PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON FEBRUARY 10, 2000

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on February 10, 2000, 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.    Absent:

None.   Mr. Wilson came in late.

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board received reports from:

 

1.         Mrs. Rena Clark on truancy court, attendance, and discipline.

2.         Mr. John Vandersypen on state teacher salary schedule.

 

The Board recognized:

 

1.         The Natchitoches Central High School JROTC Program.    

            2.         Gregory Shilling for 2000 Prudential Spirit of Community Award and Louisiana's Top High School Volunteer.

3.         Kathy Calhoun - Coordinator of Fins Program.     

                                   

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board proclaimed February 14-18, 2000, as Attendance Awareness Week.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve the following consent agenda items with the exception of the minutes of January 13, 2000.  

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of January 6, 2000.

  

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills.

 

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Jimmy D. Berry, principal, NSU Middle Lab School, travel to Lago Vista, Texas, February 6 - 8, 2000, to attend the 2000 SCIMAST PDA Winter Meeting, at no cost to the Board.

(2)        Susan S. Taylor, principal, NSU Elementary Lab School, travel to Lago  Vista, Texas, February 6 - 8, 2000, to attend the 2000 SCIMAST PDA Winter  Meeting, at no cost to the Board.

(3)        Margo Haase, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, travel to Austin, Texas, February 6, - 8, 2000, to attend the SEDL (PACER) Winter Meeting, at no cost to the Board other than substitute.

(4)        Chris Evans and Sue Creighton, teachers, NSU Elementary School, travel  to San Antonio, Texas, April 26 - May 1, 2000, to chaperone students on educational field trip at no cost to the Board.

(5)        Cynthia C. Johnson-Winston, central office, travel to Vancouver, British Columbia, April 3 - 10, 2000, to attend the CEC Annual Convention and Expo.   Funded by IDEA, Part B. 

(6)        Mary Montgomery, principal, and Donna Masson, parent involvement educator, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, April 30 - May 5, 2000,  to attend the International Reading Association 45th  Annual Convention. Funded by Title I Schoolwide Budget.

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:   Permission to advertise for bids for 2000-01 school year for:

(1)        Instructional Materials and Supplies

(2)        Instructional Materials and Supplies Catalog

(3)        Library Books

(4)        Magazine Subscription Service

(5)        Property and Casualty Insurance

(6)        Student Accident Insurance

(7)        Liquefied Gas Service

(8)        Pest Control Service

(9)        Fuel Purchasing System

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

(1)        Ernest W. Self, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective  November 1, 1999.

(2)        Jo Ann Owens,  teacher,  Natchitoches Central High School,  effective  January 21, 2000.

(3)        Hugh L. Santos, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective  January 24, 2000.

(4)        Vanessa R. Stanfield, secretary, Central Office, effective January 28, 2000.

(5)        Rosa Linda Garcia, teacher, Lakeview High School, effective January 28, 2000.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Mary Dyess, school bus driver, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High, effective  January 22, 2000.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, that the Board hereby amend the resolution passed on January 13, 2000, as follows:

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, that the Board hereby approve a fuel supplement 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.            

 

Add to the above motion:

 

If other reimbursements are provided from state or federal sources to supplement bus drivers, the local supplement shall be eliminated.  This  resolution authorizes this supplement with the understanding that it shall not be duplicated from any other source.      

 

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. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the bid meeting specifications of Insight, Inc. for  telescopic gymnasium seating for Natchitoches Central High School per attached bid compilation.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Daniels, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the low bids meeting specifications for processed foods and supplies, frozen foods, and meats and related products for use in the Child Nutrition Program during the period beginning March 1, 2000, and ending July 31, 2000.     

  

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve  Change Order #6 with A & R General Contractors for Weaver Elementary to remove and replace 300 feet of existing base damaged by termites, provide a drywall partition to cover  abandoned shower partitions in Room E-110, provide a book drop at library E102, demolish plaster wall as required and conceal existing piping in a wall, provide 5/8" drywall above existing molding on the accent wall of the existing gym, and remove loose finish plaster and laminate 1/4 inch gypsum board over existing plaster base in girls= toilet for a net increase of $7,019.09 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 Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve the following change orders:

 

1.         Change Order #7 with M. D. Descant, Inc., for Parks  Elementary to provide additional fire caulking in accordance with state fire marshall requirements and in accordance with contractor's quotation letter of July 14, 1999,  for a  net increase of $6,728.00 with authorization for Board President to sign. 

 

2.         Change Order #8 with M. D.  Descant, Inc., for Parks Elementary to remove existing and provide new masonry walls at existing toilet rooms to correct existing structural problems, relocate the silverware chute in the cafeteria per owner's request, and patch plywood walls and provide 5/8" gypsum board at two walls of Room D-147, stage area, and paint entire room per contractor's quotation letter of January 6, 2000, for a net increase of $8,818.00 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 Mr. Leon, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board  approved the following finance items:  

 

1.         John Adams, custodian, North Natchitoches Elementary School, to be responsible for the physical care of the building for the Parish Wide Parental Involvement Workshop for five and one-half hours at $7.50 per hour.  The workshop is to be held on February 12, 2000,  and funded by Title I.   

 

2.         Nora C. Lee, paraprofessional, North Natchitoches Elementary School, as a child care attendant for four and one-half hours at the Parish Wide Parental Involvement Workshop on February 12, 2000, at a cost of $7.50 per hour, and funded by Title I.

 

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

  

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board  approved a $40,000 grant for Academic Learning Centers.  Funded by (8)g.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a Multi-Sensory Language Development Grant in the amount of $3,925.  Funded by (8) g.  

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved  Marilyn Stephens and Carol Morgan, teachers, at Provencal Elementary to be paid a stipend of $50 each for being presenters at a family night meeting for parents of fourth and eighth grade students in preparation for LEAP 21 testing.  Funded by Title I.                       

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Leon, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a contract with George F. Horne (PTSI)  to conduct pre-service training sessions for school bus driver trainees on February 21-23, 2000, in the amount of $1,685.   Funded by general fund.       

  

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved five teachers to be paid a stipend of $50.00 each for being presenters for the Parish Wide Involvement Workshop to be help at North Natchitoches Elementary on February 12, 2000. Funded by Title I.  The presenters are as follows:

 

Jerry Dawson - Provencal Elem./Jr. High

Donna Masson - Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High

Juliete Moffet - North Natchitoches Elementary

Dorothy S. Johnson - North Natchitoches Elementary

Kathy Bundrick - North Natchitoches Elementary

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous approval, the Board increased the occupational therapy contract time with First Choice Therapy not to exceed 45 hours per week .   Funded by IDEA, Part B.       

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve 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 20 mills in all property subject to taxation within the district for 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.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Leon, that the Board hereby approve  the ordering and calling of a special election for the renewal of a  maintenance tax  to be held in Consolidated School District #6 of the Parish of Natchitoches, Louisiana, for seven 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.     

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board authorized the Superintendent to initiate any action necessary to establish an alternative school program for the 2000-2001 school year to be located at the present Ninth Grade Center facility.  Appropriate staffing and programs would be presented to the Board in the spring.   

  

No action was taken on the Revised Travel Policy.  

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

1.         Patricia Raupp, special education teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School  to Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Jo Ann Owens.

2.         Betty Ann Sykes, special education teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School to Parks Elementary School, replacing Gwendolyn D. Robinson.

3.         Sunny Carney, from clerk-typist to secretary, central office, replacing Vanessa Stanfield.

 

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

 

1.         Sandra P. Baptiste, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Patricia Raupp.

2.         Cheryl B. Bridgewater, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Betty A. Sykes.

3.         Francis Cook Lucky, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Hugh L. Santos.   

 

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

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ELWANDA  MURPHY,  SECRETARY-TREASURER

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CECIL WALKER,   PRESIDENT