PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON JANUARY 18, 2001

                                                                               

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, January 18, 2001, 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 E. Metoyer, and Joella Wilson.    Absent.   None.

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized:

 

1.         School Nurse Day on January 24, 2001 by Dr. Murphy.

2.         Betty Sykes, teacher, NSU Middle School, recipient of Minigrant

from Louisiana Federation of Council for Exceptional Children.

Reports were received on:

 

            1.         Accountability Commission by Julia Hildebrand.

            2.         Monthly Report of Status of Budget and the School Based Health Clinic

at Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School  by Dr. Murphy.   

 

Mr. Walker stated that the next order of business was the election of Board Officers for 2001, and that nominations were now open for the office of president.

 

Mr. Daniels nominated Mr. Wilson with Mrs. Wilson seconding the nomination. On motion of Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the nominations ceased, and Mr. Ralph D. Wilson was elected President of the Natchitoches Parish School Board for 2001.

 

Mr. Wilson thanked the Board for electing him president.  He then called for nominations for the office of vice-president.

 

Mrs. Joella Wilson nominated Mr. Daniels, with Dr. Bienvenu seconding the nomination.   On motion of Mr. Danzy, and unanimously carried, the nominations ceased, and Mr. Carroll Daniels was elected Vice-President of the Natchitoches Parish School Board for 2001.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, 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 December 14, 2000.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

A.         Payment of Bills:  

   

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Jamie Lawrence, teacher, NSU Elementary Lab School, travel to New York, New York, February 8-12, 2001, to attend the United Nations Conference of Educators.  No cost to the Board, other than substitute.

 

(2)        Jennifer Ingram and three helpers, SDFSC, travel to Denver, Colorado, April 4-10, 2001, to attend the National Service Learning Conference.  Funded by Learn and Serve Grant.

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:       

 

D.         Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

            E.         Advertisements:

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

(1)        Misty Thomas, bus driver, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective December 20, 2000.

(2)        Andrea Q. Shelton, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective January 10, 2001.

(3)        Stephanie L. Charles, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective December 19, 2000.

(4)        Teresa Cripps, teacher, Parks Elementary School, effective January 18, 2001.  

G.         Retirements:

 

            H.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Sarah N. McElwee, teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary School, leave without pay due to medical condition, effective March 22, 2001.

(2)        Mozelle Cote, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, request for sabbatical leave for medical purposes for the second semester of the 2001 school year.          

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Finance Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board accepted the low bid meeting specifications of $25,950.00 of Ross Bus & Equipment for an activity bus for Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School per attached bid compilations.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and unanimously carried, the Board accepted the General Purpose Financial Statements and Independent Auditor=s Report for the year ended June 30, 2000, as prepared by Herbie Way, Certified Public Accountant, and approved the renewal of the professional services contract  with previous terms and conditions.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the Board accepted the Student Activity Fund Financial Report for the year ended June 30, 2000, as prepared by Johnson, Thomas & Cunningham, Certified Public Accountants, and  approved the renewal of the professional services contract with previous terms and conditions.    

 

By joint resolution, the Board unanimously approved a four percent salary increase in local pay to be implemented for all full-time employees.  Said increase will be contingent on continued MFP increases as approved by the legislature and consistent implementation of the staffing patterns and cost-cutting measures as adopted by the Board on March 18, 1999, and subsequent changes as recommended by the Superintendent and approved by the Board.   Additionally, approved implementation of the salary alignment for supervisors and directors with supervisors being placed on the same scale as a high school principal with 50-74 teachers and directors placed likewise with $2000.00 added to the applicable scale.

 

After study of the business department, it is recommended that Gayle Howell be named accounting manager and paid on the same salary schedule as assessment team leader based on Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Salary Policy dated July 1, 1999.

 

The Superintendent shall receive $2000.00 plus the four percent general pay increase.

 

The funding sources for this increase shall be reviewed on an annual basis.  Federal programs, child nutrition program, and other special revenue programs shall provide from their budgets the cost for their respective employees.  These salary increases shall be implemented as of February 1, 2001, with payment commencing in the March check.

  

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Migrant Program Reallocation Grant for 2000-2001 in the amount of $74,881.00.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board unanimously approved the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Grant for 2000-2001 in the amount of $55,983.00.    

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a contract with VESC (Ventures Education Systems Corporation) for Parks Elementary School in the amount of $36,200.00 (second year) for Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program Model Training.   Funded by CSRD. )  

 

By joint resolution, the Board approved a resolution and authorized that it be sent to Governor Foster, members of the Louisiana Legislature and the members of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education requesting the preservation of the MFP as structured, refrain from redirecting funds within the MFP, and to actively pursue all funding possibilities and provide additional funds needed to raise teacher salaries to the SREB average.   

   

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the Board unanimously approved a contract with Cherie Didier to present and monitor Project Read Phonology for Parks Elementary and Fairview Alpha Elementary Schools on January 24 and 25, 2001.  Ms. Didier will receive $1,800.00 plus travel and lodging.     Funded by REA.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Learn Local Improvement Grant for Goldonna Elementary School in the amount of $19,748.40.  

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the Aspiring Leaders Academy Grant in the amount of $20,000.00.

   

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board approved the attached list of tutors participating in the LEAP Remediation Project funded by the State Department of Education.  Each tutor will receive $7.50 per hour as per grant specifications.        

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the 8(g) Under-Represented Minority Gifted Program  Budget in the amount of $8,928.00.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a Certificate of Substantial Completion Report for all work included in the August 15, 2000, contract between the Natchitoches Parish School Board and KDM Electric, Inc., Contractor, for a Base Bid in the amount of $90, 451.00 for a total lump sum contract of $90,451.00 as certified by Yeager, Watson and Associates and authorize the superintendent to sign.  The date of the Substantial Completion Report is established as January 5, 2001.

                     

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and unanimously carried, the Board approved transportation reimbursement (private automobile) for Nicholas Triggs (student) North Natchitoches Elementary School for 1.6 miles one-way, one-time per day, by Stephanie Triggs (driver).   

 

Mrs.  Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following transfers/reassignments:

 

A.         Ronald Presley, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, from special education teacher to coordinator for second semester only of school year 2000-2001.

B.         Della Powell, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, from regular education to special education, replacing Barbara Bruning.    

 

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

 

A.         MSGT.   John William Such, JROTC instructor, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, replacing MSGT. Charlie Hampton, Jr.

B.         Carol Hill, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, replacing Peggy C. Johnson.

C.         Deanna M. Pearl, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, replacing Andrea Q. Shelton.

D.         Crystal Berry, teacher aide, Weaver Elementary School, replacing Shenita F. Nolley.

E.         Dawn N. Charleston, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Della Powell.

F.         Genevieve Taylor, teacher, Parks Elementary School, replacing Teresa Cripps.

G.         William Gordy, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Stephanie Charles.

H.         Cecil Boswell, teacher, Natchitoches Educational Center, substituting for Francine Cook, second semester.

I.          Elaine Simmons, replacing Ronald Presley as a special education teacher at Lakeview High School, depending on Mr. Presley's approval as a coordinator.  

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved coaching supplements at Natchitoches Central High School and Lakeview Jr. High for the following personnel:

 

A.         Fannie Holden, coaching girls' track in addition to girls' basketball.

B.         Tony Shard, head, boys' soccer.

C.         Lisa Richards, Lakeview Jr. High School, assistant basketball and track (second semester)

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Brookaja Blake, student worker, Title I Media Center, 4 hours per day, 5 days a week, for 19 weeks at $5.15 per hour for a total cost of $1,957.00.    

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved Mary Pearl Listach, homebound teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, four days a week, due to increased enrollment in the homebound program.

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, the with unanimous consent, the Board approved changes in the Pupil Progression Plan per attached copy.

  

On motion of Mr. Danzy, the Board adjourned.

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          ELWANDA MURPHY,  SECRETARY-TREASURER  

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RALPH  WILSON,   PRESIDENT