PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON DECEMBER 9, 1999

                  

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on December 9, 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., Bobby R. Thomas, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, Emile E. Metoyer, and Joella Wilson.    Mr. Wilson came in late.   Absent:  None.

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports:

 

1.         Rick Harrington thanked the Board for allowing him to be the legal representative for them the past 17 years.

2.         Scotti Rodgers reported on Communities That Care Survey.      

3.         Gwen Hardison presented highlights on the National Title 1 Conference.     

4.         Trudy Howell gave an Accountability Update on Student Achievement in Grades 4 and 8. 

5.         Dr. Murphy presented a report on the Redirection Center and Sales Tax Distribution.

 

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

 

1.         Adoption of Agenda.

            2.         Approval of Minutes of November 11, 1999.

 

            3.         FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:  

B.         Out-of-State Travel:

 

(1)        Ramona Cason, principal, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, travel to Nashville, Tennessee, February 8-11, 2000, to attend the National School Renaissance Conference.  Funded by Title 1 and School Budget.

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Faye Vandersypen, principal, Weaver Elementary School, effective January 12, 2000.

 

G.         Retirements:  

 

(1)        Patsy Longlois, Supervisor of Finance, Central Office, effective December 18, 1999.

(2)        Bennett E. Pratt, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective January 13, 2000.

(3)        Floria D. Byrd, secretary, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective December 21, 1999.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

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 Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved transportation reimbursement (private automobile) for Nicholas Triggs (student) to North Natchitoches Elementary for 1.4 miles one-way by Stephanie Triggs (driver).         

  

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Mr. Vandersypen to proceed in obtaining a method for insuring  vacant buildings in  amount to cover demolition.     

  

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Impact and Financial Report prepared by Midwest Employees Casualty Company.    

  

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously approved Velvetha Mcshan as a computer aide for the Adult Education Center at $5.15 per hour until the end of the school session or until money is exhausted.  To be funded by Adult Education Budget.     

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Certificate of Substantial Completion for Natchitoches Central High School for work done by Ratcliff Construction Company, Inc. as certified by Newman Partnership Incorporated, and authorize president to sign.    The date of the Substantial Completion is established as November 18, 1999.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Change Order #4 with Westerchil Construction for Natchitoches Junior High School to repair damages to a bathroom due to vandalism for a net increase of $574.64 with authorization for Board President to sign.   

  

The item regarding a supplement for bus drivers due to an increase in fuel prices was tabled for further research.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a grant and budget for Parks Elementary to participate in  a Comprehensive School  Reform Demonstration Program for 1999-2000 in the amount of $50, 157.00.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, the Board unanimously approved a Certificate of Substantial Completion for Natchitoches Junior High School for work completed on Change Order #1, #2, and #4, minus Change Order #3 by Westerchil Construction as certified by Yeager, Watson and Associates, and authorize president to sign.    The date of Substantial Completion is established as November 29. 1999.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Change Order # 10 with Westerchil Construction for North Natchitoches Elementary School to provide for 6 additional intercom stations for a net increase of $756.00 with authorization for Board President to sign.      

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the budget for Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities in the amount of $80,204.00 for 1999-2000 school year.    

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Board calendar for 2000.  

 

Dr. Murphy summarized grants and amounts for Natchitoches Parish for 1999 and discussed the action plan for year 2000.

  

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and unanimously carried, the Board approved that directors and supervisors continue to study ways to reduce expenditures.               

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

            1.          Transfers and/or Reassignments:

 

A.         Martha L. Dowden, part-time kindergarten aide to full-time, NSU Elementary Lab School.

B.         Kathy Prothro, K-3 aide to Title 1 aide, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Bernice Dans.

           

            2.         Approval of Personnel:

 

A.         Leslie L. Sinclair, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, substituting for Matthew J. Keppinger, 2nd semester of 1999-2000.                             

B.         Eddie Sue Breedlove, teacher, Weaver Elementary, replacing Angela J. Bundrick.

C.         Chad Michael Curole, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Ernest W. Self.

D.         Linda Sue McGaskey, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Agnes W. Wafer.      

                        E.         Anita Powell, K-3 aide, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Kathy Prothro.

 

3.         Herbert Baptiste, Jr., child specific paraprofessional, NSU Elementary, from 7:50 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday-Friday for the remainder of the 1999-2000 school year, only to address specific special needs of a disabled student.

 

4.         Justina Reed, special education teacher, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday-Friday for remainder of the 1999-2000 school year.  This is a new position due to increase in enrollment.   

 

5.         Transfer and/or reassignment of Susan Richardson, teacher, from East Natchitoches Elementary to Weaver Elementary replacing Amy W. Howell for the 2nd semester of 1999-2000.

 

Mr. Charles Whitehead, attorney for Mrs. Cheryl Warner, elected to have an open session to appeal the expulsion of Megan Warner for a period of one calendar year.

 

After the appeal was completed, on motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with a show of hands, carried, the Board convened into executive session to discuss the expulsion.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby uphold the decision of expulsion for one calendar year by the Superintendent.   

 

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, the Board adjourned.

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ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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CECIL WALKER,    PRESIDENT