PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON APRIL 13, 2000

                                                                    

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on April 13, 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., Julia Hildebrand, Millard J.Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, Emile E. Metoyer, and Joella Wilson.   Absent:   Bobby R. Thomas.   Mr. Ralph Wilson came in late.

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports the Board recognized:

 

1.         Lauren Brossett, NSU Elementary,  for AYes I Can@ Award.

2.         Emily Horton, North Natchitoches Elementary, for AOutstanding Cooperating Teacher@ Award.

3.         Jenny Crump and Rachal Ware, Natchitoches Junior High School, for Grand Prize Winners of the NSU Region Social Studies Fair.

 

Dr. Murphy presented reports on the following:

 

1.         Citizen Advisory Committee Parent Involvement Project

2.         Faculty Representatives= Meetings 

 

Under Old Business:

 

1.         On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the Revised Travel Policy.

2.         On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board authorized Mr. Vandersypen to have an appraisal made of the St. Matthew School property if advised to do so by the architect and legal counsel.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the rules were suspended to add an item to the Personnel Agenda:   Consider approving advertising for a special education supervisor.

 

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 March 16,  2000.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills.

 

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Reneva Trahant, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Biloxi, Mississippi, April 4 - 9, 2000, chaperone Key Club to  Convention, at no cost to Board other than substitute.

(2)        Jerry Dawson, teacher, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, travel to Phoenix, Arizona, April 26 - 29, 2000, to attend a Spalding Professional Growth Seminar.  Funded by Title I, not to exceed $523.00.

(3)        Mary Cedars, teacher, Natchitoches Jr. High School, travel to Arlington, Texas, May 27-29, 2000, to chaperon YACA students from Ninth Grade Center and Natchitoches Jr. High School to Six Flags Over Texas, at no cost to the Board.

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Mack Trichel, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, additional 1.1miles, cost of $82.56.

 

D.          Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:     

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Mary Jones,  parent  advocate, Even Start Family Literacy Program, effective  March 17, 2000.

(2)        Ruth Ann Backes,  teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective  March 23, 2000.   

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Jimmy D. Berry,  principal, NSU Middle Lab School, effective August 15, 2000.

(2)        Eloise Beard, bus driver, effective March 29, 2000.

 

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

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby accept the low bids meeting specifications per attached bids of the following finance items:

 

A.         Pickett Theater and Stage S for stage curtains for various schools.           

B.         Beckley-Cardy for various furniture and equipment for Parks Elementary and Weaver Elementary Schools. 

C.         Constructive Playthings for various playground equipment for Weaver Elementary School

D.         Virco Manufacturing Corporation for various furniture for Goldonna Elementary & Natchitoches Central High

 

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

 

No bids were receive for sale or lease of Natchitoches Preschool Center facility and property.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded  by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Michelle Martin, librarian, Fairview Alpha Elementary,  to conduct a two hour Accelerated Reader Training Workshop with the faculty of Lakeview Jr./ Sr. High School for two hours at $50 per hour not to exceed $100.00.   Funded by the Rapides Foundation.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the General Fund and School Food Service Budget Revisions.

 

Mr. Vandersypen reported on current balance of funds generated through budget reduction expenditures.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Mozelle Anderson to provide technical assistance in the area of evaluation as needed by the Even Start Project at $50.00 per hour for thirty-six hours for a total of $1,800.00, plus an additional $210.60 for travel expenses.   The evaluations will be conducted in May and June, 2000, and funded by the Even Start Grant.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved  the Consolidated LEA Application and Budgets for Title I, Title II,  Title IV,  Title VI, and Class Size Reduction.    

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved School To Work Grants for:

 

1.         Jimmy Berry - NSU Middle Lab

2.         Jamie Lawrence - NSU Elementary

               

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and unanimously carried, the Board approved  the  REA  Local  Reading  Improvement  Subgrant  in  the  amount  of $900, 494.02 with approval to advertise

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby  approve the Certificate of Substantial Completion for Weaver Elementary School for work completed on the Base Bid of $3,570,210.00, plus Alternate Proposal #1 for $40,000.00, Alternate Proposal #2 for $7,300.00, Alternate Proposal #3 for $30,000.00 for a total of $3,647,510.00,  plus Change Order # 1 for $10,000.00, Change Order #2 for $3,726.00, Change Order #3 for $33,751.23, Change Order #4 for $25,283.00, Change Order #5 for $13,497.00, Change Order #6 for $7,910.09 and Change Order #7 for $3,798.63. as certified by Yeager, Watson, and Associates, and authorize the Board President to sign.  The date of Substantial Completion is established as April 6, 2000.

 

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. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve Change Order #7 with A & R General Contractors for Weaver Elementary School for additional lights in the gymnasium and stair landings in Building E, extra door hardware for door number 86, and electrical power and switch needed for an exhaust fan in room A 108-dry storage for a net increase of $3,798.63 with authorization for Board President to sign

 

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

           

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

     

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved  Linda G. Jordan,  substitute  teacher, to assume Hugh Santos' coaching position at Natchitoches Junior High, effective 1-22-2000.

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the marketing of 403(b)s and 403(b)7s by any licensed Natchitoches Parish agent who has a minimum number of participants with authorization to include in the restrictions and guidelines in the third-party administrator agreement.

 

Mr. Vandersypen reported that the third-party administrator agreement had to be reviewed by counsel before being voted on by the Board.

                 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve Hammonds & Sills law firm as the Board's general counsel.

 

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. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the school calendar for 2000-2001.   

 

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a joint venture with Natchitoches Parish Hospital and St. Francis Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria in the formation of a school-based health center at Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School and authorize the Superintendent to initiate any action necessary to establish the center.      

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a resolution calling a tenure hearing of a bus operator.  

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board granted permission to the Superintendent to advertise the position of special education supervisor.

   

On motion of Mr. Danzy, the Board adjourned.

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ELWANDA  MURPHY,  SECRETARY-TREASURER       

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CECIL WALKER,   PRESIDENT