PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD APRIL 15, 1999

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on April 15, 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.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board adjourned into executive session.

 

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board appointed Dr. Elwanda Murphy as Superintendent of Schools for Natchitoches Parish effective July 1, 1999, and that the Board President be authorized to enter into a two year contract with Dr. Murphy.  Mrs. Hildebrand requested that the motion be recorded as a joint resolution of the Board.

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized :

           

1.         Professional Secretaries' Day on April 21, 1999 presented by Ralph Wilson.

            2.         Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7)  presented by Susie Brooks.    

3.         Power Lifting State and National Award Winners were presented to the Board by Coach Bob Ralston.

4.         Marilyn Wood addressed the Board voicing her concerns regarding the Budget Reduction Committee.  

    

Under New Business the Board recognized:

 

1.         Mr. Ben  D. Johnson expressed his apprehension at the possibility of the transfer of the teacher/coordinator and teacher aide to other  facilities.

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of March 18, 1999.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills.

B.         Out-of-State Travel:  

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Susan Jordan, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, additional 1.5 miles, cost of $117.32.

(2)        Billie Settle, Natchitoches Central High School, additional 4.4 miles, cost of $362.68.*

(3)        Susan Jordan, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, additional 1.5 miles, cost of $89.60.*

 

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

(1)        Julia Matthews

(2)        Sherry Carney

E.         Advertisements:

 

(1)        Permission to advertise for bids for:

 

a.         School Activity Fund Audits

b.         School Board Compliance Audits

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Wayne H. Hill, LT. Col., USAF, ROTC, Lakeview High School, effective June 30, 1999.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Lillie Custis, custodian,  Lakeview Jr. High School,  effective June 2, 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.

 

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.        

 

16.        On motion of Mr. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved that all departments should be instructed to reduce spending for materials and supplies. 

 

17.        No action was taken in reducing or eliminating Board member pay.  The Board would reconsider taking action in July 2002.

 

19.        On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and unanimously carried, the Board instructed the Superintendent to contact the city and Sheriff's department requesting a reduction and/or elimination of cost for security personnel at schools.

 

20.        No action was taken in reducing drug testing of athletes to random testing.

 

21.        No action was taken to eliminate coffee in Central Office.

 

22.        No action was taken to reduce bus pick-up to one mile parish wide.

 

23.        No action was taken to eliminate school bus drivers= liability insurance.

 

5.       On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved to implement the staffing formula with the  provision that staffing patterns in parish high schools will take into consideration the need to offer all courses that provide opportunities for students to work toward attaining entry into any Louisiana state college or university and/or attaining recognition through the Louisiana State Regents Scholar Program, Louisiana State Honors Curriculum Program and the Louisiana State Tuition Opportunity for Students Program (TOPS scholarships).  Consideration will also be given to school needs in regard to meeting mandates for teacher certification required by Bulletins 741 and 746.  

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Leon, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the ordering and calling of a special election for the renewal of a maintenance tax to be held in Consolidated School District #6 of the Parish of Natchitoches, Louisiana, for seven mills on all property subject to taxation within the district for a period of ten years.  The purpose of the tax is to give additional aid and support to the public elementary and secondary schools in the District by providing funds for construction, repairs, purchase of equipment and/or supplies and additional improvements with authorization for Board President to sign.

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Chad Barnhill, a student at Natchitoches Central High School, for out-of-state travel to attend National Woodwind Ensemble, May 24-30, 1999, in New York City, to be funded by general fund not to exceed $150.   

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, that the Board hereby approve permission to renew property and casualty insurance contract with North American Group for 1999-2000.    

 

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 Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby renew the Annual National Affiliate Membership dues for the Board to the National School Boards Association in the amount of $3,400.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the Migrant Education Program Budget in the amount of $197,563.

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.         (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Mozelle Anderson to provide technical assistance in the area of evaluation as needed by the Natchitoches Even Start Project during May and June 1999, at $50.00 per hour for 36 hours for a total amount of $1,800, plus an additional $200.88 for travel.  Funded by the Even Start Family Literacy Grant.  

 

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

 

A.         Nora Lee and Nakiesha Raphiel to provide child care for the Parish-wide Parental Involvement Workshop at North Natchitoches Elementary on Saturday, April 17, 1999, from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at $7.50 per hour for 5 hours at $37.50 per person for a  total of $75.00. 

B.         John Brown to be responsible for the physical care of the building at North Natchitoches Elementary for the Parish-wide Parental Involvement Workshop on Saturday, April 17, 1999, from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at $7.50 per hour for 6 hours for a total of $45.00.

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved transportation for reimbursement (private automobile) for Nicholas Triggs (student) to Parks Elementary for 1.4 miles one-way by driver Stephanie Triggs.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Leon, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved contract with Dr. L. M. Warshaw, Jr.,  to conduct laryngeal examinations (voice clinic) at $75.00 per hour, not to exceed $300.00.  Funded by IDEA, Part B.

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board  authorized Superintendent Dutile to send a letter in support of  Sabbatical Leave for Rest and Recuperation and Extended Sick Leave for teachers to Representative Jimmy Long and Senator Mike Smith.

   

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the  request of  Powell Sawmill for a private drive, for personal use, through 16th Section land owned by the Natchitoches Parish School Board in the Marthaville area, subject to the following conditions with authorization for Board President to sign the necessary legal documents:

 

            A.    The drive shall be a maximum of thirty feet in width.

B.     Powell Sawmill shall be responsible for construction and maintenance of the drive.

C.    Powell Sawmill shall provide the Board with an accurate property description upon completion of the construction.  

 

On motion of Mrs. J. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the 1999-2000 school calendar with the two day Mardi Gras vacation.

 

Dr. Elwanda Murphy presented a report to the Board explaining the salaries of teachers employed at the NSU Elementary and NSU Middle Lab schools.

 

Mr. John Vandersypen presented a  report on States Employees Group Benefits Program schedule of projected rate increases on July 1, 1999.  

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board  accepted  the recommendation of the Citizen Advisory Committee that the Board appoint a Standing Committee (similar to the CAC) to provide feedback on the public view of our school system, while offering opinions and suggestions that would be helpful for the Board to consider.     

 

Mr. Bob Thomas and Superintendent Kenneth Dutile reported on the status of the roof problems at Lakeview Jr./High School. 

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve  the summer school program (Grades K-8, regular education) with thirty teachers to be paid from the general fund in the amount of $47,769.75 and grant Mrs. Howell permission to advertise for staff.

 

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

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved to advertise for the Title I secretary position in-house.

              

On motion of Mr. Daniels, the Board adjourned.

 

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V. KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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CECIL WALKER,   PRESIDENT