PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON MAY 10, 2001

                     

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, May 10, 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, Ralph Wilson, Bobby Thomas, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, Emile E. Metoyer, and Joella Wilson.    Mr. Leon came in late.    Absent:   None.                          

 

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

                                    

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

 

            1.         Judy Milam on the Distinguished Educator Program at Parks Elementary.

            2.         Renee Mayher on the School Food Service Program.

            3.         John Laborde, counselor, Natchitoches Central High School, and

4.         Madeline Valrie, counselor, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, on Scholarship Programs.

 

The Board recognized the following:

 

            1.         Quiz Bowl Winners, Coaches and Participants  by  Dr. W. A. Robison.

            2.         Teacher Appreciation Week by Dr. Elwanda Murphy.

            3.         State Sight Reading Award to Natchitoches Combined Junior Orchestra by Syll-Young Olsen           

            4.         State Concert Award to Natchitoches Central High School Orchestra by Karen Townsend.         

            5.         State Qualifiers for Science and Social Studies Fair from Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School by Charles Herrington.

            6.         Mr. Coy Birdwell for Outstanding Service to the Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School by Charles Herrington.

            7.         Valedictorians of Lakeview High School and Natchitoches Central High School by Ralph Wilson

         

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of April 19, 2001.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:    May and June

      

B.         Out of State Travel:   

 

            (1)        Cindy Baptiste, teacher, Natchitoches Jr. High School, travel to Houston, Texas, May 19-20, 2001, to chaperone Team D students and band students to Six Flags Over Texas, at no cost to Board.

            (2)        William Hymes, teacher, Natchitoches Jr. High School, travel to Houston, Texas, May 19-20, 2001, to chaperone band students to Six Flags Over Texas, at no cost to the Board.

           

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

            (1)        Diane Saffel, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, additional .5 miles, cost of $56.30.

            (2)        Sharon Jennings, North Natchitoches Elementary School, additional .4 miles, cost of $39.48.

 

D.         Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:  

 

            (1)        Permission to advertise for bids for floor covering and painting In parish schools as needed during summer months.

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:   

 

            (1)        Lance R. Dew, teacher and coach, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School,

                        6-1-2001.

            (2)        Tommy  L. Lay, teacher, Goldonna Elementary School, effective  7-1-2001. 

(3)        Su’Anice J. Bailey, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, effective 5-31-2001.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

            (1)        Kathleen P. Robinson, teacher, NSU Middle Lab, effective June 1, 2001.

            (2)        Eleanor R. Prestridge, SFS manager, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, effective May 31, 2001.

            (3)        Rebecca Gwinn, special education teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective May 31, 2001.

            (4)        Jerry Wester, principal, Natchitoches Educational Center, effective August 1, 2001.

            (5)        Marselette Robinson, custodian, Natchitoches Central High School, effective August 21, 2001.

            (6)        Madeline Valrie, counselor and teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, effective May 31, 2001. 

 

H.         Requests for Leave:  

 

            (1)        Freddie M. Bolton, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, request for sabbatical leave for rest and recuperation for the 2001-2002 school year.

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board accepted the highest bids per attached bid compilation for the following surplus vehicles.

                       

                            1976 Ford B-700 School Bus  (Cloutierville)

                            1973 Chevrolet C/60 School Bus   (Marthaville)

                            1990 Chevrolet Cheyenne Pickup   (Maintenance)

                         

Mr. Vandersypen presented an updated budget status report.            

                    

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

 

1.         A contract with Dr. Kenneth Olsen to evaluate students for the talent program in the amount of $262.50.  Paid for by G/T State funds.

2.         A  contract with Herbert Baptiste, Sr., to evaluate students for the talent program in the amount of $350.00.  Paid for by G/T State Funds. 

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, the Board unanimously approved the budget revisions for School Food Service and General Fund.      

 

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

   

1.         Sandra Mason, dance instructor, to provide after school instruction to students at North Natchitoches Elementary and Parks Elementary at $50.00 per hour not to exceed $400.00.   Funded by 8-G Instructional Enhancement Through Arts Program.  

2.         Tameka Means, Odell Cobb, and Judith Polk from North Natchitoches Elementary and Catherine McClinton, Rose Cofield, and Gwendolyn Williams from Parks Elementary to receive stipends of $20.00 per  hour, not to exceed $80.00 per teacher to sponsor after schoolstudent/parent activities.  Funded by 8-G Instructional Enhancement Through Arts Program ”Exploration of Dance”.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a contract with Natchitoches Day Treatment Center for psychiatric and related services.  Funded by IDEA Part B.   

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously approved, the Board granted permission to instruct the tax assessor to extend said levies and instruct the tax collector to collect the same per attached resolution. 

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Daniels, and with majority consent, the Board approved Kay Gilson as chairperson of the  school improvement committee at East Natchitoches Elementary, at $20.00 per hour (not to exceed $400.00) to work in June to complete the school improvement plan.  Funded by Title I Schoolwide Budget.  Mrs. Hildebrand and Mrs. Wilkerson cast negative votes.    

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the Board unanimously approved  Jace Matthews, Charles Bowman, Tyler Bennett  and Daniel Edwards to refurbish gym floors at all schools at minimum wage from June 4-July 27, 2001.

           

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Walker, that the Board hereby approve Terry Williams as principal at Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School.   

 

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

NAYS:     Metoyer and J. Wilson.      ABSTAIN:      Leon.                 (Carried)

                       

On motion of Mr. Metoyer,   seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand,   the Board unanimously authorized the superintendent to issue employee contracts and letters of assurance for the 2001-2002 school year.

  

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent,

 the Board approved summer school employees per attached list.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and unanimously approved, the Board granted permission to advertise for a Math Facilitator.  Funded by L.A. Learn from June 1- July 12, 2001. 

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Jerry Hammonds as maintenance technician.     

                              

Mr. Daniels presented the Executive Report.

 

Mr. Wilson requested that PTO Presidents be recognized at the next meeting.

 

On motion  of  Mr. Daniels  seconded  by  Mrs. Wilkerson,  that the  Board hereby approve that board meeting dates can be  changed only at a board meeting with the approval of all  members with the reason or purpose of the date change stated.          

 

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

NAYS:     Wilson and J. Wilson.      ABSTAIN:      Leon.       (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and unanimously carried, the Board approved summer hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the central office.  

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Danzy, that the Board hereby amend the bus contract to allow bus drivers who are currently interested in purchasing buses and becoming employees of the Natchitoches Parish School Board to do so prior to the Board entering into a contract with Laidlaw Transit, Inc.

    

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, that the Board hereby approve the contract between the Board and Laidlaw Transit, Inc., for school bus lease, service/maintenance, bus routing and management, and authorize the Board President and Superintendent to sign the necessary documents upon review by legal counsel.

 

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

 

On motion Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous consent, the Board convened into executive session to hear an expulsion appeal at the request of parents of a student at Natchitoches Central High School.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously convened, the Board adjourned out of executive session.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu and unanimously carried, the Board affirmed pursuant to R.S. 17:416 8 the decision of Superintendent Murphy to expel such student from March 12, 2001, through January 14, 2002.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board ratified and agreed  pursuant to R. S. 17:416 (D)  that the period of expulsion for such student shall be from March 12, 2001, through January 14, 2002.   

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, the Board adjourned.

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                                                ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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                                                RALPH   D. WILSON,  PRESIDENT