PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

NATCHIOTCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON JANUARY 13, 2000

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on January 13, 2000, at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Natchiotches 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, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, Emile E. Metoyer, and Joella Wilson.   Absent.   Bobby R. Thomas.

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports the Board received reports from:

 

1.         Mrs. Trudy Howell on the District Assistance Team.

2.         Mrs. Judy Milam, Distinguished Educator, on  the Distinguished Educator Program and her work at Parks Elementary.

3.         Dr. Murphy on reorganization and a work session to be held with Board members on February 1, 2000, at 5:00 p.m.

 

The Board recognized:

 

1.         School Nurse Day as January 26, 2000, presented by Dr. Murphy.

   

Under New Business:

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, that the  same officers for 1999 serve in 2000. 

 

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

 

 Mr. Walker requested that Mr. Danzy remain as finance chairperson and Mr. Daniels as personnel chairperson.

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of December 9, 1999.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:  

B.         Out-of-State Travel:  

 

(1)        Lynne Roberts, Title 1 Counselor and Rodney Irchirl, Title 1Social Worker,  travel to Washington, DC, March 20-25, 2000,  to attend the Annual American  Counseling Association Conference 2000. Funded  by Title 1.

 

(2)        Rhonda Vienne, social worker, travel to Washington, DC, March 20-25, 2000, to attend the Annual American Counseling Association Conference 2000.    Funded by IDEA Part B.  

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

(1)        Wallace LaCaze, North Natchitoches Elementary, loss of 3.1miles, savings of $379.60.

(2)        Wallace LaCaze, North Natchitoches Elementary, additional 10.6 miles, cost of $1,378.75.

           

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:      Permission to advertise for bids for:

 

(1)        Bleachers for various schools as  needed.

(2)        Stage curtains for various schools as needed.

(3)        Theatrical lighting for various schools as needed.

(4)        Furniture for various schools as needed.

(5)        Parking lot hard-surfacing at various schools as needed.

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

(1)        Anne Lace Stevens, teacher, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, January 10, 2000.

(2)        Patricia McKnight, secretary, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective December 17, 1999.

(3)        Cedric Bonier, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective  January 3, 2000.

(4)        Shawnda B. Matlock, teacher, Marthaville Elem./Jr.  High School, effective  January 18, 2000.         

            (5)        Staci Lonadier, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr. High School, effective January 3, 2000.

            (6)       Gwendolyn D. Robinson, special education teacher, Parks Elementary School, effective January 14, 2000. 

                       

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Diane Vienne, teacher, Cloutierville Elem,/Jr. High, effective January 18, 2000.  

(2)        Rosa French, full-time school food service technician, Natchitoches Central High School, effective January 4, 2000.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:      

 

(1)        Nancy B. Fontana, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, sabbatical leave effective January 13, 2000-May 31, 2000.

(2)        Marlene R. Basco, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, from professional leave to sabbatical leave effective January 13, 2000 - May 31, 2000 due to health problems.

(3)        Shasta Bryan Nelson,  school psychologist,  central office appraisal staff,  leave without pay effective the second semester of 1999-2000 school year.

 

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

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Finance Agenda.

 

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

 

            1.         Transportation reimbursement (private automobile) for Lenore Garner (student) to Natchitoches Central High School for 2.3 miles one-way by Lester Garner (driver) .     

  

            2.         Transportation reimbursement (private automobile) for Kathryn Daniels (student) to Provencal Elementary School for 15 miles one-way by Melinda Daniels  (driver).                 

  

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, that the Board hereby approve the  lease agreement with OCS Head Start with authorization for  the Board President to sign.   

  

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

      

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously approved, the Board accepted the General Fund Audit Report for 1998-99.       

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and unanimously carried, the Board  approved a National School Safety Workshop with Dr. Ron Stephens for four hours, at a cost of $2500 plus travel expenses.  The workshop would be held for principals on June 15, 2000, and funded by the Safe and Drug-free Schools and Communities.

                    

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the General Fund and Child Nutrition Program Budget Revisions.

  

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved the following teachers to conduct LEAP remediation activities at $20 per hour not to exceed 60 hours (20 hours  prior to each of the three remaining testing sessions for the 1999-2000 school year) not to exceed $1,200 per teacher:    Lakeview -- Bryant Gandy, Ronnie Warren, Ronnie Monroe, and Charles Verret;   Natchitoches Central -- Carol Garcia, Mattie Smith, and Cheryl Thornhill.    Funded by general fund. 

                                                   

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved LEAP reimbursement for LEAP remediation activities at $20 per hour for 20 hours for Ronnie Warren and 5 hours for Ray Gandy at Lakeview High School.  The services were provided in September and October, 1999.   Funded by general fund.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board  approved substitute coordinator's pay to Robert Jackson at Natchitoches Junior High School for the days served starting on August 18 for the 1999-2000 school year.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, that the Board hereby approve a fuel allowance for bus drivers using the following formula:   The previous month=s average price for regular unleaded from Fuelman, minus $1.10 per gallon divided by four (represents miles per gallon for vehicles) times miles actually driven with supplement retroactive to December 1, 1999.

 

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board approve the following finance items:

 

1.         A Louisiana Learn Local Improvement Grant for Goldonna Elementary School for 1999-2000 in the amount of $19,749.00.

      

2.         Twelve two and one-half hour workshops at Goldonna Elementary for fifteen teachers (all except music and librarian) at $20 per  hour plus benefits for 30 hours, not to exceed $9000.  The workshops will be conducted to allow teachers to collaborate, plan, create, build and begin implementing learning centers that focus on the language arts/math areas.  Funded by LA Learn Grant. 

 

3.         A  two hour workshop at Goldonna Elementary for 15 teachers as presenters  (all except music and librarian)  at $50 per hour plus benefits, not to exceed $1500.  Learning centers will be showcased  to parents with presentations of the skills that the children are responsible for during the school year including the IOWA and LEAP tests.    Funded by LA Learn Grant.  

 

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

           

Mr. Vandersypen presented a report of funds generated through budget reduction expenditures.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer that the Board hereby approve a contract with VESC (Ventures Education Systems Corporation) for Parks Elementary School in the amount of $36,750 (first year only) for Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program Model Training.  Funded by CSRD state grant.  

                                     

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

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved  re-advertising for sale/lease the Natchitoches Preschool Center at less than the appraised value.    

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

1.        Janie R. Allen, from Title I aide to attendance clerk, Natchitoches Junior High School.

2.         Barbara Lucas,  from Ninth Grade Center secretary to secretary at Natchitoches Junior High School replacing Floria Byrd. 

3.         Theresa Roque, from teacher aide Redirection Center to Ninth Grade Center, replacing Barbara Lucas.

4.         Marcia F. Rachal, special education teacher aide from Natchitoches Junior High School to Natchitoches Central High School.

 

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

 

1.         Kristen F. Ammons, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Susan E. Manuel.                   

            2.         Rosa Linda Garcia, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, replacing Doyle D. Vines.

3.         Wanda Baker, full-time school food service technician, Fairview Alpha Elementary School replacing Tami Litton.  

            4.         Amy Wise, teacher, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High, replacing Anne L. Stevens.

5.         Julia M. Butler, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Cedric B. Bonier.

            6.         Beverly A. Broadway, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, substituting for Nancy B. Fontana, January 13 - May 31, 2000.

            7.         Eve Cox King, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, replacing Diane Vienne.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved  Staff  Development  Facilitators for the following schools:

 

A.         Cloutierville                                Mattie Demars/Willease Nolley

B.         Goldonna                                  Mona Bamburg

C.         Lakeview                                   JoAnn Yankowski

D.         Parks                                        Eunice  Foster  

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous approval, Pinkey Jones Williams was selected attendance clerk, Natchitoches Central High School, for the remainder of the 1999-2000 school year, effective January 18, 2000.

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

The revised travel policy was presented to the Board for review for thirty days.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board convened into executive session to discuss the concerns of  Mrs. Ruth Eaves regarding her son.

 

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

 

The Board took no action regarding the request of Mrs. Eaves.

 

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

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ELWANDA   MURPHY,  SECRETARY- TREASURER

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CECIL WALKER,   PRESIDENT