PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD JULY 8, 2004

                                                                                               

A  regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, July 8, 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 Mrs. Wilson and Pledge of Allegiance by Mrs. Revels.

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board received the Board Update from Dr. Murphy.   

    

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board instructed the staff to develop an evaluation process for administrative personnel more in line with the standards that the State holds the parish to in the area of school performance.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, that the classroom teachers receive $300.00 for perfect attendance for the school year.  Perfect attendance being defined as being present on all work days other than when on professional leave, etc.

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, that the motion be amended to  stop the perfect attendance incentive for all employees. 

 

Mr. Benefield withdrew his motion.

 

                  VOTE ON AMENDED MOTION

 

The Board voted unanimously to stop the perfect attendance incentive for all employees.       

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

        

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of June 10, 2004

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:    July   

  

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Kathryn M. Hattaway, school food supervisor, travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 26-29, 2004, to attend the National ASFSA Conference.   At no cost to the Board.

 

C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

D.         Purchase of Buses:

E.         Advertisements:    Permission to advertise for bids for:

 

(1)        Construction of asphaltic concrete walking path for Natchitoches Central High School

                        (2)        Dishwashing chemicals for Child Nutrition Program

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Sherlunda Anderson, special education teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective 6-25-04.

(2)        Brian Rich, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School.

(3)        Elaine Woods, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective 6-20-04.  

(4)        Terence Vinson, special education teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective July 1, 2004.

(5)        Jeffery Remo, Sr., custodian, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, effective July 8, 2004.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Vicki Gahagan, librarian, Weaver Elementary School, effective May 28, 2004.

(2)        Dian Jones,  paraprofessional, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective May 28, 2004. 

(3)        Lillie Misuraca, secretary, NSU Elementary School, effective August 14, 2004.

(4)        Marlene K. Basco, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective 5-28-04.

           

H.         Requests for Leave:

           

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

 

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

 

1.         The lowest bids meeting specifications from:       

 

A.         Sysco Foods for meat, processed and frozen foods for 2004-2005

B.         D & D Distributors for milk and dairy products for 2004-2005

C.         IBC/Cotton Holsum Bakery for bread and bread products for 2004-2005

    

2.         A Certificate of Substantial Completion Report for all work on a new basketball court for North Natchitoches Elementary School that was included in the November 21, 2003, contract between the Natchitoches Parish School Board, Owner, and RDS Construction, Inc., Contractor, for a Base Bid in the amount of $23, 900.00 and for a total lump sum contract of $23,900.00 as certified by Yeager, Watson and Associates and authorize the superintendent to sign the necessary papers.  The date of   the Substantial Completion Report is established as June 1, 2004.         

 

3.         A contract between Lisa Rougeou, Co-director of the National Writing Project site at Northwestern State University and Natchitoches Parish School Board to provide leadership training for each school's writing curriculum coordinator at $150.00 per hour for 14 hours for a total of $2,100.00.   The training is entitled "Write to Learn Across the Curriculum" and is funded by The Rapides Foundation Grant. 

 

4.         The Rapides Foundation District-Wide Professional Development Grant for the improvement of student academic achievement in ELA and Math in the amount of $168,338.00.

 

5 .        The 2004-2005 SPOE budget and contracts.

                

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Software Technology, Inc., Contract for one district site license for approximately 7000 students in fifteen schools.  Option A Subscription Fee first year cost of $67,500.00.  Funded by EEF, Title I and IDEA.      

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved The Migrant Education Proposal including budgets and contracts for 2004-2005.  

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs Hildebrand, the Board unanimously approve the Interagency Agreement between the Natchitoches Parish School Board and Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital for the School Based Health Center at Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School.   

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Means, the Board approved paying stipends to After School for All teachers: Tammy Maley, Andrea Penrod, Rebecca Penrod, Lori Savell (Provencal); Evelyn Turner, Claudine Madison (Parks); Anita Stiles (Fairview) and Justin Hijar  (Weaver).  Teachers to be paid for 2 hours each at $20.00 per hour for a total of $40.00 for attending ASFA Puppet Workshop.  Funded by After School for All Grant.              

 

Mrs. Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

    

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

           

A.         Sandra Van Rhyn, special education teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Sheila McDonald.

B.         Julius LaCaze, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Richard Bottini.

            C.         Rose Marr, librarian, Weaver Elementary School, replacing Vicki Gahagan. 

            D.         Sandra Baptiste, LEAP tutor, from June 28-July 9, 2004, at $7.50 per hour.  Funded by IDEA.

E.         Debra Held, teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Crystal Stewart.

F.         Adam Hymel, track coach, NSU Middle Lab.

G.         Sarah Terrell, Title I teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Shannon Ethredge.

 

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

 

A.         Donna Beaubouef, teacher, from Fairview Alpha Elementary School to North Natchitoches Elementary School, replacing Lillian Alice Armour.

B.         Lillian Alice Armour, teacher, from North Natchitoches Elementary School to Weaver Elementary School, replacing Laura Hogg.

C.         Susan Yocum, from Title 1 teacher to regular education teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, replacing Amy Fisher.

D.         Becky Ham, from coordinator to Title 1 teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, replacing Susan Yocum.

E.         Nicole Antwine, student worker, Title I, at $5.15 per hour for 1000 hours for a total of $5150.00.  Funded by Title I.

F.         Charlotte DuBois, bus driver, from driving personally owned bus to Laidlaw owned bus.  She will remain an employee of the school board.

            G.         ROTC contracts for:

 

1.         Lt. Col. Christopher Sylvia          (12 months)

2.         Major Bobby E. Kellogg, Jr.        (12 months)

3.         MSG John W. Burton                  (11 months)

4.         SFC Jerome Jenkins                  (11 months)

5.         TSGT Kenny Minchew                (11 months)

 

H.         Mrs. Vicki Gahagan's request regarding sabbatical leave according to Board policy.  

 

I.          Stephanie Walker, James Johnson, Chrystal Davis, Yameka Lucas and Sarah Gant, tutors, for three additional days to serve as monitors for fourth grade LEAP testing July 6-8, 2004.  Funded by Title I.

     

J.          Willie Paz, Spanish interpreter, for LEAP ESL students at North Natchitoches Elementary School at $20.00 per hour for 1 hour 45 minutes per day on July 8-9, 2004.  Total cost of $70.00 and funded by Migrant Education.   

 

K.         Christy Gibson and Peggy Hernandez, substitute teachers, and Edith Pitts, substitute tutor, for the After School for All Program at  Provencal Elementary School.  Funded by After School for All.

 

L.         Shauntura Payne, Intake Coordinator, 12 months, to be paid at 0  years' experience according to  teachers' salary schedule.    Funded by SPOE.

   

            M.        Two-year performance contracts for the following:

 

    *       Richard Watson, Supervisor of Secondary Education, Central Office

 

    *       Willa Freeman, Principal, Fairview Alpha Elementary School 

 

    *       Charles R. Herrington, Principal, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School

 

*        DeMelvin Johnson, Coordinator, North Natchitoches Elementary   School

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved John Laborde as Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Benefield, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Daphana McAllen as Supervisor of Federal Programs. 

 

Mr. Danzy presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, that the Board hereby authorize the Superintendent to contact the Board's attorney to attend the next Board meeting to Discuss Board statutes.

 

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

           

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board authorized a Right-Of-Way to Atmos Energy Corporation for natural gas distribution lines on a tract of land located in Section 13, Township 11, North, Range 8 West, per attached stipulations, with authorization for Board President to sign the necessary documents.   

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Means, and unanimously carried, the Board instructed the staff to develop a Workplace Violence Program including procedures, interventions, and training.  The program is to be completed by January 2005. 

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board suspended the rules to add an item to the agenda.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board unanimously approved advertising for the lease of the Marthaville Locker Plant.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, the Board adjourned.

  

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ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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CARROLL DANIELS, PRESIDENT