PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD MAY 13, 1999

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on May 13, 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., Bobby R. Thomas, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, Emile E. Metoyer, and Joella Wilson.   Absent.  None.  Mr. Wilson came in late.

 

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

 

The following teachers were recognized for having grants funded for the 1998-99 school year:   Laura Strahan, Brenda Robison, Donna Prothro, Cecil Nelson, Rhonda Flores, Sheila Simmons, Philip McClung, Lois Shields, Kat Robinson, Susan Smith, LaFern Johnson, Connie Melder, Theresa Hamilton, Gwendolyn Williams, Gloria Wilson, Betty Sykes, Francine Cook, and Ann Heard.

 

Duke University Scholars Awards were presented to Rebecca Luster, Rachael Tingle, and Jennifer Salim of NSU Middle Lab, and Sarah Downs of Natchitoches Jr. High School.

 

The Natchitoches Central High School Orchestra was honored for winning the sweepstakes trophy at the Louisiana State Large Ensemble Festival.  The orchestra earned superior ratings for performance and sight-reading.  

 

Mrs. Trudy Howell presented a report on Alternative Education and the projected cost of implementing the program.   

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of April 15, 1999.

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:   

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Sue Champion, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Chicago, Illinois, to chaperone students to FBLA National Leadership Conference, June 25-July 2, 1999, to be funded by general fund.

(2)        Margaret Garland, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Chicago, Illinois, to chaperone students to FBLA National Leadership Conference, June 25-July 2, 1999, at no cost to the Board.                           

(3)        Tony Davis & David Laborde, students, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Chicago, Illinois, to represent state at FBLA National Leadership Conference, June 25-July 2, 1999, per Board policy. 

(4)        Artelia Dunn, Margie Harris, Renee= Mayher, and Diane Mitchell, travel to Denver, Colorado, to attend the American School Food Service Conference, July 24-29, 1999, to be funded by Natchitoches Parish School Food Service Association and Natchitoches Parish Child Nutrition Program.

(5)        Larry Coody and Bethany Bradford, Natchitoches Central High School,  travel to Angel Fire, New Mexico, June 16-28, 1999, to attend the Southern Regional Vocational Agriculture Teacher Convention,  at no cost to the Board.

(6)        Rebecca Calloway, travel to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to present at the NECC Conference, June 19-28, 1999, to be funded by Challenge Grant.

 

C.         School Bus Route Changes:      

           

                        (1)        Ray Dyess, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High, additional  2. miles, cost of $73.08.

(2)        Diane Saffel, Fairview Alpha Elementary, loss of .02 miles, savings of $11.70.

(3)        Shirley Bolton, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, additional 5.8 miles for 2 days, cost of $17.38.

(4)        Phillip Howard, North Natchitoches Elementary, additional 5.8 miles, cost of  $198.07.

 

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

            E.         Advertisements: 

 

(1)        Permission to advertise for bids for floor covering (tile and carpet) and painting as needed in parish schools.

(2)        Leasing of buses as needed.

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Laura Watkins, special education teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary, effective June 2, 1999.

(2)        Gus Johnson, Jr., custodian, Maintenance and Transportation, effective April 30, 1999.

(3)        April Dans, SFS technician, Ninth Grade Center, effective April 29, 1999.

(4)        Faye Burks, secretary/bookkeeper, Natchitoches Central High School, effective May 27, 1999.

(5)        Beth McCullen, teacher, Weaver Elementary, effective June 2, 1999.

(6)        Sharon Taylor, SFS technician, Natchitoches Junior High, effective

May 10, 1999.

(7)        Justina B. Reed, special education child specific aide, Natchitoches Junior High, effective June 2, 1999.

 

G.         Retirements:  

 

(1)       Dorothy McCain, SFS technician, NSU Elementary School, effective June 2, 1999.

(2)       Wyonna R. Ladkin, SFS manager, Natchitoches Ninth Grade, effective June 2, 1999.

(3)       Inez Y. Owens, SFS manager, NSU Elementary School, effective June 2, 1999.

(4)       Dorothy West, SFS technician, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective June 2, 1999.

(5)       Willie Marie Wallace, SFS manager, Parks Elementary School, effective June 2, 1999.

(6)       Darwin Guillory, bus driver, Goldonna Elementary School, effective June 2, 1999.

(7)       Jo Ann Knighton, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective June 2, 1999.

 (8)       Roy Dupree,  principal, Goldonna Elementary School, effective July 1, 1999.

 (9)       Delores Barnhill, Title I teacher, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High, effective June 2, 1999.

(10)        James W. Anthony, Sr., bus driver, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High ,   effective  June 2, 1999.

           (11)        Shirley Fredieu, bus driver, Fairview Alpha Elementary, 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.

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the low bids meeting specifications per attached bid compilations:

 

A.         Beckley-Cardy and Virco Manufacturing Corporation for furniture for North Natchitoches Elementary School.

B.         Instructional Materials and Supplies for 1999-2000 School Session.

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

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Daniels, that the Board hereby approve the low bids meeting specifications per attached bid compilations:

 

A.         D & D Foremost Dairy for milk and dairy Products for use in the Child Nutrition Program for the 1999-2000 school year.

B.         Interstate Brand for bread and related products for use in the Child Nutrition Program for the 1999-2000 school year.

 

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

  

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Leon, that the following ad valorem tax levies recommended by the Finance Committee for 1999, that the Assessor be instructed to extend said levies, and that the Tax Collector be instructed to collect the same:

 

Constitutional Parish-Wide Tax..................................................4.65 Mills

Special Parish-Wide Tax.............................................................7.00 Mills

Consolidated School District 7 BRE...........................................6.98 Mills

Consolidated School District 8 BRE...........................................7.00 Mills

School District 9, BRE................................................................7.00 Mills

Consolidated School District 10 BRE.........................................7.00 Mills

 

BOND ISSUES

 

Consolidated School District 7 Tax Account............................27.00 Mills

Consolidated School District 8 Tax Account............................53.00 Mills

School District 9 Tax Account..................................................36.00 Mills

 

Be if further resolved that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Legislative Auditor.

 

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 Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve Change Order #4 for Weaver Elementary with A&R General Contractors for certain alterations in Corridor G104, more covered walkways between buildings, and additional work to provide climatic space for the owner's telephone equipment at a net increase of $24,653 with authorization for Board President to sign.                                              

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with majority consent the Board approved the General Fund and Child Nutrition Program Budget Revisions.

  

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Leon, that the Board hereby approve  a workshop using graphing calculators and data connection activities in math and science with presenters Cecil Nelson and Donna Prothro to be paid $50 per hour for 8 hours for a total of $800.    Participants Brenda Poynter, Aleda Rhodes, Sandra Platt, Rhonda Flores, Angela Cannon, Melissa Waters, David Elkins, Melissa Giering and Ann Cade will be paid $15 per hour for 8 hours for a total of $1,080.   Funded by Title II.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, that the Board hereby approve Starlab Workshop per attached list of presenters and participants.  Presenters to be paid $50.00 per hour with participants receiving $15 per hour. Funded by Title II and Louisiana Learn.  

 

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 Dr. Bienvenu, that the Board hereby approve JROTC instructors receiving state teacher supplement retroactive three years to be paid in a separate check issued by May 28, 1999.   

 

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. Leon, that the Board hereby approve Paulita Jones, Early Childhood teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, for 6 hours per day for 20 days (June 3- 30)  at $15 per hour for a total of $1,800 for  summer school.    Funded by Even Start.  

   

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 the following finance items:

 

A.         Dorothy Page, Early Childhood  teacher  aide, Natchitoches Central High School, for 6 hours per day for 20 days (June 3-30)  at $7.50 per hour for a total of $900 for summer school.   Funded by Even Start.       

 

B.         Angie Robinson, Infant and Toddler teacher aide, Adult Education Center, for 6 hours per day for 20 days (June 3-30)  at $7.50 per hour for a total of $900 for summer school.   Funded by Even Start.  

 

C.         Dianne Brown, Infant and Toddler teacher aide, Adult Education Center, for 6 hours per day for 20 days (June 3-30) at $7.50 per hour for a total of $900 for  summer school.  Funded by Even Start.    

 

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

 

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

 

A.         Even Start

B.         Title I        

C.         Title VI  

D.         Title VI Class Reduction (grades 1-3)                  

E.         Title IV

 

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 the following finance items:

 

A.         Contract with Herbert Baptiste, Sr. to evaluate students for the Natchitoches Parish Talent Program for a total of $350.00.  

B.         Contract with Kenneth Olson to evaluate students for the Natchitoches Parish Talent Program for a total of $262.50.       

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve summer school employees with funding sources per attached list.  

 

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 Change Order #2 for Natchitoches Central High School with Ratcliff  Construction to change Stair #6 and enclosure to an exterior stair and concrete landing, various revisions to the Hardware Schedule which basically revises several door sets to panic hardware closers and removable mullions, along with other minor corrections, add two Floor Access Panels to Building B and C, along with other minor corrections, add Safety Nosings to all riser edges at Stairs #8,#9 and#10, and various other changes to the project through this date, which includes allowing a credit of $3,970 to owner at a net increase of $5,699,715 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 Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Change Order #3 for Natchitoches Jr. High School with Westerchil Construction for a credit of a net amount of $5,872.46 with authorization for Board President to sign.   

 

Mr. John Vandersypen, Director of Business Affairs, reported on progress of construction at various school sites.

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, that the Board hereby approve payment to the following for the lease of buses:

 

A.         Charles Denham- 20 days @ $60 per day for a total of $1200.

B.         Terry Williams- 20 days @ $60 per day for a total of $1200.

C.         Johnny Possoit - 20 days @ $60 per day for a total of $1200

D.         Jacqueline Metoyer- 19 days @ $60 per day for a total of $1,140.

 

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 J. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve Sandra Moore, teacher aide, Fairview Alpha Elementary, to tutor in summer school program for 40 hours at $7.50 per hour from June 2-25, to be funded by Title I school budget.

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, that the Board hereby approve  personnel for the development of resource guides to support curriculum reform for Grades 9-12  Science--Litton Nugent, Reneva Trahant, Aleda Rhodes, Pat Beaudoin, Sandra Platt, Rhonda Flores, Cherie Brouillette, and Carol Garcia  (8  teachers at $15 per hour for  40 hours) with one presenter, Dr. Linda Roach, at $50 per hour for  6 hours.  Funded by Title II.          

 

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. Metoyer, that the Board hereby approve the Title II budget. 

 

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. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the Migrant Program personnel for summer enrichment

 

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

  

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board convened into executive session for the purpose of hearing grievances of Mrs. Martha Williams and Mrs. Crystal Mayfield regarding their children.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous approval, the Board adjourned out of executive session.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board upheld the decision of the Superintendent for expulsion.

 

On motion Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Prevention and Intervention Section of the Violence Prevention Policy. 

 

The Board adopted a joint resolution permitting Gary Holloway, owner of Signs & Banners, and other Natchitoches businesses to provide a sum of money to any student who provides information regarding another student/s carrying firearms at school.    The reward would be given to the student after the firearm is found or the child/children are found guilty of possession of a firearm.   

    

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby include in  the staffing pattern previously adopted to extend high school counselor positions to nine and one-half months.   Schools with enrollment exceeding 1500 students will have two positions available.   

     

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. Danzy, and with unanimous approval, the Board suspended the rules to add an item to the agenda.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Leon, that the Board hereby authorize Yeager, Watson, and Associates and Lloyd N. Moreau, Inc., to perform corrective work to the Lakeview High School roof as stipulated in the attached memorandum dated May 13, 1999 at no cost to the Board.

 

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

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following transfers and/or reassignments:

 

A.         Sue Rodriguez, music teacher, from Weaver Elementary to NSU Elementary,

for 1999-2000 school year, replacing Paul Tassin.     

B.         Diane Mitchell, SFS manager, from North Natchitoches Elementary, to NSU Elementary, replacing Inez Owens, effective June 2, 1999.

C.         Eleanor Prestridge, SFS manager, from Weaver Elementary to Lakeview Jr./Sr  High, replacing Cynthia Withers, effective June 2, 1999.


D.         Adlean Davis, full-time SFS technician, from Ninth Grade Center to NSU Elementary, replacing Dorothy McCain, effective June 2, 1999.

E.         Brenda Housley, full-time SFS technician, from Ninth Grade Center to Natchitoches Jr. High, replacing Dorothy West, effective June 2, 1999.

F.         Joyce Johnson, full-time SFS technician, from Ninth Grade Center to  Weaver Elementary, replacing Gloria Turner, effective June 2, 1999. 

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Quiz Bowl sponsors per attached list.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Greg Warren to replace Linda Martin at Lakeview High School as Tech Coordinator effective March 23, 1999.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. J. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board authorized the Superintendent to issue employee contracts and letters of assurance for 1999-2000 school session per attached listing.    

  

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve Madeline Valrie, Lakeview High School, Richard Watson, Ninth Grade Center and John Laborde, Natchitoches Central High School, employment for nine and one-half months.

 

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 Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the request of  Lee Arthur White to transfer from Natchitoches Central High School to Maintenance and Transportation to replace Gus Johnson, custodian, effective July 1, 1999 pending the development of a new  job description by the personnel director.    

  

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Kathy Raphiel, Title I secretary, replacing Alice Below.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Daniels, and unanimously approved, the rules were suspended to add an item to the agenda.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board granted Mrs. Brooks permission to advertise a clerk-typist position (within system only)  to replace Kathy Raphiel.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous approval, the Board convened into executive session to discuss Dr. Elwanda Murphy=s contract.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Daniels, and unanimously approved, the Board adjourned out of executive session.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board agreed to have a special-called meeting before the regular committee meeting to discuss the newly appointed superintendent's contract.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, the Board adjourned.

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  V.  KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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                                                  CECIL WALKER,   PRESIDENT