PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD JANUARY 14, 1999

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on January 14, 1999, at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Natchitoches Parish 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, Bobby R. Thomas, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, Emile E. Metoyer, and Joella  Wilson.     Absent:   None.

 

The meeting was called to order by President Leon, followed by an invocation by Mrs. Wilkerson and Pledge of Allegiance by Mrs. Joella Wilson.

 

Under the Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized:

 

 1.        Representative Jimmy D. Long was presented a plaque for his part in helping the Board secure a pilot program for students who are academically at-risk and who are behavior problems.  The grant has been funded for the past two years for a total of $520,000.   

            2.         A resolution presented by Alice Rachal proclaimed School Nurse Day as January 27, 1999.

            3.         Administrative Status Reports were presented by Alice Rachal, Gwen Hardison, and Melanie McCain.

 

The next order of business on the agenda was the election of officers for 1999.

 

Superintendent Dutile called for nominations for the office of president.

 

Mrs. Hildebrand nominated Mr. Walker with a second from Mrs. Wilkerson.

          

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Danzy, the nominations ceased.

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.    NAYS:    None.   ABSENT:   None.    (Carried)

 

Mr. Walker was seated as President of the Board and called for nominations for the office of vice-president.

 

Mr. Daniels nominated Mr. Ralph Wilson with a second from Mr. Metoyer.

 

Mrs. Hildebrand nominated Mrs. Wilkerson, but the motion died from lack of a second.

 

Mr. Walker declared Mr. Wilson as Vice-President of the Board.  He serves as Ex-officio Member/Chairman of the Executive Committee.

 

The President next called for nominations for the members of the Executive Committee.

 

Mr. Daniels nominated Mrs. Wilkerson.

Mr. Wilson nominated Mrs. Joella Wilson.

Mr. Thomas nominated Mrs. Hildebrand.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Thomas, the nominations ceased.

 

With unanimous consent, the Board approved Mrs. Wilkerson, Mrs. Wilson, and Mrs. Hildebrand to serve on the Executive Committee.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Thomas, that the Board hereby accept the resignation of Superintendent Dutile effective June 30, 1999, and give Mr. Walker  authority to appoint a search committee for superintendent.

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.   NAYS:   None.  ABSENT:   None.           (Carried)

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of December 10, 1998.

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

A.         Payment of Bills.

B.         Out of State Travel: 

 

(1)        Mollie Rachal, Migrant Program, travel to Little Rock, Arkansas, April 23-April 30, 1999, to attend the 1999 National Migrant Education Convention, to be funded by Migrant Education.

(2)        Mary Bonier, Lakeview High School, travel to Memphis, Tennessee, February 5-7, 1999, to attend the NEA Southeastern Regional Leadership Conference, at no cost to the Board.

(3)        Don Mims, North Natchitoches Elementary, travel to Port Aransas, Texas, February 7-12, 1999, to attend SCIMAST  Winter Meeting, at no cost to the Board.

(4)        Cynthia C. Johnson, travel to San Francisco, California, April 25-28, 1999, to attend LRP's 20th National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities, to be funded by IDEA-Part B.

(5)        Doris Kochinsky, travel to San Francisco, California, April 25-28, 1999, to attend LRP's 20th National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities, to be funded by IDEA-Part B.

(6)        Sue Rodriguez, Weaver Elementary School, travel to San Antonio, Texas, February 4-8, 1999, to attend TMEA/TMEC Convention, at no cost to the Board.

(7)        Rowena L. Bienvenu, North Natchitoches Elementary School, travel to Port Aransas, Texas, February 7-12, 1999, to attend SCIMAST Winter Meeting, at no cost to the Board.

(8)        Mary Montgomery, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, travel to Port Aransas, Texas,  February 7-12, 1999, to attend SCIMAST Winter Meeting, at no cost to the Board.

(9)        Margo Haase, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, travel to Port Aransas, Texas, February 7-12, 1999, to attend SCIMAST Winter Meeting, at no cost  to the Board.

 

            C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Gwendolyn Cole, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, loss of 10 miles, savings of $1,319.14.

(2)        Annie E. Joseph, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, additional 4.2 miles, cost of $660.72.

(3)        Veola Wolfe, Ninth Grade Center, additional 5.1 miles, cost of $1,231.45.

(4)        Hazel Carroll, Ninth Grade Center, additional 3.8 miles, cost of $558.12.

(5)        Darwin Guillory, Goldonna Elementary, loss of 6 miles, savings of $881.49.

(6)        Phillip Howard, Preschool Center, additional .5 miles, at no extra cost due to protected mileage.

(7)        Earl Arthur, Lakeview Senior High School, additional 1.5 miles, cost of $218.34.

(8)        Mark Trichel, North Natchitoches Elementary School, additional 1.1 miles,  cost of $126.42.

(9)        Randy Knott, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, additional .04 miles, cost of $72.23.

          (10)         Eddie Carpenter, Natchitoches Jr. High School, additional 7.4 miles for 5 days only, cost of $55.45.          

 

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:

 

(1)        Permission to advertise for bids for hard-surfacing of parking area at Goldonna Elementary School.

(2)        Permission to advertise for bids for Carl Perkins vocational equipment.

(3)        Permission to advertise for bids for roof repairs at Fairview Alpha Elementary School .

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Sandra Grillette, Title I teacher aide, Fairview Alpha Elementary, effective January 6, 1999.

(2)        Velvetha McShan, part-time teacher aide, Adult Education Center, effective January 6, 1999.

(3)        Gloria J. Turner, SFS technician, Weaver Elementary School, effective December 11, 1998.

(4)        Meg Michael, Title I teacher aide, Weaver Elementary School, effective January 13, 1999.

(5)        Amanda Nealy Bomm, special education teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary, effective January 14, 1999.

(6)        Eugenia G. Settles, teacher, Goldonna Elementary School, effective  January 13, 1999. 

 

G.         Retirements:

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Doris E. Whatley, non-categorical preschool teacher, Parks Elementary, leave without pay second semester.

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.   NAYS:   None.   ABSENT:   None.           (Carried)

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Thomas, that the Board hereby accept the low bid of Stanbury Uniforms meeting specifications for band uniforms at Lakeview High School per attached bid compilations.

  

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.   NAYS:   None.   ABSENT:   None.           (Carried)

 

The Board took no action on the 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.    

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the execution of a Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor with Ratcliff Construction Company, Inc. for the Base Bid Amount of $6,511,000 for construction costs associated with Job #9802, Additions & Alterations, Natchitoches Central High School, Natchitoches, Louisiana, and, in keeping with provisions of La. R. S. 38:2212A(4)-(7), approve the execution of a subsequent deductive Change Order #1 in the amount of $807,315, to reduce the Contract Sum to $5,703,685, while preserving the overall scope of the original project with authorization for the Board  President to sign.

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.    NAYS:   None.   ABSENT:   None.          (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve a driver's education class at Lakeview High School from January 14, 1999 - February 26, 1999, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   The class will be taught by Terry Williams and Kenneth Trahant and funded by fees collected from students. 

                                        

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.   NAYS:   None.    ABSENT:   None.          (Carried)  

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, that the Board receive the General Purpose Financial Statements and Independent Auditorss Reports as of and for the Year Ended June 30, 1998 with Supplemental Information Schedules.

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.   NAYS:   None.   ABSENT:   None.           (Carried)

                

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve Louisiana Statewide Initiative America Reads Challenge Program Budget in the amount of $10,133.78.  

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.   NAYS:   None.   ABSENT:   None.           (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. J. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve Marvin Blake to purchase a Board owned bus under the lease purchase

agreement with the value of the bus determined by the original purchase price minus the $60.00 per daily lease rate for the number of days since placed in service.

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.  NAYS:   None.   ABSENT:   None.           (Carried)

 

Mr. Walker presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Danzy, that the Board hereby approve the following:

 

1.         A Budget Review Committee to act as an advisory committee to the Board with the primary purpose being to study the budget and make recommendations for reduction of expenditures in order to upgrade salaries.    

                                                                                               

2.        The appointment of a Steering Committee composed of Betty Bruning, Chairman, Alvin Brossette, and Linda Burke .

 

3.         A Citizen Fiscal Advisory Subcommittee composed of Roger Williams, Chairman, Lester Holland, Greg Weatherford, Ethel Vercher, Jack McCain, Debbie Waskom, Nettles Brown, and Bobby McIntosh with authorization for Board members to appoint a person to represent his/her district with the stipulation that the appointee not be associated with the school system and have financial/business experience. The purpose of the committee would be to analysis the budget and make recommendations to the Budget Review Committee.

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, and J. Wilson.   NAYS:   Leon and Metoyer.   ABSENT:   None.           (Carried) 

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve a Teacher-Support Service Personnel Relations Committee consisting of one teacher and one support person from each school.  The purpose of the committee is to maintain effective communication between the Board, teachers, and support service personnel.  A Steering Committee composed of Julee Wright, Chairman, Burley Johnson, Gwenn Scott, and Billy Evans will oversee the formation, organization, and structure of the committee and the selection of officers. 

 

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.   NAYS:   None.  ABSENT:   None.           (Carried)

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Daniels, that the Board hereby approve a resolution drafted by Eric R. Harrington, Board Attorney, authorizing a one-time pay supplement of $600 to all employees with checks to be issued as soon as possible.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board hereby amend the motion of a one-time pay supplement of $600 for employees to a 3 2 %  salary increase for the second semester of this fiscal year beginning in January 14, 1999 with no one receiving less than $250 to be funded from the reserve fund and a 3 2 % increase or more for the next fiscal year from budget cuts.

 

YEAS:   Walker, Wilkerson, Thomas, and Hildebrand.   NAYS:   Daniels, Leon, Wilson, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.   ABSENT:  None.            (Failed)

 

The vote on the original motion regarding the $600 pay increase was as follows:

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.   NAYS:   Wilkerson and Hildebrand.   ABSENT:   None.           (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the revised Test Security Policy that was passed by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on December 10, 1998.   The new policy replaces the old policy in Bulletin 741.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. J. Wilson, and with unanimous consent,  the Board received the preliminary funding adjustments resulting from MFP Student Count Audits for school year 1997-98.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved fast pitch softball and hardball in the junior high schools.

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

1.         Transfers and/or Reassignments:

 

A.         Melinda Pleasant, teacher, Marthaville Elem./Junior High School, substituting for  Shelly W. Kendrick 1-14-99 through 6-1-99.

B.         Amy Howell Rachal, kindergarten teacher, Weaver Elementary School, substituting  for Elizabeth McCullen  1-14-99 through 6-1-99.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. J. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the following personnel:

 

A.         Marsha M. Colvin, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Calley P. Schneider.

B.         Ashley S. Crew, teacher, Parks Elementary, replacing Genevieve Taylor.

C.        Courtney Wilson, non-categorical preschool teacher, Parks Elementary, replacing Doris Whatley for the second semester.

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.    NAYS:   None.   ABSENT:   None.          (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board hereby   approve Russell Franks, plant manager at Lakeview High School, as Building Automated System Technician, with an increase in pay of $3191.00 to compensate for additional duties.

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.   NAYS:   None.   ABSENT:   None.           (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, that the Board hereby approve Dala Yates= request for extended sick leave for the second semester of the 1998-99 school year.

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson,   NAYS:   None.   ABSENT:   None.           (Carried)

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson,  that the Board hereby  approve Terrel Robinson, as tutor member at Parks Elementary, to be paid from  the Louisiana Statewide Initiative America Reads Challenge Program.  

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.   NAYS:   None.   ABSENT:   None.           (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mrs. J. Wilson, and unanimously approved, the Board accepted the resignation of Brandy Daniel as dance line sponsor at Lakeview High School.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, the Board adjourned.

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V.  KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY - TREASURER 

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CECIL WALKER,   PRESIDENT