PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD JULY 12, 2001

                                                

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on July 12, 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 were present:  Cecil Walker, Carroll Daniels, Dorothy Wilkerson, Ralph Wilson, Bobby R. Thomas, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Emile E. Metoyer, and Joella Wilson.  Absent:   Rudolph Leon, Jr., and Russell E. Danzy.

 

The meeting was called to order by President Wilson, followed by and invocation by Mrs. Joella Wilson and Pledge of Allegiance by Mrs. Wilkerson.

   

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized:

 

1.         James Guin, Trudy Howell and Jerry Wester received recognition and plaques on the occasion of their retirement.

2.         Mr. Ronnie Waites, Principal, Natchitoches Central High School, presented the departmental report on the progress of 4 X 4 scheduling .

3.         Dr. Elwanda Murphy gave an update on Laidlaw Transit, Inc.

4.         Dr. Elwanda Murphy stated that support personnel would receive a one-time salary supplement of $328.76 in July.          

    

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, 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:       

  

B.         Out of State Travel:   

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

D.         Advertisements:     Permission to advertise for bids for:

 

(1)        Sale of a 1985 bus at Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School  

 

 4.        PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

E.         Resignations:

           

(1)        Eva Benjamin Page, paraprofessional, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective 6-20-2001.

(2)        Rhonda M. Flores, teacher, Natchitoches Central High    School, effective 6-21-2001.  

(3)        Brion Keith Blackmon, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective 5-30-2001.

(4)        Jackie Arthur, teacher/coordinator, Weaver Elementary School, effective 6-26-2001.   

                        (5)        Charlene Hammett, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective 6-22-2001.

(6)        Ashley Crew, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective 7-3-2001.

(7)        Cathy Davis, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School,  effective 7-2-2001.

(8)        Bonnie Hernandez, special education teacher, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, effective 7-1- 2001.

(9)        Stacey Trichel, transportation manager, effective 7-2- 2001, pending outcome of litigation and opinion of attorney general.

(10)       Eilene McTire, secretary, maintenance/transportation, effective 7-2-2001, pending outcome of litigation.

(11)       Delilah Warren, special education teacher, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, effective 7-2-2001.  

(12)       Misty LaCour, music teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective 6-29-2001.

           

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Trudy Howell, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, effective July 7, 2001.

(2)        Georgia Ann Scott, special education teacher, Weaver   Elementary School, effective June 18, 2001.

(3)        Beverly Giering, speech therapist, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective 8-25-2001.

(4)        Shirley Boydstun, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective 5-31-2001.

(5)        Dorothy C. Jackson, paraprofessional, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective 6-12-2001.

 

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and unanimously carried, the Board accepted the low bids meeting specifications per attached bid compilations for:

 

A.         Processed foods and supplies, frozen foods, and meat and related products for use in the Child Nutrition Program during the period beginning August 1, 2001, and ending January 2002.

B.         Instructional materials and supplies for 2001-02.                          

    

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved payment of the Louisiana School Boards Association dues for 2001-2002 in the amount of $7,000.00.

                

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a Rapides Foundation Grant in the amount of $25,000.00 for Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School.       

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board unanimously approved a Rapides Foundation Grant in the amount of $24,500.00 for Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School.

   

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Kerri-Ann Emrick and Erica Edwards at $6.00 per  hour, not to exceed 120 hours each for the REA Tutorial Summer School Program.  Funded by REA Tutorial Grant.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the Board, with unanimous consent, the Board approved Traci Tynes to replace Beverly Harrell as summer school teacher for 75 hours at $20.00 per hour.  Funded by Title I.   

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board  approved ordering and calling of a special election for a renewal of a maintenance tax to be held in Consolidated School District #8 and Consolidated School District #10 for 7 mills on all property subject to taxation within the district for a period of ten years.   

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously  approved a Rapides Foundation Grant in the amount of $25,000.00 for NSU Elem Lab School.   

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a Rapides Foundation Grant in the amount of $25,000.00 for Natchitoches Central High School.    

   

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

 

1.         The 8(g) competitive grant "Science in the Galaxy" in the amount of $107,552.00    

2.         The Superior Textbook Grant for the Pre-GED Program in the amount of $9,015.00.

3.         The following personnel to conduct technology workshops during the 2001-2002 school year:   W. A. Robison, Willa Freeman, all approved school level tech coordinators, all INTECH certified teachers, and all LEAD Tech certified administrators.  Presenters will be paid $50.00 per hour, with the number of workshops determined by the individual project budgets.  Funded by Challenge Grant, Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, TLCF Professional Development Consortium, Title II Technology Funds, EEF, and First Tech Project.

 

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

 

1.         Tracy Jackson, Pre-K teacher and/or Twana Harris, substitute, at $20.00 per hour for 30 days or six weeks.  Funded by Title I.    

2.         Barbara Jackson, Pre-K aide, at $7.50 per hour for 30 days or six weeks.  Funded by Title I.

  

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board unanimously approved the following finance agenda items:

 

1.         A proposed grant agreement for $8,000.00 with Rapides Foundation to support technical assistance for the school based health clinic at Natchitoches Central High School with authorization for superintendent to sign the necessary papers.

  

2.         A contract with L.L. Jones & Associates to provide coordination support and assist staff members with the establishment of a school based health center at Natchitoches Central High School in the amount of $8,000.00 with authorization for the superintendent to sign the necessary papers.               

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board unanimously approved IDEA Part B (Section 619 and Section 611)  Flow-Through Application for  FY 2002.   

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a contract with First Choice Therapy, Inc., pending review of contract by the Board attorney.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board approved a contract with Natchitoches Day Treatment Center for 2001-2002.  Funded by IDEA Part B.

   

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved the following two finance items:

  

1.         A Tutorial Assistance Subgrant  in the amount of  $54,485.61. 

            2.         A Local Reading Improving Subgrant in the amount of $288,917.91.    

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously approved, the Board approved Kathy Dollar, Linda Barker, Deborah Bennett, Francis Sylvia, Peggy Hernandez, and Mary Yount to receive $20.00 per hour to edit PROCOMM goals and objectives for the computerized IEP from July 30-August 3, 2001, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.    Funded by IDEA.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board approved $100.00 each for all classroom teachers for instructional materials and supplies for the 2001-2002 school year.   Method of distribution would be decided at a later date.

 

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following transfers and/or reassignments:

    

A.         Jill Rachal, special education teacher from East Elementary School to North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Rebecca Gwinn.

B.         Peggy Hernandez, special education teacher from Parks Elementary School to Provencal Elem./Jr. High School replacing Bonnie Hernandez.

C.         Sandra Calhoun, paraprofessional, from East Elementary School to Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Yolanda Davis as attendance clerk.

D.          Judith Gordon Polk, teacher, from North Natchitoches Elementary School to Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Marilyn Stevens.

E.          Brenda Ingram, from teacher at NSU Elementary School to educational diagnostician at Central Office, replacing Tanesha Marchand.   

F.         Shannon Etheredge, teacher, from Fairview Alpha Elementary School to North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Cathy Davis.

G.         Melody Carter, special education teacher to regular education, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing John Avant.

H.          Don A. Mims, principal, from North Natchitoches Elementary School, to Natchitoches Educational Center.

             I.         Nancy Fontana, teacher from Provencal Elem./Jr. High School to Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Alex Sanders.

 

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

   

A.         Dianne McClendon, teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Sarah McElwee.

B.         Ted McKee, teacher, Lakeview Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Lance Dew..

C.         Sarah Rachal, teacher, Cloutierville Elem,/ Jr. High School, replacing Sharon Spera.

D.         Jennifer Orsi, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, replacingCarol Colvin.

E.         Shelly Walters, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, replacing Jackie Arthur.

F.         Tracie Lienhart, teacher, Parks Elementary School, replacing Jodi Quinn.

G.         Brenda Ware, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Rhonda Flores.

H.         Catherine Harrison, special education teacher, Parks Elementary School, replacing Peggy Hernandez.  

I.          Amanda Jones, special education teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, replacing Rebecca Morgan.

J.          Kiley Davis, teacher, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Harold Stewart.

            K.         Iris Self, teacher, Parks Elementary School, replacing Geneieve Taylor.

            L.         Misty Fontenot, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary, replacing Joy Smith.

            M.        Susan St. Andre McKerley, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Judith Gordon Polk. 

 N.         Kristal Pierce, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, replacing Su'Anice Bailey.

 O.          Joy Canon, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, replacing Charlene Hammett.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved two-year performance contracts for:

 

A.         James David Clark

B.         Nina Sue Hortman

C.         Don A. Mims

D.         Mary Susan Taylor

E.         Ronald G. Waites

                        F.         Randall T. Warren

G.         Michael Neklutin

H.         Ruth Ann Kay

  

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved ROTC contracts for the following:

 

A.         Lt. Col. Christopher Sylvia     (12 months)

B.         Major Bobby E. Kellogg,  Jr.  (12 months)

C.         MSG. John W. Burton    (11 months)

D.         SFC.  Jerome Jenkins   (11 months)

E.         MSGT.  John Williams    (11 months)

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved Lessie P. Williams to replace Linda McGaskey from June 26, 2001, through July 27, 2001, (remainder of summer school program).      

  

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Thomas, the Board unanimously granted permission to advertise for the following positions.  Paid by Even Start Grant Funds.

 

A.         1 Coordinator - 12 months

B.         1 Teacher - 11 months

C.         1 Teacher - 9 2  months

D.         3 Paraprofessionals - 11 months

E.         2 Paraprofessionals - 9 2  months

 

The coordinator is to be paid according to teacher pay scale.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with majority consent, the Board granted permission to advertise for Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for K-4.  Nay voice votes were cast by Mr. Wilson and Mrs. Joella Wilson.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board unanimously approved hiring two "Highly Skilled Educators" to serve low performing schools.  The educators would be employed 9 2 months and paid at teacher salary.

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Executive Report.

 

Mr. Vandersypen presented a self-insurance program performance review 7-1-96 through 6-3-2001. 

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, the Board unanimously approved revising the 2001-2002 school calendar for Natchitoches Central High School changing parent/teacher conference day from January 18, 2002, to April 5, 2002.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a security policy change of personnel having access to the LEAP web reporting system to read:  "Authorized users for Natchitoches Parish Schools access to the Louisiana Department of Education LEAP Web Reporting System will be limited to the Superintendent and Central Office Test Coordinators".   

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and with majority voice vote, the Board approved the Pupil Progression Plan for 2001-2002.     Mrs. Hildebrand cast a nay vote.

                             

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Media Day for Natchitoches Parish Schools on August 10, 2001.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, the Board unanimously authorized the hiring of a special counsel to enter into litigation with other parishes against the State of Louisiana, etc., to reclaim $17,210,600.00 in MFP funds per attached resolution.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board convened into executive sessions to evaluate the job performance of superintendent.   

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous approval, the Board adjourned out of executive session.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, the Board adjourned.

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ELWANDA  MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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RALPH D. WILSON, PRESIDENT