PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD JULY 9, 1998

  

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, July 9, 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, Carroll Daniels, Dorothy Wilkerson, Rudolph Leon, Ralph Wilson, Bobby R. Thomas, E.L. Moss, Jr., and Julia Hildebrand.  Mr. Ward and Mr. Roque came in after roll call.  Absent:

Dr. Hall.

 

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

 

Under the Superintendent/Staff Reports the Board recognized:

                                  

Mrs. Jimmye Holmes, retiring principal of Marthaville, was honored and presented a plaque for 30 years of service to the Natchitoches Parish School System.

 

Reports were received on:

 

1.         The Voyager Program presented by Mrs. Lucy Long.                   

2.         Mr. John Vandersypen reported on MFP funding for 1998-99 and sales tax distribution.

3.         Mr. Mack Wall reported on the number of buses purchased under the lease/purchase agreement.

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of June 4 and June 11, 1998.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills.

 

B.         Advertisements:

 

(1)        Permission to advertise for maintenance vehicles .

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

C.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Robert Flaherty, teacher, Lakeview High School, effective June 25, 1998.

 

D.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Carol V. Wester, teacher, Natchitoches Ninth Grade Center, sabbatical leave for professional and cultural improvement, August 17, 1998 through June 1, 1999.

(2)        Sandra Sowell, teacher, Parks Elementary School, sabbatical leave for rest and recuperation, August 17, 1998 through January 13, 1999.

(3)        Doris E. Whatley, teacher, Parks Elementary, sabbatical leave for rest and recuperation, August 17, 1998 through January 13, 1999.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the low bids meeting specifications per attached bid compilations:

 

A.         D & D Distributors for milk and dairy products for schools for the 1998-99 school year.  

B.         Interstate Brand for bread and bread products for schools for the 1998-99 school year. 

C.         Furnishing various small cafeteria equipment for use in the Child Nutrition Program. 

D.         Furnishing paper and cleaning supplies for use in the Child Nutrition Program during the period of 8-20-98 through 11-30-98.    

E.         Furnishing processed foods, frozen foods, and meats and related products for use in the Child Nutrition Program during the period of 8-20-98 through 11-30-98.

F.         Various furniture and equipment for use in the Title I Program.

G.         Floyd's Construction Company for painting at Natchitoches Preschool Center.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board hereby approve the low bid of Ross Bus & Equipment for purchase of three diesel school buses for Coleman Elie, Alberta Conlay, and William Bledsoe.

 

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

           

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

 

A.         Contract with LANET to provide direct access for Natchitoches Parish School Board Internet connections to be budgeted as part of General Technology Budget.

            B.         Budget for second year of five year Natchitoches Parish Technology Plan.

 

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

 

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

 

A.         The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) - Part B and Preschool Flow-Through (Section 619) Application and Budgets for 1999.  

B.         Budget for supplemental funding for 1999 for physical therapist at $40.00 per hour for 208 hours and occupational therapist at $35.00 per hour for 133.71 hours for a total of $13,000.00 to be funded by the state.    

 

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

 

On the motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve Doyle Withers and Teddy Speir to purchase buses under the Lease/Purchase Agreement and Larry Freeman to purchase a bus.

 

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

     

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve Change Order #1 with Gulf  Services Contracting, Inc., for  Natchitoches    Junior High School to remove and dispose of approximately 385 LF (+/- 50 panels) perforated cement asbestos board panels from the gymnasium area at a net increase of $3,300.00 with authorization for Board President to sign.    

  

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve the following  teachers to work on correlation of  parish reading programs for 40 hours, July 20-31, 1998, @ $15.00 per hour not to exceed a total of $9,000.00 for the project to be paid from Louisiana Learn Grant--Becky Herring, Sue Speir, Kendria Sanders, Carol Colvin, Francis Walker, Gail Bernard, Jackie Arthur, Jodi Shirley, Sue Loftin, Pam Stewart, Marjorie Remo, Janet Brookins, Faye Oliver, Julie Beaudreaux, and Shelly Kendrick.

 

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

           

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Ward, and unanimously carried, the Board approved payment of $15.00 per hour for 15 hours to Kathleen Bundrick, Donna Masson, and Christy Schutz to provide in-service on August 10-12, 1998, as required by Act 838 (New Teacher Assessment) for at total of $675.00 to be funded by general fund.

 

On motion Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve Willa Freeman as Technology Development Coordinator for the 1998-99 school year for 92 months, based on the teacher pay schedule, and is funded by Natchitoches Parish Challenge Grant and/or Technology Literacy Challenge Fund. 

           

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

 

On the motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Ward, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Angie Robinson to work at Adult Education with Even Start infants and toddlers for 6 hours per day @ $7.50 per hour for 15 days beginning July 6 - July 31, 1998, for a total cost of $675.00 to be funded by Title I.     

 

On motion of Mr. Moss, seconded by Mr. Ward, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Steve Forrester, certified trainer, to present a workshop entitled Back Injury Prevention for all school food service employees August 13, 1998 for 2 hours at a cost of $500.00 to be funded by School Food Service.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Daniels, that the Board hereby approve Change Order #1 with A& R General Contractors for Weaver Elementary to replace plumbing, water, gas, etc.,  pipes that are to be covered by new concrete floor slab at a net increase $10,000. with authorization for Board President to sign.

 

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Ward, that the Board hereby approve Change Order #5 with Westerchil Construction for North Natchitoches Elementary to purchase and haul in dirt to make soil cement base to establish proper grades for buildings, paving, etc. at a net increase of $4,345. with authorization for Board President to sign.

   

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

 

Mr. Walker presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve  the revisions to the Summary of Conditions and Lease/Purchase documents for contract buses approved at the April 16, 1998 Board Meeting.

 

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

 

Mr. Julio Toro presented a report on 4 x 4 block scheduling for Natchitoches Central High School and Natchitoches Ninth Grade Center.  

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the 4 x 4 block scheduling for Natchitoches Central High School and the Ninth Grade Center for the 1998-99 school year.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved  the Pupil Progression Plan for 1998-99.   

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board hereby approve $1,000.00 for one academic coach per high school and $400.00 for one academic coach per elementary/junior high school to be paid at the end of the school year by general fund.   All other fees and expenses should be paid from school budget.

       

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

       

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Ward,  and with unanimous consent, the Board adopted the policies on policy and governance, data-based decision making, staff development and education goals for the 1998-99 school year as per attached.

 

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

       

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Thomas, that the Board hereby approve the following changes in job functions and classifications in Business Department.

 

            A.         Pat Roque from Data Processing/Secretary to Bookeeper/Data Processor.

B.         Michael Milner from Purchasing/Secretary to Purchasing/Risk Manager.

C.         Adrienne Theus from Data Processing/Secretary to Data Processor.

 

YEAS:   Walker, Ward, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Roque, Thomas, Moss,

and Hildebrand.   NAYS:   None.   ABSENT:   Hall.           (Carried)

 

On the motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Roque, and unanimously approved, the Board accepted the request of Mr. C. C. Moreau to cancel his agriculture lease (Section 16 near Cloutierville) effective December 31, 1998,  with permission to re-advertise.     

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

 1.        Transfers and/or Reassignments:

 

A.         Cheryl Gianforte, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, substituting for Elizabeth Arthur, coordinator, for 1998-99 school year.

B.         Leonard Ted Fowler,  teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, GED Program, replacing James D. Garrett, physical education teacher.

C.         Robert Ralston, teacher, Ninth Grade Center, to Natchitoches Central High School GED replacing Leonard Ted Fowler.

D.         Bridgett M. Byrd, teacher, from Non-categorical Preschool Special Education to Title I Preschool Program replacing Genevieve Taylor.

E.         Doris Whatley, teacher, Early Start Program, Adult Education Center, to Non-categorical Preschool at Parks Elementary replacing Bridgett M. Byrd.

F.         Jennifer L. Aby, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary, replacing Billie Walters.

G.         Anne L. Stevens, teacher, from NSU Elementary Lab to Provencal Elem./Jr. High, substituting for Carol Morgan, 1998-99 school year.

H.         Francine Cook, teacher, Provencal Elementary/Junior High, substituting for Dawna Penrod, 1998-99 school year.

I.          Odell Cobb, teacher, Provencal Elementary/Junior High replacing Francine Cook, 1998-99 school year.

J.          Sheila C. Warner, teacher, Provencal Elementary/Junior High, substituting for Marilyn Stevens, 1998-99 school year.

K.         Elizabeth Barnes, teacher, Fairview Alpha to Early Start Program, Adult Education Center replacing Doris Whatley.

L.         Marie Demery, teacher, Lakeview High School to Ninth Grade Center, new  position due to an increased enrollment.

 

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

 

2.         Approval of Personnel:

 

A.         Doyle Withers, bus driver.

B.         Stephanie A. Dobson, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary, replacing Ruby Helire.

C.         Leslie A. Marson, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary, replacing Linda Weaver.

D.         April  J. Giddens, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary, replacing Elizabeth Majure.

E.         Jena Santos, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary, substituting for Penny Weaver, 1998-99 school year.

F.         Ginger Colston, teacher, Marthaville Elementary/Junior High substituting for Monica Governale, first semester of 1998-99.

G.         Jenifer House Fralia, teacher, Marthaville Elementary/Junior High, substituting for Frances Walker, 1998-99 school year.

H.         Erica Lynn Scott, teacher, Ninth Grade Center, substituting for Carol Wester.

I.          Linda Page, teacher, Parks Elementary, replacing Mary R. Dupree.

J.          Desiree Brieden, teacher, Parks Elementary, replacing Janell Hunter.

K.         Charlotte Darlene Collins, teacher, Natchitoches Central High, substituting for Cheryl Gianforte, 1998-99 school year.

L.         Sheila P. Peter, teacher, Lakeview High School, replacing Janie Adams.

M.        Debra LaBom Armstrong, 9 month custodian, Cloutierville Elementary, replacing Luvert Morris.

            N.         SMSGT Charlie Hampton, Jr., JROTC teacher, Lakeview High School, 11 months, replacing SMSGT William Dawsey.

O.         Ken McLaren, teacher, Ninth Grade Center, replacing Robert Ralston.

P.         Tambatha Treidel, teacher, special education, Lakeview High School, replacing Marie Demery.

 

3.         The following two-year performance contracts:

 

A.         Roy S. Dupree, principal, Goldonna Elementary, effective 3-14-98 through 3-13-00.

B.         Larry Wayne Choate, assistant principal, Natchitoches Central High School, effective 7-29-98 through 7-28-00.

C.         Shirtee Evans, Jr., assistant principal, Lakeview High School, effective 8-9-98 through 8-8-00.

D.         Nina Sue Hortman, principal, Natchitoches Preschool Center, effective 7-14-98 through 7-13-00.

E.         Ramona L. Cason, principal, Fairview Alpha Elementary, effective 7-14-98 through 7-13-00.

F.         Julio C. Toro, principal, Natchitoches Central High School, effective 7-19-98 through 7-18-00.

G.         Trudy Howell, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, effective 8-23-98 through 8-22-00.

H.         Alice M. Rachal, Director of Federal Programs, effective 8-13-98 through 8-12-00.

I.          Cynthia C. Johnson, Director of Special Education, effective 8-15-98 through 8-14-00.

 

4.        Kathleen Bundrick, Donna Masson, and Christy Schutz to provide in-service for New Teacher Assessment.

 

5.        Willa Freeman as Technology Development Coordinator for 92 months to be funded by the Natchitoches Parish Challenge Grant and/or Technology Literacy Challenge Fund.

 

6.         The following teachers to work on correlation of parish reading programs from July 20-31, 1998, to be funded by Louisiana Learn Grant--Becky Herring, Sue Speir, Kendria Sanders, Carol Colvin, Frances Walker, Gail Bernard, Jackie Arthur, Jodi Shirley, Sue Loftin, Pam Stewart, Marjorie Remo, Janet Brookins, Faye Oliver, Julie Boudreaux, and Shelly Kendrick.

 

7.         Angie Robinson to work at Adult Education with Even Start infant and toddlers  beginning July 6 and  ending July 31, 1998, to be funded by Title I.                                       

8.         JROTC personnel contracts for 1998-99 school year:

 

A.         Lt. Col. Wayne H. Hill, 12 months, Lakeview High School.

B.         SMSGT. Charlie Hampton, Jr., 11 months, Lakeview High School.

C.         Lt. Col. Christopher Sylvia, 12 months, Natchitoches Central High School.

D.         MSG. John W. Burton, 11 months, Natchitoches Central High School.

E.         MSG. Paul J. Williams, 11 months, Natchitoches Central High School.

 

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