PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD NOVEMBER 13, 1997

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, November 13, 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,  E.L. Moss, Jr. and Julia Hildebrand.  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. Thomas.

 

Mr. Carl P. Henry, III was recognized and honored by the Board for his dedication and years of service to the Natchitoches Parish School Board and the parish school system.  Mr. Leon presented a plaque, and Dr. Hall read a poem written especially for Mr. Henry by Debra Gant.

 

Laura Powell-Strahan was presented roses by each board member in recognition of her accomplishment as being selected State Middle Teacher of the Year.

 

Mrs. Rena Clark presented a report on "Attendance Awareness Week". Letters and proclamations were sent to churches, news media, etc. to make them aware of the importance of keeping students in school.

 

Rodney Irchirl, Intervention Strategist with SDFSC reported on the result of assessments of 150 students. The assessments allow the strategist to determine high risk students in order that more time and work could be directed to those who need it the most.

 

Mrs. Renee= Mayher reported the state had installed software in school food service computers that would allow electronic submission of all federal claims and applications to the Louisiana Department of Education.  Three parishes had volunteered to pilot the program, but Natchitoches Parish was the first to successfully initiate the program.

 

Dr. W. A. Robison presented an account of his trip to a technology conference in Denver, Colorado.  Major issues or concerns discussed at the conference are the high cost of technology, the educational soundness of technology programs, and the ethics and issues regarding copyrights.

 

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

 

1.         Adoption of Agenda.

2.         Approval of Minutes of October 9, 1997.

3.         FINANCE ITEMS:

A.         Payment of Bills:

 

B.         Out-Of-State Travel:

 

(1)        Mary Walker, Celia Cannon, and Doris Hullaby travel to Houston, Texas, December 3, 1997, to attend an Accelerated Reading Seminar to be funded by Title 1.

(2)        Faye Vandersypen,  travel to Orlando, Florida, April 4-7, 1998,  to attend a NAESP Convention to be funded by Title I and school budget.

(3)        Diana Laroux, travel to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend the National Institute on Legal Issues of Education Individuals with Disabilities on May 3-6, 1998, to be funded by P.L. 101-476.

 

C.         School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Susan Jordan, Provencal Elementary, additional 10 miles for 10 days, cost of $149.90.

(2)        Joseph Raggio, North Natchitoches Elementary, additional 10 miles for 10  days only, cost of  $151.70.

(3)        Glen Putman, Fairview Alpha Elementary, additional 1.4 miles, cost of $336.55.

(4)        Earl Arthur, Lakeview Junior High, additional .5 miles, cost of $114.41.

(5)        Bobby Carter,  Preschool Center, loss of .7 miles, savings of $137.71.

(6)        Sharon Jennings, Preschool Center, loss of .3 miles, savings of $2.27.

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

A.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Lana Holman, school food service technician, Fairview Alpha Elementary, effective October 31, 1997.

(2)        Carol Hebert, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective November 9, 1997.

(3)        Elouise Wafer, family service coordinator, central office, effective November 3, 1997.

 

B.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Robert Lee Lane, Jr., teacher, Lakeview High School, sabbatical leave for professional and cultural improvement, January 13, 1998, through June 2, 1998.

(2)        Evie Posey, teacher, NSU Elementary Lab School, sabbatical leave for rest and recuperation, January 13, 1998, through June 2, 1998.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr.Thomas, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved after-school tutoring for Parks Elementary, two teachers for two hours per week for 25 weeks at $15.00 per hour to be funded by Title I.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved permission to accept the low bid of Comp USA meeting specifications for digital still cameras as per attached bid compilations.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved permission to accept the low  bid of D & H Distributing, Co. meeting specifications for calculators per attached bid compilations.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the low bid of A & R General Contractors meeting specifications for construction and renovations at Weaver Elementary per attached bid compilations.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the agreement with Dr. Bob Cage to serve as evaluation consultant for the Challenge Grant Project in the amount of $1800.00 to be funded out of Challenge Grant Budget.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved payment to Terry Williams and Kenneth Trahant $1250.00 each with employment benefits for teaching a driver's education class at Lakeview High School from September 29, 1997, through October 23, 1997.

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved agreement with Judy O=Dell to conduct Starlab In service Training a total of 32 hours for $700.00 plus mileage to be funded out of Title II Carry-Over Funds.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent , the Board approved the contract for OT with First Choice Therapy, Inc., for no more than 40 hours per week at $56.00 per hour to be paid out of Section 619,  P.L. 101-476, and Medicaid.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the following finance items:

 

(1)        The purchase of Skills Connection Software from Tudor Publishing which would provide each school with K-8 grades a support program for assessing skills tested on achievement tests at $2,500.00 per school for 13 schools at a total cost of $32,500.00 to be paid from general fund.

(2)        After-school tutoring as part of the K-3 Reading Initiative for 7 schools not to exceed 8 hours per week at $15.00 per hour for 25 weeks for a total of $3000.00 per site to be paid from K-3 reading funds.

(3)        135 K-3 teachers to attend after-school reading seminars for a total of 10.5 hours each at $15.00 per hour for a total of $21,262.50 plus benefits to be paid from K-3 reading funds.

(4)       Teachers to present after-school reading seminars at nine schools not to exceed 10.5 hours per school at $50.00 per hour for a total of $4,725.00 plus benefits to be paid from K-3 reading funds per attached list.

(5)        81 teachers in grades 4-8 to attend after-school seminars for math/science applications for 10.5 hours at $15.00 per hour totaling $12,757.50 plus benefits to be paid with Title II funds.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved 12 special education resource teachers to attend reading seminars for 10.5 hours at $15.00 per hour not to exceed $2,250.00 to be paid with special education funds per attached list.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the application for transportation reimbursement (private automobile) for Lenore Garner (student) to Natchitoches Central High School 2.6 miles one-way by driver Lester Garner.

 

Mr. Walker presented the Executive Report.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Perdue addressed the Board regarding policy issues in relation to disciplinary actions regarding their daughter. 

 

Mrs. Cynthia C. Johnson presented a report on stipends for physical therapists/occupational therapists.

 

Mr. Mack Wall stated that a report on computerized bus routes would be presented after more information had been obtained.

 

No action was taken on the request of Roy O. Martin Company regarding a right-of-way in Section 16 T8NR7W.

 

The financing of school buses was postponed until a legal opinion could be received from the office of the attorney general.

 

On the motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby authorize the Board attorney to draft legal documents regarding the trading of two tracts of land owned by the Natchitoches Parish School Board for two tracts owned by an adjacent land owner.  The four tracts of land are located near Hwy. 3175 and Welch Street.

 

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

 

Approval of the revised Policy Manual was tabled until December.

 

Establishing a base expense allowance for bus drivers was tabled until December.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby advertise for bids for four, sixty/ sixty-six passenger buses.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve an education committee consisting of Mr. Thomas, Mrs. Hildebrand, Mr. Leon, and Mrs. Trudy Howell who would act as curriculum advisor.  The committee would meet monthly with Mr. Dutile and Mrs. Brooks and then report to the Board.  Each Board member should appoint an individual from his/her district to serve as a liaison between the central office and each district represented.  A goal and mission statement regarding the objectives was to be written by Mrs. Trudy Howell. 

 

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

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve Sylvia Morrow as family service coordinator, central office, replacing Elouise Wafer, previously resigned.

 

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

                                                                       

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously approved, that the Board approve sabbatical leave for rest and recuperation for Lynne Roberts, IASA, Title I Media Center, from January 13, 1998, through June 2, 1998.

 

On motion of Mr.Wilson, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Annie Joe Armstrong, 12 month custodian, central office and Charles Brown, 12 month custodian, Title I Media Center,  to 12 month head custodians.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Cynthia King and Hattie Anderson, teachers, for after-school tutoring at Parks Elementary.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Ward, and unanimously approved, that the Board approve Detria Johnson, student worker at central office, three hours daily, five days a week for minimum wage to be paid by general fund.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve the request of Carol Hebert, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, to waive the intention to return to service clause pertaining to sabbatical leave. 

 

YEAS: Ward and Roque.  NAYS: Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hall, Moss, and Hildebrand.                (Failed)

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Velvetha D. McShan, part-time teacher aide (15 hours weekly), Adult Education Center, replacing Hazel Haddock, previously resigned.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved teachers to present after-school workshops for after-school reading seminars at nine schools, not to exceed 10.5 hours per school at $50.00 per hour for a total of $4,725.00 plus benefits to be paid with K-3 reading funds per attached list.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous approval, the Board approved 12 special education resource teachers to attend reading seminars for 10.5 hours each at $15.00 per hour not to exceed $2,250.00 to be paid with special education funds per attached list.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Herbert V. Baptiste, Jr., Lakeview Jr. High, to coach 8th grade girls= basketball to receive one-time $1,250.00 supplement, replacing Ronald Warren and Ty Melton.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous approval, the Board approved Janice Ebert, teacher, to replace Carol Hebert at Natchitoches Central High School.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved advertising for teacher/coordinator and teacher aide positions for Ben D. Johnson Education Center.

 

On motion of Dr. Hall, the Board adjourned.

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V. KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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RUDOLPH LEON, JR., PRESIDENT