PROCEEDING OF REGULAR MEETING

OF THE NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON MARCH 15, 2001                  

                                              

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, March 15, 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 D. 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 Wilson, followed by an invocation by Mr. Thomas and Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Leon.

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board received reports on:

 

1.         Budget Committee Report by Mr. Ed. Dranguet

            2.         Parent Involvement in Schools by Dr. Elwanda Murphy

3.         LSBA 2001Meeting by various Board members and Dr. Murphy.

4.         Departmental Report on the LEAP and IOWA testing by Trudy Howell.

           

The Board recognized:

           

1.         Attendance Awareness Week presented by Dr. Elwanda Murphy.

2.         All District Honor Band Winners by Mr. William Hymes and Dr.    

Elwanda Murphy.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved naming the proposed field house at Natchitoches Central High School in honor of Mr. Eugene Christmas.   Contributions will be accepted to help defray the cost of the building.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Danzy, the Board unanimously approved a partnership between Northwestern State University and Natchitoches Parish Schools in the formation and implementation of a Blue Ribbon Professional Development School.  The school and the university will share the responsibility for:

 

1.         Clinical preparation of new teachers

2.         The continuing development of school and university faculty

3.         The support of children=s learning

4.         The support of research directed at the improvement of teaching and learning    

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of February 6, 2001.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:  

   

B.         Out of State Travel:  

 

(1)        Trudy Howell and Alice Rachal, travel to San Diego, California, April 5-9, 2001, to attend Bridging Schools and Homes Education Summit, at no cost to the Board.

 

(2)        Vade L. Gordon, (military leave) Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Irvine, California, February 8-12, 2001, to attend a USAR Conference (Military Police Criminal Investigation Division), at no cost to the Board.

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Cheryl Collins, Natchitoches Central High School, additional 1.5 miles, cost of $192.93.

(2)        Cheryl Collins, NSU Elementary School, additional 3.5 miles, cost of $383.16.

(3)        Cheryl Collins, Weaver  Elementary School, additional .5 miles,  cost of $ 46.61.

(4)        Darlene Dickson, Adult Education Center, additional 2 miles, cost of $212.40.     

(5)        Darlene Dickson, Adult Education Center, additional .5 miles, cost of  $40.12.

(6)        Darlene Dickson, Adult Education Center, additional .3 miles, cost of  $ 23.10.  

            D.         Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

            E.         Advertisements:  

 

(1)        Request permission to advertise for bids as necessary for the following for use in the Child Nutrition Program during the 2001-02 school year:

 

a.         Processed foods and supplies

b.         Frozen foods

c.         Meats and related products

d.         Milk and dairy products

e.         Bread and related products

f.          Cleaning and paper supplies

g.         Various large kitchen/cafeteria equipment

h.         Various small kitchen/cafeteria equipment and supplies

 

   4.      PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

G.         Retirements:

 

H.         Requests for Leave

                       

(1)        Juliete L. Moffett, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, request for sabbatical leave for professional and cultural improvement for the 2001-2002 school year.

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Finance Report.

 

On motion Mr. Danzy, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, that the Board hereby accept the low bid meeting specifications of Waring-Bravin Landscape, Inc., for architectural landscape design services for BRE 9 schools per attached bid compilation.

 

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

Mr. John Vandersypen presented a report on the status of the budget.    

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved transportation reimbursement (private automobile) for G. Lawrence Prince, Jr.  (student)  Provencal Elem./Jr. High School for 14.4 miles one-way, by Karen Prince (driver).    

 

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

 

1.         Doris Butler as teacher coordinator for REA Tutorial Assistance Program for after school tutoring at $20.00 per hour, one hour per day for three days a week.  Funded by REA Tutorial Assistance Program.

 

2.         Shane Matthew Hubbarb and Charli Fredieu as tutors for REA Tutorial Assistance Program at Fairview Alpha Elementary School at $6.00 per hour for three hours per week.  Funded by REA Tutorial Assistance Program.       

  

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board  approved Kathy Dollar to assist with the planning and training of teachers to conduct the Louisiana Alternate Assessment and with On-Site State Monitoring from March 6 to April 6, 2001, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at $20.00 per hour.  Funded by IDEA Part B.  

   

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

 

1.         A contract with Jean Blaydes, presenter, for staff  development forProject Brain for $200.00 per hour for 3 hours,  plus travel expenses, and stipends for twenty (20) teachers and one administrator at $20.00 per hour for  three hours.  Funded by Rapides Foundation Grant.

                       

2.         Stipends for fifteen (15)  teachers and one administrator at 20.00 per hour for two hours for  planning and conducting Project BRAINParent Night  to be announced for March prior to IOWA and LEAP testing.   Funded by Rapides Foundation Grant.  

 

By joint resolution the Board approved the proposed intergovernmental agreement between the City of  Natchitoches and the Natchitoches Parish School Board for the city to lease with option to purchase the Adult Education Building on Keyser Avenue with authorization for Board President to sign per attached agreement.

 

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

 

1.         Martha Applegate DeCecchi as ESL tutor for five (5) hours per day for 90 days at $5.15 per hour for a total of $2,317.50 (summer school included).  Not to exceed 450 hours.  Funded by Migrant Education.

                       

2.         Linda Martin to teach computer literacy instruction for adults at Fairview Alpha Elementary for six (6) hours per week at $20.00 per hour for twenty weeks at a total cost of $2,400.00.   Funded by Even Start Initiative Grant.

 

3.         Martha Hays to provide technical assistance in the area of evaluation as  needed by the Natchitoches Parish Even Start Project during the month of May and June 2001.  The Board agrees to pay $50.00 per hour for 36 hours for a total of $1800.00 plus an additional $204.24 for travel. Funded by Even Start Initiative Grant.  

           

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Leon, and with majority voice vote, the Board approved stipends for the following teachers for staff development to survey, research, and write the School Improvement Plan for Provencal Elem./Jr. High School at $20.00 per hour for 7 hours for a total of $140.00 per teacher.  The total cost would be $3,640.00 and funded by Title I.  Teachers are:

 

    Bryant Gandy, Jr., team leader           Virginia Dennis, team leader

                Carletta Jones                                     Donna Deason

                Sheila Warner                                     Jerry Dawson, team leader           

   Rachel Brittain                                     Andrea Penrod

                Nelda Liles, team leader                     Marilyn Stevens

                Christy D. Gibson                               Frances Hoffpauir

                Lori Savell                                          Gayle Bernard

                Susan Horn, special ed.                      Bonnie Hernandez, special ed.

                Regina Prewitt, team leader               William Poe, team leader

                Paula Ammons, special ed.                Carol Morgan

                Dawna Penrod                                    Kevin Warner

                Deborah Bennett, special ed.              Nancy Fontana

                Jeanne Doggett                                   Wanda St. Andre

 

Mrs. Hildebrand and Mrs. Wilkerson cast nay  voice  votes.

 

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.                  

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following personnel:

 

A.         Damion Brown, teacher, Natchitoches Education Center, due to increased enrollment. 

B.         Pinkie Jones Williams, secretary, Parks Elementary School, replacing  Linda Babers.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following LEAP Tutors for Special Education:

 

Anicia Banks                             Andrea Pickett

Kiley Davis                                Lakesha Walker

Anitra Moses                             Anastasia Winston

Debra Nichols                            Richard Ratliff

 

Financing for tutors was approved in the February meeting.

   

Mr. Daniels presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, that the Board hereby authorize its bond attorneys, Foley & Judell, L.L.P., to prepare the necessary proceedings for calling an election in Consolidated School District #7 in July 2001, and that the Board employ Yeager, Watson and Associates on a contingency basis at no expense to the Board for the purpose of conducting a feasibility study for constructing a consolidated elementary school at the Lakeview School site, and further authorize the Superintendent to obtain the necessary approval from the federal judge.

 

The following substitute motion was offered by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Daniels, that the purposed elementary school be built at Fairview Alpha and the Goldonna School be left at the present location with the approval of the federal judge.    The vote on the substitute motion was as follows:

 

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

 

The vote on the original motion was as follows:

 

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

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with majority consent, the Board approved the school calendar for 2001-2002 school year.

 

Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Wilkerson, and Mrs. Hildebrand cast nay votes.

 

Mrs. Mary Montgomery reported that due to a lack of parental response in the parish to the school uniform survey, the issue of school uniforms would be closed for the present.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Daniels, and with unanimous consent, the Board upheld the student expulsion appeal regarding Megan Warner.           

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, the Board adjourned.

 

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                                                 ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

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                                                 RALPH D. WILSON,   PRESIDENT