PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD DECEMBER 11, 1997

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, December 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, 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.

 

Under Superintendent /Staff Reports, Mr. Jerry R. Osborne, of Foley & Judell, L.L.P., Bond Counsel spoke to the Board regarding what action was necessary in order to proceed with the reception of bids and sale of the $6,800,000 of General Obligation School Bonds, Series 1998, of School district No. 9.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve a resolution providing for the opening of the sealed bids received for the purchase of $6,800,000 of General Obligation School Bonds, Series 1998, of School District No. 9 of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, approving the Official Notice of Bond Sale and Official Statement in connection therewith.

 

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. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve a resolution accepting the bid of a syndicate headed by Scharff & Jones division of Morgan Keegan & company, Inc., of New Orleans, Louisiana, for the purchase of Six Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($6,800,000) of General Obligation School Bonds, Series 1998, of School District No. 9 of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana,  per attached complete resolution.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve a resolution authorizing the incurring of debt and issuance of Six Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($6,800,000) of General Obligation Bonds, Series, 1998, of School District No. 9 of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana; prescribing the form, terms and conditions of said Bonds; designating the date, denomination and place of payment of said Bonds; providing for the payment thereof in principal and interest; and providing for other matters in connection therewith, per attached complete resolution.

 

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

 

Mrs. Sue Rodriguez, music teacher a East Natchitoches, presented a music program with students from Weaver Elementary and East Elementary.

 

Mr. Ben D. Johnson, Mr. Calvin Braxton, and Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Dunagan received plaques for their contribution to education in Natchitoches Parish.

 

Mrs. Cynthia C. Johnson and Mrs. Donna Ward presented plaques to businesses and persons who have contributed to Natchitoches Parish Special Olympics.

 

Mrs. Cynthia C. Johnson and Mrs. Alma Johnson recognized Child-Net Fair Exhibits receiving second place awards.

 

Mr. Samuel Jackson recognized Natchitoches Jr. High Industrial Arts= Class receiving awards at Louisiana State Fair and Natchitoches Parish Fair.

 

Mr. John Vandersypen presented a report on the General Fund Budget and MFP Funding.

 

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

 

1.         Adoption of Agenda.

2.         Approval of Minutes of November 13, 1997.

3.         FINANCE ITEMS:

A.         Payment of Bills:

B.         Out-Of-State Travel:

 

(1)        Dot Wilkerson, School Board, travel to Washington, D.C., February 1-4, 1998, to attend FRN Conference.  (General Fund)

(2)        Sherry Zulick, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Luberton, Texas, December 3, 1997, to deliver "Operation Christmas Child" for Fellowship of Christian Athletes with travel reimbursement from FCA.

 

C.         School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Jessie Cole, Natchitoches Central High School, loss of 1.5 miles, savings of $266.94.

(2)        Charlotte Dubois, Cloutierville Elementary School, loss of 1 mile, savings of $185.84.                          

(3)        Susan Jordan, Provencal Elementary, additional 1.4 miles, cost of $259.95.

(4)        Pat Hall, Marthaville Elementary School, additional 2.2 miles, cost of $398.82.

(5)        Darwin Guillory, Goldonna Elementary, additional 1.6 miles, cost of $271.61.

 

D.         Purchase of Buses by Driver:

 

(1)        Robert E. Sheppard    

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

A.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Kathy Beebe, bus driver, Natchitoches Central High School,effective November 11, 1997.

(2)        Robin M. Strahan, teacher, Lakeview Jr. High School, effective December 19, 1997.

 

B.         Retirements:     

 

(1)        Carole L. Vienne, teacher, Goldonna Elementary School, effective November 28, 1997.

(2)        Clovis Whitehead, school food service technician, Parks Elementary, effective November 28, 1997.

 

C.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Betty Kennedy, teacher, Ninth Grade Center, sabbatical emergency leave, January 13, 1998, through June 2, 1998.

(2)        Helen Harville, teacher, Parks Elementary 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. Ward, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Don Mims, principal, North Natchitoches Elementary, to attend an out of state meeting of the Eisenhower Consortium for the Improvement of Mathematics and Science Teaching in Austin, Texas, February 1-4, 1998, to be funded by NSU Grant.

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a school bus route change for Darwin Guillory, Goldonna Elementary, of an additional 5.6 miles, for  a cost of $931.29.

 

On motion of Mr. Moss, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved payment of $400.00 to Doug Stewart for presenting program for National Drunk and Drug Driving Awareness Month on 12-16-97, to be funded by SADD.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a Title I tutor at Cloutierville Elementary for four hours per day for 100 days beginning January 5, 1998, at  minimum wage to be funded by Title I school wide funds.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Daniels, the Board unanimously approved Horne Enterprises to conduct pre-service training for bus driver trainees and in service training for certified bus personnel for a total of 8 combined training sessions at a total cost of $1,920.00.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Ward, the Board unanimously approved the payment of $1,079.00 for an Employee Dishonesty Bond through North American Group with a $100,000.00 limit and a $500.00 deductible.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve Carol Garcia and Litton Nugent to provide labor and expertise to package surplus chemicals stored at Natchitoches Central High School.  The total cost of the project is $3000.00 to be paid out of BRE-9 funds.

 

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

 

Mr. Vandersypen presented a report on final school budget allotments for 1997-98.

 

The Board received an audit report on student activity funds of seventeen schools from the firm of Johnson, Thomas & Cunningham,

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the agreement for Infant/Toddler Family Service Coordinator for 20 hours per week at $15.00 per hour from November 14, 1997, through May, 1998, to be funded out of Part H federal funds.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Ward, the Board unanimously approved a contract with the School Management Group in the amount of $4,662.00 to provide two additional days of training for principals on the correlates of effective schools--one half to be paid at the end of the first day of training and one half to be paid at the end of the second day of training to be funded by Louisiana Learn Local Improvement Grant.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board unanimously approved a contract with Harry Wong not to exceed $3000.00 plus expenses for a one-day workshop with parish administrators and teachers to be paid for with Natchitoches Parish Title I and Title II funds.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a driver's education class at Lakeview High School from January 12, 1998, to February 13, 1998, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to be funded by student fees.  Classes are to be taught by Terry Williams and Kenneth Trahant.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve the low  bid  of Gulf Services Contracting for Asbestos abatement at East Natchitoches Elementary School and authorize Board president to sign contract.

 

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

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

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve an agreement with Dr. David E. Lee to speak at a parish wide parent workshop at the Media Center on Tuesday, December 9, 1997, at a cost of $500.00 to be funded by Title I.

 

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

 

Mr. Walker presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the schedule of meetings of the Board for 1998.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Reading Incentive Plan as proposed by the Boys & Girls Club and Papa John's Pizza.

 

On motion of Mr. Moss, seconded by Mr. Daniels, that the Board hereby approve bus turnarounds contingent upon a legal document being drafted and agreed upon by the Natchitoches Parish School Board and the Natchitoches Parish Police Jury.

 

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Parent/Teacher Conference Day for Natchitoches Central High School and the Ninth Grade Center to be changed from January 16, 1998, to February 26, 1998, the midpoint of the second term of the block schedule.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board accepted the Effective Schools Audit Report authorizing the superintendent to initiate the implementation of recommendations presented in the audit.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve, the re-organization of staff in accordance with the recommendations made in the Effective Schools Audit Report with the following changes: Susie Brooks, from Supervisor of Personnel and Instruction to Director of Personnel and Instruction; Trudy Howell, from Supervisor of Secondary Education to Director of Instruction and Curriculum; Melanie McCain, from Supervisor of Elementary Education to Supervisor of Instruction for grades K-6 and W.A. Robison, from Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Technology and Grant Writing to Supervisor of Instruction for grades 7-12, Technology and Grant Writing.

 

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

 

No action was taken on approving the revised Policy Manual from Forethought Consulting, Inc.

 

No action was taken on approving a base expense allowance for contract bus drivers.

 

No action was taken on approving a lease agreement between the Natchitoches Parish School Board and Ben D. Johnson Education Center.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the program Success Insights.

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous approval, the Board accepted the resignation of James Boswell, school bus driver, Ninth Grade Center, effective December 31, 1997.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous approval, the Board approved the following personnel:

 

1.         Margie R. Machen, teacher, Lakeview Junior High School, replacing Robin M. Strahan.

2.         Shauna P. Hicks, teacher, Ninth Grade Center, substituting for Betty Kennedy.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous approval, the Board approved Monte= Demars to provide Title I tutoring at Cloutierville Elementary four hours  per day beginning January 5, 1998, for 100 days to be funded by Title I school wide funds.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Moss, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved after-school tutoring for K-3 Reading at Cloutierville Elementary, Fairview Alpha Elementary, North Natchitoches Elementary, Parks Elementary, Provencal Elementary, and Weaver Elementary per attached list.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Dr. Hall, and with unanimous approval, the Board approved the request of Joan Williams, secretary of transportation and maintenance, for leave of absence from January 12, 1998, through April 30, 1998, with pay until accumulated vacation exhausted; thereafter, leave of absence without pay.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following personnel items:

 

1.         Delores Demery, part-time school food service technician at Natchitoches Central High School to full time, replacing Alma Creighton.

2.         Angela H. Johnson, teacher, Goldonna Elementary School, replacing Carole L. Vienne, effective December 1, 1997.

3.         Marvin D. Blake, Jr., teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary School, substituting for Lisa L. Wiggins, effective November 21, 1997, through June 2, 1998.

4.         Sharon Jennings, part-time school food service technician, Natchitoches Central High School replacing Delores Demery.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved:

 

Terry Williams and Kenneth Trahant to teach driver's education classes at Lakeview High School from January 12, 1998, to February 13, 1998, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with funding from student fees.

 

Kristen Hillman as a replacement for Juliete Moffett to conduct after-school tutoring sessions as part of the K-3 reading initiative not to exceed the amount approved during the November Board meeting.

 

Dexter Martin, Natchitoches Central High School, to replace Kathy Beebe as shuttle bus driver and monitor, effective date of November 11, 1997.

 

John Laborde, Natchitoches Central High School, to replace Carol Garcia as peer helper sponsor for SDFSC.

 

On motion of Dr. Hall, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board rescinded approval of Minutes of November 13, 1997.

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board adjourned.

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V. KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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RUDOLPH LEON, JR., PRESIDENT