PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON DECEMBER 14, 2000

     

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, December 14, 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., Ralph Wilson, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, Emile Metoyer, and Joella Wilson. Absent: None.                                                   

 

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

 

Mr. Emile Metoyer recognized James Brett Fredieu, a student at Fairview Alpha Elementary, for being the winner of the Grand Champion Market Swine and Louisiana Bred Grand Champion Market Hog at the 2000 State Fair of Louisiana.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the School Board Calendar for 2001.  

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following consent agenda items:

 

1.         Adoption of Agenda.

 

2.         Approval of Minutes of November 9, 2000.

 

3.         FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:  

  

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Christopher Sylvia, LTC, USA, Natchitoches Central High School, changes in JROTC Out of State Trips previously approved.

 

(2)        Cynthia C. Winston, Director, Special Education, travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, May 7-10, 2001, to attend the 22nd National Institute on Legal Issues of  Educating Individuals with Disabilities.  

 

C.         School Bus Route Changes:      

 

(1)        Dea Martin, Natchitoches Junior High School, additional 3.4 miles, cost of $748.50.

 

D.         Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:

 

(1)        Request for proposals for bus leases, service/maintenance, management, and school bus routine

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Peggy C. Johnson,  teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective 12-31-2000.

(2)        Tara Z. Harris, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective 12-31-2000.

(3)        Mike McCart, maintenance department, effective 1-2-2001.

(4)        Elma N. Johnson, kindergarten teacher, Parks Elementary School, effective 12-12-2000.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Francine W. Cook,  sabbatical medical leave for rest and recuperation for the second semester of 2000-2001 school year.     

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Finance Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the demolition/removal of a portable building at Natchitoches Central High School.   No bids were received on the 12-6-2000 deadline.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous Board approval, the Board accepted the low bids meeting specification per attached bid compilation of:

 

A.         Various for furnishing processed foods and supplies, frozen foods, and meat and related products for use in the Child Nutrition Program during the period beginning February 1, 2001, and ending July 31, 2001.

 

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

 

A.         A grant for LEAP 21 Tutorial Program in the amount of $40,334.00.  Funded by the state.

B.         A contract with Monty and Marsha Brown to provide two folk music presentations to each 8th grade Louisiana History class in Natchitoches Parish  (to be funded by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council).                    

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following finance committee items:

 

A.         Dorothy Cofield and Diane Brown as tutors at Parks Elementary School for the REA Tutorial Assistance Program at $6.00 per hour.  Funded by the Reading Excellence Act.  

B.         The Even Start Family Literacy Program Supplemental Technology Grant in the amount of  $8,590.00.

C.         The Even Start Statewide Family Literacy Initiative Grant in the amount of $35,000.00     

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Exploration of Dance as a Universal Language for Parks Elementary School and North Natchitoches Elementary School in the amount of $2,321.00.  Funded by Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund-8(g) in FY 2000-2001.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board granted permissions to advertise for bids and approved a loan of $25,000.00 with a five year payback to Consolidated School District #6 for the purchase of an activity bus for Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High  School .    

 

The Board tabled the request for a salary increase for Directors and Supervisors until January 2001.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved an agreement between Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. and Natchitoches Central High School with authorization for Board President to sign the necessary documents.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous approval, the Board granted payment to Laura Strahan in the amount of $50.00 per hour for 27 hours for a total of $1,350.00 to conduct Deep Into Math Workshops for North Natchitoches Elementary School, Natchitoches Junior High School, and Goldonna Elementary School. Funded by Title II.   

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

            A.         Lisa Richard, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, replacing Cherie B. Coco.

             B.        Elizabeth H. McCullen, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, replacing Tara Z. Harris.

C.         Tonia Butler, kindergarten teacher, Parks Elementary School, replacing Elma N. Johnson.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Terry Williams as acting principal at Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School for the remainder of the 2000-2001 school year.   

  

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Kandice Foster as student worker in the special education department beginning January 11, 2001 and ending May 31, 2001.  Funded by IDEA, Part B for not more than twenty-five hours weekly.    

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Tarnisha Marchand, part-time educational diagnostician, special education department, from 20 hours per week to full-time (40 hours per week) for the remainder of the 2000-2001 school year.   Funded by IDEA, Part B.    

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board hereby approve the following personnel for coaching supplements at Natchitoches Central High School:

 

            A.         Jodi Weierholt, head, girls' soccer.

            B.         Ace Hurley and Bob Ralston, coaches for powerlifting.

            C.         Leonardo Cecchini, assistant soccer, funded by Booster Club.

            D.         Sherry Zulick, girls and boys swimming, funded by Booster Club.

            E.         John Boozman, assistant girls' basketball, funded by Booster Club.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs.  Hildebrand, and with unanimous approval, the Board granted permission to advertise for an accountant position.         

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Shenita L. Nolley as secretary for the personnel department,  effective date January 11, 2001.

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a proposed temporary logging right of  way for  Martco Partnership,  and authorized the Superintendent to sign the necessary papers after review by the appropriate personnel.  

 

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the master site development plan for Natchitoches Central High School as presented by Yeager, Watson, and Associates and authorized the firm to advertise as required by law and develop and prepare the construction documents for Phase One with the estimated cost not to exceed $500,000.00.    

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved a resolution providing for canvassing the returns and declaring the result of the special election held in Consolidated School District No. 7 of the Parish of Natchitoches, Louisiana, on Tuesday, November 7, 2000, to authorize the levy of a special tax therein and authorize the appropriate personnel to sign the necessary papers. 

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Leon, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a resolution with the intent to enter into a cooperative endeavor with the City of  Natchitoches to acquire the Adult Education Center on Keyser Avenue to be used by the  Council on Aging and authorize the appraisal of the property. 

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a study to be conducted regarding the possibility of building a consolidated elementary school in Consolidated School District #7 at the Lakeview School site per attached resolution.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, the Board adjourned.

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            ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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            CECIL WALKER,   PRESIDENT