PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON OCTOBER 14, 1999

                     

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on October 14, 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 Elwanda Murphy, 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. Leon and Pledge of Allegiance by Mrs. Hildebrand.

                           

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports the Board recognized:

 

1.         Mrs. Judy Milam at Parks Elementary as a Distinguished Educator for Natchitoches Parish.

2.         Principals presenting school goals for the 1999-2000 school year.

                        

Under Old Business Dr. Murphy reported on the following:

           

1.         Citizen Advisory Committee  

            2.         Teacher/Support Personnel Relations Committee

            3.         Tabulation of Faculty Survey Data

 

Dr. Bienvenu and Mr. Leon requested that principals give periodic reports to the Board on accomplishment of school goals.   

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of September 9, 1999.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:   

B.         Out-of-State Travel:

 

(1)        W. A. Robison and Brenda Robison, travel to Europe, November 17- 27, 1999, to supervise students for Foreign Studies Elective. (Total of three work days).                     

(2)        LaFern D. Johnson, travel to Europe, November 17-27, 1999, to supervise students for Foreign Studies Elective.   (Two personal days and one professional leave day.)     

(3)        Gwendolyn A. Hardison, travel to Spokane, Washington, November 10-14, 1999, to attend the National Coalition of Title I/Chapter I Conference.

(4)        Christine Prewitt, Karis Cobb, and Mary Jones, Even Start teachers and Even Start parent advocate, to attend the 9th Annual National Conference on Family Literacy in Orlando, Florida, January 21- 28, 2000.  Funded by Even Start.

(5)        Alice M. Rachal, travel to Orlando, Florida, January 21-28, 2000, to attend the 9th Annual Conference on Family Literacy.  Funded by Title I. (Mrs. Rachal did not attend the 1999  Regional Conference on Improving America's Schools that was approved at the August meeting.)

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Fred Bolton, extra 4.2 miles for nine days, cost of $56.70.

(2)        Lynn LaCaze, North Natchitoches Elementary, additional 2.7 miles, cost of $499.93.

(3)        Wallace LaCaze, North Natchitoches Elementary, additional 10.2 miles, cost of $1,861.90.

(4)        Mary Dyess, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High, loss of 12.8 miles, savings of $3,012.66.

(5)        Susan Jordan,   Provencal Elem./Jr. High, additional 5.5 miles, cost of  $1,202.79.

 

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

            E.         General Fund Budget Revision

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Tambatha D. Treidel, teacher, Lakeview Jr./ Sr. High School, effective  9-29-99.

(2)        Connie Dee Boyt, teacher aide, Weaver Elementary School, effective 10-1-99.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

A.         John L. Avant, Jr., teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, sabbatical  leave for rest and recuperation, November 1, 1999 -May 31, 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, Facilities, Services and Insurance Report.

 

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

   

1.         Change Order #5 with M. D. Descant, Inc., for Parks Elementary School to paint all doors and jambs in Building E for a net increase of $2,622.00 with authorization for the Board President to sign.

 2.         Change Order #7 with Ratcliff Construction for Natchitoches Central High School to install solid square ducts from the air conditioner units to the return air grill enabling the  units to cool down to a suitable return air temperature for a net increase of $2,055.00 with authorization for Board President to sign.         

3.         Change Order #8 with Ratcliff Construction for Natchitoches Central High School to install five additional vapor proof light fixtures for a net increase of $1,104.00 with authorization for Board President to sign. 

4.         Change Order #9 with Westerchil Construction for North Natchitoches Elementary School to do additional fire separation work as required by the Fire Marshal's Inspection on August 11, 1999 for a net increase of $13, 772.07 with authorization for Board President to sign.

5.         Change Order #9 with Ratcliff Construction for Natchitoches Central High School for fire alarm revisions and deletion of part of the interior signage package resulting in a credit of $1,383. 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 Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved transportation reimbursement (private automobile) for G. Lawrence Prince, Jr., (student) to North Natchitoches Elementary School for 27.5 miles one-way by  Karen Prince  (driver).   

  

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved payment of the National School Board Association affiliation dues in the amount of $3,400.00.

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following finance items:

 

1.         Felicia Lawson and Steven Celestine for after-school tutoring at Parks Elementary for no more than 5 hours per week @ $20.00 per hour. Funded by Title I Schoolwide Budget.

 

2.         Betty Gostern, paraprofessional, for after-school detention program at Parks Elementary for no more than 5 hours per week @ $7.50 per hour. Funded by Title I Schoolwide Budget.                  

  

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved:

 

1.         Cindy Baptiste as Professional Development Facilitator for Natchitoches Junior High School at $700. for the year.  Funded by Title II.

2.         Debbie McBride to replace Lisa Bostick as Professional Development Facilitator for NSU Elementary Lab at $700. for the year.    Funded by Title II.     

3.         The Aspiring Leaders Academy Grant in the amount of $30,000 awarded through 8(g) funds to a consortium consisting of Natchitoches, Rapides, Winn, and Avoyelles Parishes.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board unanimously approved  Teresa Clayborn and Penny Bolton for after-school tutoring for Fairview Alpha Elementary at $20 per hour for approximately 18 weeks not to exceed  $2000.  Funded by Title I Schoolwide Budget.  Ceil Sullivan and Anita Stiles are to be substitutes.

 

Mr. Vandersypen submitted a detailed report of all funds generated through budget reduction expenditures.  

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board authorized an appraisal of the Preschool Building on Martin Luther King Drive. 

                         

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Hammonds and Sills as general counsel for the Board in the absence of Rick Harrington per attached resolution.   

 

Dr. Murphy presented an update on October 1 MFP count and reported on contract service funding and unemployment/workers' compensation audit.

    

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Policy Governing Exchange Students per attached policy.

   

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve paying travel expenses through purchase orders.

 

After considerable discussion, Mr. Leon withdrew his motion.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby make an exception to the travel policy (one-time only) and allow personnel to submit  purchase orders and direct billing for a group of teachers to attend an early childhood conference in New Orleans.

 

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

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

   

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following transfers and or reassignments:

  

A.         Lillian Clark, special education teacher aide to kindergarten aide, from Provencal Elem./Jr. High to Weaver Elementary.

B.         Gladys Rogers, teacher aide, from Adult Education Center to Natchitoches Junior High, Title I funding.

C.         Jerry Dawson, teacher, replacing Virginia Dennis, Title 6 funding (Class reduction.)

D.         Virginia Dennis, teacher, replacing Jerry Dawson, general fund.

E.         Tami Litton, school food service technician, transferring from Fairview Alpha Elementary to Lakeview High School, replacing Cathy Dortlon.

F.         Adlean Davis, full-time school food service technician, transferring from NSU Elementary to Natchitoches Junior High, replacing Essie Triggs.

G.        Tonya Holden, part-time school food service technician, NSU Elementary, to full-time school food service technician, NSU Elementary, replacing Adlean Davis.

  

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following personnel:

 

A.         Connie M. Brister, kindergarten aide, Provencal Elem./Jr. High, replacing Anita Powell.

B.         Erica E. Anderson, Title I school nurse, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Danette Campbell.

C.         Marilyn Vascocu, teacher aide, Provencal Elem./Jr. High, replacing Lillian Clark.

D.         Cynthia C. Crow, Title I teacher aide, Fairview Alpha Elementary, new position due to increased enrollment.

E.         Michael O'Keith Foster, bus attendant, North Natchitoches Elementary, replacing Ethel Telsee.

F.         Marilyn H. Pinkston, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, replacing Tambatha Treidel.

G.         Mary Gladney, Goldonna Elementary School, new position due to increased enrollment in fifth grade.

 

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

 

A.         John Simon, Coordinator at Natchitoches Junior High School.

B.         Doris Hullaby, Coordinator of Ben D. Johnson Alternative School.

C.         Yvonne Jones, School Nurse Coordinator.         

            D.         Steven Celestine, Discipline Coordinator at Parks Elementary

            E.         Becky Ham, Coordinator at Fairview Alpha.

            F.         Jackie Arthur, Coordinator at Weaver Elementary.

            G.         Louvenia Roberson, Supervisor of Adult Education.

            H.         Nelda Liles, Coordinator at Provencal Elem./ Jr. High.     

            I.          Shirley Bush as sponsor for the Pep-Squad at Lakeview High School.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Thomas, the Board adjourned.

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                                            ELWANDA   MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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                                            CECIL WALKER, PRESIDENT