PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD APRIL 16, 1998

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, April 16, 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, Ralph Wilson, Bobby R. Thomas, E. L. Moss, Jr., and Julia Hildebrand.   Absent: None.   William Hall 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. Hildebrand.

 

Mr. Leon welcomed Mrs. Julia Hildebrand as a newly elected board member.

 

A musical program was presented by the Natchitoches Central High School Saxophone Quartet and Clarinet Quintet.       

 

Mrs. Sherry Toro and Mr. Ted Fowler introduced the State and National Power Lifting Award Winners.

 

State winners were Derek Toro, Anthony Jernigan, Nick Remo, and Rodney Robinson.   National winners were Derek Toro and Anthony Jernigan. 

 

Mrs. Julia Hildebrand recognized April as Project Clean-Up Education Month.

             

Andrea Shelton, second grade teacher at Weaver Elementary, was recognized and presented a plaque for winning the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher Award.   

 

Mrs. Melanie McCain recognized Teacher Appreciation Week as May 4-8, 1998.   

                 

On the motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous approval, the Board adopted the agenda.

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Minutes of March 12, 1998.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following out of state travel:

 

(1)        Larry E. Coody, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, April 3-13, 1998, to attend National Power Lifting Contest, at no cost to the Board.  (During Easter Break).                  

(2)        Carol V. Wester, Ninth Grade Center, travel to Jackson, Mississippi, May 8-11, 1998, to accompany French class to "Treasures of Versailles" exhibit, at no cost to the Board.

(3)        Mary Cedars, Ninth Grade Center, travel to Jackson, Mississippi, May 8-11, 1998, to accompany YACA Class to "Treasures of Versailles" exhibit, at no cost to the Board.

(4)        Laura Solomon, Marthaville Elementary, travel to Dallas, Texas, on April 24-27, 1998, to accompany students to Math and Science Day at Six Flags, at no cost to the Board.       

(5)        Shauna P. Hicks, Ninth Grade Center, travel to Jackson, Mississippi, on May 5- 8, 1998, to accompany YACA and French Clubs to "Treasures of Versailles" exhibit, at no cost to the Board.

(6)        Gwendolyn A. Hardison, Media Center, travel to Orlando, Florida, on May 2-11, 1998, to attend International Reading Association 43rd Annual Convention, to be funded by Title I.

(7)        Thurman J. Baptiste, Parks Elementary, travel to Orlando, Florida, on May 2-11, 1998, to attend International Reading Association 43rd Annual Convention, to be funded by Title I. 

(8)        Felicia Lawson, Parks Elementary, travel to Orlando, Florida, on May 2-11, 1998, to attend International Reading Association 43rd Annual Convention, to be funded by Title I. 

(9)        Mary Bonier, Lakeview High School, travel to Washington, D.C., on April 20-22, 1998, to attend a UniServ Internship at NEA Headquarters, at no cost to the Board.

(10)        Brenda Youngblood, Marthaville Elementary, travel to Dallas, Texas, on April 24-27, 1998, to accompany students to Math and Science Day at Six Flags Over Texas, at no cost to the Board. 

(11)        Debra K. Mitchell, Marthaville Elementary, travel to Dallas, Texas, on April 24-27, 1998, to accompany students to Math and Science Day at Six Flags Over Texas, at no cost to the Board.

(12)        Carolyn Benefield, Marthaville Elementary, travel to Dallas, Texas, on April 24-27, 1998, to accompany students to Math and Science Day at Six Flags Over Texas, at no cost to the Board.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following school bus route changes:

 

(1)        Sharon Jennings, Preschool Center, loss of .2 miles, savings of $16.56.

(2)        Robert E. Sheppard, Goldonna Elementary, additional 6.6 miles, cost of $633.25.

(3)        Ina Jordan, Ninth Grade Center, additional 1.6 miles, cost of $141.60.

(4)        Glen Putman, Fairview Alpha Elementary, additional 6.5 miles, cost of $672.06.

(5)        Sherry Carney, Ninth Grade Center, additional 4.1 miles, cost of $313.14.

(6)        David Telsee, North Natchitoches Elementary, additional 1 mile, cost of $84.89.

(7)        Teddy G. Speir, NSU Elementary Lab, additional 1.2 miles, cost of $83.53.

(8)        Shirley Bolton, Cloutierville Elementary Junior High, additional 5.8 mile detour due to high water, cost of $8.07.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board unanimously gave permission to advertise for bids for telecommunications services.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, the Board unanimously gave permission to advertise for auction of surplus equipment. 

                                                                          

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, the Board unanimously accepted the following resignations:

 

(1)        Debbie A. LaCaze, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective date, March 22, 1998.

(2)        Leslie Heard, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective date, March 19, 1998.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board granted the following requests for leave:

 

(1)        Cynthia Rachal, teacher, Lakeview High School, sabbatical leave for professional and cultural improvement, August 17, 1998, through June 1, 1999.

(2)        Sonya R. Seaman, teacher, Goldonna Elementary School, sabbatical leave for professional and cultural improvement, August 17, 1998, through June 1, 1999.

 

Mr. Thomas presented the Finance Report.

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the low bid of United Office Supply meeting specifications for classroom furniture and equipment for East Natchitoches Elementary School as per attached bid compilations.  

 

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the following ad valorem tax levies recommended by the Finance Committee for 1998, that the Tax Assessor  be instructed  to extend said levies, and that the Tax Collector be instructed to collect the same:     

                            

Constitutional Parish-Wide Tax.................................................4.65 Mills

Special Parish-Wide Tax..........................................................7.00 Mills

Consolidated School District 6 BRE..........................................7.07 Mills

Consolidated School District 7 BRE..........................................6.98 Mills

Consolidated School District 8 BRE..........................................7.00 Mills

School District 9, BRE............................................................7.00 Mills

Consolidated School District 10, BRE.......................................7.00 Mills

 

BOND ISSUES

 

Consolidated School District 7 Tax Account............................27.00 Mills

Consolidated School District 8 Tax Account............................55.00 Mills

School District 9 Tax Account................................................40.00 Mills 

 

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Legislative Auditor.

 

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. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the secretarial position at Lakeview High School to be reverted to 11 months due to the demands of the MSIS system. 

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Moss, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the budget for 8(g) Innovative Professional Development for 1997-98.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board hereby approve an allocation of $50.00 per student enrolled in a vocational agriculture, agri-business, or agri-science program according to Act 447 to be paid from general fund.

 

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 Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the contract with Mr. Dave Stabley for professional and technical services at $25.00 per hour not to exceed $2,625.00 to be funded by SDFSC.        

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the agreement with Terry L. Roberts, audiologist, for audiological services through June 30, 1998, to be funded from P.L. 101-476 and the agreement with Dr. Leslie M. Warshaw, ear, nose, and throat specialist, for medical services through June 30, 1998, to be funded from P.L. 101-476. 

                       

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board hereby approve renewal of insurance program for the 1998-99 fiscal year with North American Group, Inc.

 

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 the concept of the "Construction Documents Phase" for the Additions & Alterations, Natchitoches Junior High School, Parish School #35-16, Natchitoches, Louisiana presented by Yeager, Watson & Associates and to further authorize Yeager, Watson & Associates to proceed with the "Bidding Phase" for this project.

 

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 the concept of the "Schematic Design Phase" of the Additions & Alterations, Natchitoches Central High School #35-15 presented by Yeager, Watson & Associates.  To further authorize Yeager, Watson & Associates to proceed with the "Design Development Phase" for this project. 

 

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. Thomas, that the Board hereby approve the conditions and the lease/ purchase agreement for contract school buses as reviewed by legal counsel as per attached agreement.   

 

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. Thomas, that the Board hereby approve that the operational allowance for bus drivers approved by the Board on July 18, 1996, be amended from ten cents per mile to twenty-five cents per mile, round trip, for the first twelve miles only with an effective date of April 17, 1998.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the transferring of Rodney Irchirl, Media Center, from full-time Title IV counselor to full-time Title I.   

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the transferring of  Patricia Small, Lakeview Junior High School, from full-time Title I aide to 4 hours migrant and 3 hours Title I.   

 

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve Change Order #4 for North Natchitoches Elementary to reroute and relocate ducts and fans in the kitchen, remove windows and existing air conditioners in Buildings B& E to create a fire wall, and place a new air conditioning system in Building E at a net increase in cost of $21,294.42 with authorization for Board President to sign.

 

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

 

Mr Walker presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Thomas, that the Board hereby approve the calling of a renewal election for Consolidated School District 6 Maintenance Tax (ten years for 7 mills).  

 

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. Ward, that the Board hereby approve that the resolution passed by the Board on June 12, 1997, requiring direct deposit through a paper less transaction be amended to direct deposits through a paper less transaction on a voluntary basis.

 

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. Moss, that the Board hereby approve the  recommendation of Superintendent Dutile to dismiss Lisa Taylor, non-tenured bus driver for neglect of duty.            

 

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

 

On the motion of Mr. Moss, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board hereby approve the Intergovernmental Agreement By and Between the City of Natchitoches and the Natchitoches Parish School Board and the Village of Provencal and the Natchitoches Parish School Board as per attached agreements.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the School Improvement Plans for Cloutierville Elementary/Jr. High School, East Natchitoches Elementary School, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, Goldonna Elementary School, Lakeview Jr. High School, Lakeview High School, Marthaville Elementary/Jr. High School and Weaver Elementary School.   

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approved a joint resolution approving Judge Fred Gahagan to represent V. Kenneth Dutile, Jerry Wester, and the School Board in a related suit filed by William and Valerie Perdue.

 

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. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following personnel:

 

A.         Sallye E. Pierce, teacher, (retiree) Parks Elementary School, replacing    Mary R. Dupree, for the remainder of the 1997-98 school year.

B.         Michael P. Wilson, Sr., teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Willie W. Booty, for the remainder of the 1997-98 school year.  

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Amy Corley as accounting clerk to replace Sandra Moody effective May 1, 1998.

 

On the motion of Mr. Roque, the Board adjourned.

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V. KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY- TREASURER

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RUDOLPH  LEON, JR.,  PRESIDENT