PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD OCTOBER 8, 1998

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on October 8, 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, Carroll Daniels, Dorothy Wilkerson, Rudolph Leon, Jr., Ralph Wilson, Thomas Roque, Bobby R. Thomas, E. L. Moss, Jr., Julia Hildebrand, Jeff Risinger, and Kevin Walker.  Absent:   None.

 

The meeting was called to order by President Leon, followed by an invocation by Mr. Kevin Walker and Pledge of Allegiance by Carroll Daniels.

 

Under the Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board received reports on:

           

 1.        Status of number of buses purchased under lease/purchase agreement from Mack Wall.

 2.        Ben D. Johnson Dropout Program by Superintendent Kenneth Dutile and Rena Clark.

 3.        Administrative Status Reports were given by Rena Clark, W. A. Robison, and Trudy Howell.

 

The Board recognized:

 

1.        4-H Club Week presented by Becky Morgan, teacher, and Sammie Bell, student,   from Lakeview Jr. High School.

2.        Social Work Interns for SDFSC- Brittany Bono and Rose Marie Salim acknowledged by Scotti Rodgers.     

 3.        October-Child Net Awareness Month presented by Alma Johnson.

 4.        Louisiana Educational Diagnosticians= Week (October 12-16, 1998).  

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Thomas, that the Board hereby approve the following consent agenda items:

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of September 10, 1998.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills.

 

B.         Out of State Travel:  

 

(1)        Richard Watson, Ninth Grade Center, travel to Kansas City, Missouri, October 29-November 2, 1998, to attend National Tech Prep Conference, at no cost to the Board.

(2)        Alice Rachal, Media Center, travel to Nashville, Tennessee, December 14-19, 1998, to attend U. S. Department of Education's 1998 Regional Conference on Improving America's Schools, to be funded from Title I.

(3)        Traci Tynes, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, travel to Dallas, Texas,   October 29-31, 1998, to attend Connected Classroom Conference, to be funded from Challenge Grant.

(4)        Linda Martin, Lakeview High School, travel to Dallas, Texas, October 29-31, 1998, to attend Connected Classroom Conference, to be funded from Challenge Grant.

(5)        Theresa D. Hamilton, NSU Middle Lab, travel to Little Rock, Arkansas, October 30 - November 2, 1998, to attend the National Council of Teachers of Math NCTM Conference, to be funded from school budget.

(6)        LaFern D. Johnson, NSU Middle Lab, travel to Little Rock, Arkansas, October 30 - November 2, 1998, to attend the National Council of Teachers of Math NCTM Conference, to be funded from school budget.

(7)        Jewel Lee, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, travel to Miami, Florida, November 18-22, 1998, to attend the 25th Anniversary Training Conference National Coalition of Title I/Chapter 1 Parents, to be funded by Title I.

(8)        Veronica Elie, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, travel to Miami, Florida, November 18-22, 1998, to attend the 25th Anniversary Training Conference National Coalition of Title I/Chapter 1 Parents, to be funded by Title I.

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

(1)        Julia Matthews, NSU Elementary, additional .4 miles, cost of $87.57.

(2)        Nelva Wilson, NSU Elementary, additional .5 miles, cost of $109.85.

(3)        Mack Trichel, Preschool Center, additional .09 miles, cost of $161.83.

 

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

(1)        Peggy Arthur Kendrick, Title I teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective September 25, 1998.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Shelly Kendrick, teacher, Marthaville Elementary School, leave without pay, January 14, 1998- June 1, 1999.

(2)        Harriet Yates, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, extended sick leave with pay, beginning October 5, 1998 for a minimum of twelve weeks.

(3)        James Guin, principal, Lakeview High School, extended  sick leave with pay, beginning October 8, 1998 for an indefinite period.

           

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

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve Mrs. Trudy Howell to draft a resolution to present to the BESE Board voicing concerns about the new accountability program.

 

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

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Roque, that the Board hereby approve the low bid meeting specifications of Ross Buss & Equipment for furnishing one school bus per attached bid compilation.

 

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

  

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve Project Celebration, Inc., to supply technical assistance to Parks Elementary and Lakeview Junior High School for intensive and sustained support to implement a school improvement program.   The contract is from October 1998 through  May 1999,  at a cost of $7,416. to be funded through the School Improvement Grant, Section 1116 of P.L. 103-382. 

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Moss, and unanimously carried, the Board  approved  the contract for  plans and specifications  with Newman Partnership, Inc., for asbestos abatement at Parks Elementary School, Weaver Elementary School, and

 

Natchitoches Central High School, with authorization for Board President to sign and advertise for bids.       

                                                                                                             

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Risinger, that the Board hereby approve Change Order #1 with Westerchil Construction for Natchitoches Junior High School to add concrete walk, relocate existing signage, (required by fire marshal add finish hardware, revise CMU wall, build new restrooms, and close off fire wall at a net cost of $21,866.36 with authorization for Board President to sign.  

   

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

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Thomas, that the Board hereby approve Marvin Blake and Kevin Trichel to purchase buses under the lease/purchase agreement with authority to increase the monetary  limit  necessary to purchase the buses.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved after-school study hall and Saturday detention personnel at East Natchitoches Elementary for the 1998-99 school year for a total of 120 hours @ $15.00 per hour not to exceed $1,800. to be paid by Title I School wide funds.  Teachers are Margaret Hall for after-school study hall and Isabella Johnson and Julee' Wright for Saturday detention.

 

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

 

A.         Contract with School Management Study Group to provide consultation for school effectiveness activities in the amount of $10,000. including four trips to Natchitoches Parish with the understanding that payment for services will be made after funding has been received from Louisiana Learn.  

 

B.         All second and third grade teachers to participate in Project Read training to be paid from K-3 Reading funds.

 

C.         Substitutes for all second and third grade teachers for one day each not to exceed $50. per day to be paid from K-3 Reading funds. 

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved activity drivers and shuttle bus driver for--Lakeview High School, David Telsee and Mark Trichel--Natchitoches Central High School, Mike Howard, Jean Wall, and Dexter Martin (shuttle bus driver).   

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Kevin Walker, that the Board hereby approve the contract with Dave Stabley to produce a video of the Learn and Serve Program for $2000., to be funded by Learn and Serve America grant funds.

 

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

 

On the motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board hereby approve placing Mrs. Linda Davidson (secretary at Lakeview High School) on level 15 of the secretarial salary schedule.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Tracy Tynes, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, to be paid $15.00 per hour for eight hours of parent in-service training for a total of $120.00, funded by Title I School-Wide Program. 

 

Mr. Walker presented the Executive Report.

  

Mr. John Vandersypen, Director of Business Affairs, reminded the Board and all school employees of the renewal of the 10 year, 7 mills tax to be on the November 3rd ballot.  He stressed the importance of the revenue tax for the maintenance of the Cloutierville Elementary School.

 

The Board requested that each principal designate a person to monitor home based bus routes.  If no person is available to perform the duty, Mr. Wall=s office should be contacted for assistance. 

 

Mr. Moss reported that the Natchitoches Police Jury agreed to maintain the bus turnarounds with the School Board furnishing the forms for right-of-way and the criteria to qualify.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Title I Program to do a Low-Impact Aid Survey on October 14, 1998, to ensure additional funds for students in Natchitoches Parish Schools.     

 

Mr. Dutile requested permission from the Board to invite James Soileau, LSBA, to provide in-service training for new board members and instruction in school law to all board members to meet the minimum of six hours of training required under House Bill No. 71.

       

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous approval, the Board agreed to petition the Police Jury to repair various roads throughout the parish in order for buses to run routes.  A resolution with list of roads is attached.

 

Mr. Vandersypen stated that more sidewalks and signage would be added at North Natchitoches Elementary to improve bus traffic and pedestrian safety.   A change order will be forthcoming.

    

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board hereby approve the use of $8,000. from BRE funds to complete construction of lights on baseball field at Lakeview High School.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the attached resolution from LSBA regarding Mandated Social Security Participation.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board approved all twelve month employees working the same number of days.

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

  1.       Transfers and/or Reassignments:

 

A.         Linda W. Howard, teacher, from Parks Elementary to Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High full-time non-categorical teacher, new position.

B.         Sandra Calhoun, part-time teacher aide, from North Natchitoches Elementary to full-time special education aide at East Natchitoches Elementary.

C.        Crystal A. Louviere, teacher, FairviewAlpha Elementary from special education to regular education replacing Joy Garner Smith.

D.        Karis Cobb, teacher, from Natchitoches Technical College to Natchitoches Preschool Center, effective 9-22-98.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved transferring Joy Garner Smith, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary, from regular education to Title I, replacing Peggy Arthur Kendrick.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Moss, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following personnel:

 

A.         Leslie L. Sinclair, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, substituting for Joseph E. Williams, 1998-99 school year.

B.         Cecil E. Boswell, teacher, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, substituting for Betty Briggs, remainder of 1998-99 school year. 

C.         Sheri L. Tyler, teacher, Parks Elementary School, replacing Linda W. Howard, remainder of first semester of 1998-99 school year.

D.         Marvin Blake, bus driver, Provencal Elementary/Jr. High.

E.         Karen Prothro, full-time school food service technician, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, replacing Carrie Anthony.

F.         Sharon Johnson, full-time school food service technician, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, replacing Verna Rachal.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following:

 

A.         James Gregory Warren, head softball girls' coach, Lakeview High School.           

B.         1998-99 extra-curricular personnel, (Quiz Bowl, SAT, Technology, Peer Helpers, Etc.)  per attached list.

C.         Judie Barnum to work eight hours a day for nine and one-half months, to be funded by Title I.  

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve Vanessa Raynes Stanfield, secretary, new position, for Mrs. Trudy Howell, Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, the Board adjourned.

 

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V.  KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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RUDOLPH LEON, JR.,   PRESIDENT