PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD JUNE 11, 1998

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, June 11, 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., 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 the Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized:

 

1.         Retirees for the 1997-98 school year.                              

2.         Coleman Elie, Jr., Winner of Wellington Harris Award   

3.         William McBride, Second Place Winner of Louisiana State History Contest Reports were received on:

 

1.        Ben D. Johnson Education Center presented by coordinator Doris Hullaby. 

2.        Ms. Scotti Rodgers,  Dr. Patrice Moulton, and Katrina Hoover gave highlights of the 1997-98  SDFSC Program and the results of assessments that were conducted on grades 7 - 12 to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the SDFSC Program.

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of May 14, 1998.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills.

 

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        William K. Hymes, Natchitoches Junior High School, travel to Arlington, Texas, May 30-31, 1998, to chaperon band students to Six Flags Over Texas at no cost to the Board.

(2)        Rebecca Callaway, travel to San Diego, California, June 20-24, 1998, to attend National Education Computing Conference to be funded by Challenge Grant and State Challenge Grant.

  

           C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Susan Jordan, additional 1.6 miles, cost of $38.40.

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

D.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Diane L. McLendon, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective date June 2, 1998.

(2)        Shawn P. Skaggs, teacher, Lakeview High School, effective date June 2, 1998.

(3)        Gwendolyn H. Davis, teacher aide, Preschool Center, effective date May 13, 1998.

(4)        Elizabeth Majure, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective date June 2, 1998.

(5)        Vevalyn Jyll Lucky, teacher, Preschool Center, effective date June 2, 1998.

(6)        Ramona L. Adams, teacher, Parks Elementary School, effective date June 2, 1998.

(7)        Gwen Cupp, speech therapist, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective date June 2, 1998.

(8)        Gwendolyn R. Beckman, speech therapist, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective date June 2, 1998.

(9)        Carol J. Jones, librarian, Cloutierville Elementary/Jr. High School, effective date June, 2, 1998.

(10)        Pam Wells, teacher aide, Preschool Center, effective date June 2, 1998.

(11)        Susan Burke, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary, effective date June 4, 1998.

(12)        Charles Brown, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective date June 9, 1998.

 

E.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Rosetta Garrett, custodian, Natchitoches Central High School, effective date June 16, 1998.

(2)        Judith Burkett, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective date June 2, 1998.

(3)        Jo Ann Rachal, manager, Child Nutrition Program, Weaver Elementary School, effective date June 2, 1998.

(4)        Jimmye Holmes, principal, Marthaville Elementary/Junior High School, effective date June 30, 1998.

 

F.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Krista Wiltz, teacher, Marthaville Elementary/Junior High School, sabbatical leave for rest and recuperation, January 14, 1999 through June 1, 1999.

(2)        Monica B. Governale, teacher, Marthaville Elementary/Junior High School, sabbatical leave for professional and cultural improvement, August 17, 1998 through January 13, 1999.

(3)        Dawna Penrod, teacher, Provencal Elementary/Junior High School, sabbatical leave for rest and recuperation, August 17, 1998 through June 1, 1999.

(4)        Penny Weaver, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, sabbatical leave for rest and recuperation, August 17, 1998 through June 1, 1999.

(5)        Sarah Pleasant, kindergarten aide, Marthaville Elementary, leave of absence without pay, August 17, 1998 through June 1, 1999.

(6)        Elizabeth Arthur, coordinator, Natchitoches Central High School, sabbatical leave for rest and recuperation, August 10, 1998 through June 8, 1999.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Ward, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the low bids meeting specifications of:

 

A.         Aeropres Propane Gas for liquefied gas service for the 1998-99 school year. 

B.         Orkin Exterminating Service for pest control service for the 1998-99 school year. 

C.         J. L. Hammett Company for instructional materials and supplies catalog service for 1998-99 school year.

D.         Collier's & Sons, Inc. for  f loor covering at Cloutierville Elementary, Fairview Alpha Elementary, and Marthaville Elementary Schools.

   

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the low bid meeting specifications of Randy Turner for the ball field lights on the old St. Matthew Junior High School campus.  

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Daniels, and with unanimous consent,  the Board approved the following to serve on the social studies curriculum revision committee as needed at $15.00 per hour for 15 to 20 hours to be funded by Louisiana Learn--Jim Collins, Paula Franks, Annie Oliphant, Debra Warren, Philip McClung, Mary Yount, Nettie Winston, Sandy Johnson, Cheryl Thornhill, Mike Brown, Margaret Hall, Julee Wright, Carol Colvin, Shannon Dark, Shirley Remo, Valeria Kelly, Ziporah Evans, Ronnie Waites, and Mona Bamburg.        

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Moss, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Mat Dean, Jancee Franks, Maria Kohls, Curtis Penrod, and Jessica Rushing, students at Natchitoches Central High School, for out of state travel to the National FBLA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, on July 2-8, 1998, to be funded by general fund not to exceed $300.00 per student.           

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved application for transportation reimbursement (private automobile) for Tyland Braden (student) to Fairview Alpha Elementary School, 15.2 miles one-way by driver Ruthie Johnson (parent). 

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board hereby approve the  contract with First Choice Therapy from August 15, 1998, through August 15, 1999, at $56.00 per hour for occupational therapy services and travel, not to exceed 40 hours per week, and two hours of travel time per therapist per day, to be funded P.L. 101-476, Medicaid, Section 619 and State Contract.  

 

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. Roque, that the Board hereby approve the following to purchase buses under the Lease/Purchase Agreement--Coleman Elie, Belinda Hearnes, Frankie McDaniel, Adrinner Smith, William Bledsoe, Richard Dalme, Juriel Phillips, Alberta Conlay, Sherry Carney, Julia Matthews, Mike Howard and Terry L. Williams. 

 

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 request of Danny Matt to advertise the agriculture land lease of Section 16, Township 7 North, Range 5 West.   

 

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 Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Faye Oliver, Mary Walker, Sharon Ebarb, Cecil Nelson, Linda Martin, and Pam Stewart as tech coordinators to write standards for technology (for teachers and students) that will be a part of the 1998-99 Technology Plan, for a maximum of 15 hours at $15.00 per hour, not to exceed $1350.00 to be funded by Technology Literacy Challenge Fund and/or Challenge Grant.    

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved  payment of $15.00 per hour for Kathy Bundrick, Donna Masson, and Christy Schutz to attend Mentor Training for Teacher Assessment in Alexandria, Louisiana on June 17, 18 and 19, 1998, for a total cost of $1080. to be funded by general fund. 

                              

On motion of Mr. Ward, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Mozelle Anderson to provide technical assistance in the area of evaluation for the Natchitoches Parish Even Start Project in the month of June 1998, at $50.00 per hour for 36 hours, for a total of $1,800.00 plus $210.60 for travel to be funded by the Even Start Grant.  

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board  approved Peggy Wise, Patricia Small Morris, Detri Willis, and Annie Thompson, for the Migrant Summer Enrichment Program, not to exceed 72 hours @ $7.50 per hour per person for a total of $540.00.  Total salaries $2,160.00 plus fringe benefits to be paid from migrant funds.   

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby  approve Change Order #2 with M. D. Descant, Inc. for Parks Elementary to provide a 3-inch layer of washed gravel under the concrete floor slab in the area containing the multipurpose room, a 3 inch floor sink per contract documents under the mobile soak sink in the location shown on Plan Sheet A8, and an additional 4'-0" florescent light fixture in each freezer and cooler at a net increase of $4,850.00 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)

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve  the request of Dr.Guin, Principal, Lakeview High School, to purchase the new  general fund 35 passenger bus with consolidated school district # 7 BRE funds to be paid in four equal payments or sooner, if funds are available,  the first being made immediately.  The total cost is $41,918. 

 

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

 

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

 

1.         Becky Herring, Donna Deason, and Donna Hearne to serve on the parish math curriculum development team for a total of 25 hours each @ $15.00 per hour to be paid from Louisiana Learn Grant funds.   

2.         Carmella Sawyer to replace Gail Culpepper as teacher for K-3 Reading Program at Cloutierville to be paid from K-3 Reading Initiative funds. 

3.         Kathy Bundrick at Marthaville for second semester peer helper sponsor replacing Laura Solomon.  Allocation of SDFSC funds for sponsors were previously  approved by the Board.

 

On the motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Roque, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Dianne Brown, Dorothy Chevalier, and Angie Robinson, preschool paraprofessionals beginning June 8, 1998, for 17 days for six hours per day at $7.50 per hour for a total of $765.00 per person.  Total cost to program is $2,671.38.  to be funded by Title I and Even Start.

 

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

 

1.         Shasta Bryan, school psychologist intern, to work three weeks extra, June 3 through June 24, 1998,  to be funded by P.L. 101-476.

2.         Interagency Agreement with Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging to be funded by P.L. 101-476.

3.         Contract with First Choice Therapy, Inc., for ESYP 1998, and compensatory services plus travel at $56.00 per hour not to exceed 30 hours per week and travel not to exceed two hours of travel time per therapist per day,  to be funded by ESYP, Medicaid, P.L. 101-476.         

4.         Contracts for Infant/Toddler evaluations by Gladys Mallard, Beverly Giering, Emilyn Horton and Linda Lee on June 9 and 23, 1998, and July 14, and 28, 1998, at $15.00 per hour not to exceed a total of 16 hours, to be funded by P.L. 101-476.  

5.         ESYP personnel at Adult Education Center: Teachers-- Gwendolyn Robinson, Virginia Ratliff, Mary Johnson, Judy Dison, Natalie Glenn,Carolyn Lonadier, Susan Horn, Shirley Bush and John Winston at $15.00 per  hour not to exceed five  hours per day for 27 days;  Aides-Daisy Cofield, Clemontine Cole, Lola Hamilton, Cheryl Dixon, Glenda Johnson, Zettie Helaire, Geneva Walker and  Connie Lincoln at $7.50 per hour not to exceed five  hours  per day for 27 days; Teacher Aides Chapter I--Dorothy Chevalier and Dianne Brown to be funded by ESYP and P.L. 101-476. 

6.         Contract for bus drivers and bus aides for ESYP 1998--Mike Howard, Bobby Carter, David Telsee, and Sharon Jennings at $52.00 per day for each day worked and bus aides-- Sue Turnley, Ethel Telsee, Cheryl Dixon and Sharon Howard at $7.50 per hour for 27 days to be funded by ESYP and P.L. 101-476. 

7.         Contract with Natchitoches Parish Hospital for physical therapy services for ESYP 1998 and compensatory services not to exceed 25 hours per week at $50.00 per hour for 27 days to be funded by ESYP and P.L. 101-476.

 

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. Moss, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the General Fund and Child Nutrition Program Budget Revisions. 

 

Mr. Walker presented the Executive Report.

 

The discussion of principal pay raises was tabled until September.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the use of Monthly Munch Menus.  

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve a revision to the 1997-98 Pupil Progression Plan allowing sophomores to be promoted to junior status with a minimum of 11 Carnegie units to include two English, one social studies, one math, one science and one additional unit of either math, science, or social studies, and physical education and electives to equal 11 units.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a joint resolution from the Natchitoches Parish Police Jury to support three tax renewals on July 18, 1998, per attached resolution.

       

The motion by Dr. Hall to approve school uniforms for grades K-6 at all public elementary schools for 1999-2000 school year by Dr. Hall died for lack of a second.

 

The motion to require bus drivers to submit receipts monthly to show actual maintenance/operational expenses by Dr. Hall died for lack of a second.

           

The motion by Dr. Hall to rescind the decision to grant 12 additional vacation days to twelve month maintenance employees and custodians died for lack of a second.

 

Mr. Vandersypen reported that the annual repayment of a loan  to Lakeview Senior High School for the student activity general fund of $2,273.32 had been made to the general fund.

Mrs. Rena Clark reported on number of students in the following areas for the past three years: home schooling, regular/special education, suspensions/expulsions, and dropouts/reason.  

On the motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the parish Career Options Plan in accordance with a state mandate (Act 1124). 

 

No action was taken on the request of Tracy W. Marey.

 

On the motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Roque, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved changing time of committee meetings and Board meetings for July and August to 4:00 p.m.

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Personnel Report.

 

On the motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Daniel, that the Boards hereby approve the following:

 

1.         Transfers and/or Reassignments:

 

A.         Delilah Warren, special education teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary, to Marthaville Elem./Jr. High, replacing Eunice Morrow.

B.         Sheila M. Beasley, special education teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, to regular education Goldonna Elementary School replacing Rosemarie Johnson.

 

 2.        Personnel:

 

A.         Shauna P. Hicks, teacher, Ninth Grade Center, replacing Norma Melder.

B.         Sharon Aleda Rhodes, science  teacher, Ninth Grade Center.  

C.         Pamela A. Vallien, itinerant speech therapist.

D.         Adrinner Smith, bus driver, Fairview Alpha Elementary School.

E.         Juriel Phillip, bus driver, North Natchitoches Elementary School.

F.         Frankie McDaniel, bus driver, Provencal Elementary School.

G.         Coleman Elie, bus driver, Cloutierville Elementary School.

H.         Richard Dalme, bus driver, East Natchitoches Elementary School.

I.          Belinda Hearnes, bus driver, East Natchitoches Elementary School.

J.          William Bledsoe, bus driver, Fairview Alpha Elementary School.

K.         Betty Ann Sykes, special education teacher, replacing Ramona Adams, Parks Elementary.

L.         Calley P. Schneider, teacher, replacing Diane McLendon, Natchitoches Junior High School.

 

 3.        Changing terms of employment for Mamie Howard, custodian, Marthaville, from nine months to twelve months replacing J.D.Ratliff.  

4.        Performance contract for John Simon, Coordinator at Natchitoches Junior High School, effective 6-9-1998, through 6-8-2000.

 5.        Performance contract for DeMelvin Johnson, Coordinator at North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective 6-9-1998, through 6-9-2000.

6.        Payment of $15.00 per hour for Kathy Bundrick, Donna Masson, and Christy Schutz to attend Mentor Training for Teacher Assessment in Alexandria, Louisiana on June 17, 18, and 19, 1998, to be funded by general fund.

 7.        Revisions to the Natchitoches Parish Personnel Evaluation Plan.

 8.        Personnel to serve on the social studies curriculum revision committee at $15.00 per hour for 15 to 20 hours as needed to be funded by Louisiana Learn--Jim Collins, Paula Franks, Annie Oliphant, Debra Warren, Philip McClung, Mary Yount, Nettie Winston, Sandy Johnson, Cheryl Thornhill, Mike Brown, Margaret Hall, Julee Wright, Carol Colvin, Shannon Dark, Shirley Remo, Valeria Kelly, Ziporah Evans, and Mona Bamburg. 

9.       Pam Brown, nine month janitor at East Elementary, substituting for Leonard Williams,  twelve month janitor from June 3, 1998,  through June 30, 1998.

10.       Faye Oliver, Mary Walker, Sharon Ebarb, Cecil Nelson, Linda Martin, and Pam Stewart as tech coordinators to write standards for Technology (for teachers and students) that will be a part of the 1998-99 technology plan for a maximum of 15 hours at $15.00 per hour, not to   exceed a total of $1350.00.

11.        Agreement with Mozelle Anderson for technical assistance in the area of evaluation with the Even Start Program for the month of June 1998. 

12.        Migrant personnel for Summer Enrichment Program for 1998: Peggy Wise, Patricia Small Morris, Detri Willis, and Annie Thompson.

13.        Billy James Collins, Jr., with a two-year performance contract for principal of Marthaville Elementary/Jr. High School replacing Jimmye Holmes.

14.        Carmella Sawyer to replace Gail Culpepper as teacher for K-3 Reading Program at Cloutierville to be paid from K-3 Reading Initiative funds.        

15.        Becky Herring, Donna Deason, and Donna Hearne to serve on the parish math curriculum development team for a total of 25 hours each @ $15.00 per hour to be paid from Louisiana Learn Grant funds.    

16.        Kathy Bundrick at Marthaville for second semester peer helper sponsor    replacing Laura Solomon.  Allocation of SDFSC funds for sponsors previously approved by the Board.

17.        Shasta Bryan, school psychologist intern, to work three weeks after school.

18.        Contract for Infant/Toddler evaluations by Gladys Mallard, Beverly Giering, Emilyn Horton, and Linda Lee.  

19.       Personnel for ESYP: teachers -- Gwendolyn Robinson, Virginia Ratliff, Mary Johnson, Judy Dison, Natalie Glenn, Carolyn Lonadier, Susan Horn, Shirley Bush; aides-- Daisy Cofield, Clemontine Cole, Lola Hamilton, Cheryl Dixon, Glenda Johnson, Zettie Helaire, Geneva Walker, Connie Lincoln; APE teacher--John Winston; teacher aides Title I--Dorothy Chevalier and Dianne Brown.

20.        Bus drivers and bus aides for ESYP 1998: bus drivers--Mike Howard, Bobby Carter, David Telsee, and Sharon Jennings; bus aides - Ethel Telsee, Sue Turnley, Cheryl Dixon, and Sharon Howard.

21.        Dianne Brown, Dorothy Chevalier, and Angie Robinson, preschool paraprofessionals, for summer school due to an increase in enrollment of Title I, Even Start, and special education students. 

 

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

 

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

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        V. KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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      RUDOLPH LEON, JR., PRESIDENT