PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON FEBRUARY 14, 2002

                                               

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, February 14, 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, Emile E. Metoyer, and Sammie Leon..  Absent:     None.  Mrs. Wilson and Mr. Danzy came in late.

 

The meeting was called to order by President Wilson, followed by the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance by Dr. Bienvenu.

 

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

           

            1.         Dr. Elwanda Murphy on the monthly update.

            2.         Mr. Gene Hall regarding status of employees and Social Security    

            3.         Mr. Clyde Todd on the Kisatchie National Forest Allocation

           

The Board recognized:

 

            1.         Louisiana Quilting Project by Students, Staff, Parents, and Community of  Marthaville Elementary/Junior High School as presented by Mr. Herrington.

            2.         Parish Students of the Year, Hannah McDonald, East Natchitoches Elementary School, Phillip Kyle Strahan, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, and Dedric D. Smith, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, were awarded plaques for their achievement as presented by Gwen Hardison.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with majority voice vote, the Board selected Plan 3 of the Redistricting Plans per attached copy.   Mrs. Hildebrand and Mr. Daniels cast nay votes.

 

On motion 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)        Margo Haase, teacher, Cloutierville Elam./Jr. High School, travel to Washington, D.C.,  on February 22-27, 2002, to attend the First Annual National Refuge Friends Conference and present information to members of Congress.  At no cost to the Board other than substitute.  

                        (2)        Sue Rodriguez, teacher, NSU Elementary School, travel to San Antonio, Texas, on April 3-8, 2002, to attend the 2002 OAKS National Conference.   At no cost to the Board other than substitute.

                        (3)        Bobby E. Collage and Kenny Manchu, aerospace science instructors, travel to Houston, Texas, on March 8-11, 2002, to chaperone cadets to the Johnson Space Center.   At no cost to the Board other than one substitute.

                        (4)        Scotti Rodgers, travel to Washington, D. C., on March 13-18, 2002, to present to SDFSC Regional Directors.  At no cost to the Board.

                        (5)        Jennifer Ingram, coordinator, SDFSC, and Chaperone, travel to Seattle, Washington, on March 20-24, 2002, to chaperone students to the National Learn and Serve Convention.   Funded by the Learn and Serve Grant.

 

            C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

                        (1)        Richard Dalme, Weaver Elementary School, additional 2 miles, cost of $369.00.

                        (2)        Susan Jordan, Provencal Elam./Jr. High School, additional 1.6 miles, cost of $276.00. 

                        (3)        Tracy Davis, Provencal Elam./Jr. High School, additional 3.4 miles, cost of $424.68.

                        (4)        Tracy Davis, Provencal Elam./Jr. High School, additional 8.9 miles from 11-28-01 to 12-7-01, cost of $216.00. 

                        (5)        Terry Williams, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, additional 2.4 miles, cost of $369.75. 

                        (6)        Gwendolyn Cole, Provencal Elam./Jr. High School, loss of 9 miles, savings of $1,166.00.

                        (7)        Gwendolyn Cole, Provencal Elam./Jr. High School, loss of 5.2 miles, savings of $691.56.

                        (8)        Janie Raggio, Natchitoches Central High School, additional 2.2 miles, cost of $412.50.

                        (9)        Connie Matkin, Provencal Elam./Jr. High School, loss of 3.2 miles, savings of $250.62.

 

            D.         Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

                        (1)        Diane Saffel    

 

            E.         Advertisements:        Permission to advertise for bids for: 

 

                        (1)        Roofing of Chapter 1 building and authorize contracting of architect if necessary.     

                        (2)        Old activity bus at Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School.

                        (3)        Request for proposals for an Energy Management Program.

 

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

            F.         Resignations:

 

                        (1)        Ursula Mack, LEAP tutor, North Natchitoches Elementary School,  effective January 16, 2002.

                        (2)        Tony Rainey, LEAP tutor, North Natchitoches Elementary School.

                        (3)        Gabriel Shelton,   LEAP tutor, East Natchitoches Elementary School.

                        (4)        Sandra Rice, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective February 6, 2002.

                        (5)        John R. Knott, bus driver, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective February 6, 2002.

 

            G.         Retirements:     

 

            H.         Requests for Leave:  

 

                        (1)        Rowena L. Bienvenu,   leave without pay for the 2002-2003

                                    school year.                                                                 

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, the Board unanimously accepted the only bid of Mr. Joe Morgan in the amount of $201.00 for the portable building at Natchitoches Central High School per attached bid.

           

Mr. Vandersypen presented the monthly Budget Status Report.         

               

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board increased the local supplement between the Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree.  Currently, the local supplement for the Bachelor’s Degree is $4,888.00 and Master’s Degree is $4917.00.  With this resolution, the Master’s Degree local supplement would increase to $5,388 with zero years experience.  The local supplement for advance degrees will be identical to the Master’s Degree.  This increase is intended to encourage our teaching staff to continue their education and ensure that the cost of additional education is rewarded.   

 

To further encourage all employees, steps 26-30 for salary schedules in The Comprehensive Salary and Job Classification Plan will be increased by one percent.

 

These changes will be effective July 1, 2002.

           

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

 

            1.         A  resolution providing for canvassing the returns and declaring the result of  the special election held in Consolidated School District No. 10  of the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, January 19, 2002, to authorize the levy of a special tax therein.    

 

            2.         A  resolution providing for canvassing the returns and declaring the result of the special election held in Consolidated School District No. 8 of the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana, on Saturday January 19, 2002, to authorize the renewal of a special tax therein.     

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board approved a contract with Nichelei A. Talmore, audiologist, for 2001-2002. 

     

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the purchase of six sets of Zeecraft Challenger II player systems for quiz bowl competition.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the Board unanimously approved the General Fund and School Food Service Budget Revisions

              

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

           

            1.         Cindy Baptiste, Anne Helaire, Marjorie Mims, Kerry Braden and Betty Whitehead for after-school tutoring for students at Natchitoches Junior High School for 1 hour per day, 4 days per week for 5 weeks at $20.00 per hour not to exceed $400.00 per teacher. Funded by State School Improvement Grant.

 

            2.         Christy Schutz, Theresa Clayborn, Misty Fontenot, Annette Maxwell, Iris Yount, Pam Stephens, Carolyn Guin and Ernestine Winslow for after-school tutoring at Fairview Alpha Elementary School for 1 hour per day, 3 days per week for 6 weeks at $20.00 per hour not to exceed $360.00 per teacher.   Funded by Title 1 Schoolwide Grant.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with a majority voice vote, the Board approved a one-time pay supplement of $650.00 to non-certificated staff and $1,000.00 to certificated staff per attached resolution.  Mr. Metoyer cast a nay vote.  

 

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

 

            1.         REA tutors and paraprofessionals for North Natchitoches Elementary, Parks Elementary and Fairview Alpha Elementary per attached list. Tutors will be paid $6.00 per hour for 3 hours per week and paraprofessionals at $7.50 per hour for 3 hours per week.   Beginning date for the second session is February 1, 2002, and ending on May 2, 2002.  Funded by REA Tutorial Assistance Grant.

 

            2.         Teacher coordinators for REA after-school tutoring at $20.00 per hour for 3 hours per week.  Beginning date is February 1, 2002, and ending on May 2, 2002.   Funded by REA Tutorial Assistance Grant.  Coordinators are Beneen Shaw Morgan, Gwen Scott, and Doris Butler, North Natchitoches Elementary; Wanda Verret and Teresa Beaudion, Parks Elementary; and Anita Stiles, Fairview Alpha Elementary.  

 

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

              

            A.         Jackie Campbell, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, replacing  Stephanie Martin for Spring semester.

            B.         Candace Stafford, LEAP tutor, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Christyn Perot Childress.

            C.         Beannka Conlay, LEAP tutor, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing LaTasha Robinson.

            D.         Nancy Adamson, LEAP tutor, East Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Tony Rainey.

            E.         Kakisha McGaskey, LEAP tutor, North Natchitoches Elementary School,  replacing Gabriel Shelton.  

            F.         Paulette Beard, substitute aide, Adult Education Program, replacing Amy Rogers.

            G.         Freddie Harrison, special education LEAP tutor, Natchitoches Central High School, at $6.00 per hour for not more than 10 hours per week, replacing Shawn Jackson.  Funded by IDEA.

            H.         J. D. Garrett, teacher, Natchitoches Educational Center.  

            I.          Nancy Johnson, kindergarten teacher, NSU Elementary Lab School, replacing Judy Mondello, effective January 23, 2002.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Mary Pearl Listach for 3 days per week as homebound teacher due to increase in enrollment.  To be paid from general fund.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board unanimously approved advertising for an accountant position with funding for position by federal programs.

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board convened into executive session for the purpose of dismissing an employee.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned out of executive session.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board dismissed Julia Martin, clerical worker.

 

On motion of Mr. Thomas, the Board adjourned.

 

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                                                ELWANDA  MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

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                                                RALPH  D.  WILSON, PRESIDENT