PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

 HELD MARCH 18, 1999

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on March 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, Russel E. Danzy, Emile E. Metoyer, and Joella Wilson.  Absent:   None.

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized:

          

1.         Parish Students of the Year, Lauren E. Johnson, East Natchitoches Elementary School, Robin N. Rose,  NSU Middle Lab School, and Mae E. Scott, Natchitoches Central High School, were recognized and presented plaques for their achievement.

2.         Mr. Monte Demars was recognized for the Founding of the Young Men of Excellence at the Natchitoches Junior High School.

3.         Nick Pollacia, Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce, gave a brief update on the restructuring of the chamber as it applies to education.  He gave a special thanks to the Board for the inclusion of chamber members on the various advisory committees appointed by the Board.

4.         Linda Hickman and Pat Spillman presented a report on School-Based Health Centers .

5.         Trudy Howell gave an Academic Progress Report.   Mrs. Howell stated that 81.84% of students in grades 1-8 were meeting the 77% standard in reading and 77.50% of students were meeting the 77% standard in math.  Students must reach 77% in order to pass to the next grade.

6.         W. A. Robison presented an overall technology update designating all areas of computer programs including instructional programs, responsibilities of  technology personnel, and sources of funding for each program.

7.         Alice Rachal and Rudolph Leon gave a tribute to Miss Alice Below for her many years of service to the Natchitoches Parish School System.

 

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

the following consent agenda items:         

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of February 11, 1999.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills.

 

B.         Out of State Travel:   

 

(1)        V. Kenneth Dutile, travel to San Francisco, California, April 9 - 13, 1999, to attend NSBA Conference, funded by General Fund.

(2)        Shasta Daniels, NSU Middle Lab School, travel to San Francisco, California, April 9 -13, 1999, to attend NSBA Conference, at no cost to the Board, other than substitute.   (1 personal & 2 professional)

(3)        Ace Hurley, North Natchitoches Elementary School, travel to Killeen, Texas, April 9 -12, 1999, to attend National High School Powerlifting Meet, at no cost to the Board.   (1 day of school only)

(4)        Robert J. Ralston, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Killeen, Texas, April 9-12, 1999, to attend National High School Powerlifting Meet, at no cost to the Board, other than substitute.   (1 day of school only)

(5)        Julio C. Toro, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Killeen, Texas, April 9-12, 1999, to attend National High School Powerlifting Meet, at no cost to the Board.  (1 day of school only)

(6)        Mattie Smith, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Killeen, Texas, April 9-12, 1999, to attend National High School Powerlifting Meet, at no cost to the Board, other than substitute.   (1 day of school only)

(7)        Rudolph Hennigan, Lakeview Jr. High School, travel to Addison, Texas, April 16-18, 1999, to attend Education Solutions Briefing, at no cost to the Board, other than substitute.    (1 day of school only)

(8)        Julia Hildebrand, Ralph Wilson, Joella Wilson, Carroll Daniels, and Emile Metoyer, travel to San Francisco, California, April 9-13, 1999, to attend NSBA Conference, funded by general fund.

(9)        Reneva Trahant, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Biloxi, Mississippi, April 16, 17, & 18, 1999, to attend Key Club Tri-State Conference, at no cost to the Board, other than substitute.   (1 day of school  only)

(10)       Sharon Collins, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Biloxi, Mississippi, April 16, 17, & 18, 1999, to attend Key Club Tri-State Conference, at no cost to the Board, other than substitute. (1 day of school  only)

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Shirley Bolton, Cloutierville Elem/Jr High School, additional 5.8 miles due  to flooded roads, one-time cost of $43.45.

(2)        Sharon Jennings, Preschool Center, additional 12.4 and .02 miles,  cost of  $1109.84.

(3)        Darwin Guillory, Goldonna Elementary, additional mileage for 8.5 days due to flooded roads, one-time cost of $479.82.

(4)        Loretta Grillette,  Lakeview High School, additional mileage for 5 days due to flooded roads, one-time cost of $490.73.

(5)        Alberta Conlay, Goldonna Elementary, additional mileage for 5 days due to flooded roads, one-time cost of $133.69.

(6)        Annie E. Joseph, Lakeview Jr. High, additional 5.3 miles, cost of $747.30.

(7)        Earl Arthur, Lakeview High School, additional 1 mile, cost of $102.

(8)        Robert Sheppard, Goldonna Elementary School, additional 8.7 miles for 5 days due to flooded roads, one-time cost of $65.20.

(9)        Annie Joseph, Lakeview Jr. High, loss of 4.2 miles, savings of $409.50.

 

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:

 

(1)        Permission to advertise for bids for telephone systems for schools requiring them.

(2)        Permission to advertise for bids for milk and dairy products; various small equipment, paper and cleaning supplies; processed foods and frozen foods; meats and related products; and large equipment.

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Linda T. Martin, teacher, Lakeview High School, effective March 1, 1999.

(2)        Thomas Andrew Field, teacher, Lakeview High School,   effective March 8, 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. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the low bid meeting specifications of O.S. Johnson Construction for hard-surfacing of parking lot at Goldonna Elementary School per attached bid compilation.  

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, that the Board hereby approve the low bid meeting specifications of Jefferson Roofing for roof repairs at Fairview Alpha Elementary School per attached bid compilation.  

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve the low bid meeeting specifications of ETOX-Shreveport  for various vocational equipment per attached bid compilation.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the low bid meeting specifications of Gulf Services Contracting for asbestos abatement at Natchitoches Central High, Parks Elementary, and Weaver Elementary Schools per attached bid compilation.

 

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. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the contract with Amy Rogers (computer literacy instructor) to conduct computer classes at the Adult Ed. Center for 8 weeks, 4 days, at a total cost of $1320, funded by Adult Education.

 

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. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board gave permission to renew existing contracts per bid specifications for the 1999-2000 school year for:

 

A.         Library Books (Follett for K-8 and Baker & Taylor for 9-12)

B.         Materials and Supplies Catalog  (J.L.  Hammett)

C.         Magazine Subscription Service  (EBSCO)           

D.         Student Insurance  (Student Insurance, Inc.)

E.         Fuel Purchasing System (Fuelman)

F.         Non-Hazardous Waste Disposal Service

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved transportation reimbursement (private automobile) for Lenore Garner (student) to Natchitoches Central High School for 2.3 miles one-way by driver Lester Garner.   

          

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board  approved Change Order # 3 with M. D. Descant, Inc. for Parks Elementary School to change paper towel dispensers for uniform purchasing capabilities by all new schools and to comply with Fire Marshall requirements, the concrete pads outside of doors 242 through 247 had to be revised to provide landings and ramps at all doors plus handrails at door 247 for a net increase of $9,848 with authorization for Board President to sign.

 

The Board took the following action in reference to the Summary of Recommendations for Budget Reductions as outlined by the Director of Business Affairs, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Personnel and Instruction, and the Director of Special Education.

 

1.       On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous   consent, the Board approved a hiring freeze and instructed the Superintendent to recommend transfers and reassignments.  New personnel would be hired only when certification requirements for programmatical and/or state regulations could not be met by reassigning existing parish wide staff or in emergency situations.

 

2.       On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the closing of the Natchitoches Preschool Center.  

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Daniels, that the Board hereby postpone voting on the aforementioned motion until the next board meeting in order to provide the staff of the Office of Special Education, Department of Education, an opportunity to review the to determine whether the North Natchitoches School site might be an alternative to transferring the currently enrolled students at the Preschool Center to existing classes at other elementary schools in the parish.  This would allow time for other board members to visit these two sites in the event the Office of Special Education might consider the North Natchitoches Elementary site as acceptable.

 

      VOTE ON AMENDMENT

 

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

 

   VOTE ON ORIGINAL MOTION

           

YEAS:   Walker, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, and Metoyer.       

NAYS:  Daniels, Bienvenu, Danzy, and J. Wilson.   ABSENT:   None.        (Passed)

 

3.       On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Thomas, that the Board hereby approve the closing of the Adult Education Center.  The staff would be transferred to the Martin Luther King Community Center on Martin Luther King Drive.  All satellite programs would remain active and would be funded through the Adult Education Budget.  The custodian and secretary would be assigned to schools with the greatest need or as substitutes until positions were available.  The facility would be leased to another agency. 

 

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

 

  4.       On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board tabled the recommendation to transfer staff from Ben D. Johnson Education        Center to other schools.

 

  5.       On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Leon, and with unanimous consent, the Board tabled the recommendation to implement a staffing formula. 

 

6.       On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and unanimously carried, the Board approved alloting instructional supplies through school budgets.

 

7.       On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved alloting custodial supplies through school budgets.

 

  8.       On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Bienvenu, and with a majority voice vote, the Board did not approve limiting board members attendance at national     conventions to two persons.

 

  9.       No action was taken to eliminate lease/purchase of school buses.

 

10.        No action was taken in reducing bus routes by a minimum of one.

 

11.        No action was taken in consolidating lab school bus routes into parish wide fleet; no crossing attendance line.

 

12.        No action was taken in reducing number and amounts of supplements (e.g., cheerleader, dance line, quiz bowl, band, coaches).

 

13.        On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved eliminating adult education satellite classes.  The classes would    still be available, but would be funded through adult education budget instead of general fund.

 

14.        No action was taken in exploring the privatization of janitorial services, busing, etc.

 

15.        On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved to freeze purchasing of equipment for technology until all units in the parish are operational and an evaluation of current computer use has been completed.

 

18.        On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved to reduce textbook allotments through school budgets.

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a list of committee-recommended materials for Natchitoches Parish sex education classes.

  

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a joint resolution to Senator Mike Smith and Representative Jimmy Long requesting support in having the approaching roadway on Hwy. 9  raised five feet and the bridge itself doubled in length.  

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Summer Food Service Program.    

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Daniels, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the attached joint resolution requesting members of the Natchitoches Parish Legislative Delegation to support local administration and collection of sales and use taxes.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved to continue discussion of a school-based health center with the Natchitoches Parish Hospital, to visit a center, and then come back to the Board with a recommendation.

  

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a joint resolution to be sent to Senator Smith and Representative Long to endorse Senate Bill #192 which provides for a constitutional amendment to establish the Louisiana Education Excellence Fund as a collective name for a permanent trust fund for each public school system created out of tobacco settlement money.  

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

A.         Rebecca C. Vines, teacher, Lakeview High School, replacing Linda T. Martin  for the remainder of 1998-99 school year.

B.         Freida P. Collinsworth, teacher, Lakeview Junior High School,  substituting for  Thomas Andrew Field for the remainder of 1998-99 school year.

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, that the Board hereby  approve  a $2000 pay increase for Lawrence Ratliff.  

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Daniels, that the motion be amended to include in the maintenance employee salary schedule a clause whereby an employee may request from his supervisor an increase in salary after obtaining a state  license and/or certification from an accredited vocational technical institute  in an area that is not required in his present position.  

 

                                                      VOTE ON AMENDMENT

 

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

 

                                                  VOTE ON ORIGINAL MOTION

 

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

              

On motion of Mr. Danzy, the Board adjourned.

 

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V. KENNETH  DUTILE,  SECRETARY-TREASURER

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CECIL WALKER,   PRESIDENT