PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON APRIL 10, 2003                                               

                                               

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, April 10, 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, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Joella Wilson, Gladys Revels, Billy J. Benefield and Carl Means.   Absent:  None.    Mr. Wilson and Mrs. Revels came in late.

 

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

 

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

 

1.         District Accountability Performance Scores by Dr. Murphy.

2.         Very Special Arts Festival by Cynthia Winston and Em Horton.

3.         LA 4 presented by Alice Rachal.

4.         Being an ESL Tutor at Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School by Jamie Warren.

 

The Board recognized:

 

1.         Board Members Cecil Walker, Billy Benefield, Carroll Daniels, Millard Bienvenu, Julia Hildebrand, Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Gladys Revels, and Carl Means for participating in an LSBA sponsored workshop and training as required by Louisiana Revised Statute 17:53.

2.         Dynasty Cooper, 6th grader at North Natchitoches Elementary School, for  winning The Spotlight of Colors Theme Contest for the Very Special Arts Festival.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Minutes of March 20, 2003.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following consent agenda items:

 

1.         Adoption of Agenda.

 

2.         FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills: 

        

B.         Out of State Travel: 

 

(1)        Pat Gresham, Sharon Ebarb, Marilyn Mitchell, Shawn Jessup, and Dee Dee Perot, teachers, NSU Middle Lab School, travel to Houston, Texas, May 16-17, 2003, to chaperone students to the Houston Space Center.   At no cost to the Board.

(2)        Margaret Garland, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Dallas, Texas, June 20-29, 2003, to chaperone Jessica Pitcher, Kayla Pitcher, Paul Guidry and Mary Liz Guidry to National FBLA Conference.   Paid by General Fund according to Board policy.

 

            C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

 

(1)        Joseph Raggio, North Natchitoches Elementary School, additional 2.1 miles, cost of $480.93.

           

D.         Advertisements:   Permission to advertise for bids for:

 

(1)        Liquefied gas service for 2003-04 school year

(2)        Pest control service for 2003-04 school year

(3)        Miscellaneous site work at schools as required

(4)        Milk and dairy products, bread and bread products, frozen foods and processed foods and supplies, paper and cleaning supplies, sanitation services and materials, and dishwashing chemicals for use in the Child Nutrition Program for the 2003-04 school year.

 

E.         Resignations:

                       

(1)        Kristal Pierce, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective 3-26-03.

(2)        Elizabeth McCullen, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective June 1, 2003.

           

F.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Joseph E. Williams, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective May 31, 2003.

 

Mrs. Joella Wilson presented the Finance Report.

                                                                       

Mr. Vandersypen presented the monthly Budget Status Report.         

  

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board granted permission to "piggy-back" the Caddo Parish School Board's contract with Follett Library Resources for providing library books to parish schools for the 2003-04 school year.  

  

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Means, the Board unanimously approved the millage rates for 2003 per attached resolution.            

 

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

 

1.         Carol Garcia, Donna Prothro, Callie Richardson, and  Cheryl Thornhill for GEE 21 tutoring at Natchitoches Central High School at $20.00 per hour for 1 2 hours per night for 8 nights for a total of $240.00 per teacher.  Paid by General Fund.

2.         Two After-School Co-nect Inservices at Cloutierville Elem./Jr/. High School on April 3 and 22 from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. for 29 teachers at $20.00 per hour for a total of $2, 320.00.  Funded by CSRD/Title I.        

3.         Two After-School Co-nect Inservices at Natchitoches Jr. High School on April 23 and May 14 for 28 teachers (2 hours each per meeting) and 2 administrators (1 hour each per meeting) at $20.00 per hour for a total of $2,320.00 and 7 Design Team Meetings for 9 teachers (2 hours each per meeting) and 2 administrators  (1 hour each  per meeting) for a total of  $2,800.00.   Grand total is $5,120.00.    Funded by CSRD/Title I.   

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, that the Board hereby authorize an Irrevocable Letter of Credit to be issued by The Exchange Bank and Trust Company to replace an existing bond to the Louisiana Department of Labor Office of Workers' Compensation Administration not to exceed $500,000.00 with authorization for the Board President and Superintendent to sign the necessary documents.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved  INTECH training at Fairview Alpha Elementary for 15 teachers at $20.00 per hour for 30 hours each for a total of $9,000.00 and Willa Freeman (presenter) at $50.00 per hour for 30 hours for a total of $1,500.00.   The grand total is $10,500.00.  Funded by Title I.   

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the Board unanimously approved the request for Natchitoches Parish School Board to become a System Point of Entry (SPOE) for Part C under the Department of Health and Hospitals for Region 19 with authorization for the Superintendent to sign the necessary papers.  

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Means, and with majority voice vote, that the Board hereby approve the transfer of the Cloutierville activity bus (1995 Ford VIN NO: IFDPB80C8SVA31158) to the general fund. Consolidated School District No. 6 shall be relieved of the $15,870.00 balance due to the general fund for repayment and shall further authorize an advance to Consolidated School District No. 6 sufficient funds to repair the roof on the gymnasium.  This advance shall be repaid in annual payments.  Mrs. Joella Wilson cast a nay vote.

 

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Revels, the Board unanimously approved Christy Booth, tutor for Academic Learning Center After-School Program, Weaver Elementary School, replacing Natasha Cabarubia.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Revels, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Robin Burke to substitute for Donna Masson as needed for the FAME 1st Program (night class at Vo-Tech School).  Funded by FAME 1st/LCTCS.    

Mr. Danzy presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with majority voice vote, that the Board hereby authorize the Superintendent to negotiate a facilities use agreement with Northwestern State University with authorization for the Superintendent to sign the appropriate documents.  Mr. Metoyer cast a nay vote.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the school calendar for the 2003-04 school year with Friday, May 28 and Monday, May 31, 2004, holidays for employees other than nine month personnel.

             

By joint  resolution, the Board approved the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement and Deed between the Natchitoches Parish School Board and the St. Matthew School Community Association  with authorization for the Board President and Superintendent to execute all documents to carry out the transfer of the property.  

              

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

 

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ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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CARROLL  DANIELS,   PRESIDENT