PROCEEDINGS OF THE REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD JUNE 10, 2004                                               

                                               

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, June 10, 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 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 Mr. Means and Pledge of Allegiance by Dr. Bienvenu.

 

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

 

1.         Counselor from Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, Natchitoches Central High  School and Natchitoches Educational Center on the Pre GED Options Program and GED Program

 

2.         Dr. Elwanda Murphy on monthly school board business

 

The Board presented a plaque for 35 years of service to Mr. David Clark, Principal, East Natchitoches Elementary School, on his retirement from the school system.

         

On motion of Mrs. Revels, the Board approved by joint resolution, the attached policy on Awards for Meritorious Service.

 

On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, that the Board hereby reconsider an increase in the salary allocations for two accounting employees:

 

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

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of May 13 & 25, 2004

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:     June and July  

   

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Anita Evans, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School travel to Las Vegas, Nevada,  Ju1y 18-22, 2004, to attend a Differentiated Instruction Conference.    Funded by Title I.

(2)        Bobby E. Kellogg, Jr., Major, USAF (Ret), instructor, and chaperones, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, travel to Ohio and Tennessee, September 14-18, 2004, to accompany cadets on Aerospace Science Field Trip. Funded by the United States Air Force.

 

C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

 

D.         Purchase of Buses:

 

E.         Advertisements:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Henry Kirts, teacher, Lakeview High School, effective 5-27-04.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Margaret Guillory, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, 7-10-04.

(2)        Nora C. Lee, paraprofessional, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective 5-28-04.

(3)        Doris Kochinsky, supervisor, Central Office, effective 8-1-04.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

(1)        April J. Giddens, teacher, NSU Elementary Lab School, sabbatical leave for professional and cultural improvement for the 2004-2005 school year.

           

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

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with majority approval, the Board accepted the low bid meeting specifications of Ferrell Gas per attached bid for liquefied gas service for 2004-2005.    Mr. Metoyer abstained from voting.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Means, and with unanimous approval, the Board accept the low bid meeting specifications of Cane River Pest Control per attached bid for pest control service for 2004-2005 subject to review.

 

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

 

1.         Midwest Employers Casualty Company, Option 1, for the Self Insured Workers' Compensation Program for 2004-2005 with authorization to sign the necessary papers.

      

2.         Budget revisions for General Fund and School Food Service.

 

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

 

1.         Devin White, computer lab assistant, for LEAP Summer School at  North Natchitoches Elementary at $7.50 per hour for 100 hours from June 3-30, 2004 for a total of $750.00.    Funded by Title I.

                 

2.         Valeria Kelly, librarian and computer lab facilitator, for LEAP Summer School at Natchitoches Jr. High at $20.00 per hour for 105 hours from June 2-30, 2004 for a total of $2,100.00.  Funded by Title I.

                   

3.         Erin Hollier and Susan Yocum, 4th grade LEAP teachers at Lakeview Jr./Sr. High, at $20.00 per hour for 105 hours each from June 2-30, 2004 for a  total of $4,200.00 and 30 hours each at $20.00 per hour from July 1-9, 2004 for a total of $1,200.00.   Funded by Title I.

 

4.         Annie Oliphant, 8th grade LEAP teacher at Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, to replacing Sheila Peter for 110 hours at $20.00 per hour from June 1-30, 2004, for a total of $2,200.00 with funding  by  LEAP 21 State Summer Remediation and 30 hours at $20.00 per hour from July 1-9, 2004,  for a total of $600.00 with funding by Title I.  

 

5.         Jamie McLarty, 7th grade summer school teacher at Lakeview Jr./Sr., replacing Annie Oliphant for 95 hours at $20.00 per hour from June 1-25, 2004 for a total of $1,900.00.  Funded by 8(g) Student Enhancement 5-7 Summer School.  Ms. McLarty will also serve as substitute in the GEE 21 Remediation program from June 28-30, from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (5 hours for three days).    Paid by GEE 21 Remediation Grant.

 

6.         Daphne Butler, 4th grade LEAP teacher at North Natchitoches Elementary, for 105 hours at $20.00  per hour from June 2-30, 2004 for a total of $2,100.00.   Funded by LEAP 21 State Summer Remediation. The Board also approved  30 hours at $20.00 per hour from July 1- 9, 2004 for a total of $600.00.  Funded by Title I. 

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following finance items:

 

1.         Counselors, Misty Alexander (NCHS) and Crissey Smith (Lakeview Jr/Sr.. High), for summer employment from June 14-17, 2004, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., (not to exceed 16 hours each) at $20.00 per hour.  This employment is for the collecting and entering of career and technical data into the state data base, the updating of five-year plans, and other duties related to career and technical classes and data.  Funded by Carl Perkins 2003-2004 Grant.

 

2.         The execution of a grant agreement with The Rapides Foundation for Natchitoches Central High School in the amount of $25,000.00.

               

3.         Teachers at Natchitoches Central High School for $20.00 per hour not to exceed 30 hours each for curriculum alignment work sessions after school hours and summer hours.   Funded by The Rapides Foundation Grant.  

 

4.        Misty Alexander, Project Coordinator, Natchitoches Central High School, for 50 hours at $20.00 per hour to coordinate The Chief Model during the summer and after regular school hours.  Funded by The Rapides Foundation.  

 

5.         Debbie Dean at $7.50 per hour not to exceed $1,200.00 for summer work and after regular school hours for data input for The Chief Model. Funded by The Rapides Foundation.

 

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

 

1.         The execution of a grant agreement with The Rapides Foundation for NSU Elementary Lab in the amount of $24, 388.00. 

 

2.         Joanne Yankowski,  Project Coordinator, Margaret Guillory  and Charles Verret, English monitors, for additional hours to complete the  Rapides Foundation Grant.   Stipends will be paid at $20.00 per hour not to exceed 125 hours per person.   Funded by The Rapides Foundation Grant.

               

3.         Various board members to travel to the 2004 NSBA Southern Region Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, from July 20 - 24, 2004.   To be paid by general fund.

 

4.         Funding the Woods and Strings Puppet Troupe from Nashville, Tennessee, for services rendered to the After School For All Program, June 15-18, 2004.   Price will include 27 children workshop sessions, 2 teacher workshop sessions and 1 performance at NSU Theater West for children, parents and general public on Thursday, June 17, 2004 at 7:00 p.m, materials and supplies, hotel rooms, etc.  Total cost is $13,000.00 which is to be paid upon departure of artists on Friday, June 18, 2004.  Funded by After School For All for $10,000.00 and Title I for $3,000.00.

5.         Lisa Rougeou, Co-director of the National Writing Project (NWP) at Northwestern State University, for professional development inservice for principals and central office administrators at Cypress Bend on June 18, 2004.  The theme is "Writing to Learn Across the Curriculum" for a cost of $300.00.  Funded by The Rapides Foundation Planning Grant.

 

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

A.         Meredith Cart, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Cecil Nelson

B.         Kristine Walker, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Betty Kennedy

C.         Brenda K. Powell, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Robin Ramagos

D.         Mark Johnson, band director, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Brian Smitzer

E.         Zelda Usleton, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Marjorie Mims

F.         Linda Walker, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Casey Stewart

G.         Lynn Poche, bus aide for ESYP summer school.  Paid by IDEA, Part B, according to Board policy.

H.         Jana Wiltz, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Essie Flanagan

I.          Erin Ehrhardt, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, replacing Andy Field

J.          Mack Hayes, 12 month custodian, Marthaville elem./Jr. High School, replacing Mamie Howard

K.         Christy Nichols, teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary School, due to increase in enrollment

L.         Demetris Howard, secretary, Central Office, replacing Juliana Sheffield

M.        Sunny Hyde, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Sarah Rachal

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following returning or previously employed personnel:

 

A.         Cynthia Wenninger, from Title I teacher, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, to special education, Weaver Elementary School, replacing Pamela Lynn Hargis

B.         Eddie Hamilton, teacher/coach, from Natchitoches Junior High School to Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Brian Rich

C.         Casey Stewart, from librarian to regular education teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Jerry McKinney

D.         Marjorie Mims, teacher, from Natchitoches Junior High School to Fairview Alpha Elementary, replacing Carol Vienne

E.         Rosalyn Richards and Patrice Egan, special education tutors, funded by IDEA

F.         Nicole Blackshear, LEAP tutor, funded by LEAP 21

G.         Sarah Rachal, teacher, from North Natchitoches Elementary School to East Natchitoches Elementary, replacing Shelly Walters

H.         Shelly Walters, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, replacing Crystal Jones

I.          Ami Thompson, special education teacher, from North Natchitoches Elementary School to East Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Michelle Fountain 

J.          Carol Colvin, teacher, from North Natchitoches Elementary School to Weaver Elementary School, replacing Connie Reed

K.         Tracie Simmons, teacher, from Fairview Alpha Elementary School to Weaver Elementary School, replacing Melissa Dunn

L.         Mary Maggio McCart, teacher, from North Natchitoches Elementary School to Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Rosezila Cofield

M.        Melinda Powell, from LA-4 paraprofessional to regular paraprofessional, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Lydia Kilgore

 

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

 

1.         Summer school personnel for After School for All, Even Start and LA4 for 2004 per attached list.

 

            2.         Revised LEAP 21 Tutors for 2004 per attached list.  

 

3.         Personnel for Migrant Summer Program per attached list.   

 

4.         Bus drivers for summer for After School for All and Migrant/ LEAP Program per attached list.    

 

5.         Charmaine Williams, Rosemary Danzy and Mary Sonnier as bus aides for special education summer school.   Funded by IDEA.  Mr. Danzy abstained from voting on #5.

                

6.         Markeisha Smith, student worker, Special Education Department, not to exceed 35 hours per week.   Funded by IDEA, Part B according to Board policy.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved Melanie McCain as principal of NSU Elementary Lab School.

 

Mr.  Danzy presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board approved the request of the Village of Provencal for easement to lay a water line across the Provencal School property (approximately 300 feet) with authorization for the Board President to sign the necessary papers.

                 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, the Board adjourned.

 

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ELWANDA   MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

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CARROLL  DANIELS,   PRESIDENT