)        Melba Tyler, Goldonna Elementary, loss of 1.8 miles, savings of $422.96.

(2)        Jean Wall, Preschool Center, additional .7 miles, cost of $130.80.

(3)        John Knott, increase in bus length from 21' to 26', effective date of 8-19-97.

(4)        Leonard Parker, increase in bus length from 21' to 26' effective date of 8-19-97.

 

D.         Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

(1)        Jeffrey W. Bernstine

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

A.         Resignations:

(1)        Suzanne Liles, teacher, Natchitoches Jr. High School.

(2)        Job Cannon, teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary.

 

B.         Requests for Leave:

(1)        Tanya C. Settles, Title 1 teacher, Marthaville Elementary School,sick leave for maternity purposes, October 30, 1997, through December 15, 1997.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Carol Hebert, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, to attend the American Vocational Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 10-14, 1997, at no cost to the Board.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved permission to advertise for bids for miscellaneous technology equipment.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved permission to advertise for bids for asbestos abatement School District 9 schools as needed.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Daniels, and with unanimous approval, the Board consented to the following school bus route changes:

 

1.         Randy Turner, Parks Elementary, additional .9 miles, cost of $211.58.

2.         Ray Dyess, Marthaville Elementary, additional 1.7 miles, cost of $314.62.

3.         Diane Saffel, Lakeview High School, additional 1.6 miles, cost of $373.75.

4.         J. O. Boswell, Ninth Grade Center, additional .8 miles, cost of $144.58.

5.         Roger Matkin, Provencal Elementary, additional 4 miles, cost of $905.37.

6.         Wallace LaCaze,  Preschool Center, additional 11.8 miles, cost of $2,070.26.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve a resolution authorizing the advertising for sealed bids for the purchase of Six Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($6, 800,000.00) of General Obligation School Bonds, Series 1998, of School District No.9 of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, authorized at an election on Tuesday, March 12, 1996, and providing for other matters in connection therewith.   

   

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

NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.               (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved IDEA - Part H Budget for Special Education - July 1, 1997, thru September 30, 1998.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board hereby approve a one-time supplemental check to be issued in November, from earnings from investment of funds.  All current employees, as of October 9, 1997, will receive a prorated (based on date of employment and hours worked) supplement in the maximum amount of $400.00.  Federal programs, special projects,  and the Child Nutrition Program shall provide the supplement from their budgets.

 

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

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the low bid meeting specifications for the hard surfacing of the Adult Education Center parking lot as per attached bid compilations.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Daniels, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the low bid meeting specifications for packaged cooling/gas heating units for Provencal Elementary gymnasium as per attached bid compilations.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board approve the low bid meeting specifications for an activity bus for consolidated BRE-7 schools as per attached bid compilations.

 

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

NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.               (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board approve the low bid meeting specifications for the various furniture and playground equipment for Lakeview High School Right Start Program.

 

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

NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.               (Carried)

 

No action was taken regarding the report of year end insurance audit resulting in a return premium of $4082.00.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the application for transportation reimbursement by private automobile for William Zachary Wood (student) to Fairview Alpha 4.2 miles one-way by driver Adley Wood.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Dr. Hall, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved payment of $15.00 per hour for 90 hours total for Margaret Hall to continue the After-School and Saturday Detention Program at East Elementary School to be funded by Title 1.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved W. A. Robison, Rebecca Callaway, and all School Tech Coordinators to conduct Technology Integration Workshops for teachers, administrators, and staff at $50.00 per hour with participants receiving stipends according to Board policy to be funded by Title II, Challenge Grant, 8(g) Innovative, Challenge Literary Fund, and General Technology.

On motion of Dr. Hall, seconded by Mr. Moss, that the Board approve Change Order #1 for mechanical and electrical revisions at Natchitoches Junior High School for the sum of $10,975.50.

 

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

NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.               (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a $370.00 instructional allotment for Jackie Crew for materials and supplies for gifted class to be established at NSU Elementary to be paid out of general funds.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved an adjustment to the salary schedule for coaches to include coaching a third sport at a fixed rate of $1250.00 annually as per salary schedule attached.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved yearly stipends of $200.00 each for the following School Improvement Co-Team Leaders-Annie J. Oliphant and Patrice Trice Trichell at Lakeview Junior High and Felicia Lawson and Elizabeth Blackburn at Parks Elementary, funded by Title 1.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Moss, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved External Consultant Contracts and School Support Team Contracts, funded by Title 1.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Jennifer Ingram to be hired under the Learn and Serve Grant to coordinate conflict mediation training in all schools for 54 hours a month at $7.50 per hour.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve the K-3 Reading Initiative Budget in the amount of $263,954.00 to be paid out of state funds.

 

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

NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.               (Carried)

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the 8(g) Early Childhood Grant.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the Classroom Board Technology Fund and Literacy Challenge Grant Budget in the amount of $319,972.00.

 

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

NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.               (Carried)

 

Approval of contract with Dr. Patrice Moulton was tabled by the Board until Mrs. Scotti Rodgers could appear before the Board to answer questions regarding the contract.

 

Mr. Walker presented the Executive Report.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Perdue addressed the Board concerning policy issues in relation to disciplinary actions taken against their daughter.  A meeting was set up for all parties involved for Wednesday, October 15, 1997, at 4:15 p.m. to discuss their concerns.

 

On motion of Mr. Moss, seconded by Mr. Roque, that  Mr. Dutile, in an appropriate manner,  make a comprehensive study of the feasibility of dividing/separating elementary and junior high school bus routes from high school routes in District 10 and District 11, and report back to  the Board in the December Board Meeting.

 

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

NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.               (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the request of the Natchitoches Parish School Board to conduct a survey and file and application for School Assistance in Federally Affected Areas (Impact Aide).

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the records retention policy.

 

No action was taken by the Board on recommendation of Natchitoches Parish Principals= Association to discontinue the use of corporal punishment.

 

A certificate of Substantial Completion was filed for Natchitoches Junior High School-Project #35-16 and was approved on September 26, 1997.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the recommendations of the committee regarding asbestos RFP evaluations.

 

No action was taken by the Board on a request of Leon Owecki for written right-of-way across 16th Section T8N R7W using road constructed by Hunt Oil.

 

On October 14, 1997, a Special Called Meeting would be held to approve a resolution for a temporary replacement for the unexpired term of Mr. Carl Henry, School Board Member for District I.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a pilot enrichment program "Voyager" for Parks Elementary to be funded by Mr. Ben D. Johnson.

Mrs. Wilkerson presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board approve the following  transfers and/or reassignments:

 

A.         Brenda B. Davis, teacher, from CITY School to Parks Elementary School, replacing Deborah R. Wood.

B.         Karis Cobb, teacher, from regular education to Title 1, replacing Martha Massey, Fairview Alpha Elementary School.

C.         Pamela Stephens, teacher, from special education to regular education replacing Kristen Hillman, Fairview Alpha Elementary School.

D.         Sandra Moore, teacher aide from full-time Title 1 (4 hours) and Migrant Aide (3 hours) replacing Rosa McCoy,  Fairview Alpha Elementary School.

F.         Cynthia Juanice Gray, teacher aide from pre-kindergarten to a full time special education aide,  Fairview Alpha Elementary School.

G.         Charles Brown, Title 1, 12  month custodian, from North Natchitoches Elementary School to Title 1 Media Center, replacing Leonard Williams.

H.         Leonard Williams, 12 month custodian, from Title 1 Media Center to East Natchitoches  Elementary School, replacing Gus Johnson, Jr.

I.          Shirley Neal,  part-time school food service technician, to a full-time technician at Weaver Elementary, replacing Deborah Cochran.

 

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Dr. Hall, that the Board approve the following personnel:

 

A.         Joy E.Garner,  teacher,  Fairview Alpha Elementary School, replacing Karis Cobb.

B.         Sandra D. Grillette, Title 1 teacher aide, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, replacing Darcey J. Knight.

C.         Gwendolyn H. Davis, teacher aide, Preschool Center, replacing Judy Ashcraft.

D.         Herbert B. Baptiste, Jr., teacher, Lakeview Junior High School, replacing Darcey J. Knight.

E.         Odell Cobb, teacher, Provencal Elementary/Junior High School, replacing Jeanne Doggett.

F.         Michael L. Blackshire, teacher, (1st semester) Ninth Grade Center, replacing Kimberly S. Nyles.

G.         Tonya Hoover, social worker, Parks Elementary, funded by Family Empowerment Project Grant through Extra Mile Agency.

H.         Danette Campbell, Title 1 school nurse, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Robyn J. Roberts.                 

I.          Cindy Crowell, Title 1 school nurse, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Emma B. Pitcher.

J.          John A. Brown, 12 month janitor, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Charles Brown.

K.         Sadie B. Sawyer, teacher, Parks Elementary, substituting for Cassandra Turner for 1st semester of 1997-98.                          .

L.         Carolyn Donoway, school food service technician, Fairview Alpha Elementary, replacing Linda Austin.

M.        Audrey Pullig, school food service technician, Fairview Alpha Elementary, replacing Carolyn Yount.

N.         Mary Gay Conley, clerk-typist, replacing Sandra Below.

O.         Dale Higginbotham, teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary, replacing Job Cannon.

P.         Jeffrey W. Bernstine, school bus driver, vacant bus route in West Natchitoches.

Q.         Francine Cook, teacher, Provencal Elementary, replacing Donna Ackel. 

 

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

 

Transfers and/or reassignments:

 

E.         On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve Sandra Below-Moody from clerk-typist to secretary, replacing Sue Hatley, special education secretary.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve the performance contract for Steven B. Celestine, coordinator for Parks Elementary.

 

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

                                   

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and unanimously carried, that the Board hereby approve Jackie Crew, teacher of the gifted at NSU Elementary.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Jennifer Ingram to coordinate the conflict mediation training under the Learn and Serve Grant.

 

On motion of Dr. Hall, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the tech coordinators for all schools per attached list.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve Gus Johnson as 12 month head custodian, transferring from East Natchitoches Elementary to the maintenance warehouse.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board hereby approve transferring Rufus Sowell from warehouse clerk to maintenance technician.

 

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

NAYS: None.  ABSENT: None.                   (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve Elouise Wafer as Family Service Coordinator, Central Office, funded by Part H Federal Funds.

 

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

 

On motion of Dr. Hall, seconded by Mr. Roque, the Board adjourned.

__________________________________________

V. KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY-TREASURER

__________________________________________

RUDOLPH LEON, JR., PRESIDENT