PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD MARCH 12, 1998

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, March 12, 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., Dorothy Wilkerson, Rudolph Leon, Bobby R. Thomas, E. L. Moss, Jr., and Julia Hildebrand.   Absent: None.

 

Absent During Roll Call: William L. Hall.   (Mr. Wilson came in later).

 

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

 

Students of the Year, Megan Janelle Edwards, 5th grade, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, Sarah Catherine Roque, 8th grade, Cloutierville Elementary School, and Jonathan Matthew Dean, 12th grade, Natchitoches Central High School, were recognized and presented plaques and medals for their achievement.

 

The following parish winners in the Louisiana School Boards Association Art Contest were presented awards: Christopher Martinez, North Natchitoches Elementary School, category of kindergarten through grade 4; Emily Gianforte, NSU Middle Lab School, category of grades 5-8; and Slader Brown, Natchitoches Central High School, category of grades 9-12.  Slader Brown also won second place in state.

 

National Winners in the National Rifle Association Wildlife Art Contest were recognized:

 

Danny Piccolo, NSU Middle Lab School, third place national winner; Stacy Hardy, Natchitoches Central High School, second place national winner; and Shawn Robertson, Natchitoches Central High School, third place national winner.

 

Michael Griffith, Natchitoches Central High School, won the Jim McCrery Fourth Congressional District Art Contest award of excellence.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the Board adopted the agenda and approved the minutes for February 12, 1998.  ABSENT: Wilson.

 

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

 

FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills.

 

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Jerry Dawson, Provencal Elementary School, travel to Phoenix, Arizona, April 16-21, 1998, to attend Spring Spalding Seminar, to be funded by Title I .

(2)        Mozelle Anderson, Even Start Program, travel to Houston, Texas, on April 5-13, 1998, to attend the Even Start National Evaluation Conference, to be funded by the Even Start Program.

(3)        Mary R. Jones, Even Start Program, travel to Houston, Texas, on April 5-13, 1998, to attend the Even Start National Evaluation Conference, to be funded by the Even Start Program.                  

(4)        Susan Horn, Provencal Elementary, travel to Houston, Texas, on March 28-30, 1998, to attend Cheerleader Competition at Astro World, at no cost to Board.  

(5)        Deborah Reliford, Provencal Elementary School, travel to Houston,Texas, on March 28-30, 1998, to attend Cheerleader Competition at Astro World, at no cost to the Board.

(6)        Sharon Collins, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Biloxi, Mississippi, on April 3-5, 1998, to attend District Key Club Convention, at no cost to the Board.

(7)        Julio C. Toro, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, on April 1-7, 1998, to attend National High School Powerlifting Championships, at no cost to the Board.

(8)        Janet Gray, Provencal Elementary School, travel to Houston, Texas, on March 28-30, 1998, to attend cheerleader Competition at Astro World, at no cost to the Board. 

(9)        Renee' B Mayher, Central Office, travel to Vicksburg, Mississippi,  on April 22-27, 1998, to attend the AccuSeries National User Conference, to be paid by Child Nutrition Program.

(10)       Sydney Hamby,   Central Office, travel to Vicksburg, Mississippi, on April 22-27, 1998, to atttend the AccuSeries National User Conference, to be paid by Child Nutrition Program.

(9)        Linda Thompson, Central Office, travel to Vicksburg, Mississippi, on April 22-27, 1998, to attend the AccuSeries National User Conference, to be paid by Child Nutrition Program.

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Darwin Guillory, Goldonna Elementary School, additional 2 miles, cost of $200.99.

 

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:

 

(1)        Permission to advertise for sale of 1983 Ford bus previously used by Natchitoches Central as an activity bus.

(2)        School Food Service:   Milk and Dairy Products; Bread and Bread Products; Various Small Cafeteria Equipment; Paper and Cleaning Supplies; Processed Foods and Frozen Foods; Meats and Related Products; and Large Equipment.

 

PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

(1)        Willie Booty, special education teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective date February 24, 1998.

(2)        Juriel Phillip, bus driver, Weaver Elementary  School,  recently hired, effective February 16, 1998.

(3)        Tony D. Putman, bus driver, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective February 27, 1998.

(4)        Myra Cumber, family advocate, Family Empowerment Project, effective March 6, 1998.

(5)        Jean Martin, substitute secretary for transportation department, effective February 27, 1998.

(6)        Mary Alma Dupree, teacher, Parks Elementary School, effective March 6, 1998.

 

Mr. Thomas presented the Finance Report.                                 

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board accepted the high bid of W. H. Franklin for the portable building at Goldonna Elementary School.   ABSENT:   Wilson.  

    

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent the Board approved renewing the contract with EBSCO Subscription Services for magazine subscription service for parish schools for the 1998-99 school year as per renewal option outlined in Bid No. 981 for 1997-98. ABSENT: Wilson    ABSENT DURING VOTE:  Hall.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve the Certificate of Substantial Completion for East Natchitoches Elementary School asbestos abatement with Gulf Services Contracting as certified by Newman Partnership Incorporated, and authorize Mr. Rudolph Leon, Board President, to sign.

 

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

 

On the motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Thomas, that the Board hereby approve general fund paying for the recent activity bus purchased for Lakeview High School and that the bus been included with the other four buses purchased to be used for regular bus routes.

 

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the  Board approved Richard Watson as compliance facilitator for Act 1124 (Career Options Law) not to exceed 50 hours @ $15.00 per hour through June 30, 1998, to be paid from general fund or Red River Partners.    ABSENT:   Wilson.   ABSENT DURING VOTE:  Hall.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved payment of $200.00 to Wayne Choate for Internal Evaluation and Quarterly Progress Measures Report for the Red River Partners= Program.    ABSENT:   Wilson.

ABSENT DURING VOTE:   Hall.        

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Roque, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the contract with Dr. Bob N. Cage, evaluation consultant for the Challenge Grant Project, from January 1, 1998, through December 31, 1998, for $1800.00 with expenses included.   ABSENT:   Wilson.   ABSENT DURING VOTE:   Hall.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the contract with Language Circle Enterprises, consultant firm, to provide  a Training Course in the Reading Comprehension and Written Expression Strands of Project Read on March 13-14 and May 9, 1998, @ $900.00 per day plus transportation, lodging, and meals to be funded by K-3 Reading Initiative.   ABSENT:   Wilson.  ABSENT DURING VOTE:   Hall.

 

Due to the withdrawal of request of Don Wells to be paid as a regular bus driver and not as a substitute driver, no action was taken.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a contract with Robbie Alford, presenter, for a parish wide parental involvement workshop on March 14, 1998, for 5.5 hours @ $750.00 plus travel at .325 per mile to be funded by Title I.    ABSENT:   Wilson.  

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, and seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following financial agenda items:      

 

A.         Payment to Mr. Overton Raymond, custodian at Natchitoches Central High School, for the physical care of the building for the parish wide parental involvement workshop for 5.5 hours on March 14, 1998, at a cost of $7.50 per hour to be fundedby Title I.    

 

B.         Payment to paraprofessionals, Sherry Creamer and Ms. Kathy Raphiel, child care attendants, for four hours to provide services for the parish wide parental involvement workshop on March 14, 1998, at a cost of $7.50 per hour to be funded by Title I.      

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board   approved Patsie Miley as bookkeeper for Lakeview High School for 10 hours per week at $8.00 per hour to be paid by general fund pending proof of ability to be bonded.

 

Mr. Walker presented the Executive Report.

 

No action was taken regarding the request of principals for a pay increase. 

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board hereby table the recommendation of Superintendent Dutile to dismiss Lisa Taylor, non-tenured bus driver for neglect of duty until legal advice could be obtained from the school board lawyer, Mr.  Eric R. Harrington. 

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve the school calendar for 1998-99.   

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby  authorizie the  Mr. Rudolph Leon, Board President,  to sign documents on behalf of the Board  exchanging  land identified as Tracts A & B with Daniel Warren Collins and Molly Dranguet Collins for Tracts D & E as shown on a survey by Glen L. Cannon, dated April 15, 1997, and which exchange was previously approved by the Board at its November 13, 1997, meeting.

 

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

 

Mr. Roger Cunningham, CPA of Johnson, Thomas & Cunningham, presented results of the interim audit report on Student Activity Funds for a seven month period ending January 31, 1998, for schools cited having deficits in the 1997 school year. 

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

A.         Kelly L. Withers, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, replacing Karis L. Cobb, Title I teacher.

B.         Elma N. Johnson, teacher, (retiree)  North Natchitoches Elementary replacing  Brenda D. Powell for the remainder of the 1997-98 school year.

C.         Stacey Trichel, substitute secretary for transportation department, replacing Jean Martin.

D.         Tonya Holden, part-time food service technician, NSU Elementary, replacing Brenda Ebert. 

 

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, that the Board hereby approve the following personnel items:                                                  

 

A.         Richard Watson as compliance facilitator for Act 1124 (Career Options Law) not to exceed 50 hours @ $15.00 per hour through June 30, 1998, to be paid from general fund. 

B.         Contract with Dr. Bob N. Cage, evaluation consultant for the Challenge Grant Project, from January 1, 1998, through December 31, 1998, for $1800.00 with expenses included.

C.         Contract with Robbie Alford, presenter, for a parish wide parental   involvement workshop on March 14, 1998, for 4 hours @ $750.00 plus  travel at .325 per mile to be funded by Title l.

D.         Mr. Overton Raymond, custodian at Natchitoches Central High School, to be responsible for the physical care of the building for the parish wide parental involvement workshop for four hours on March 14, 1998, at a cost of $7.50 per hour to be funded by Title I. 

E.         Sherry Creamer and Kathy Raphiel, child care attendants, for four hours to provide services for the parish wide parental involvement workshop on March 14, 1998, at a cost of $7.50 per hour to be funded by Title l.    

F.         Patsie Miley as bookkeeper at Lakeview High School for 10 hours per week at $8.00 per hour pending proof of ablility to be bonded.

 

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. Wilson, the Board adjourned.

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Rudolph Leon, Jr., President

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V. Kenneth Dutile, Secretary-Treasurer