PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON AUGUST 14, 2003                                                 

                                                 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, August 14, 2003, at 5:00 p.m. in the library of East Natchitoches Elementary School, 1001 E. Fifth 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 Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Joella Wilson, Gladys Revels, Billiy J. Benefield and Carl Means.  Absent:

None.

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board received a report on:

 

1.         Monthly school board business from Dr. Murphy.

 

The Board recognized:

 

1.         Mrs. Sue Hortman, retiring principal at  Weaver Elementary School and Mr. Thurman Baptiste, retiring principal at Parks Elementary School, were presented plaques and acknowledged for many years of tireless service to the school system.  

 

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

   

  PERMISSION IS REQUESTED FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR:

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of July 10, 2003

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:

                      

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Bobby E. Kellogg, Jr., Major, JROTC, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, travel to Ft. Walton, FL, September 9-12, 2003, to chaperone cadets to Eglin AFB, etc.   Funded by United States Air Force. 

 

C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

 

D.         Purchase of Buses:

 

            E.         Advertisements:   Permission to advertise for bids for:

 

(1)        Computer/equipment and/ or software for Child Nutrition Program

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Brenda S. Powell, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective 8-7-03.

(2)        Vivian Johnson, school food service technician, Weaver Elementary School, 7-16-03.

(3)        Kimberly Bates, pre-k teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective 8-4-03.

(4)        Tonya Holden Coutee, SFS technician, effective 8-6-03.

(5)        Amy Babin Kuroda, music teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective 8-12-03.

(6)        Herbert Baptiste, Jr., special education teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, effective 8-11-03.

(7)        Sunny Broadway, secretary, Central Office, effective 8-11-03.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Dorothy S. Johnson, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective August 1, 2003.

(2)        Alice M. Rachal, Director of Federal Programs, effective September 1, 2003.

(3)        Barbara Spillman Jackson, special education paraprofessional, North     Natchitoches Elementary School, effective August 13, 2003.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

            (1)        Clara Silvie, paraprofessional, Weaver Elementary School, leave without pay for the 2003-04 school year.    

 

Mrs. Joella Wilson presented the Finance Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, that the Board hereby accept the low bid meeting specifications of RDS Construction, Inc., for a new storage building at Natchitoches Central High School per attached bid compilation.   Funded by School District No. 9 Bond Interest.

   

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Wilson, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, J. Wilson, G. Revels, Benefield and Means.    NAYS:    None.    ABSENT:    None.     (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Danzy, that the Board hereby authorize the Board President to purchase the school site for the new Fairview Alpha School in Consolidated School District No. 7 of approximately 52.3 acres at the agreed upon price of  $175,000 and authorize the Board President and Superintendent to sign the necessary documents.   

 

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy and Benefield.    NAYS:

Wilson, Metoyer, J. Wilson, G. Revels and Means.    ABSENT:    None.    (Carried)

 

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

 

1.         The attached Amendments and Addendums to the Natchitoches Tax Commission Joint Agreement for collection of sales, use taxes and other fees and authorize the Superintendent and Board President to sign the appropriate papers .     

 

            2.         The following programs, budgets and contracts:

 

A.         LA-4 Pre-Kindergarten Program in the amount of $773,125

B.         Even Start Continuation Subgrant - Family Literacy in the amount of $884,226

C.         After School For All in the amount of $176,310

D.         Migrant Education in the amount of $220,703

E.         8(g) Student Enhancement Block Grant in the amount of $100,000

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board elected to receive and approve individual bills to start in November.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Means, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following finance items:

 

1.         The 8(g) Student Enhancement Grant (2003-2004) for summer school grades 5-7 in the amount of $44,875.00. 

 

2.         The LEA Application for 2004 including budgets and contracts in IDEA Part B-611 in the amount of $751,393 and in IDEA Part B-619 in the amount of $54,059. 

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Revels, and with unanimous consent, the rules were suspended to add an item to the agenda.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Revels, the Board unanimously approved to advertise for bids for the re-roofing of the Marthaville Elementary School.

 

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

A.         Joseph Garrison, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Stacey Duskey.

B.         Melanie Martinez,  teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary  School, replacing Crystal Stewart.

C.         Melanie Jones, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Jennifer Orsi.

D.         Pamela Alex,   teacher, Parks Elementary School, replacing D'Metris Myers.

E.         Melissa Dunn, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, due to increase in enrollment.

F.         Ayasha Combest, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Susan Young.  

G.         Virginia Taylor, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High  School, replacing Mary P. Monette.

H.         Shavon Sullivan, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Barbara Walker.

I.          Leigh Rush, paraprofessional, Weaver Elementary School, replacing Donnan Brian.

J.          Freda Sowell, paraprofessional, Weaver Elementary School, replacing Clara Silvie.

K.         Sarah McElwee, teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Linda Page.

L.         Christopher Blake, special education teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Herbert Baptiste, Jr.

M.        Paula Weaver, Title I teacher, Goldonna Elementary School, replacing Brenda Wells.

N.         Autun Shavers Green, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Amy Baker.

O.         Danna Gauthier, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Joseph Williams. 

P.         Karla Higginbotham, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Shannon Etheredge.

Q.         Henry Eric Smith, agriculture teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, replacing Jessie Hoffpauir.

R.         Colyce Guy Chowns, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. replacing Gail Culpepper.    

S.         Shannon Gordon, special education teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Julia Butler.

T.         Rosemary Iskenderian, child specific aide, from NSU Middle Lab School to Natchitoches Central High School.

 

On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following transfers/reassignments:

 

A.         Brandi Johnson, teacher, from Natchitoches Education Center to Parks Elementary School, replacing Marvin Blake, Jr.

B.         Mary P. Monette, from regular education teacher to class size reduction teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Linda Howard.          

C.         Emma Lewis, from LA-4 preschool teacher to Title I preschool teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Gertis Demery. 

D.         Nikki Wilkerson, paraprofessional, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School,  to LA-4 preschool teacher,  replacing  Delores Barnhill Wetherington.

E.         Coleman Eli, from 12 month head custodian, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, to 12 month head custodian, Central Office and Media Center,  replacing Charles Brown.

F.         Shirley Sneed, from part-time Hippy Coordinator and part-time Even Start teacher to full-time Even Start teacher, Parks Elementary School.

G.         Melanie McCain, from State Department of Education, Distinguished Educator Program, to Title I  Supervisor.   Funded by Title I/General Fund.

H.         Sharon Nelson, from paraprofessional at Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School to special education teacher at East Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Linda McGaskey.

I.          Patrice Trichel Harper, teacher, returning from sabbatical leave to regular education at Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School.

J.          Shannon Etheredge, teacher, from regular education to Title I, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Kimberly Bates.

K.         Marvin Blake, Jr., teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Resa Johnson.

L.         Jackie Watson, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, due to increased enrollment.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved two-year performance contracts for:

 

A.         Shasta Daniels

B.         Gwen Hardison

C.         Mary Montgomery

D.         Randy Warren

E.         Michael Neklutin

F.         Thomas Elkins

G.         Mona Bamburg

H.         Theresa Hamilton

I.          Ruth Kay

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Susan Horn to be paid for coaching three sports for the 2002-2003 school year at Provencal Elem./Jr. High School.  The Board had previously paid for one sport.  With this resolution, the Board would be responsible for paying for softball in the amount of $1,332.00 and the school would be responsible for track in the amount of $500.00.

   

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the attached list of non-certified teachers returning for the 2003-2004 school year.   

 

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

 

1.         Personnel for ESYP summer school that ended on July 24, 2003.  

 

A.         Jason Johnson and Mary Sonnier, tutors, for 5 hrs per day at $6.00 per hour for 8 days for a total of $240.00 each.

 

B.         Susan Horn, bus aide, for 2 hours at $7.50 per hour for 2 days for a total of $30.00.

                                              

2.         Markeisha Smith, student worker for special education, from July 1, 2003 thru June 30, 2004, at $5.15 per  hour not to exceed 35 hours per week.

                  

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

 

1.         The attached list of personnel for the following programs:

 

A.         Title I

B.         Even Start Program

C.         8(g) Model Early Childhood Program

D.         Starting Points Program

E.         LA4 Preschool Program

F.         Migrant Education

G.         Title II

H.         Math Facilitator

I.          Class Size Reduction

            J.          Title III/Migrant

           K.          Title IV Drug Free          

 

2.         Matthew Bailey as band director at Natchitoches Central High School for part-time at $20.00 per hour. 

 

3.         McKinley Beaudion and Vickie Washington, tutors, not to exceed 35 hours per week at $6.00 per hour beginning 8-19-2003.    Funded by IDEA. 

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board unanimously approved the locally initiated secondary elective course (Design and Production II)  for Natchitoches Parish Schools.   

                 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved revisions to the Pupil Progression Plan for 2003-04.

 

On motion of Mr. Means, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby authorize Superintendent Murphy to contact the federal judge to request modification of the attendance zones in the case of Ruby Lee Calhoun, et. al., vs Natchitoches Parish School Board of July 1981.  This request would include adjusting attendance zones to allow students in the Clarence area to attend schools in the Fairview Alpha zone and/or city attendance zones.

 

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Wilson, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, J. Wilson, Revels, Benefield and Means.  NAYS:    None.     ABSENT:    Hildebrand.     (Carried)

 

On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board unanimously voted to delete No. 5 under "Inappropriate Dress for Professional/Support Personnel" of the Dress Code for Professional and/or Support Personnel.  

                    

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board approved a resolution opposing the removal of Carnahan Road (near our Section 16 land) out of the system.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Benefield, and unanimously carried, the Board convened into executive session to evaluate the superintendent

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mrs. Revels, with a unanimous show of hands, the Board adjourned out of executive session.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Means, the Board suspended the rules to add an item to the agenda.

 

By joint resolution the Board authorized the execution of a $5000.00 per year pay increase plus $200.00 per month for miscellaneous expenses for Superintendent Murphy.  The effective date is August 15, 2003.

 

On motion of Mrs. Revels, the Board adjourned.

 

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                                                ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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CARROLL  DANIELS,   PRESIDENT