PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD JUNE 10, 1999

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, June 10, 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, Secretary-Treasurer,  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 by Mr. Daniels and the Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Leon. 

 

Mrs. Rena Clark presented awards to Schools With Students Having the Highest Percentage of Attendance for 1998-99 School Session.    Schools were as follows:    Fourth Place, Fairview Alpha Elementary; Third Place, Weaver Elementary; Second Place, NSU Elementary; and First Place, NSU Middle Lab.   Schools with Perfect Attendance were as follows:    Fourth Place, Marthaville Elem./ Jr. High and North Natchitoches Elementary; Third Place, Lakeview High School; Second Place, Parks Elementary and First Place, NSU Middle Lab.   The school with the most students with perfect attendance was NSU Elementary.   K. Wilson, student, Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr. High was recognized as having perfect attendance from Grades 1-6.

                                                  

Mr. Ralph Wilson recognized Mr. Ronnie Washington for starting a Pee Wee Basketball Program for fifth and sixth graders at North Natchitoches Elementary, NSU Elementary, Parks Elementary and East Natchitoches Elementary.

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of May 13, 1999.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:   June and July

  

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

A.         Mozelle Anderson, Dorothy Baptiste, Karis Cobb, Mary R. Jones, Paulita Jones, Dorothy Page, Christine Prewitt, and Jackline Stafford, travel to San Antonio, Texas, June 3-June 6, 1999, to attend the Even Start Academy Conference.    Funded by Even Start.

 

B.         D. J. Kees, student from NSU Middle Lab, travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, June 20-22, 1999, to attend NationalJunior Beta Club Academic Competition.   Funded by general fund not to exceed $150.

 

C.         School Bus Route Changes:

           

(1)        Clifton Blake, Fairview Alpha Elementary, additional 4.2 miles, cost of $239.40.

           

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

(1)        Kevin Trichel

(2)        Yvonne Morrison

(3)        Betty Scallion

(4)        Carlo Spera, Jr.

 

            E.         Advertisements: 

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Debra Warren, special education teacher, NSU Elementary School effective June 2, 1999.

(2)        Shannon Dark, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective April 15, 1999.    

(3)        Danette Campbell, Title I nurse, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective June 2, 1999.

(4)        Judy McDonald, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective June 2, 1999.

(5)        Jennifer Parker, speech-language pathologist, Fairview Alpha Elementary, effective June 2, 1999.

(6)        JoAnn Brown, special education itinerant teacher, Lakeview Junior High, effective June 2, 1999.

(7)        Jim Collins, principal, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, effective July 1, 1999.

(8)        Kayla D. Brazzel, teacher, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, effective  June 2, 1999.

(9)         John Chamberlain, teacher, Natchitoches Jr. High School, effective June 2, 1999.

(10)         Sonya Nolley, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary, effective  June 2, 1999.

              

G.         Retirements:  

 

(1)        Isemay Kerry, 12 month janitor,  Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School,  effective July 1, 1999.

(2)        Mary Johnson, special education teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective June 2, 1999.

(3)        Gladys Revels, 11 month educational diagnostician, Central Office, effective June 21, 1999.

(4)        Sharon Spera, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./ Jr. High School, effective  June 26, 1999.

(5)        Jacqueline M. Crew, special education teacher, NSU Elementary Lab School, effective June 2, 1999.

(6)        Lavenia Box, bus driver, Ninth Grade Center, effective June 2, 1999.

(7)        Charles L. Jackson, 12 month custodian, Ninth Grade Center, July 1, 1999.

(8)        Julio C. Toro, principal, Natchitoches Central High School, effective July 1, 1999.

(9)         Harriet A. Yates, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective  June 2, 1999.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Staci Lonadier, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, leave without pay 1999-2000 school year.

(2)        Joy E. Smith, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, leave without pay 1999-2000 school year.

(3)        Marlene K. Basco, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, sabbatical leave for professional and cultural improvement, August 16, 1999 - May 31, 2000.

(4)        Mack A. Wall, Maintenance & Transportation, sabbatical leave for rest and recuperation, August 16, 1999-January 13, 2000.                     

(5)        Brenda F. Powell, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary, sabbatical leave for rest and recuperation, August 16, 1999-January 13, 2000.

 

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

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Finance Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following low bids meeting specifications per attached bid compilation:

      

A.         Aeropres Propane Gas for furnishing Liquefied Gas Service for 1999-2000.   

B.         J & J Exterminating Company for furnishing Pest Control Service for 1999-2000.   

    

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mrs. J. Wilson, and with majority disapproval, the Board did not approve paying V. Kenneth Dutile for twenty-five vacation days due to the fact it was not stipulated in his contract.   

    

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the contract with George F. Horne, consultant, Pupil Transportation Safety Institute, Inc., to provide pre-service training for school bus driver trainees on June 28-30, 1999, for a total cost of $1,535.  Funded by general fund.      

 

Mr. John Vandersypen reported on the allocation of funds from National Forest Distribution.       

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous approval, the Board renewed the self-insured worker's compensation program with Midwest Employers Casualty Company and Aon Risk Services, Inc. of Louisiana for the period 7-1-99 to 7-1-2002.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. J. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved revisions to the General Fund and Child Nutrition Program Budgets.

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby give Mr. Lawrence Ratliff a $3,191 pay increase for certification to monitor air condition and heating equipment on the computer.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. J. Wilson, that the motion be amended for the salary schedule to be changed for a net increase on the particular group of maintenance personnel being discussed and not one individual. The amount of the increase would be the same as given to the individual previously, not from top to bottom. 

 

Mr. Leon withdrew his motion.

 

                                              VOTE ON AMENDED MOTION

 

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

 

On motion Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the  Science Assessment & Standards Workshop for the following  participants:   Margaret Hall, Susan Hargis, Angela Johnson, Margie Machen,  Pat Beaudion,  Reneva Trahant, Carol Garcia, Rhonda Flores, Aleda Rhodes, Sandra Platt, Jodi Lloyd, Desiree Brieden, Penny Killingsworth, and Kevin Warner   (15 teachers at $15 per hour for 24 hours).   Total cost is $5,400.  Funded by Title II.  Presenters Margaret Hall and Jodi Lloyd are to be paid $50 per hour not to exceed 20 hours.  Funded by Title II.    

    

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Shannon Etheredge, after school tutoring at Fairview Alpha Elementary for 5 hours per day for 18 days at $15 per hour for a total of $1,350 to be paid from Fairview Alpha Elementary Title 1 Schoolwide Funds.   

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Yvonne Jones to work as school nurse for the summer program for 5 hours per day at $15.00 per hour for 7 days.   The total cost would be $525 to be paid out of general fund.    

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved ESYP summer school employees per attached list.  Funded by ESYP and IDEA.       

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved payment to the following for lease of buses:

 

A.         Terry Williams-19 days @ $60 per day for a total of $1,140.

B.         Johnny Possoit-19 days @ $60 per day for a total of $1,140.

C.         Charles Denham-19 days @ $60 per day for a total of $1,140.

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

  

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved stipends for Social Studies Curriculum Committee to complete work on Natchitoches Parish K-12 Social Studies Curriculum: 16 teachers @ $15 per hour for a maximum of 50 hours.     Funded by Louisiana Learn.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. J. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the Reading Success Network Program for 13 participants for 18 hours at $15 per hour for a total of $3,510. Funded by Title II.   Participants include: Carmella Sawyer, Margaret Hall,  Susan Hargis, Christy Schutz, Angela Johnson, Kendria Sanders, Francis Hargis, Jodi Shirley, Claudine Madison, Christy Lacy, Betty Briggs, Laura McClain,  and Sue Spears.

 

 On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the ordering and calling of a special election for a maintenance tax to be held in Consolidated School District #10 of the Parish of Natchitoches, Louisiana, for 27 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. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a resolution ordering and calling a special election to be held in Consolidated School District No. 6 of the Parish of Natchitoches, Louisiana, to authorize the levy of a special tax therein, making application to the State Bond Commission in connection therewith and providing for other matters in connection therewith with authorization for Board President to sign.                       

   

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the additions and/or corrections in personnel for summer school per attached list.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved contracts for infant/toddler evaluations with Gladys Mallard, Beverly Giering, Emilyn Horton, Suwattana Phatanasophone, and Linda Lee.   Assessments will be conducted for four days at a $15 per hour, not to exceed 16 hours.  Funded by IDEA.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved contracts for bus drivers and bus aides for ESYP, 1999.  Funded by ESYP and IDEA. 

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the contract with Eugene Christmas for physical therapy services for ESYP 1999 and compensatory services at $50 per hour not to exceed 20 hours per week.  Funded by ESYP and IDEA.

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, that the Board convene into executive session at the request of Gerald Hooper regarding the status of his daughter at Natchitoches Junior High School.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and unanimously carried, the Board convened out of Executive Session.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Leon, and with unanimous consent, the Board accepted the request of Mr. Hooper as presented with the conditions offered.

  

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Leon, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the piloting of a day care program for teachers and staff on the campus of Fairview Alpha Elementary.   The program would start in the fall provided that NSU agreed to meet the educational needs and verify that there are no legal problems involved with Northwestern State University assisting with the plan.

   

Mrs. Cynthia Winston and Ms. Susie Brooks reported on the placement of students from the Preschool Center to other schools.

 

Mrs. Rena Clark stated that an alternative school for expelled students would be in place for the 1999-2000 school year.  Mrs. Hildebrand asked that the central office staff report back at the July meeting with cost of staff, location, and other pertinent information pertaining to the establishment of a school.

   

Mr. Gregory Mills, Field Representative of LA Association of Educators, stated that a seven per cent increase in pay is still being requested by LAE.

    

Mrs. Scottie Rodgers reported that each school will have a crises management program plan by the start of the 1999-2000 school year.                

 

Mr. Jerry Wester, Natchitoches Parish Principals= Association, addressed the Board on behalf of the principals concerning a pay increase.   The Board set up a meeting with principals to discuss salary issues on Thursday, June 17, 1999.                  

 

Mr. Dan Barker expressed his concern with the selection of the principal at Natchitoches Central High School.  He requested that parents be allowed to serve in an advisory capacity to the superintendent in the decision making process.

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

Transfers and/or Reassignments:

 

A.         Paula R. Ammons, teacher, from Preschool Center to Provencal  Elem./Jr. High, new position.     

B.         Linda Barker, teacher, from Preschool Center to North Natchitoches Elementary.

C.        Barbara Laborde, teacher, from Preschool Center to North Natchitoches Elementary

D.         Linda D. Lee, teacher, from Preschool Center to Marthaville Elem./Jr. High replacing Delores Barnhill, Title l teacher.

E.         Beverly Harrell, teacher, from Preschool Center to Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High replacing Linda Howard.

F.         Mary Dranguet, teacher, from Preschool Center to Adult Education Center, replacing Elizabeth Barnes.

G.         Emilyn M. Horton, teacher, from Preschool Center to Adult Education Center.

H.         Suwattana Phatanasophone, teacher, from Preschool Center to Adult Education Center.

I.          Linda Bass, teacher, from Preschool Center to Weaver Elementary.

J.          Angela Mayeaux, teacher, from Preschool Center to Weaver Elementary replacing Terri Cunningham.

K.         Sue Hortman, principal, from Preschool Center to Marthaville Elem./Jr. High replacing Billy James Collins, Jr.

L.         Patricia McKnight, secretary, Preschool Center to Natchitoches Junior High.

M.        Reuben Braden, 12-month custodian, from Preschool Center to Ninth Grade Center replacing Charles Lee Jackson.

N.         Randall T. Warren, principal, from Lakeview Junior High to Goldonna Elementary replacing Roy S. Dupree.

O.         Ziporah D. Evans, teacher, from Lakeview High School to Ninth Grade Center replacing Joan S. Williams.

P.         Vernissia Johnson, part-time custodian, from Preschool Center to the Adult Education Center.

 

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

           

On motion of Mrs. J. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following transfers:

 

(1)        Patricia Monette to Adult Education Center.

(2)        Mary Rachal to Provencal Elem./Jr. High.

(3)        Glenda Johnson to Parks Elementary.

(4)        Cheryl Dixon to North Natchitoches Elementary.

(5)        Eva Paige to North Natchitoches Elementary.

(6)        Rose Hill to Adult Education Center.

(7)        Patricia Williams to Adult Education Center.

(8)        Jackie Smith to Weaver Elementary.

(9)        Cynthia Qualls to Fairview Alpha Elementary.    

          (10)         Beverly Shields to North Natchitoches Elementary.

                      (11)         Connie Lincoln to Natchitoches Central High.                

           

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

 

A.         Rita Breedlove, teacher, Title 1, Weaver Elementary.

B.         Judy Boudreaux, teacher aide, Title 1, Weaver Elementary.

C.          Debra L. Armstrong, from 9-month to 12-month custodian, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School.

D.          Tracy C. Jackson, teacher, from Preschool Center to Parks Elementary replacing Ashley Crew.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. J. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following personnel agenda items:

 

            A.         Misty D. LaCour, teacher, Weaver Elementary replacing Sue Rodriguez.

B.         Jackie Lawson, SFS manager, Parks Elementary, replacing Marie Wallace.

C.         Verna Rachal, SFS manager, North Natchitoches Elementary, replacing Diane Mitchell.

D.         Millie Savell, SFS manager, Weaver Elementary, replacing Eleanor Prestridge.

E.         Matthew D. Slate, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Jo Ann  Knighton.

F.         Terri E. Cunningham, teacher, Weaver Elementary, replacing Elizabeth H. McCullen.

            G.         Yvonne Morrison, bus driver, Goldonna Elementary.

            H.         Betty Scallion, bus driver, Goldonna Elementary.

            I.          Carlo Spera, Jr., bus driver, Fairview Alpha Elementary.

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following SAT Chairpersons:

 

A.         Rodney Irchirl, Parks Elementary School; SAT chairmanship began on 11-12-1998.

B.         Pansy Morgan, NSU Elementary Lab School, 1998-99.

C.         Patricia Gresham, NSU Middle Lab School, 1998-99.

D.         Linda Bass, Natchitoches Preschool Center, 1998-99.    

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Amy Corley to replace Kathy Raphiel.  The transfer is a lateral transfer from one program to another at the same rate of pay.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved two-year performance contracts for:

 

            A.         Susie M. Brooks

            B.         Thurman J. Baptiste

C.         Rene' S. Mayher

D.         Gwendolyn A. Hardison

E.         Melanie McCain

F.         Mary Montgomery

G.         Randall T. Warren

H.         James David Clark

I.          Michael Neklutin

J.          Don A. Mims, Jr.

K.         Ruth A. Kay

L.         Faye Vandersypen

M.        Elizabeth Arthur  

N.         Rena Clark

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, the Board adjourned.

 

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       V.  KENNETH DUTILE, SECRETARY- TREASURER

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                              CECIL WALKER,   PRESIDENT