PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON NOVEMBER 11, 1999

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on November 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 Mrs. Wilkerson and Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Daniels.

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports the Board recognized:

 

1.         Louisiana All State Orchestra and Band Members as presented by Mrs. Cynthia Johnson-Winston.

2.         The Creation of a Soccer Team for Girls at Natchitoches Central High School as requested by Mrs. Storrs.         

            3.         Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting by Mr. Frankie R. Jackson.  

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, offered the following as a joint resolution of the Board:

 

That employees will receive payroll checks on November 19, 1999, sales tax checks on December 10, 1999, (if at all possible) and payroll checks on December 17, 1999.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following consent agenda items:

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of October 14, 1999.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:   

B.         Out-of-State Travel:

 

(1)        Rena T. Clark, travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, February 6-9, 2000, to attend America=s At-Risk Youth National Forum.  Funded by generalfund.

 

            C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Fred Bolton, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High   extra 4.2 miles for three days, cost of $18.90.

(2)        Dea Martin, Natchitoches Central High School, loss of .9 miles, savings of $203.11.

(3)        Julia Matthews, NSU Elementary, additional .3 miles, cost of $66.66.

(4)        Diane Saffel, Fairview Alpha Elementary, additional .5 miles, cost of $107.85.

(5)        Leonard Parker, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High, additional 3.5 miles, cost of $797.70.

(6)        Edward N. Conlay, Goldonna Elementary, additional 4 miles, cost of $791.16.

(7)        Pat Hall, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High, additional 1.1 miles, cost of $240.78.

 

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:  

 

1.         Permission to advertise for bids for fiscal agent banking services.

 

 4.        PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Rebecca A. Callaway, technology networking and staff development lead teacher, effective October 14, 1999.

                        (2)        Dewayne Vines, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High  School, effective November 1, 1999.

(3)        Susan Manuel, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective November 1, 1999.

(4)        Agnes W. Wafer, special education teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective November 19, 1999.

(5)        Angela Bundrick, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective November 19, 1999.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Bernice Dans, Title I aide, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, effective December 17, 1999.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

A.         Amy W. Howell, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, leave without pay, January 13, 2000 - May 31, 2000.            

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Finance, Facilities, Services and Insurance Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and unanimously approved, the Board accepted the Student Activity Fund Audit for FY 1998-99 from Johnson, Thomas, & Cunningham, Certified Public Accountants.     

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board   approved Change Order #6 with M. D. Descant, Inc., for Parks Elementary School to relocate gas service from meter to newly installed line feeding boiler room and install 140' or 3/4" water line to connect hot water heaters in Building F for a net increase of $1,818 with authorization for the Board President to sign.  

   

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Kevin Warner to purchase a Board owned bus under the lease purchase agreement with the value of the bus determined to be $37,500 by original vendor.

           

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Kenneth Trahant and Ty Melton to teach driver's education classes at Lakeview High School from November 1- December 3, 1999.   All classes are scheduled from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. with funding for salaries, car rentals, fuel and maintenance of the vehicles coming from fees assessed to the students.           

 

The Board received the Impact and Financial Report prepared by Midwest Employees Casualty Company.     

  

 Mr. Vandersypen reported on funds generated through budget reduction expenditures.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved JoAnn Hamric to conduct a Shurley English Method Workshop at Fairview Alpha Elementary on November 11, 1999 for 4.5 hours for $300 (plus travel and meals).  Funded by Title I Schoolwide Budget if LA Learn is not approved.

                       

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs.  Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved  stipends to Fairview Alpha Elementary teachers to attend a Shurley Method Workshop on November 11, 1999 at $20 per hour for 1.5 hours.  Funded by Title I Schoolwide Budget if LA Learn Grant is not approved.    

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved  transportation reimbursement (private automobile) for Cody Johnson  (student) to Fairview Alpha Elementary School for 12  miles one-way by Tanya Palmer   (driver). 

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved an amendment to the intergovernmental agreement between the City of Natchitoches and the Natchitoches Parish School Board for the acquisition of Portable Building P63 at North Natchitoches Elementary by the city and authorize the Board President to sign the document.    

 

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

 

1.        Billy Dans as an alternate teacher/monitor for detention on an as needed basis at Marthaville Elementary/Junior High School.  Funded by Title I.              

2.         Nelda Liles and Shelly Wright for Saturday detention at Provencal Elementary.  Funded by Title I.    

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved low bids meeting specifications for processed foods and supplies, frozen foods and supplies, and meats and related products for use in the Child Nutrition Program during the period beginning December 1, 1999, and ending February 29, 2000, per attached bid compilation.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board suspended the rules to add an item to the finance agenda.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved to advertise for bids for the sale/lease of the Preschool Center.

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved:

 

1.         Canvassing  the returns and declaring the result of the special election held in Consolidated School District No.6 of the Parish of Natchitoches, Louisiana, on Saturday, October 23, 1999, to authorize the levy of a special tax therein.

 

2.         Canvassing the returns and declaring the result of the special election held in Consolidated School District No. 10 of the Parish of Natchitoches, Louisiana, on Saturday, October 23, 1999, to authorize the levy of  a special tax therein.

 

Mr. Vandersypen presented a report on Energy Consumption Comparison by Location.    

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved revisions to the Pupil Progression Plan for 1999-2000 with authorization for Board President and Superintendent Murphy to sign the proper documents.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved requesting grant funds from Representative Long and Senator Smith in the amount of $15,000 to repair the ball park at Goldonna Elementary School.    

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous approval, the Board convened into executive session to discuss the request of a parent.  

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned out of executive session.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board upheld the decision of the principal and superintendent with the stipulation that at mid-term the student may write a letter of appeal to Dr. Murphy.  At the same time the student must present a letter of recommendation from the administrator of the alternative program.  Dr. Murphy will then convene a meeting with the principal and Mrs. Clark to consider allowing the student to re-enter school by the means of a contract.  

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board   approved Kevin Warner as bus driver for Provencal Elem./Jr. High.             

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Traci Tynes, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High,  to replace John Avant for remainder of school year effective November 1, 1999.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Melvina Braxton, SFS technician, Weaver Elementary, replacing Shirley Neal.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Martha Coatney, part-time SFS technician, NSU Elementary, replacing Tonya Holden.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Mary Bonier, Donna Masson, and Odell Cobb to teach satellite classes for Adult Education.

 

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

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                                             ELWANDA MURPHY,   SECRETARY-TREASURER

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                                             CECIL WALKER,   PRESIDENT