PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON JUNE 8, 2000

                                                                

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, June 8, 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, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, Emile E. Metoyer, and Joella Wilson.  Absent: Rudolph Leon, Jr.

 

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

                                                 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board received reports on the following from Dr. Elwanda Murphy:

 

1.         Reorganization of the Central Office

2.         Status of the Redirection Center and the Dropout Recovery Center.

 

Mr. Jerry Wester presented an updated report on the newly founded Natchitoches Educational Center.

 

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

 

1.         Adoption of Agenda.

 

2.         Approval of Minutes of May 11, 2000.

 

3.         FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:      June

 

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Vickie Sewell, coach, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, travel to Carthage,  Texas, May 10 - 11, 2000, to chaperone students to Panola College for basketball scholarships at no cost to Board. The coach was not notified of  date until day before.

(2)        Margaret B. Garland, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Long Beach, California, July 3- 12, 2000, to attend the FBLA National Leadership Conference.   Funded by general fund.

(3)        Sue Champion, retired teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Long Beach, California, July 3-12, 2000, to attend the FBLA National Leadership Conference.  Funded by FBLA.

(4)        Elwanda Murphy, superintendent, travel to Kansas City, Missouri, June-28-30, 2000, to attend the USA-VICA Conference. Funded by LA School-to-Work.

 

C.     School Bus Route Changes:

 

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

(2)        Alida Blake, Parks Elementary, additional 1 mile, cost of $55.79.

(3)        Shirley Bolton, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, additional 5.4 miles one-way for 3 days , cost of $23.80.

(4)        Tracy Davis, Provencal Elem./Jr. High, loss of  .6  mile, savings   of $24.08.

 

D.          Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

(1)        Alida Blake

 

E.         Advertisements:     

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Melissa M. Giering, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective May 31, 2000.

(2)        Rena Clark, supervisor, Child Welfare and Attendance, effective May  31, 2000.

(3)        William R. Bledsoe, bus driver, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective May 31, 2000.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Zeddie Ray Dyess , bus driver, Ninth Grade Center, effective June 1, 2000.

(2)        W. E. Dowden, bus driver, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, effective June 1, 2000.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Carolyn E. Wright, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, request for leave  without pay for the 2000-01 school year.

 

(2)        Rowena Bienvenu, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, sabbatical leave for professional and cultural improvement for the 2000-01 school year.

 

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

   

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board accepted the low bid meeting specifications per attached bids of the following finance items:

           

A.         Aeropres for furnishing liquefied gas service for 2000-01. 

B.         Orkin Exterminating Company for pest control service for 2000-01.    

C.         School Speciality for discounted supplies catalog for 2000-01.

D.         Various for furnishing instructional materials and supplies for 2000-01.

E.         O. S. Johnson, Inc., and Collins General Contractor for furnishing sitework and paving for District 9 schools.           

   

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and unanimously carried, the Board approved property and general liability insurance for the St. Matthew property with the North American Group in the amount of $7,981.00 from 7-1-2000 to 7-1-2001. 

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the adjusted millage rate(s) for the tax year 2000 and adopted the adjusted millage rate(s) after reassessment and roll forward the millage to a rate(s) not to exceed the prior year's maximum millage for tax year 2000.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved payment of stipends to teachers of the Natchitoches Central High School Tech Prep Program not to exceed $15.00 per hour per attached list.  Funded by West Central Louisiana Tech Prep Consortium.

      

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the General Fund and Child Nutrition Program Budget Revisions.

                    

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Susie Pardee to purchase William R. Bledsoe's bus under the lease/purchase agreement.    

 

Mr. Vandersypen reported on Kisatchie National Funds.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Initiative Grant for 2000-2001 in the amount of $70,000.00 and the REA Tutorial Assistance Budget for 2000-2001 in the amount of $180,000.00. 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a contract with RFT Publishing Company for Dr. Rita Pierson, consultant, to conduct a two day workshop entitled: A Framework for Understanding Poverty/Learning Structures for $2000.00 per day with expenses inclusive in the amount.  Funded by Title I.    

 

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

 

1.         Rigby Training for Cynthia King and Becky Ham for twelve days (July 10-22) at $100.00 per day for a total $1,200.00 each. Funded by REA and Title I.

 

2.         Personnel for summer school classes:   teachers-Donna Masson, Anita Stiles and Karis Cobb at $20.00 per hour for a total on $1,200.00 each;paraprofessionals-Jewel LaCour, and Susie Pardee, with Sandra Moore and Cindy Crow as needed at $7.50 per hour for a total of $420.00 each.  The classes will be held morning, afternoon, and night for six hours per week for ten weeks.    Funded by Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Grant. 

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following for summer school employment:

 

A.         Tracy Jackson, teacher, at $20.00 per hour for 150 hours for a total of $3000.00. Funded by Title I.

B.         Barbara Jackson and Dianne Brown, paraprofessional, at $7.50 per hour for 150 hours for a total of for a total of $1,125.00.  Funded by Title I.

C.         Cindy Rachal, paraprofessional, at $7.50 per hour for 150 hours for a total of $1,125.00.  Funded by REA Grant.

                                           

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

 

A.         Seven students from Natchitoches Central High School to attend the FBLA Conference in Long Beach, California.  The cost is $300.00 per student for a total of $2,100.00.  Funded by general fund.   

B.         Agnes Hall, Paul Guidry, Mary Elizabeth Guidry, and Craig Guidry, students, NSU Middle Lab School, to receive $300.00 each for travel to Washington, D.C. to compete at National History Day.  Funded by general fund.

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, the Board authorized the execution of a contract with Rapides Foundation for 2000-2001 for grants with the following schools:

 

Cloutierville                    24,000.00

NSU Elementary            24,992.00

Lakeview High                17,800.00

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a contract with Lori White, consultant, to present a  two day in service on  "teaming" and "block scheduling" at $500.00 per day plus expenses.  Funded by Rapides Foundation Grant.

 

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

 

1.         A contract for infant/toddler evaluations by Gladys Mallard, Beverly Giering, Mary Dranguet, Suwattana Phatanasophone, and Emilyn Horton.  Funded by IDEA Part C Funds.   

2.         ESYP tentative personnel at North Natchitoches Elementary and   Natchitoches Junior High and LEAP remediation at Lakeview High, Natchitoches Jr. High, and North Natchitoches Elementary per attached list.  To be funded by IDEA and ESYP.

3.         Clerical student worker, Jameka Martin, June 5, 2000-August 11, 2000.  Funded by IDEA, Part B.     

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Change Order #8 with A & R General Contractors for Weaver Elementary to overlay certain designated areas of asphalt paving and paint striping of the new entire parking lot on the west side, provide 8" depth of soil cement and 2" depth of new asphalt paving over the remainder of the existing parking lot, and remove and replace 95 feet of existing curb to follow new contours of parking lot for a net increase of $38,076.50 with authorization for the Board President to sign.             

Mr. Vandersypen presented a report on millage renewal for the next three years.  

           

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Danzy, the Board unanimously approved a cooperative agreement between the town of Campti and the Natchitoches Parish School Board and an Affidavit of Possession allowing the town of Campti to purchase two tracts of land in the amount of $12,000.00 with authorization for Board President to sign the necessary documents contingent upon review and approval by Board counsel.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved  the following bus drivers for the regular summer school program at $52.00 per day for 27 days, plus operating costs and fuel adjustment: Bob Shepard, Terry Williams, Mack Trichel, Dexter Martin, Johnny Possoit, Wayne Lodridge, and Pat Hall.  Funded by general fund.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved Change Order #9 with M.D. Descant, Inc. for Parks Elementary to provide new vinyl tile and vinyl base in two corridors adjacent to the gymnasium platform and new vinyl base in the gymnasium area,  provide brick masonry finish above door opening Number 1 at Corridor A119 in accordance with Contractor, and provide additional fire alarm and sprinkler work as specified by the state fire marshall for an additional cost of $7,197.00 with authorization for Board President to sign.

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.    

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the transfer of Richard Watson, counselor, from the Ninth Grade Center to Natchitoches Educational Center.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Tamekia N. Means, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, to replace Ruth A. Backes.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board unanimously approved  two year performance contracts for:

 

A.         Trudy Howell

B.         Cynthia Winston

C.         W. A. Robison

D.         Ramona L. Cason

E.         Shirtee Evans

F.         Larry Wayne Choate

G.         DeMelvin Johnson

H.         Cynthia P. King            

I.          Alice M. Rachal

 

The Board tabled the request of  Betty Below, paraprofessional, for leave without pay for the 2000-2001 school year due to surgery.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, the Board unanimously approved Kathy Bundrick for the position of REA Literacy Coordinator.   The position is for two years, eleven months per year and based on teacher's salary.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board hereby approve Dr. Drew Moore  as principal of NSU Middle Lab School.

 

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, and Danzy.  

NAYS:    Wilson, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.   ABSENT:   Leon.            (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the Board unanimously approved the following persons for school bus drivers for the 2000-2001 school year: 

            Angela Settle

Patrice Parker

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the revised list of summer school employees per attached list.

          

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board granted permission to advertise for transportation manager to be placed on salary schedule as field foreman.   The person hired must possess a CDL license at the time of employment or obtain the license at the earliest time such school is available within a one hundred mile radius.

  

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, the Board unanimously granted permission to advertise for an elementary supervisor.  The position is for one year only.

                   

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the transfer of  Doris Kochinsky from Team Leader to Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance with no change in salary.   

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and unanimously carried, the Board suspended the rules to add to the agenda permission to advertise the position of team leader.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board unanimously granted permission to advertise for team leader.  

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

The Board decided to submit evaluation forms of the Superintendent's performance to Mr. Walker at the special-called meeting on June 12, 2000

 

The Board postponed selecting forms for Board self-evaluation until the July meeting. 

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the initiated high school electives for 2000-2001 per attached list.

 

Mr. Vandersypen reported on timber being cut on the 16th section of land in Township 7, North, Range 5 West lease.   

                

Dr. Bienvenu stated that the committee researching the suitability of the Adult Education Center being housed at Parks Elementary School decided the facilities were appropriate and the physical move should start immediately.

    

Terrel Delphin, representing the St. Augustine Historical Society,  addressed the Board regarding the feasibility of  the Natchitoches Parish School Board donating the St. Matthew School complex to the society in an insured status, funded by taxes collected from the St. Matthew School taxing district.

 

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

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ELWANDA  MURPHY,  SECRETARY-TREASURER

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CECIL  WALKER, PRESIDENT