PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON JUNE 7, 2001                                                

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, June 7, 2001, at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Natchitoches Parish School Board Office 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, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, Emile E. Metoyer, and Joella Wilson.   Absent:    Rudolph Leon, Jr.

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized:  

 

1.         PTO Presidents 

            2.         Teachers with Perfect Attendance

 

The Board received reports from:

 

1.         Gayle Howell on the Accounting Department

            2.         Dr. Murphy on Ruling on Consolidated School District # 7 by Judge Little and Update on Laidlaw Transit, Inc.                 

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a four percent increase in salary for finance personnel and other specified personnel.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following consent agenda items:

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of June 7, 2001.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:    June and July

     

B.         Out of State Travel:   

 

(1)        Syll -Young Olson, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Houston, Texas, May 11-14, 2001, to chaperone Natchitoches Central High School Orchestra students to Astroworld, at no cost to Board.  

(2)        Trisha Mastainich, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Kansas City, Kansas, June 27 - July 2, 2001, to attend Skills USA VICA National Competition, at no cost to the Board.

(3)        John P. Duskey, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to San Antonio, Texas, June 17-21, 2001, to chaperone students to Flagline and Drum Major Competition at UTSA, at no cost to the Board.

(4)        Dr. Elwanda Murphy, travel to Orange, Texas, to view Oates School's Discipline Policy.  Date to be set.  Paid by General Fund.

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Ina Jordan, Natchitoches Central High School, additional 4 .5 miles, cost of $423.19

(2)        Sharon Jennings, North Natchitoches Elementary School, additional 1.8 miles, cost of $84.00.

(3)        Richard Dalme, Weaver Elementary School, additional 1.2 miles, cost of $115.20.

 

D.         Advertisements:     Permission to advertise for bids for:

 

(1)        Carpet for the Central Office  

 

PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

           

(1)        Martha Langley, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, effective 5-31-2001.

(2)        Sheredia Condet, paraprofessional, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective 5-10-2001.  

(3)        Deborah Reliford, SFS technician, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, effective 8-1-2001.

(4)        Yolonda Davis, attendance clerk, Natchitoches Central High  School, effective 8-17-2001.   

                        (5)        Joy E. Smith, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary, effective 5-31-2001.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Elsie Huey, custodian, Natchitoches Central High School, effective July 1, 2001.

(2)        Gwendolyn F. Williams, teacher, Parks Elementary School, effective June 1, 2001.

 

            H.         Requests for Leave:  

 

(1)        Sarah McElwee,  teacher,  East Natchitoches Elementary School, leave without pay for the 2001-2002 school year.

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

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the  Board accepted the lowest bid meeting specifications per attached bid compilation for the

 

A.         Aeropres for Liquefied gas service for 2001-02 

B.         Orkin Exterminating Company for  pest  control  service for 2001-02

C.         North American Solutions for   Property & Casualty Insurance for 2001-02 

D.         Various for Paper and cleaning supplies for Child Nutrition Program- use for period of 7-1-01 - 6-30-02 

E.         D & D Distributors for furnishing milk and dairy products for the Child Nutrition Program for 2001-02

F.         Evangeline Maid for furnishing bread and bread products for the Child Nutrition Program for  2001-02                          

 

Mr. John Vandersypen presented the monthly Budget Status Report.    

                    

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

                

A.         Class Size Reduction in the amount of $326,932.00

B.         Title IV in the amount of $35,884.00

C.         Title VI in the amount of $46,229.00

D.         IASA Title I in the amount of $2,359,215.00

E.         Title II in the amount of $55,003.00             

F.         Migrant Education in the amount of $247,000.00

                                                                                   

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent the Board approved  the Academic Learning Center Project Application for Cloutierville Elementary/Junior High School in the amount of $39,589.00.   

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and unanimously carried, the Board approved  the Natchitoches Tax Commission Budget for 2001-2002.

   

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved budget revisions for School Food Service and General Fund.     

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a loan from the general fund to maintenance funds, if needed, to School District #9, Consolidated School District #6,7,8, and 10 .

   

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously approved, the Board authorized the advertisement and auction at a minimum established evaluation price of approximately two acres of school board property in Section 2, Township 7 North, Range 8 West, in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana .   

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously approved, the Board authorized the Director of Business Affairs to advertise (according to prescribed law) for the oil, gas and mineral lease of School Board property in Section 16, Township 13 North, Range 6 West, and further authorized that a resolution for advertising and a check for funding the advertisement be sent to the Mineral Board. 

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a driver's education class at Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School from June 4-15, 2001, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The class will be taught by Lynn LaCaze and funded by fees collected from students.                              

   

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

 

1.         The Learn Professional Development Grant in the amount of $66,684.00.

 

2.         The 8(g) Innovative Professional Development Grant in the amount of $11,700.00.  

 

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

 

1.         Theresa Beaudion and Beneen Shaw for teacher coordinators for the REA Tutorial Summer School Program at $20.00 per hour not to exceed 120 hours each.  Funded by REA Tutorial Grant.   The dates of the program are June 1, 2001, through July 6, 2001, with the exception of July 4th holiday.     

 

2.         The following tutors for the REA Tutorial Summer School Program at $6.00 per hour, not to exceed 120 hours each.   Funded by REA Tutorial Grant.   

 

A.         Betty Golston

B.         Gwen Ratliff

C.         Alaina Monette

D.         Gilda Johnson

E.         Linda Franklin

F.         Dynesha Bolton

G.         Stephanie Ammons

H.         Mayhen Shaw

I.          Corey Shaw

            J.          Catherine Acklin

            K.         Suzanne Matlock

 

3.         The following personnel for REA Summer School from June 1, 2001, - July 13, 2001, with the exception of July 4th.   Paid from REA Funds.

 

A.         Fairview Alpha Elementary:

 

(1)        Sue Fredieu, Penny Bolton, and Jodie Poe, teachers, at 20.00 per hour for thirty days or six weeks.

(2)        Sandra Moore, Sue Roberts, and SuziePardee, paraprofessionals, at $7.50 per hour for thirty days or six weeks.

 

B.         Parks Elementary:

 

(1)        Cynthia Cole and Debra Wamber, teachers, at $20.00 per hour for thirty days or six weeks.

(2)        Nettie Williams and Dorothy Cofield, paraprofessionals, at $7.50 per hour for thirty days or six weeks.

 

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

 

1.         Agreement between Mollie A. Rachal and the Natchitoches Parish School Board Migrant Education Program for recruitment in Natchitoches Parish. 

 

2.         Monica Smith, paraprofessional, for summer employment with the Even Start Program for 7 hours per day, at $7.50 per hour , 5 days a week for 6 weeks, for a total cost of $1,575.00.   Funded by Even Start. 

                      

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Extended School Year Program Budget for July/August 2001 and June 2002 in the amount of $25,808.00.   

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with majority consent, the Board approved  payment of travel for Cynthia Winston and Cheryl Johnson that is in excess of travel policy.  Mrs. Hildebrand and Mrs. Wilkerson cast nay votes.  Dr. Bienvenu abstained from voting.

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the State Child Search Budget for 2001-2002 in the amount of $2,000.00.     

 

On motion of  Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved summer tutors for LEAP Remediation not to exceed 100 hours at $7.50 per hour.  To be paid from State Remediation Funds per attached list.   

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, the Board unanimously approved the  State Remediation Budget in the amount of $126,491.00.

 

On motion of  Mr. Walker , seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the Board authorized the Board President to execute any documents in  connection with the settlement and release of Yeager, Watson, and Associates and Lloyd N. Moreau, Inc., in  lieu of a remedial contract with Atlas Roof   Systems, Inc., which will result in a new  roof  for Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, with a new fifteen year warranty.    

 

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following transfers and /or reassignments:

 

 

A.         Carol Colvin, from Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School to North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Fannie Allen.

B.         Rebecca Morgan, teacher, from Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School to Goldonna Elementary replacing Tom Lay.

C.         Eve King, teacher, from Cloutierville Elementary School to Weaver Elementary School, replacing Deanna Pearl.

D.         Richard Watson, counselor, from Natchitoches Educational Center to Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, replacing Madeline Valrie.

   

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

 

A.         Michele Fountain, teacher, Weaver Elementary, replacing Georgia Ann Scott.

B.         Mona Produe, speech therapist, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School.

C.         Anthony Vaughn, twelve month custodian, Natchitoches Jr. High School, replacing Isaac Mitchell.

D.         Alvin Leon, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Matthew Sykes.

E.         Dorothy Raynes, secretary, NSU Middle Lab, replacing Margaret Berry.

F.         Susan Townsend, teacher, NSU Middle Lab, replacing Katherine Robinson.

G.         Rita Brockbank, special education teacher.

H.         Tammy Templet, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Freddie Bolton for the 2001-2002 school year.  

  

On motion of Mrs. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, the Board unanimously approved Marilyn Stevens as Deep Into Math Facilitator.  Funded by LA Learn and Title II.

               

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved two-year performance contracts for:

 

A.         Renee Mayher

B.         Susie M. Brooks

C.         Terry Williams

D.         Thurman J. Baptiste

E.         Doris Hullaby

                                                                                    

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the migrant personnel for Summer Enrichment Program for 2001 per attached list.

 

On motion Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved special education summer school employees for 2001 per  attached list-master teacher, teachers, paraprofessionals, OT/PT, speech therapists, CNA, bus drivers,  bus aides,  infant  toddler  evaluators, facilitators for computerized IEPS, participants, data entry clerk and file clerk.  Funding from state ESYP, Section 619, and IDEA Part B.

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously approving revised summer school staff for 2001 per attached list.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the request of Melanie McCain for an additional two-year leave of absence to continue with the Distinguished Educator Program.

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Executive Report.

 

Dr. W. A. Robison presented a summary of the technology committee findings.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the locally-initiated electives for 2001-2002 school year per attached list.             

By joint resolution, the Board approved a classroom teacher incentive per attached resolution.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby change Board districts to continue policy of having the same districts as the Policy Jury.    

 

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