PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON FEBRUARY 13, 2003

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, February 13, 2003, 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, Ralph Wilson, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Joella Wilson, Gladys Revels, Billy J. Benefield, and Carl Means.  Absent:    None.

 

The meeting was called to order by President Daniels, followed by an invocation by Mr. Danzy and Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Benefield.

                                                 

 Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized:                    

              

1.         National School Counseling Week - February 3-7, 2003, by Dr. Murphy.

            2.         Attendance Awareness Week presented by Dr. Murphy and Ms. Kochinsky.

    

The Board received reports from:

 

1.         Dr. Elwanda Murphy on monthly school board business.

2.         Doris Kochinsky on Section 504.

3.         Marilyn Stevens on responsibilities of the math facilitator.

 

Mr. Daniels appointed Mrs. Joella Wilson, Chairperson of the Finance, Facilities, Service, and Insurance Report and Mrs. Julia Hildebrand,  Chairperson  of the Personnel Report.

 

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 January 16, 2003.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:      

   

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Sue Rodriguez, teacher, Northwestern Elementary Lab, travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 12-17, 2003, to attend the National Convention of Organization of American Kodaly Educators.   Funded by School Budget. 

(2)        Ronnie Waites, principal, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to San Diego, California, February 20-24, 2003, to attend National Association of Secondary School Principals' Convention.   Paid by General Fund not to exceed $1,000.00.

(3)        Shirley Sneed, teacher, replacing Vera K. Bernstine, HIPPY Coordinator, travel to New York, New York, March 28-April 4, 2003, to attend the "Parents: The Heart of HIPPY National Conference".  Funded by HIPPY Grant.

(4)        Theresa D. Hamilton, principal, North Natchitoches Elementary School, travel to Anaheim, California, April 11-21, 2003, to attend The  National Association of Elementary School Principals=  Conference.    Paid by General Fund not to exceed $1000.00.  

(5)        Ronald L. Mayfield, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, travel to San Antonio, Texas, February 13-17, 2003, to attend the         Texas Music Educators Convention.   At no cost to the Board.                 

(6)        Cheryl Johnson and Kathy Dollar, central office, travel to Seattle, Washington, April 9-13, 2003, to attend the Annual 2003 CEC Convention.    Funded by IDEA.

(7)        Syll-Young Olson , teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Columbus, Ohio, March 26-31, 2003, to chaperone Tyler  Poole, student, who was selected to the 2003 National High  School Honors Orchestra Convention.   Partially funded by G/T State Budget. 

 

C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

(1)        Cheryl Collins, North Natchitoches Elementary, additional 9 miles due to detour from November 5-12, 2002, cost of $53.00.

(2)        Kevin Warner, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, additional 6 miles due to detour from November 6-12, 2002, cost of $25.50.

(3)        Meshelle Miley, Natchitoches Central High School, increased passenger count to 55, cost of $140.80.

 

D.         Advertisements:   Permission to advertise for bids for:

 

E.         Resignations:

                       

(1)        Marvin Blake, bus driver for After-School Program, effective 1-28-03.

 

F.         Retirements: 

 

G.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Emmella Walker, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, leave without pay for the second semester of 2002-2003 school year.

  

Mrs. Joella Wilson presented the Finance, Facilities, Service, and Insurance Report.

Mr. Vandersypen presented the monthly Budget Status Report.        

  

The Board decided to take no action on the issue of Terrorism Risk Insurance.

  

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Means, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved  a resolution ordering and calling a special election to be held in the Parishwide School District of the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana, School District No. 9 of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, and the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana, for school purposes, to authorize the renewal of a sales and use tax and special ad valorem taxes therein; making application to the State Bond Commission in connection therewith; and providing for other matters in connection therewith.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Means, the Board unanimously approved a driver's education class at Lakeview High School to be taught by Kenneth Trahant and Lisa Richards from February 4-28, 2003.  The class will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and funded by fees collected from students. 

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with majority voice vote, the Board approved a resolution for canvassing the returns and declaring the result of the special election held in Consolidated School District No. 7 of the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana, on Saturday, January 18, 2003, to authorize the incurring of debt and issuance of bonds therein with authorization for the proper signatures.  Board members casting nay votes were:    Wilson, Metoyer, J. Wilson, G. Revels, and Means.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with majority approval, the Board accepted an energy performance contract with the Trane Company and a professional energy engineering consultant contract with Associated Design Group, Inc., and authorize the Board President to sign the required documents.     Mr. Wilson and Mr. Metoyer cast nay votes.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a Rural Education Achievement Program Grant in the amount of $132,230.00.  Funds are to be used for educational technology.

              

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Means, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a $2,100.00 contract with Janet Hale to provide a workshop for all Lakeview teachers on writing using nonfiction text.   The workshop will be held on May 3, 2003, with materials and travel included in the contract amount.  Funded by Rapides Foundation Grant.   

 

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

 

1.         An Evaluation Contractual Agreement for the Natchitoches Parish Even Start Program with Karen Boudreaux in the amount of $5,000.00.                        

2.         Kerry Braden, Majorie Mims, Annie Helaire, Cindy Baptiste and Marcus Norwood for After-School LEAP Tutoring at $20.00 per hour for 1 hour per day, 4 days per week for 5 weeks for a total of $400.00 per teacher.  Funded by Title I.   

3.         TANF Adult and Family Literacy Grants in the amount of $85,865.00.   

4.         Budget revisions for School Food Service and General Fund.

5.         Charles Brian White, special education LEAP tutor, Natchitoches Central High School, at $6.00 per hour not to exceed 35 hours per week.   Funded by IDEA.        

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved an 8(g) Competitive Grant: "Science in the Galaxy" for the 2003-04 school year in the amount of $59,282.00.      

 

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

 

1.         Increasing Delores Washington from 4 hours per day to 7 hours per day in the HIPPY Program to assist with record keeping.    Funded by HIPPY.      

 

2.         Shirley Sneed, HIPPY Coordinator, at  $20.00 per hour for 6  hours per week for 28 weeks for a total of $3,360.00 to monitor HIPPY Home Instructors.  Funded by HIPPY Program.

 

3.         Barbara Smith, replacing Cynthia Willis, HIPPY Home Instructor, at $7.50 per hour for 20 hours per week for 30 weeks for a total of $4,500.00.   Funded by HIPPY Program. 

 

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

 

1.         Charles Verret, Sandra Martin, Shirley Bush, and  Margaret Guillory for Saturday tutoring at Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School on February 15 and 22, March 1 and 8, 2003, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  Each person will work 12 hours at $20.00 per hour for a total of $240.00 per teacher.  Funded by Title I.

 

2.         The following personnel for the LEA/LCTCS Partnership Grant housed at the Natchitoches Campus of the LA Technical College and funded by the LEA/LCTCS Partnership Grant:

 

A.         Eliza Jones, teacher, Adult Day classes, at $20.00 per hour for 8 hours per day for 140 days for a total of $22,400.00.

 

B.         Donna Masson, teacher, Adult Night classes, at $20.00 per hour for 3 hours per day for 60 days for a total of $3,600.00.

 

C.         Kim Holmes, tutor, Adult Day classes, at $6.00 per hour for 8 hours per day for 140 days for a total of $6,720.00.

 

D.         Mary Lindsey, tutor, Adult Night classes, at $6.00 per hour for  3 hours per day for 60 days for a total of $1,080.00.

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.                                            

 

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

 

A.         Anitra Payton, part-time clerical, Adult Education Center,  replacing Janell Grant, four hours a day, five days a week.

             B.        Andrea Pickett, special education teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Wanda Wynder.        

C.         Dena Youngblood, full-time school food service technician, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Deborah Reliford.  

D.         Patricia Winslow, full-time school food service technician, Parks Elementary School, replacing Laura Brown.

             E.        Cheryl Bridgewater, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Patsy Johnson.

            F.         Brian Foster, substitute tutor, After-School For All, Fairview Alpha Elementary School.

G.         Kristi Smith, substitute tutor, After-School For All, Fairview Alpha Elementary School.

H.         Edith Owens, HIPPY home Visitor, replacing Beverly Warren.

 I.         Silas DuFrene, teacher, Goldonna Elementary School, replacing Dimple Bowers.

J.          Susan Young, substitute teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, for the remainder of the 2002-03 school year.

 

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

 

A.         Frankie Bernstine, bus driver for After-School Program, replacing Marvin Blake, effective January 29, 2003. 

B.         Shirley Sneed, full-time Even Start teacher to part-time Even Start teacher for 3 2 hours to part-time HIPPY Coordinator for 3 2 hours, replacing Vera Kate Bernstine.    Funded by Even Start and HIPPY. 

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Means, and with majority voice vote, the Board approved the guidelines of the school uniform committee.  Mr. Daniels cast a nay vote.

    

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved a Computer Network Acceptable User Policy for Employees and Students per attached.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board approved the Natchitoches Parish Technology Plan for 2003-2006.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Revels, the Board adjourned.

 

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ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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CARROLL   DANIELS,    PRESIDENT