PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON JANUARY 17, 2002

                                               

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, January 17, 2002, 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 R. Thomas, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, and Emile Metoyer.  Absent: Joella Wilson and Sammie Leon.

 

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

 

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

                                     

1.         Herbie W. Way, certified public accountant, on audit of the general purpose financial statements.

2.         Dr. Elwanda Murphy on upcoming events, various committees, and other pertinent information.

2.         Dr. Elwanda Murphy on programs in the schools to improve instruction--curriculum, grants, workshops, technology, etc.

3.         Mr. John Vandersypen on Laidlaw Education Services.

 

The Board recognized:

 

1.         School Nurses' Day on January 23, 2002.

   

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Thomas, the Board unanimously approved the same slate of officers for 2003.  The officers are: Ralph Wilson, President; Carroll Daniels, Vice-President and Executive Chairperson; Russell Danzy, Finance Chairperson and Julia Hildebrand, Personnel Chairperson.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, 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 January 17, 2002

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:

      

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Syll-Young Olson, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Branson, Missouri, on  April 25-29, 2002, to chaperone students to the National Orchestra Cup Festival Competition.  Paid by general fund.  

(2)        Alice M. Rachal, director, travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 2-7, 2002, to attend the National Conference on Family Literacy.  Paid by Even Start.

(3)        Ted A. McKee, teacher/coach, travel to Dallas, Texas, on January 18-21, 2002, to attend the 43rd Annual Coach of the Year Clinic, at no cost to the Board other than substitute.

(4)        Larry Alexander, teacher/coach, travel to Magnolia, Arkansas, on January 16-17, 2002, to chaperone a student to Southern Arkansas State University, at no cost to the Board.

(5)        Rachel Thomas, East Natchitoches Elementary and Weaver Elementary School, travel to San Antonio, Texas, on February 22 -25, 2002, to attend the 2002 TMEA Music Clinic/Convention.  Paid by school budget.

(6)        Donna H. Rose, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School,travel to Branson, Missouri, on April 25-29, 2002, to chaperone students to the National Orchestra Cup Festival Competition.  Paid by general fund.

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

D.         Purchases of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:    Permission to advertise for bids for:

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Odell Cobb, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective January 11, 2002.

(2)        Gregory O'Quinn, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective January 21, 2002.

(3)        Dorena Chevalier, teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary School, effective January 4, 2002.

(4)        Sandra Moore, LEAP tutor, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective December 12, 2001.

(5)        Sammie J. Bell,  LEAP tutor, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective January 9, 2002.

                        (6)        Nelda Putek, school food service technician, Natchitoches Central High School, effective January 28, 2002.

                        (7)        Larry Freeman, bus driver, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High  School, effective January 14, 2002.

                        (8)        Christyn Perot Childress, Leap tutor, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective November 1, 2001.

                        (9)        Rhonda Edwards, LEAP tutor, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective January 8, 2002.

 

            G.         Retirements:

           

            H.         Requests for Leave:

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Finance Report.

 

Mr. Vandersypen presented the Monthly Budget Status Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, the Board unanimously approved a State School Improvement Fund Grant in the amount of $86,206.90.  The schools receiving funds are: Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High, Fairview Alpha Elementary, Natchitoches Junior High, North Natchitoches Elementary and Parks Elementary.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the General Purpose Financial Statements and Independent Auditor's Report for the Year Ended June 30, 2001, with Supplemental Information Schedules.       

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board authorized Dr. Murphy to request an opinion of the Board=s attorney as to whether the restrictions can be removed from the Ashland School property per the request of the Mayor of Ashland.

           

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

    

A.         Sue Turnley, bus attendant, from Sharon Jennings' bus to Jean Wall's bus, replacing Judy Ashcraft.     

B.         Sonia Giddens, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, to Title 1, Pre-K replacing Kelly Withers.

   

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

 

A.          Jill Brown, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Odell Cobb.

B.         Crystal Stewart, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Leslie Sinclair.

C.         Tony Rainey, LEAP 21 tutor, East Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Latisha Kirkendoll.

D.         Gwendolyn Robinson, special education teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Dorena Chevalier.

E.         Donna Gayle Bardwell, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Gregory O'Quinn.  

F.         Ursula Mack, LEAP 21 tutor, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Christyn Childress.  

G.         Jerry McKinney, Jr., teacher, Parks Elementary School, replacing Pamela Johnson.
            H.         Silas Duferene Fairview Alpha Elementary School, replacing Sonia Giddens.

            I.          Melanie Gimble, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Mary Lott.

            J.          D'metrus Myers, substitute teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Essie Taylor, second semester.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous approval, the Board rescinded the sabbatical leave of Erica Scott.  

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Anitra Moses, special education student worker, North Natchitoches Elementary School, for 10 hours per week at $6.00 per hour.  Funded by IDEA, Part B.

On motion of Mr. Thomas, the Board adjourned.

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            ELWANDA MURPHY,   SECRETARY-TREASURER

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RALPH  D. WILSON,   PRESIDENT