PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD FEBRUARY 11, 1999

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on February 11, 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 Walker, followed by an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Under the Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized:

           

1.       Board Members Edward Ward, Thomas Roque, Lincoln Hall, E.L. Moss, Kevin Walker and Jeff Risinger were honored with a reception and plaques for their service to the Natchitoches Parish School System.

2.       Mr. Don Mims, Principal of North Natchitoches Elementary, was recognized as being selected "Principal of the Year" for Natchitoches Parish.  Mrs. Sue Hortman, presented Mr. Mims a plaque and "lunch money."

3.       Winners of the Louisiana School Boards Association Art Contest were presented awards:   Katie Stiles, Fairview Alpha Elementary, category of elementary grades; Brigitte Bechtel, NSU Middle Lab, category of middle grades; and Amy Hargis, Natchitoches Central High School, category of high school grades.

4.       The LHSAA Academic All-State Team at Natchitoches Central High School and Lakeview High School were presented awards. Coach Cieslak recognized Chris Choate, Chris Melder, Terry Moses, Joshua Storrs, and Tony Davis from Natchitoches Central. Coach Herrington recognized Nick Bruton and Travis Trammell from Lakeview High. 

5.       Stacy Gallien, Lakeview High School, was recognized by Coach Herrington for being selected as a LHS All-Star Trainer.

6.       Cynthia Johnson and Kay Knotts presented Brian Valentine, student from NSU Middle Lab, a plaque for winning the state "Yes I Can Award."  

7.       A resolution presented by John Vandersypen proclaimed Vocational Education Week as February 14-20, 1999.

  8.       March 2, 1999 was proclaimed as Activities Regarding Read Across America Day as presented by Mary Bonier.      

9.       Gloria Wilson and Betty Sykes of Parks Elementary were recognized as being recipients of $500 each for winning "LA Federation CEC Projects Award."         

10.        Mr. Roger Williams, Chairman, Citizen Fiscal Advisory Subcommittee presented recommendations for budget cuts.

11.        Dr. Betty Bruning, Chairman, Budget Steering Committee, gave budget cut recommendations of the Budget Committee. 

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of January 14, 1999.

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills.

 

B.         Out of State Travel:

  

(1)        Silas Dufrene, Lakeview High School, travel to Europe, March 24-April 1, 1999, to coordinate and lead a field trip in foreign studies, at no cost to Board other than a substitute.

(2)        Faye Vandersypen, Weaver Elementary School, travel to San Francisco, California, March 19-24, 1999, to attend NAESP Conference, to be funded by School Budget or Title I.

(3)        Gwendolyn A. Hardison, Media Center, travel to San Diego, California, May 2-7, 1999, to attend the International Reading Association's 44th Annual Convention, to be funded by Title I.

(4)        Mary Montgomery, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, travel to San Diego, California, May 2-7, 1999, to attend the International Reading Association's 44th Annual Convention, to be funded by Cloutierville's  Schoolwide Fund.

(5)        Donna Masson, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, travel to San Diego, California, May 2-7, 1999, to attend the International Reading Association's 44 Annual Convention, to be funded by Cloutierville's Schoolwide Fund.

(6)        Thurman J. Baptiste, Parks Elementary, travel to San Diego, California, May 2-7, 1999, to attend the International Reading Association's 44th Annual Convention, to be funded by Parks' Schoolwide Fund.

(7)        Jerry Dawson, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, travel to Phoenix, Arizona, April 14-19, 1999, to attend the Spalding Inservice and Spring Seminar, at no cost to the Board other than for a substitute.

(8)        Holly R. Dupuis, Cloutierville Elementary School, travel to Port Aransas, Texas, February 7-12, 1999, to attend the 1999 SCIMAST Winter Meeting,  at no cost to the Board other than a substitute.  Ms. Dupuis replaced Ms. Haase who was previously approved in December.

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Shirley Bolton, Cloutierville Elem/Jr High School, additional 23.2 miles, one-time cost of $17.38.

(2)        Lynn LaCaze, Preschool Center, additional 3.1 miles, cost of $307.60.

 

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:

 

(1)        Permission to advertise for bids for the following if existing bid contracts are not renewed:

 

a.         Instructional Materials and Supplies for 1999-2000

b.         Instructional Materials and Supplies Catalog Bid for 1999-2000

c.         Library Books for 1999-2000

d.         Magazine Subscription Service for 1999-2000

e.         Liquefied Gas Service for 1999-2000

f.          Pest Control Service for 1999-2000

g.         Student Insurance for 1999-2000

h.         Property and Casualty Insurance for 1999-2000

I.          Fuel Purchasing System for 1999-2000   

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Jennise H. Martin, 12- month custodian, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School effective  February 1, 1999.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Hattie D. Anderson, Title I teacher, Parks Elementary, sabbatical leave for rest and recuperation, March 1, 1999- June 1, 1999.

 

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

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Finance, Facilities, Services and Insurance Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board rejected the bids on 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 Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Leon, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the budget for 8(g) Innovative Professional Development Program.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous approval, the Board accepted the report from Directors of Personnel, Business Affairs, Curriculum and Instruction, and Special Education concerning the study of staffing patterns and related policies and procedures. 

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous approval, the Board received the Budget Letter for Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) and equalization distribution for the 1998-99 fiscal year.

  

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. J. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the revisions to the General Fund and Child Nutrition Program Budgets.

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board hereby approve Change Order #2 with Westerchil Construction for Natchitoches Junior High School to add two new hollow metal doors, two additional lock sets at doors 99 and 101, the "Primus" keying system, and to raise the ceiling in four vestibules for a net increase of $36,995.61 with authorization for 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 Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve Change Order #3 with A&R General Contractors for Weaver Elementary for 11 changes at a net increase of $33,751.23 with authorization for Board President to sign.    

                       

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

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. J. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the board approved the Student Fees, Fines, and Charges from File JS:La. Rev. Stat. Ann. 17.8, 17:81.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board  approved the  December, 1998 Policy Alert from Forethought Consulting that reviewed two aspects of drug testing, new policy on withholding grades for damages to school board property, and the statutorily required six hour School Board Member training and instruction in school law.    

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. J. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved to take under advisement and make a study for the purpose of establishing a Sick Leave Bank for school employees.  

 

A report was presented on Zero Tolerance by Rena Clark.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Leon, and unanimously carried, the Board accepted the following per attached recommendations from the Superintendent Search Committee.

 

Rena Clark and Trudy Howell presented a detailed explanation of the rules regarding Truancy Court. A committee of principals are to meet and discuss problems with the proper coding of students on the computer and make recommendations for revisions in the procedures that govern the Truancy Court. 

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

 1.        Transfers and/or Reassignments:

 

A.         Connie McCullough, teacher aide, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, from special education to Title I.

B.         Zettie Helaire, teacher aide, Preschool Center, from special education to Title 1/8(g) at Weaver Elementary.

 

             2 .       Approval of Personnel:

 

A.         Jennifer M. Parker, speech therapist, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, replacing Gwendolyn Beckman.

B.         Jere' W.  Rushing,  teacher, Goldonna Elementary, replacing Eugenia G. Settles.

C.         Thaihevia D. Williams,  art  teacher, Natchitoches Central High School,  replacing Darlene Collins for second semester.

D.         Sybil H. Carter, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, substituting for Harriet Dala' Yates remainder of second semester.

 

Mr. Lawrence Ratliff's request for an increase in pay was taken under advisement with a recommendation to be made at the next meeting.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the Board adjourned.

 

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V.  KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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CECIL WALKER,   PRESIDENT