PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON OCTOBER 10, 2002

                                               

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, October 10, 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, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Emile Metoyer, Joella Wilson, and Gladys Revels.   Absent:    Bobby E. Thomas and Russell E. Danzy.

 

The meeting was called to order by President Wilson, followed by an invocation by Mrs. Joella Wilson and Pledge of Allegiance by Dr. Millard J. Bienvenu.

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board received a monthly update from Dr. Elwanda Murphy.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board approved a joint resolution recognizing October as National Month of the Young Adolescent.

 

By joint resolution, the Board approved National School Lunch Week

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of September 12, 2002

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:   

      

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Margaret Garland, teacher, Natchitoches Central. High School, travel to Jacksonville, Florida, on November 22 - 25, 2002, to chaperone students (one state officer and nine other students) to FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference.   General fund to pay for teacher and state officer according to Board policy.

 

(2)        Julie Boudreaux, Monica Governale, and Laura Powell-Strahan, teachers, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School,  travel to Biloxi, Mississippi, on October 3-7, 2002,  to attend the Southern Regional Math Conference.  At no cost to the Board, other than substitute.  Teachers are requesting one professional leave day.

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

 

(1)        Bob Sheppard, Goldonna Elementary School, additional one mile,  cost of  $236.25. 

 

D.         Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

E.         Advertisements:   Permission to advertise for bids for:

 

(1)        Surplus Sale

           

F.         Resignations:

           

(1)        Jim Briggs, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, effective September 27, 2002.

(2)        Detre Willis, Even Start paraprofessional, Even Start, Natchitoches Educational Center, effective October 18, 2002.

(3)        Facial Raymond, special education paraprofessional, Weaver Elementary School, effective October 9, 2002.

(4)        Gilda Johnson, Title I paraprofessional, Parks Elementary School, effective October 7, 2002

 

G.         Retirements: 

 

(1)        Edward Johnson, maintenance department, effective August 6, 2002.

 

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

 

Mr. Vandersypen presented the Monthly Budget Status Report.         

              

On motion Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Revels, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Rose Cofield, teacher, for after-school detention for Parks Elementary School for 123 days @ 4 days per week for 1 hour per day at $20.00 per hour for a total of $2,460.00.  The substitute teacher is Cynthia King.  Funded by Title I.     

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Revels, the Board unanimously approved payment of $300.00 to Misty Alexander as facilitator for Natchitoches Central High School Southern Association of Colleges and Universities.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board approved the LEAP 21 Tutoring Program in the amount of $60,143.00.

 

On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board approved the attached list of LEAP 21 Tutors with funding.

  

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters Grant in the amount of $108,000.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Grant in the amount of $60,000.

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mrs. Revels, the Board approved personnel and funding for the attached list of programs and grants:

 

*           Academic Learning Centers

                        *           Adult and Family Literacy Grant

*           After-School For All 

*           Family Nights Math and Science Grant

*           LA 4-Teachers and Paraprofessionals

*           Saturday Detention

*           Teacher Tutoring

   

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board approved Jamie Warren, student worker, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, to work with English as a Second Language students 3 days per week, 7 hours per day, $6.50 per hour for 82 days for a total of $3731.00 for the 2002-03 school year.  Funded by Title I.              

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried the Board approved  Delores Bivens for SDFSC School Contact Coordinator at Parks Elementary at $500.00 per year.  Funded by Greatest Needs budget.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board approved Change Order #1 with RDS Construction, Inc., for Natchitoches Central High School for additional work on the all weather track for a net increase of $85,694.00 with authorization for Board President to sign the necessary papers.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, the Board unanimously approved a contract with Sedley Brown as presenter for a DRA In-service:   "Using DRA to Plan Instruction". The in-service will be held October 12, 2002, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at NSU TEC Auditorium.  The amount of the contract is $613.67 with travel expenses to be paid according to travel policy.  Funded by K-3 Reading and Math Initiative.  

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the K- 3 Reading and Math Initiative Application and budget in the amount of $129,368.    

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved the Classroom Based Technology Fund (CBTF) Budget in the amount of $76,459. 

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board approved the Classroom Based Technology Fund Enhancing Education Through Technology Budget (CBTF/EETT) in the amount of $69,610.  

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board approved the First Tech Competitive Budget in the amount of $104,453.

                      

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board unanimously approved an employee supplement of $1000.00 for certificated personnel and $600.00 for non-certificated personnel per attached resolution.       

 

On motion of Mrs. Revels , seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried,  the  Board  authorized  loans from the general fund, if necessary, to cover cost for special programs monthly payroll for stipends to personnel,  substitutes, bus drivers and  tutors  due to delay in reimbursement from the programs.    

 

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved the following personnel:

 

A.        Jessie Hoffpauir, retiree, agriculture teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, replacing James Briggs, for the 2002-2003 school year.

B.        Sharon Nelson , paraprofessional, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, for  the 2002-2003 school year, due to increase in enrollment.

C.        Dimple Bowers, teacher, Goldonna Elementary School, replacing Pamela Stewart.  

  

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Metoyer, the Board approved   Rose Marie Salim, social worker for Teen Pregnancy Initiative Program.   Funded by Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Grant according to teacher salary schedule.  

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved

Vera Bernstine as coordinator for the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters Grant at $20.00 per hour for 5 hours per day for  5 days per week for 50 weeks.  Total salary is $25,000.00.

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with majority voice vote, the Board approved the wearing of uniforms in schools from  Pre K through grade 12 beginning in the fall of 2003.  A committee will be appointed to decide colors, rules, restrictions, etc.  Mr. Daniels and Mrs. Wilkerson cast nay votes.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Daniels, the Board unanimously approved removing the restrictions from the Clarence School property per attached resolution.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, the Board adjourned.    

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ELWANDA  MURPHY,  SECRETARY - TREASURER

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RALPH WILSON,   PRESIDENT