PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD FEBRUARY 12, 1998

 

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

 

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

        

Mrs. Sue Hortman, Principal of the Preschool Center, was recognized for being selected as "Principal of the Year" for Natchitoches Parish.  Mr. Dutile presented Mrs. Hortman a plaque and "lunch money" which was a donation from several businessmen.

 

Mrs. Dot Wilkerson gave a report on the 25th Annual Federation Relations Network Conference that she attended in Washington, D. C. 

 

Mrs. Trudy Howell presented information on the School Status Report in accordance with Act 278.

 

Mr. Dutile thanked all persons who helped in emergency efforts due to the inclement weather.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following consent agenda items:

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of January 8 and January 15, 1998.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills.

 

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Joyce McDonald, Natchitoches Jr. High School, field trip to Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas, on March 20-22, 1998,  at no cost to the Board.

(2)        Mary Cedars, Ninth Grade Center, field trip to Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas, on March 20-22, 1998,  at no cost to the Board.

(3)        Judith Burkett,  Natchitoches Jr. High School, field trip to Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas, on March 20-22, 1998, at no cost to the Board.

(4)        Cheryl Choate, Lakeview Jr. High School, travel to Dallas, Texas, on February 10-11, 1998, to attend an Accelerated Reader Workshop, to be funded by school budget.

(5)        Barbara S. Nugent, North Natchitoches Elementary School, travel to Dallas, Texas, on February 10-12, 1998, to attend an Accelerated Reader Workshop, to be funded by school budget.

(6)        Shawn Skaggs, Lakeview High School, travel to San Antonio, Texas, on February 11-18, 1998, to attend the Texas Music Educators' Convention, at no cost to the Board.

(7)        Ziporah Evans, Lakeview High School, travel to Washington, D. C., on February 23-27, 1998, to accompany students to a Government Studies Program, at no cost to the Board.

(8)        Debra Warren, NSU Elementary, travel to Jackson, Mississippi, on April 3 -13, 1998, (after Easter vacation) to accompany students to see the "Splendors of Versailles", at no cost to the Board.

(9)        Jacqueline Crew, NSU Elementary, travel to Jackson, Mississippi, on April 3-13, 1998, (after Easter vacation) to accompany students to see the "Splendors of Versailles", at no cost to the Board.

(10)        Sue Creighton, NSU Elementary, travel to Jackson, Mississippi, on April 3-13, 1998, (after Easter vacation) to accompany students to see the "Splendors of Versailles", at no cost to the Board.

(11)         Theresa D. Hamilton, NSU Middle Lab, travel to Dallas, Texas, on February 12-16, 1998, to attend the Southern Regional NCTM Conference in Dallas, Texas, at no cost to the Board.

(12)         Kathleen Robinson, NSU Middle Lab, travel to Dallas, Texas, on February 12-16, 1998, to attend the Southern Regional NCTM Conference in Dallas, Texas, at no cost to the Board.

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Shirley Bolton, Cloutierville Elementary and Natchitoches Jr. High additional 5.4 miles for 11 days and 16.1 miles for 2 days, cost  of $137.36.

(2)        Darwin Guillory, Goldonna Elementary , additional 28.7 miles for 3 days, at a cost of $129.03.

(3)        Bobby J. Wallace, Natchitoches Central High , additional 2.3 miles, cost of $303.26.

 

            D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

                        (1)        Juriel Phillip 

 

E.         Advertisements:

 

(1)        Library Books for 1998-99 (if not renewed)

(2)        Instructional Materials, Supplies, Furniture and Equipment for 1998-99

(3)        Property and Casualty Insurance for 1998-99 (if not renewed)

(4)        Student Insurance for 1998-99 (if not renewed)

(5)        Magazine Subscription Service for 1998-99   (if not renewed)

(6)        Fuel Purchasing System for 1998-99 (if not renewed)

(7)        Pest Control Service for 1998-99 (if not renewed)

(8)        Liquefied Petroleum Service for 1998-99 (if not renewed)

(9)        Catalog Service for 1998-99   (if not renewed)

(10)       Non-Hazardous Waste Disposal Service for 1998-99 (if not renewed)

(11)       Air Conditioning System Maintenance for Natchitoches Central High, Natchitoches Junior High, and Lakeview Junior/Senior High Schools for 1998-99

(12)       Sale of Portable Buildings as necessary during 1998-99

(13)       Asbestos Abatement in Schools as necessary during 1998-99

(14)       Central Office Drainage  

 

PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

E.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Herbert V. Baptiste, Jr., teacher, Lakeview Jr. High School, effective January 30, 1998.

(2)        Julie O'Bannon, school food service technician, Marthaville Elementary/Jr. High School, effective January 20, 1998.

(3)        Teresa Clayborn, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective January 29, 1998.

(4)        Brenda D. Powell, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary, effective February 20, 1998.  

                       

F.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Pearlie Hamilton, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective January 5, 1998.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby receive the Student Activity Fund Audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, as presented by Johnson, Thomas, and Cunningham, certified public accountants, and forward the audit responses received from the principals noted in the management letter to the Legislative Audit Review Council.

 

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 authorize Mr.  Vandersypen to contact Mr.Cunningham, certified public accountant, to conduct an interim audit regarding the student activity funds deficit with an effective date of January 31, 1998, and report back to the Board on the findings.

 

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

 

Mr. Vandersypen presented a report on the energy consumption for the 1997-98 fiscal year.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Change Order #4 for East Natchitoches Elementary School to replace wood walls with concrete block walls due to asbestos abatement and provide a gypsum board wall closure between the attic of the existing building and Mechanical Room A117 to facilitate more efficient HVAC economizer operation at a net cost of $3,112.93.

 

The Board delayed action until the March meeting on general fund paying for a recent activity bus purchased for Lakeview High School

 

On the motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve the budget revision for General Fund and School Food Service. 

 

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

 

On the motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board unanimously approved Dr. Stan Chaddick, math consultant, to provide in-service for Lakeview Jr. High, for 15 hours at $50.00 per hour for a total of $750.00 to be paid by Title 1 School Improvement Grant.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved stipends for Patrice Trichel, Becky Morgan, Andy Field, and Matt Keppinger to attend a math in-service for 15 hours at $15.00 per hour for a total of $225.00 per participant to be paid from Title I School Improvement Grant.  

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board hereby assist with expenses for Tracy Bamburg, student at Lakeview High School, for a trip to England in 1995 to perform with Danceline USA.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Moss, and with majority consent, the Board approved the contract with Eleanor Savko and Donna Eustace to present a workshop entitled "A Diamond in the Rough--Just One Computer,"  on February 19-20, 1998, at $50.00 per hour for a total of $600.00 each plus expenses, to be paid from 8(g) Innovative Grant and/or Challenge Grant.

 

ABSENT DURING VOTE:   Hall.

 

On the request of Don Wells to be paid as a regular bus driver and not as a substitute driver the Board delayed action until the March meeting.

 

Mr. Walker presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve general fund paying $30,603.35 for the electrical damages to Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School as related to Valley Electric.

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

 

Mr. Dutile reported to the Board that Natchitoches Parish was in compliance with all provisions of Act 478 and that the Certificate of Assurance had been forwarded to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

 

Mrs. Wilkerson discussed the resolution opposing private and parochial school vouchers.  

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved all items to be  placed on the agenda should be approved by the Director of Business Affairs , Director of Personnel, and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction with the Superintendent making the final decision before being presented to the Board. 

                        

Dr. Hall discussed his concerns regarding the school calendar for 1998-99.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved to suspend the rules to place a Resolution of Support for the Louisiana Association of Councils on Aging on the agenda.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Resolution of Support for the Louisiana Association of Councils on Aging as per attached resolution.

       

Mr. Wilson presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

ABSENT DURING VOTING:   Daniels and Hall.

 

1.         Transfers and/or Reassignments:

A.         Linda Davidson, Title l parent/student facilitator and migrant advocate, Lakeview Jr. High School, replacing Rene' Cotton, school secretary at Lakeview High School.

B.         Karis Cobb, Title I preschool teacher, Fairview Alpha, to eleven month Even Start position at Louisiana Technical College replacing Jackie Ackel.

 

2.         Approval of Personnel:

A.         Crystal A. Louviere, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, replacing Teresa S. Clayborn.

B.         Lt. Col. Wayne H. Hill, AFJROTC instructor, Lakeview High School, replacing Col. Robert J. Dzur.

C.         Cynthia Mitchell, school food service technician, Marthaville Elementary School, replacing Julie O'Bannon.

D.         Margie Piece, school food service technician, North Natchitoches Elementary, replacing Owen Lofton.

E.         Juriel Phillip, bus driver.

 

3.         Dr. Stan Chaddick, math consultant, to provide in-service for Lakeview Jr. High, 15 hours at $50.00 per hour for a total of $750.00 to be paid by Title I School Improvement Grant.

 

4.         Stipends to Patrice Trichel, Becky Morgan, Andy Field, and Matt   Keppinger to attend math in-service for 15 hours at $15.00 per hour to be paid by Title I School Improvement Grant. 

 

5.         Natalie Glenn, Lakeview Jr. High School, as girls= softball and track coach for the   remainder of the 1997-98 school year.

 

6.         Janie Adams to replace Herbert Baptiste, Jr., at Lakeview Jr. High School for the remainder of the semester.

 

7.         Advertising for position of clerk-typist in bookkeeping.     

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, the Board adjourned.

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V. KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY- TREASURER

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RUDOLPH LEON, JR.,   PRESIDENT