PROCEEDINGS OF THE REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON NOVEMBER 13, 2003                                            

                                                                 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, November 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 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 Mrs. Wilson and Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Danzy.

 

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

 

1.         Monthly school board business by Dr. Elwanda Murphy    

            2.         SAT Committee by Chairpersons from Marthaville, North Natchitoches, Parks, Lakeview and Goldonna

 

The Board recognized Mr. John Vandersypen for gaining certification as a Certified Workers' Compensation Professional by LASIE

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of October 9, 2003

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:

                      

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Christopher Sylvia, LTC, JROTC Instructor, Natchitoches Central High School, permission to chaperone three out of state JROTC trips for the 2003-04 school year.

 

(2)        Theresa Norman and Mary Lynne Marquardt, teachers, North Natchitoches Elementary School, travel to Biloxi, Mississippi, December 1-4, 2003, to attend the 22nd Southeast International Reading Association Regional Conference.  Funded by School Budget. Substitutes needed. 

 

(3)        Margaret Hall, Technology Coordinator, travel to Atlanta, GA, December 10-12 , 2003, to attend Galaxy Training Conference.  Paid by Title I.

 

(4)        Becky Herring and Jackie Campbell, teachers, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, travel to Biloxi, Mississippi, December 1-4, 2003, to attend the 22nd Southeast International Reading Association Regional Conference.  Funded by Title I School Budget.    Substitutes needed.

 

(5)        Donna Beauboeuf, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School,   travel to Reno, Nevada, May 1-7, 2004, to attend the 49th Annual International Reading Association Conference.  Funded by Title I School Budget.  Substitute needed Monday, May 3-7, 2004.

 

C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

 

(1)        Curtis Doty, NSU Lab Schools, 2.1additional miles, cost of $475.65.

(2)        Elmer Carter, North Natchitoches Elementary School, 10.47 additional miles, cost of $2132.51.

(3)        Teddy G. Speir, NSU Middle Lab, 2.50 additional miles, cost of $286.65.

(4)        Joseph Raggio, North Natchitoches Elementary School, 1.9 additional miles, cost of $359.04.

D.         Purchase of  Buses:

 

E.         Advertisements:   Permission to advertise for bids for:

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Charmane R. Williams, special education tutor, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective 10 -17-03

(2)        Robert Haire, Title I paraprofessional, North Natchitoches Elementary  School, effective 10-17-03.

(3)        Kimberly Laroux, special education LEAP tutor, Parks Elementary School, effective 10-17-03.

(4)        Michael Peter, coach/teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, effective 11-3-03.

                        (5)        Randolph King, Jr., bus driver, Natchitoches Jr. High School, effective 11-7-03.

(6)        Cloyce G. Chowns, II., teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, effective 11-17-03.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Gayle Howell, accounting manager, effective 12-20-03.

(2)        Sue Dearman, accountant, effective 12-20-03.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Vicki Gahagan, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, sabbatical medical leave for the Spring semester of 2003-2004.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Benefield, that the Board hereby approve Cheryl Gianforte and Mary Cedars, teachers, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Houston, Texas, November 21, 2003, to chaperone students to view the "Heroic Century - The Museum of Modern Art Masterpieces" at the Museum of Fine Art.  At no cost to the Board other than substitutes.

 

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

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

 

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

 

On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board accepted the low bids meeting specifications per attached bids for the following:

      

A.         Various  low  bidders meeting specifications for track and field equipment for Natchitoches Central High School

B.         Regional Construction, LLC, lowest bidder meeting specifications for parking lot at Weaver Elementary School

C.         RDS Construction, Inc., lowest bidder meeting specifications for basketball court for North Natchitoches Elementary School

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Means, and unanimously carried, the Board approved to readvertise for the sale or demolition of various portable structures.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous approval, the Board accepted the bid of Jerry D. Crooks for lease of school board property located in Section 16, Township 9, North-Range 6 West.

   

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board approved the following finance items: 

1.         Six workshops at Parks Elementary School to focus on Instructional Strategies to Improve Classroom Management, Strategies to Meet Individual Needs, and Improving Test Taking Skills for thirty-eight teachers.     Teachers will not attend all workshops at the same time. There will be varying schedules for workshops and teachers. Teachers will receive $20.00 per hour and presenters $50.00 per hour.  All workshops will be held from 3:15 p.m to 5:15 p.m.   Materials, stipends, and consultant fees will be funded by Title I.                       

    

2.         The following personnel for LA4 After School Care.   Teachers are to be paid $20.00 per hour for 2 hours per day.  Paraprofessionals to be paid $7.50 per hour for 2 hours per day.  Effective date September 8 through October 10, 2003.  Program waived by BESE due to lack of interest and participation.  Funded by LA4.     

 

        Weaver                                                          Provencal

 

                        Rachel Thomas - teacher                      Donna Deason - teacher

                                    Kelly Scott-teacher                             Edith Pitts-paraprofessional

                                    Althea Holden - paraprofessional

                                    Christi Williams - paraprofessional

 

                               North Natchitoches

 

                           Rose Rock - teacher

                           Brenda Berryman - paraprofessional

      

3.     Contract with Marci Davidson at Riverdeep Interactive Learning for the Galaxy Classroom in the amount of $42,000.00.  Funded by 8(g) Science in the Galaxy. 

4.     Enhancing Education Through Technology State Grant in the amount of $77,180.00.

 

                5.     First Tech Educational Technology State Grant in the amount of $95,228.00.  

 

                6.     The 8(g) Local Teacher Quality Block Grant in the amount of $27,339.00.

 

7.      Kenneth Trahant and Fred Sketoe to teach driver's education at Lakeview Jr./Sr.  High School from November 17 - December 20, 2003.  Funded by fees collected from students.  

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Means, that the Board approve a one-time employee supplement of $500.00 per attached resolution.  

 

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

 

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

 

1.         Six workshops at Fairview Alpha Elementary School to focus on Phonology Strategies for 32 teachers.  There will be varying schedules for workshops and teachers.  Teachers will receive $20.00 per hour and presenters $50.00 per hour.  All workshops will be held from 3:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.   Stipends, presenter fees, and materials will be funded by Title I.

              

2.         Michelle Martin for organizing Prime Time Sessions at Fairview Alpha at $20.00 per hour not to exceed $350.00 and Iris Yount in assisting organizing Prime Time at $20.00 per hour not to exceed $250.00.  Funded by Title I.

 

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

    

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

 

A.         Brenda Forest, special education LEAP tutor, Parks Elementary School, replacing Kimberly Laroux, not to exceed 35 hours per week at $7.50 per hour.

B.         Chris Nash, LEAP 21 tutor, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Patricia Gistarb at $7.50 per hour not to exceed 35 hours per week.

C.         Calvin Jerod Jones, Title I paraprofessional, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School

D.         Jessica Price, band contract worker, Natchitoches Central High School,  5 days per week at $20.00 per hour

E.         Davin White, Title I paraprofessional, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Robert Haire

F.         Michelle Johnson, LEAP 21 tutor, North Natchitoches Elementary School, 13 hours per week at $6.00 per hour, replacing Patrice Mayne.         

G.         Ricky Jefferson, 12 month custodian, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Coleman Elie.

H.         Kwanteece Bobb, special education tutor, After School for All, Weaver Elementary School, replacing Kalponia Hooper.    She will work not more than 35 hours per week at $5.15 per hour.   Funded by IDEA.

I.          Thomas Andy Field, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, replacing Michael Peter.

 

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

 

A.         Patrice Mayne, from regular education to special education LEAP tutor, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Charmane Williams.  She will work not more than 35 hours per week at $7.50 per hour.

 

B.         A revised LEAP 21 tutors from October 1, 2003 - June 30, 2004, per attached list.    

 

C.         Correcting pay for the following After School for All tutors from $5.15 per hour  to $6.00 per hour due to degree:

 

Kakisha McGaskey

Charlotte Taylor

 

D.         Vicki Sewell, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, for Saturday Detention from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at $20.00 per hour.  Funded by Title I.           Ms. Sewell started August 27, 2003.        

 

E.         The following personnel for after school tutoring for Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School with the following amounts.  Funded by Title I.   

 

                                    Kelly Timmons --not to exceed $   500.00

Laura Soloman --not to exceed $1,000.00         

Laura Strahan  --not to exceed  $  500.00

Melinda Daniels--not to exceed $   500.00

 

F.         Billy Dans at Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, for After School Detention Tuesdays - Fridays at 1 hour per day for 66 days at $20.00 per hour for a total of $1320.00 and Saturdays for 20 days at 4 hrs. per day for a total of 80 hours at $20.00 per hour for a total of $1600.00.   Funded by Title I.

                

G.         Jere= Rushing, teacher, Goldonna Elementary School, to be paid $20.00 per hour for 1 hour daily  as substitute librarian on a as needed basis.  Funded by school budget.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, that the Board hereby approve Shasta Daniels as Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

 

YEAS:     Walker, Wilson, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, J. Wilson, Revels, Benefield and Means.   

NAYS:  None.  ABSTAINED:  Daniels.  ABSENT:  None.   (Carried)

           

On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve Gwen  Antee Hardison as Director of Federal Programs.

 

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

 

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

 

A.         Mary Pearl Listach, teacher, for 4 days per week to teach the visually and hearing impaired due to an increase in enrollment.  

 

B.         Debra Armstrong as head custodian at Cloutierville  Elem./Jr. High School.

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Means, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved removing restrictions from Gorum School per attached resolution.  

 

At the request of Mr. Metoyer and other Board members, Laidlaw bus routes would be monitored for deadhead miles and monthly reports made to the Board regarding the problem.

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board authorized a resolution that all contract bus routes should be opened within 45 days of becoming available.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Benefield, that the Board hereby extend the superintendent's contract by 2 years.  The term would expire December 31, 2006.

  

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

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby change the process of selecting directors from appointment by the Superintendent with Board approval to advertising the positions, receiving applications, interviewing, etc.

  

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

 

On motion of Mr. Means, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board authorized a resolution deleting (and/or city attendance zones) from the motion approved on August 14, 2003, which read: "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 the schools in the Fairview Alpha zone and/or city attendance zones" . 

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Benefield, the Board adjourned.

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             ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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CARROLL DANIELS,   PRESIDENT