PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON MAY 11, 2000

                                                          

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on May 11, 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 Mr. Thomas and Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Danzy.

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized:

           

1.         Morgan Trahant, student at Natchitoches Central High School, for her work and dedication to the Key Club.

2.         Teacher Appreciation Week-May 8 - 12, 2000.

3.         Natchitoches Central High School Orchestra for winning Sweepstakes Trophies in district and state.

4.         Jenny Crump and Rachael Wagner, students at Natchitoches Junior High School, for winning First Place at the State Social Studies Fair at Louisiana State University.         

5.         Duke University Talent Search Student Winners - Robert Salter, Brian Gilbert and Agnes Hall.  Agnes Hall was also recognized for being the state winner of the Junior Division of the National History Day Essay Contest. She will represent the state at the national contest in Washington, D. C. in June.

 

The Board received reports from:            

           

1.         Mr. Gerald Long on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

2.         Dr. David Lee on Charter Schools.

3.         Mrs. Judy Milam, Distinguished Educator, on the status of her work at Parks Elementary and recommendations to improve the local program.

4.         Mrs. Trudy Howell on the IOWA test scores for the parish

 

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

 

1.         Adoption of Agenda.

 

2.         Approval of Minutes of April 13, 2000.

 

3.         FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:     May & June

 

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Rebecca Morgan, Margie Machen, Cheryl Choate, Patrice Trichel-Harper, teachers, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, travel to Houston, Texas, May 11 - 15, 2000, to chaperone students to Astroworld's 11th  Annual Science Day, at no cost to Board other than substitute.

(2)        Christopher Sylvia, JROTC, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to  St. Louis, Missouri,   July 30 - August 6,  2000, to attend a JROTC Conference, at no cost to the Board. 

(3)        Frank Saunders and Syll-Young Olson,  teachers, Natchitoches Central  High School, travel to Houston, Texas, May 13-14, 2000, to chaperone orchestra and band students to Astroworld, at no cost to Board.

(4)        Becky Ham, Cynthia King, and the REA Literacy Coordinator, travel to Austin, Texas, June 11-23, 2000, to receive Rigby training in Developing Literacy First, to be funded by REA.

 

C.     School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Patsy Settles, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High, additional 18 miles for one and one-half days, cost of $31.80.

(2)        Mack Trichel, Fairview Alpha Elementary, additional .4 miles, cost of $15.69.

(3)        Mack Trichel, Fairview Alpha Elementary, additional 1.9 miles, cost of $69.13.

(4)        Richard Dalme, East Natchitoches, additional 2.4 miles, cost of $132.83.

D.          Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:     

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Doris E. Whatley, special education teacher, Parks Elementary School, effective 5-31-2000.

(2)        Amy W. Howell,  teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective May 31, 2000.

(3)        Sundi R. Littleton, speech-language pathologist, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, effective May 31, 2000.

(4)        Holly Brasseux, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, effective July 31, 2000.

(5)        Lu Ella Reed, secretary, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective July 3, 2000.

(6)        Claire B. Post, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. effective May 31, 2000.

(7)        Regina Salard Brossett, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. effective May 31, 2000.

(8)        Jodi W. Lloyd, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective May 31, 2000.

(9)        Toni V. Martin, kindergarten aide, NSU Elementary Lab School, effective May 31, 2000.

(10)      Shirley Remo, teacher, Provencal Elem./Jr. High, effective June   30, 2000.

           

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Gloyd L. Martin, teacher, Ninth Grade Center, effective June 1, 2000.

(2)        Mary Bonier, teacher, Lakeview High School, effective June 1, 2000.

(3)        Patty G. Walker, teacher, NSU Elementary Lab School, effective June 1, 2000.

(4)        Ceil H. Sullivan, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective June 1, 2000.

(5)        Betty Briggs, teacher, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, effective August 29, 2000.

(6)        Hazel Carroll, bus driver, Ninth Grade Center, effective June 1, 2000.

(7)        Sue Champion, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective June 1, 2000.

 

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, and Insurance Report.

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

 

            A.         Various for hard-surfacing of tricycle tracks at various schools.

B.         D & D Distributors for furnishing milk and dairy products for 2000-01.         

C.         Interstate Brands, Co. for furnishing bread and bread products for 2000-01.

D.         Various for furnishing small cafeteria equipment for 2000-01.

 

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. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve adopting the adjusted millage rates for tax year 2000 per attached resolution.

 

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved transportation reimbursement (private automobile) for Xavier O. Allen (student) to North Natchitoches Elementary School for 23 miles one-way by Felicia A. Allen.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board hereby approve the contract (subscription agreement) with ZapMe Corporation for placement of computer equipment at Natchitoches Junior High School, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High  School, and Natchitoches Central High  School and authorize the Superintendent to sign all necessary documents.   

 

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Thomas, that the Board hereby approve renewal of property and casualty insurance contract with North American Solutions for 2000-20001.    The contract quote is $5,356.00 less than last year.

 

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

           

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

 

A.         A list of summer school teachers from which summer school staff will be selected.    A finalized list with positions and funding sources will be presented at the June meeting.   

 

B.         Kathy Bundrick to work two additional weeks in June with the summer school programming.   Funded from LA Learn funds.  

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve  the summer school staff for REA Super-Six program to be paid from REA grant:  

 

1.         Parks- Cynthia Cole and Debra Wamber, teachers, at $ 20.00 per hour for 120 hours, not to exceed $2,400.00 each; Dorothy Cofield and Beverly Queen, paraprofessionals, at $7.50 per hour for 120 hours, not to exceed $900.00 each.

 

2.         Fairview-Alpha-Jo Ellen Poe (with Kelly Withers as alternate), Sue Fredieu,  and Penny Bolton, teachers, at $20 per hour for 120 hours, not to exceed $2,400.00 each; Sandra Moore, Ruth Craig, and Sherry Sue Roberts,  paraprofessionals, at $7.50 per hour for 120 hours, not to exceed $900.00 each.

 

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.    NAYS:    None.     ABSENT:    None.    ABSENT DURING

VOTE:   Thomas.            (Carried)

                                     

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, that the Board hereby  approve the summer school staff for the Super-Six program to be paid from  Title 1:  Parks-Tracy Jackson, teacher, at $20.00 per hour for 120 hours, not to exceed $2,400.00;  Barbara Jackson, paraprofessional, at $7.50 per hour for 120 hours, not to exceed $900.00.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Connie McCullough, paraprofessional, (with Cynthia Crow as alternate)  Fairview Alpha, for summer school at $7.50 per hour for 36 days for a total of  $1,008.90.  Funded by Title I.   

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Even Start Family Literacy Program Budget for 2000-2001.

                                                

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Thomas, that the Board hereby approve the  IDEA Part B and Section 619 Preschool Flow-Through Application with budgets and all contracts for  FY 2001.   

 

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

                       

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, that the Board hereby approve the migrant personnel for summer enrichment program for 2000 per attached personnel and budget information.   

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, that the Board hereby approve  the Migrant Education Program Budget for 2000-2001. 

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Leon, that the Board hereby approve the Red River Partners Middle School Grant with NSU Middle Lab and Causey=s  Pharmacy in the amount of $4,000.00.  

 

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 Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved contracts with Herbert Baptiste, Sr. for $175.00 per day for two days and Dr. Kenneth Olson for $175.00 per day for one day to evaluate students for the talent program.  Paid by G/T state funds. 

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Marie Gahagan as Very Special Arts Coordinator and Donna Ward as Special Olympics Coordinator not to exceed $1,000 per person.  To be paid from IDEA, Part B.  

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent the Board authorized the superintendent to issue employee contracts and letters of assurance for the 2000-2001 school session per attached listing.

  

On motion of Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, that the Board hereby authorize the Director of Personnel to advertise for Literacy Facilitator for REA Grant, funded by REA.  The position is for eleven months and based on teacher salary.

 

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, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Sarah W. LaCaze, homebound teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, due to increased enrollment, effective May 8, 2000 through May 30, 2000.

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Mary P. Listach, homebound teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, increased work days from 3 to 4 days per week due to increased enrollment through May 31, 2000.   

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby appoint Sue Hortman,  principal of Weaver Elementary School.   

 

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

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and unanimously carried, the Board postponed a decision concerning school uniforms until March, 2000.  The Board authorized the Superintendent to appoint a committee (with parents to be included) to study all issues and compile information using guidelines as set forth by the U. S. Department of Education.  The committee would report to the Board on a quarterly basis with a final report to be presented in the spring.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a resolution to provide for support of full funding of the minimum foundation formula developed by the School Finance Commission and adopted by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.    

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board convened into executive session to discuss the concerns of Dr. Marie Demery. 

  

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and unanimously approved, the Board voted to support the Superintendent's recommendation not to remove documents from the personnel file as the employee requested.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, the Board adjourned.

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ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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CECIL WALKER,   PRESIDENT