PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD DECEMBER 10, 1998

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on December 10, 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 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 and Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Kevin Walker.

           

Under the Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized:  

 

1.        The Ninth Grade Center for the successful food drive presented by Susie Brooks and Fran Nelson, Council On Aging.

2.        Recipient of Billy Jack Booth Memorial Sportsmanship Award to James Adams for Lakeview High School by President Leon and Superintendent Dutile.  

3.         Natchitoches Jazz R & B Foundation presented by Gillan Norwood.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Daniels, and unanimously carried by a show of hands, the Board convened into executive session for the purpose of hearing the grievance of Mrs. Sandra Sowell regarding her son Christopher.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board adjourned out of executive session.

 

On motion of Mr. Moss, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the Board took no action regarding the complaint of Mrs. Sandra Sowell.

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of November 9 & 12, 1998.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills.

B.         Out of State Travel:   

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Pat Hall, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High, additional .8 miles, cost of $163.20.  

(2)        Terry Williams, Lakeview High School, additional 2.4 miles, cost  of  $486.94.

(3)        Diane Saffel, Fairview Alpha Elementary, additional 2.5 miles, cost of $457.22.                                                           

(4)        Veola Wolfe, Parks Elementary, additional .8 miles, cost of $168.59.

(5)        Dea Martin, Natchitoches Central High School, additional 1 mile, cost of $191.42.

(6)        W.E. Dowden, Provencal Elementary, additional 3.2 miles for a total of 40.5 miles with protected mileage of 54.2 miles.

(7)        Julia Matthews, NSU Elementary, additional .5 miles, cost of $84.75.

(8)        Shirley Bolton, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, additional 17.4 extra miles, one-time only, cost of $13.04.

(9)        Fredda Burns, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, additional 42 extra miles, one-time only, cost of $24.72.

(10)         Willie Byrd, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, additional 2.4 miles, cost of $413.30.

(11)         Bill Gordy, Natchitoches Junior High School, additional 7.8 miles, cost of $1495.81.         

(12)         Phillip Howard,   Preschool Center, loss of 5.3 miles for a total of 26.6 miles, with protected mileage of 32.3 miles.

 

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Charles E. Denham, bus driver, Fairview Alpha Elementary, effective November 12, 1998.

(2)        Calley A. Schneider, teacher, Natchitoches Jr. High, effective December 31, 1998.

(3)        Darlene Collins, art teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective December 1. 1998.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Elizabeth McCullen, kindergarten teacher, Weaver Elementary, leave without pay second semester.

 

Mr. Thomas presented the Finance, Facilities, Services, & Insurance Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Moss, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the bid of Rufus Sowell in the amount of $303.25 for the 1983 Ford School Bus at Natchitoches Central High School.

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board rejected the bid of Danny Matt for lease of the fractional part of school-owned land in Township 7 North, Range 5 West, containing 178.91 acres lying south and west of Little River near Cloutierville and approved permission to re-advertise.

   

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board approved permission to re-advertise the lease of the Marthaville locker plant facility.          

 

On motion of Mr. Roque, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board accepted the Student Activity Fund Audits for FY 1997-98 from Johnson, Thomas, & Cunningham, Certified Public Accountants.   

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. K. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Horne Enterprises to conduct pre-service training for bus driver trainees on February 1-3, 1999, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for $1,250.00 (all fees and expenses included in the amount).     

  

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a mileage rate of 2.9 miles one-way at .325 per mile to be paid to David Telsee for transporting Patrick Taylor.

             

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. K. Walker, that the Board hereby approve Change Order #6 with Westerchil Construction for North Natchitoches Elementary to provide additional walkways around the curved portion of the entry drive to the bus canopy, additional curb cut for handicapped access to the walkway under the new bus canopy to match the one provided in the contract, and one additional hot water heater for the service sink in Janitor=s Room D120 for a net increase of $9,440.61 with authorization for Board President to sign.   Funded by School District 9 Construction Funds.

 

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, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved payment to Mona Bamburg for participation in social studies curriculum development for 50 hours at $15.00 per hour for a total of $750.00.  Funded by Louisiana Learn.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board  approved the contract with Jennifer Bradford to provide  speech therapy services from 11-2-98  through  6-1-99, for not more than (8) hours per week, excluding parish holidays.    Funded by general fund according to teacher salary schedule. 

 

Mr. Walker presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board hereby approve research to see if it is feasible to give a one-time supplement within the next few days.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby instruct the Superintendent to direct the Directors of Personnel, Business Affairs, Curriculum, and Special Education to study the staffing patterns of the school system and to draft the necessary policies and procedures to ensure effective use of our resources, maximum efficiency in all related expenditures, and implementation of the Board=s goals and objectives.

 

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, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the implementation of the "Life Skills: A Stronger Link for the Future" project which will provide the missing link in drug prevention programming as indicated by the independent evaluators of the drug prevention program.   If funding is provided by the Rapides Foundation, the Board will mandate the program as provided by Act 171.

           

Mr. Wilson presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

1.         The resignation of Susan Lemoine as Natchitoches Jr. High School cheerleader sponsor effective November 18, 1998.

 

            2.         Juriel Phillips as cheerleader sponsor for Natchitoches Jr. High   School.

 

            3.         Transfers and/or Reassignments:

 

A.         Cynthia Withers, SFS Manager, Lakeview Junior/Senior High School, to Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Edna Cardino.

 

On motion of Mr. Cecil Walker, the Board adjourned.  

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                                           V. KENNETH  DUTILE,  SECRETARY-TREASURER

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                                          RUDOLPH  LEON, JR.,  PRESIDENT