PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD DECEMBER 11, 2003

                                                                                           

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, December 11, 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.                                    

 

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

 

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

 

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

            2.         SAT Committee Chairpersons of Weaver, Provencal, Fairview Alpha, and NSU Middle Lab.                           

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of November 13, 2003

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:

                      

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Diana Laroux, team leader, travel to Orlando, Florida, May 3-7, 2004, to attend the National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities.  Funded by IDEA.

 

(2)        Theresa Hamilton, Mary Montgomery, Michael Neklutin, John Laborde, Mona Bamburg and Cynthia Winston, travel to Orlando, Florida, January 15-17, 2004, to attend the National Conference on Alternatives to Expulsion, Suspension and Dropping Out of School.  Funded by IDEA.

 

C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

 

Advertise available bus routes (see enclosed description)

 

(1)        Randolph King's route

(2)        Curtis Doty's route

 

D.         Purchase of Buses:

 

E.         Advertisements:   Permission to advertise for bids for:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Lyndi Paludan, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective 1-9-04.

(2)        Rachel L. Barrett, strings teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary School, effective 12-2-03.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Barbara Nugent, librarian, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

I.          Termination:     

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Benefield, that the Board hereby authorize a resolution for the ordering and calling of a special election to levy and collect a one-half cent sale and use tax for the purpose of the payment of salaries and benefits of teachers and other employees of  the school system of  Natchitoches Parish with authorization for the Superintendent and Board President to sign the necessary papers.  Funds are to be dispersed to employees in the same manner as in the election held on March 12, 1996.      

    

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

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the Tobacco Settlement Funds Investment Agreement with the State Treasury pursuant to La.R.S. 39:99 and authorized the Superintendent to sign the agreement.  

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following finance items:

 

1.         Teachers at North Natchitoches Elementary School to be paid $20.00 per hour for 1 hour per month for 9 months not to exceed $180.00 per person for staff  development  Paid by LINCS Grant.

 

2.         Paying stipends to paraprofessionals at Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School  at $7.50 per hour for 4 After School Reading Workshops.  Funded by Title I.  Juliete Moffett, master teacher, will present the workshops at $50.00 per hour.  Ms. Moffett is to be paid by The Rapides Foundation Grant.

                

3.         A grant from The Rapides Foundation in the amount of $19,800.  The purpose of the grant is to produce high student achievement, improved graduation rates and a more successful transition from school to college or career through systematic upgrade of teacher and administrator knowledge and skills in curriculum and instruction and/or application of technology to instruction.   

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Revels, the Board offered a joint resolution  accepting an EPA Grant funded  through the National Association of County Officials  of $10,000.00  to purchase  four  vacuum cleaners for Parks Elementary School and four vacuum cleaners for North Natchitoches Elementary School with authorization for the Superintendent to sign the necessary papers.

 

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

A.         Da'Nisha Robinson, social worker, to conduct social skills and individual sessions at  various schools at $20.00 per hour for 7 hours per day for 94 days.  Funded by SDFSC.

B.         Cynthia Wenninger, substitute teacher, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Jimmie Odom.

C.         Kenesha Ratliff, teacher,  Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School,  replacing Cloyce Chowns.

D.         Patrice Harper and Jacque Fontenot, after school math tutors, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, for 2 hours per week at $20.00 per hour.  Funded by Title I.

 

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

 

A.         Lynn Roberts, Title I Counselor, from North Natchitoches Elementary School, to teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Dan Butler, second semester.

B.         Increasing the hours of Cleodis Bell, LEAP tutor, to 36 per week at same rate of pay.

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board appointed a committee for the purpose of locating problems with school facilities  physical plant) such as mowing, cleanliness, etc.  Committee members are Carl Means, Joella Wilson, Billy Benefield, Ralph Wilson, Gladys Revels, Susie Brooks and Elwanda Murphy.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board convened into executive session to discuss the request of an employee regarding one-time salary supplement.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board adjourned out of the executive session.

 

The Board took no action on the request of an employee regarding the one-time salary supplement.

 

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

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ELWANDA MURPHY,   SECRETARY-TREASURER

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CARROLL DANIELS,   PRESIDENT