PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD JANUARY 15, 1998

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, January 15, 1998, at 4:00 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., Dorothy Wilkerson, Rudolph Leon, Ralph Wilson, Bobby R. Thomas, William L. Hall, E.L. Moss, Jr. and Julia Hildebrand.  Absent: None.  Thomas Roque and Carroll Daniels came in after roll call.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Thomas, that the Board hereby approve those Board Members serving as President, Vice-President, and members of the Executive Committee for 1997 serve in the same capacity for 1998.  

                                                                             

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

NAYS:   None.   ABSENT:   Carroll Daniels and Thomas Roque.     (Carried)

 

Mr. Dutile recognized NSU Elementary for receiving the 1997 Scholastic Growth Award for Student Performance on the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) criterion-referenced tests.

 

Mrs. Rachal presented the school nurses with certificates for participation in workshop "Incorporating HIV Prevention in School Health Programs".  A proclamation was also issued by the state recognizing Wednesday, January 28, 1998, as School Nurse Day.

 

Mr. Leon introduced Senator Mike Smith.  Mr. Smith stated that he hoped teachers would receive a pay increase, and that persons should push legislators to support the reinstating of the one-cent sales tax for pay raises for teachers.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and unanimously carried, the Board adopted the agenda and approved the minutes for November 13, 1997, and December 11, 1997.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Moss, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following consent agenda items:

 

FINANCE ITEMS:     

                                                                                   

A.         Payment of Bills.

 

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Chris Evans, North Natchitoches Elementary, field trip with gifted students to Houston and Galveston, Texas, on March 13-16, 1998, at no cost to the Board.

 

(2)        Debra Waites, East Natchitoches Elementary, field trip with gifted students to Houston and Galveston, Texas, on March 13-16, 1998, at no cost to the Board.

 

PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

C.         Resignations:

 

(1)        SGM Ledell Brown, JROTC teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective January 1, 1998.

(2)        Owen W. Lofton, food service technician, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective January 5, 1998.

 

D.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Sarah Elliott, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective January 13, 1998.

(2)        Eva Harris, bus driver, effective January 9, 1998.

E.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Hope F. Shaw, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, sabbatical leave for rest and recuperation, January 13, 1998, through June 2, 1998.

(2)        Cindy Chasteen, teacher, Cloutierville Elementary School, leave without pay, January, 1998, through June 2, 1998.

 

F.         Advertisements:

 

(1)        Bids to sell metal classroom building at Goldonna Elementary.

(2)        Asbestos abatement at North Natchitoches Elementary.

 

G.         School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Annie Joseph, Lakeview High School, additional 13.75 miles, cost of $20.68 for one day. 

(2)        Melba Tyler, Goldonna Elementary School, additional 17.1 miles, cost of $25.63 for one day.

 

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

 

Mr. Vandersypen recognized February 8-14, 1998, as Vocational Education Week.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Roque, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a school bus route change for Patsy Sattler, Marthaville Elementary School, detour due to high water of 20.4 miles, for a cost of $36.03.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve the offer from the Department of Transportation and Development for Parcel NO. 6-3 of State Project NO. 053-04-0025, Natchitoches Route LA 1 and authorize Board president and superintendent to sign all documents.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Jean Martin, substitute for Joan Williams, Maintenance and Transportation, at the rate of $6.00 per hour to be funded by general fund.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Carol Hood, travel to San Antonio, Texas, February 11-13, 1998, to attend The Texas Music Educator's Convention to be funded by NSU school budget.

 

At this time in the meeting, Mr. Leon stopped the meeting to introduce Mr. Jimmy Long, who in turn introduced Superintendent Cecil Picard.  Superintendent Picard gave a brief overview of his present goals for education, changes being made within the education department, and areas of emphasis for education in the future.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby accept the low bid meeting specifications for the purchase of four diesel buses per attached bid compilation. 

 

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. Ward, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Change Order #3 for modifications to the fire alarm system, reduction in length of food preparation area, relocation of cooler and freezer, and addition of one hot water heater at North Natchitoches Elementary for a net cost of $1,797.52 with authorization for the Board President to sign.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Change Order #2 for East Natchitoches Elementary for metal panels and additional frames for raising roof of gym, additional work to close the plenum from the exterior of the mechanical room and Corridor A 119 to ensure correct amount of fresh air to mechanical room, and to remove and replace a section of loose, damaged brick for a net cost of $1,142.43 with authorization for Board President to sign.

 

Mr. Vandersypen presented the General Purpose Financial Statement and Independent Auditor's Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board tabled a resolution regarding the General Purpose Financial Statement and Independent Auditor's Report until the February meeting.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the contract with JoAnne Ryan, consultant, for New Teacher Induction, for February 5 & 6, and March 24, 1998, at $500.00 per day plus lodging, mileage, and meals to be funded by LA Learn Grant.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved LEAP remediation staff for the following sessions:

 

A.         January remediation from January 12 - February 2, 1998, not to exceed 20 hours each at $15.00 per hour for Linda Burke, David Elkins, Cheryl Thornhill, and Carol Garcia at Natchitoches Central High School and Charles Verret, Ronnie Monroe, Terry Williams, and Ronnie Warren at Lakeview High School to be paid from general fund.

 

B.         March remediation from March 2 - 31, 1998, not to exceed 20 hours each at $15.00 per hour for Deanna Elkins, Cheryl Thornhill, and Carol Garcia at Natchitoches Central High School, and for Charles Verret, Ronnie Monroe, and Ronnie Warren at Lakeview High School to be paid from general fund.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Roque, and unanimously carried, the Board approved contracts with Language Circle Enterprises to conduct Project Read Workshops for Natchitoches Parish teachers.  Each contract totals $900.00 for a total of $1,800.00 to be paid with K-3 Reading Initiative funds.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved paying registration in the amount of $450.00 for Eric R. Harrington to attend the National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys in New Orleans on April 2-4, 1998.

 

Mr. Walker presented the Executive Report.

 

Dr. Hall discussed the idea of school uniforms for students.  He requested that Mr. Dutile do a study of the pros and cons of students= wearing uniforms and report back to the Board by March or April. 

 

On the motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board  approved Newman Partnership, Inc., as the asbestos abatement design contractor for North Natchitoches Elementary and Natchitoches Jr. High School, and authorized the Board President to sign the contract.

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following resignations:

 

1.         Donna King, teacher aide, East Natchitoches Elementary School, effective January 26, 1998.

2.         Rene Cotton, school secretary, Lakeview High School, effective January 28, 1998.

3.         Col. Robert J. Dzur, AFJROTC instructor, Lakeview High School, effective January 14, 1998.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following transfers and/or reassignments:

 

1.         Carrie Anthony, school food service technician, Cloutierville Elementary, replacing Clovis Whitehead at Parks Elementary.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Daniels, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following personnel:

 

1.         Hazel Haddock, teacher aide, Ben D. Johnson Education Center, new position.

2.         Jean Martin, substitute for Joan Williams, Maintenance and Transportation.

3.         Kerry Laron Braden, teacher aide, Natchitoches Jr. High School, funded by general fund, new position.

4.         Annie Joseph, teacher aide, Lakeview High School, funded by general fund, new position.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following transfers and/or reassignments:

 

1.         Sheila D. Simmons, teacher, from Weaver Elementary to North Natchitoches Elementary, replacing Sarah Elliott.

2.         Brenda Melder, teacher, from Cloutierville Elementary School to Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Pearlie Hamilton.

 

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

 

1.         MSG Paul J. Williams, JROTC teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing SGM Ledell Bowman.           

2.         Julia Butler, teacher, Cloutierville Elementary School, replacing Brenda   Melder from January 13, 1998, through June 2, 1998.

3.         Jada N. Westmoreland, teacher, Parks Elementary School, substituting for Helen Harville, from January 13, 1998, through June 2, 1998.

4.         Jennifer L. Aby, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, substituting for Hope F. Shaw, January 13, 1998, through June 2, 1998.

5.         Regina S. Brossett, teacher, Cloutierville Elementary School, replacing Cynthia K. Chasteen from January 13, 1998, through June 2, 1998.

6.         Tami Litton, school food service technician, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, replacing Lana Holman.

7.         Laura Carroll, substituting for Robert Lane, Lakeview High School, from January 13, 1998, through June 2, 1998.

8.         Melissa Morgan, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, new math position.

 

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. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Cecilia Bonnette-Paz as peer helper sponsor and conflict mediator sponsor for second semester replacing Lisa Wiggins to be paid from SDFSC funds previously budgeted and approved.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the following Leap remediation staff was approved:

 

January 12-February 2, 1998, not to exceed 20 hours each at $15.00 per hour for Linda Burke, David Elkins, Cheryl Thornhill, and Carol Garcia at Natchitoches Central High School, and Charles Verret, Ronnie Monroe, Terry Williams, and Ronnie Warren at Lakeview High School to be paid by general fund.

March 2-March 31, 1998, not to exceed 20 hours each at $15.00 per hour for Deanna Elkins, David Elkins, Cheryl Thornhill, and Carol Garcia at Natchitoches Central High School, and Charles Verret, Ronnie Monroe, Terry Williams, and Ronnie Warren at Lakeview High School to be paid by general fund.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, the Board adjourned.

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V. KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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RUDOLPH LEON, JR., PRESIDENT