PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD APRIL 15, 2004                                   

        

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, April 15, 2004, 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 Bienvenu, Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Joella Wilson, Gladys Revels, Billy 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. Walker.

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized:

 

            1.         Lauren Brosset "Yes I Can"  Award for Athletics               

            2.         4-H Achievement Week by Billy Benefield, Jr.

            3.        Carolyn Roy, Editor, Natchitoches Times, the Extra Mile Annual Award presented by the Natchitoches Parish Principals' Association.

 

Reports were given by:

 

1.         Elwanda Murphy on Monthly Board Business

2.         Dan Carr on recommendations made by the Citizens' Advisory Budget Committee

    

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby authorize the Board President to execute the lease agreement with the addendum providing for the  reversion of  the high school buildings to the School Board in the event they are no longer utilized by the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts as provided in the 1983  Agreement  between Natchitoches Parish School Board, Louisiana School for Math, Sciences, and the Arts and the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System and Northwestern State University.  The Louisiana School has the option to return to the Board at a later date for the removal of the reversion clause.

 

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

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of March 18, 2004

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:

                      

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        William Hymes, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, travel to Arlington, Texas, May 22-23, 2004, to chaperone students from Provencal and Natchitoches Junior High to Six Flags Over Texas.  At no cost to the Board.

(2)        Scotti Rodgers, coordinator, SDFSC, travel to Destin, Florida, June 9-14, 2004, to present at the 13th Annual Nuts and Bolts Judicial Seminar.  Funded by SDFSC.

 

            C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

 

(1)        Susie Pardee, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, increase of 2 miles for 2 days, cost of $54.75.

(2)        Fredda Burns, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, increase of 42 miles due to detour, cost of $30.84.

(3)        Shirley Bolton, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, increase of 296 miles for 8 days due to detour, cost of $174.24.

(4)        Jackie Metoyer, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, increase of 10 miles cost of $764.69.

(5)        Annie Joseph, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, increase of 6.2 miles, due to error on original route sheet, cost of $843.20.

  

D.         Purchase of Buses:

E.         Advertisements:   Permission to advertise for bids for:

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Jimmye Holmes, principal, NSU Elementary School, effective June 30, 2004.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Bob Sheppard, bus driver, Goldonna Elementary School, effective 5-28-04.

(2)        David Clark, principal, East Natchitoches Elementary School, effective 7-1-04.

(3)        Renee' B. Mayher, supervisor, Child Nutrition Supervisor, 7-1-04.

(4)        Donna Masson, master teacher, Parks Elementary School, 7-1-04.

(5)        Essie R. Flanagan, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective 5-28-04.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Rachel Brittain, teacher, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, sabbatical leave for professional and cultural improvement for the 2004-2005 school year.

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Means, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the termination of the lease/purchase agreement with Terry Williams on a 1998 Chevrolet BB 65 passenger school Bus Vin #GB17TIJ3WJ107360 to be returned to the Board as outlined in the School Bus Lease/Purchaser Agreement dated 8-11-98 and authorize the lease/purchase agreement with Mr. Williams for a 1999 BB72 passenger School Bus Vin #1BNAHCSAIXF08512 owned by the School Board and previously defaulted by an owner/operator.  The rate on the amortization schedule is to be used at the time of purchase of the new bus. 

 

Mr. Vandersypen was instructed to obtain three estimates for damages on the new bus Mr. Williams is to purchase and report to the board at the next meeting.

 

On motion of  Mr. Walker, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board instructed the   central office to contact Mr. Sheffield of Hines, Jackson and Hines to review the job descriptions of the accounting department and make recommendations to the Board at the next meeting regarding the salary allocations for two accounting employees.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

1.         A  resolution providing for canvassing the returns and declaring the result of the special election held in the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana, for school  purposes, on Tuesday, March 9, 2004, to authorize the levy of a sales and use tax therein with authorization for the necessary papers to be signed.  

 

2.         An ordinance providing for the levy with the Parish of  Natchitoches, State of Louisiana, effective July 1, 2004, of a one-half of one percent (2%) sales and use tax (the "Tax") upon sale at retail, the use, the lease or rental, the consumption, and the storage for use of consumption, of tangible personal property and upon the sale of services in the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana, levying and providing for the assessment, collection, payment and dedication of the proceeds of such Tax and the purpose for which the proceeds of the Tax may be expended, such Tax having been authorized a special election held in the Parish on March 9, 2004, with authorization for the necessary papers to be signed.    

 

3.         The Rural Education Achievement Program Grant in the amount of $182,419 for educational technology for rural low-income schools.

                   

            4.         Budget revisions for General Fund and Child Nutrition Program.

 

Absent During Vote:   Danzy and Metoyer.   

 

On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with majority consent, the Board approved a contract with Marcia Tate, consultant, to present a two-day workshop entitled "Twenty Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain" for 70 reading and math teachers on October 12-13, 2004, for $2,250.00 per day plus expenses.  Funded by The Rapides Foundation.

 

Absent  During Vote:   Danzy and Metoyer.

 

On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board with unanimous voice vote,  approved a Certificate of Substantial Completion for all work included in the May 23, 2003,  contract between the Natchitoches Parish School Board and Corley, Inc., Contractor, for a Base Bid in the amount of $414,900.00 and deductive Change Order #1 in the total amount of $51,350.00 for a final Contract amount of $363,550.00 as certified by Yeager, Watson and Associates and authorize the Board President to sign.  The date of the Substantial Completion Report is established as March 31, 2004.

   

Absent During Vote:    Danzy and Metoyer

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board authorized Mr. John Vandersypen to contact the architectural firm of Yeager, Watson, and Associates on a contingency basis to develop proposed plans and budget for additional restrooms at Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School.      

 

Absent During Vote:    Danzy and Metoyer

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved  Marilyn Stevens, Kerry Braden, Misty Alexander and Donna Beauboeuf as presenters at the Parishwide Parental Involvement Workshop to be held  April 17, 2004, at Natchitoches Central High School.  Presenters will be paid $50.00 per hour for 2 hours for a total of $100.00 per person.  Funded by Title I.

 

Absent During Vote:     Danzy and Metoyer

 

On motion of Mr. Means, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved Nora Lee and Sharon Blake as childcare providers at the Parishwide Parental Involvement Workshop to be held April 17, 2004, at Natchitoches Central High School.  Childcare providers will be paid $7.50 per hour for 5 hours each for a total of $37.50 per

person.  Funded by Title I.

     

Absent During Vote:     Danzy and Metoyer

 

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Revels, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved McKinley Monette, security guard, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Leonard Moses.

 

On motion of Mrs. Revels, the Board adjourned.

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         ELWANDA  MURPHY,   SECRETARY-TREASURER

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                                            CARROLL DANIELS,   PRESIDENT