PROCEEDING OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE

 NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON APRIL 19, 2001

                             

A  regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, April 19, 200l, 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. Danzy and Pledge of Allegiance by Dr. Bienvenu. 

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized:

 

1.         NSU Middle Lab School and Natchitoches  Jr. High School Orchestra - Winners of Superior Rating at LMEA

2.          Natchitoches Central High School Orchestra - Winner of   Superior Rating at LMEA  

            3.         Winners of the LSBA Art Contest    

  

The Board received reports from:

 

1.         Various Board members and Dr. Murphy on the NSBA 2001 Convention.

2.         Cynthia C. Winston on the special education department and various special education programs.                 

           

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of March 15, 2001.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:  

   

B.         Out of State Travel:  

 

(1)        Larry Alexander, Christopher Bush, Michael Peter, Kenneth Trahant, and Johnny Trangmar travel to College Station,Texas, March 23-24, 2001, to attend Texas A&M Football High School Coaches Clinic.  Paid out of Football Restricted Funds.  Information was not received until after March 15, 2001.

 

(2)        Artelia Dunn, Renee’ Mayher, Verna Rachal, Millie Savell, and Linda Thompson, school food service program, travel to Nashville, Tennessee, July 14-19, 2001,  to attend the American School Food Service Conference.  Funded by Natchitoches Parish School Food Service Association and Natchitoches Parish School Food Service Program.

 

(3)        Laura Strahan, teacher, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, travel to Arlington, Texas, May 4-7, 2001, to chaperone Math Club to Math and Science day at Six Flags Over Texas, at no cost to the Board other than a substitute.

(4)        Rebecca Morgan, Carol Vienne, Margie Machen, and Patrice Trichel-Harper, teachers, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, travel to Houston, Texas, May 4-7, 2001, to chaperone students to Math & Science Day at Astroworld, at no cost to the Board other than substitute.

 

(5)        Margaret Garland, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School,to chaperone Kristi Bass, Paul Guidry, Melissa Kohls, David Laborde, Jessica Pitcher, and Tim Wood, travel to Orlando, Florida, June 25-July 3, 2001, to represent the state of Louisiana in competition at  the National FBLA Leadership Conference.  To be paid by general fund according to board travel policy and student activity policy  (Ref.  File  JH)

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

D.         Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

(1)        Pat Hall

 

            E.         Advertisements:  

(1)        Request permission to advertise for bids for the following:

 

a.         Gymnasium  floors at Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School.

                                    b.         Sale of  two activity buses (Cloutierville and Marthaville) and a maintenance vehicle

c.         Bleachers for North Natchitoches Elementary, Parks Elementary, and Weaver Elementary Schools

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:   

 

(1)        Isaac Mitchell, custodian, Natchitoches Jr. High School, effective March 30, 2001.

(2)        Sharon Roland, SFS technician, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, effective April 6, 2001.

(3)        Carolyn F. Wright, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective April 18, 2001.

 

G.         Retirements:   

 

(1)        Margaret Berry, secretary, NSU Middle Lab School, effective June 13, 2001.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:                              

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Finance Report.

    

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board accepted the low bid meeting specifications of Collins General Contractor, Inc., for site work and additions at Natchitoches Central High School per attached bid compilations.

 

Mr. John Vandersypen  presented  reports  on the status of the budget and the   Workers’ Compensation Impact Report Progress Update .

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board adopted a  resolution ordering and calling a special election to be held in Consolidated School District No. 7 of the Parish of Natchitoches, State of  Louisiana, to authorize the incurring of debt and issuance of bonds therein,  making application to the State Bond Commission in connection  therewith; and providing for other matters in connection therewith.    

   

On motion of Mr. Danzy, the Board adopted a joint resolution requesting members of the Natchitoches Parish legislative delegation to support local administration and collection of sales and use taxes.            

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the request of Robertson Insurance Agency to prepare a proposal with the COREGIS Group for property casualty insurance for the 2000-2001 fiscal year.  

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, with unanimous consent, the Board approved a Multisensory Structured Language K-3 Initiative 8 (G) Grant in the amount of $4,201.00.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by approving the following REA tutors for North Natchitoches Elementary and Parks Elementary Schools at $6.00 per hour for three days per week for the Spring school session:  

 

                                Parks                                             North

          

                    Racquel Alexander                             Billy Howard

                    Brenda Berryman                               Tangela Johnson

                    Kerie Emmerick                                 Meghan Perot

                                                                            Cherie Pikes

                                                                            Nina White

                                                                            Ashley Williams

                                                                            Krystal Williams

                                                                            Angela Cole

                                                                            Christi Saez

Funded by REA.         

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, unanimously carried the Board approved the following finance agenda items:

 

1.         A contract with Marcia Freedman to conduct a workshop  entitled Writing  Across Content Areas to forty teachers from Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School and Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School.   The cost is $1,000.00 and funded by Rapides Foundation Grant.

 

2.         Stipends for twenty teachers from Lakeview Jr./Sr. High  School to attend Writing Across Content Areas Training for one day at $20.00 per hour not to exceed $120.00 per teacher.   Funded by Rapides Foundation Grant.

 

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

 

1.         Willie Walker, custodian, Parks Elementary School, to be responsible for   physical care of  the  building for  the  parish wide  parental involvement workshop for six hours on April 28, 2001,  at a cost of $7.50 per hour.   Funded by Title I.  

 

2.         Jackline Stafford and Angie Robinson, paraprofessionals, to provide child care service for five hours each at the parish wide parental involvement workshop on April 28, 2001, at a cost of $7.50 per hour.  Funded by Title I. 

 

3.         Twana Harris, social worker, Parks Elementary School and Donna Masson, parent involvement educator, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High   School, to serve as workshop presenters at the parish wide parental involvement workshop for two hours each on April 28, 2001, at a cost of $50.00 per hour. Funded by Title I.  

 

4.         Joyce Jackson, paraprofessional, presenter-assistant, and Karen Cyiark,  parent volunteer, presenter-assistant, for five hours each, to provide services for the parish wide parental involvement workshop on April 28, 2001, at a cost of $7.50 per hour.   Funded by Title I.

 

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel report:

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent the Board granted permission to advertise for a HVAC/Electrician to fill vacancy in the maintenance department.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board rejected decreasing the number of teacher aides in K-3 grades based on the ratio of one teacher aide to one hundred students.   

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Melissa Powell Manasco at Marthaville Elem./Jr. High  to replace Kiley Davis as LEAP tutor.   Funding was previously approved.           

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the agreement with Campaign and Opinion Research Analysis, Inc.   (CORA) for one-half the cost of reapportioning the Natchitoches Parish School Board  and   Police    Jury  voting  districts  and  the  2000  census  population   with authorization for Board President to sign.

                  

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board adopted a joint resolution  authorizing  the  Superintendent  to  submit  an application to the Rapides Foundation to establish a  school based  health clinic  at  Natchitoches  Central High School.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board hereby authorize the Superintendent to negotiate a contract, subject to Board approval, with Laidlaw Education Services for the provision of school bus lease/maintenance, computerized routing and transportation management services.   

 

YEAS:     Walker, Wilson, Thomas, and Metoyer.     NAYS:     Daniels, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, and J. Wilson.   ABSTAIN:  Leon.   ABSENT:  Wilkerson.   (Failed)

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, the Board adjourned.

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ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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RALPH  D.  WILSON,   PRESIDENT