PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD APRIL 21, 2005                                              

                                              

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, April 21, 2005, 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:   Carroll Daniels, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Emile Metoyer, Joella Wilson, Gladys Revels and Carl Means.   Absent:    Cecil Walker, Russell Danzy and Billy Benefield.   Mr. Wilson came in late.

 

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Carl Means, followed by an invocation by Mrs. Julia Hildebrand and Pledge of Allegiance by Mrs. Joella Wilson.

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board received:

 

1.         The Board Update by Dr. Elwanda Murphy.

    

Sheriff Victor Jones was honored with the Extra Mile Annual Award as presented by the  Natchitoches Parish Principals= Association.      

    

On motion of Mrs. Joella Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Gladys Revels, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board approved the following consent agenda items:

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of March 17, 2005

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:          

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Linda Hernandez, Margie Machen and Patrice Harper, teachers, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, travel to Houston, Texas, May 6-9, 2005, to chaperone students to Astroworld for Math and Science Day.  At no cost to the Board other than substitutes.

(2)        Elaine Garland, Katy McAlpin and Caroline Thomas, teacher and students, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Orlando, Florida, June 20-28, 2005, to attend the FBLA Convention.   Paid by General Fund according to Board policy.

(3)        Patrice Harper, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, travel to Natchez, Mississippi, May 4 & 5, to chaperone students on field trip.   At no cost to the Board other than substitute.

(4)        Fred Sketoe, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, June 25-29, 2005, to chaperone baseball players to camp.  At no cost to the Board.

(5)        Kathryn Hattaway, supervisor, Child Nutrition Program, travel to Baltimore, Maryland, July 18-22, 2005, to attend the SNA National Conference.  Funded by Child Nutrition Program.

(6)        Kerry Braden, Ruby Braxton, Marvin Blake, Jr., and Annie Helaire, teachers, travel to Houston, Texas, May 13-16, 2005, to chaperone students on field trip to Six Flags Over Texas.  At no cost to the Board other than substitutes. 

(7)        Fred Sketoe, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, travel to Houston, Texas, June 3-6, 2005, to chaperone baseball students to an Astro Baseball Game.    At no cost to the Board.

 

C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

 

(1)        Darlene Carney, North Natchitoches Elementary School, increase of 5.3 miles, cost of $366.66.

(2)        Mack Trichel, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, increase of 4.5 miles, cost of $321.44.

(3)        Julia Matthews, NSU Elementary Lab and Middle Lab, increase of 1.2 miles, cost of $87.10.

(4)        William Gordy, Natchitoches Central High School, increase of .5 miles, cost of $47.36.

 

D.         Purchase of Buses:  

 

E.         Advertisements:    Permission to advertise for bids if necessary for the 2005-06 school session :

 

(1)        Pest Control Service

(2)        Liquefied Gas Service

(3)        Library Books

(4)        Magazine Subscriptions

(5)        Student Accident Insurance

(6)        Waste Disposal Service

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Michael Cieslak, head coach and athletic director, Natchitoches Central High School, effective April 8, 2005.

(2)        Kirt Norman, special education tutor, Natchitoches Central High School.

(3)        Sarah Terrell, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective 5-31-05.

(4)        Lakesha Sykes, paraprofessional, Weaver Elementary School.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Sammie L. West, paraprofessional, Weaver Elementary School, effective 6-1-05.

(2)        Mary M. Nolley, paraprofessional, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective, 6-1-05.

(3)        Terolyn Harris, clerical, special education, central office, effective 2-15-05.

(4)        Linda D. Bynog, custodian, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, effective 2-15-05.

(5)        Linda Reliford, bus aide, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, effective 3-3-05.

(6)        Carol V. Wester, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective 6-1-05.

(7)        Jennie Smith Bloodworth, paraprofessional, Natchitoches Central High School, effective 6-1-05.

(8)        Becky Ham, coordinator, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, effective 6-8-05.

           

Mr. Carroll Daniels presented the Finance, Facilities, Services and Insurance Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and majority carried,  the Board approved  budget revisions for General Fund and School Food Service.  Mrs. Wilson cast a nay vote. 

  

On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the superintendent to negotiate a contract within 24 months with the Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education on behalf of the Better Health for the Delta Program, and to execute said documents on behalf of the Board with the power and authority to do all things necessary to implement, maintain, amend or renew said documents.

                  

On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Change Order #2 for the new elementary school for Consolidated District #7 as described by Yeager, Watson & Associates, Inc.,  to add catwalk  addition, additional electrical work, additional fencing, replace conduit line and additional 250 linear feet of wainscoting rail, with an additional 44 calendar days to complete contract and authorize the Board President to sign the necessary documents.  The net increase for the above items is $17,232.64.

 

On motion of Mrs. Joella Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the attached budget committee recommendations.   

 

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

 

Dr. Millard Bienvenu presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

    

1.         Approval of Personnel:

 

A.         Julie Cobb, special education tutor, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Kirt Norman, at $7.50 per hour not to exceed 35 hours per week.                       

 

2.         Transfers and/or Reassignments:

 

A.         James Anding, head football coach, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, replacing Larry W. Alexander.

B.         Marcia Rachal, special education paraprofessional, transfer from Natchitoches Central High School to Weaver Elementary School, replacing Lakesha Sykes.

 

 3.        Other Personnel Assignments:

 

A.         Kenneth McLaren, Head Junior High Girls Track Coach,  Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, Funded according to the salary  schedule.

B.         Rita Jones, clerical worker, central office, from 25 hours per week to 35 hours per week.  Funded by IDEA.        

 

 4.        The attached list of personnel for the 21st. Century After-School Programs.  Funded by the 21st. Century Community Learning Centers Grant.             

 

Mr. Carl Means presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Revels, the Board approved the following busing budget reduction measures to be implemented at the beginning of the 2005-06 school session:

 

1.         Revise the parish wide routing plan to reduce as many routes as possible.  The NSU Lab Schools will be included in the reduction plan. 

2.         Revise the fuel supplement for owner/operators from four miles per gallon to six miles per gallon, thereby reducing the board's supplement cost.

3.         Sponsoring programs are to fund student transportation for summer school, after school programs, etc.       

4.         Verify all requests for extension of routes, new special education   extensions, special detours, payments in lieu of transportation, etc. (Transportation representatives must be included in the decision making of transportation changes.)  

5.         Coordinate bell time schedules where practical for all schools to reduce routes using multiple tier runs.

6.         Monitor deadhead miles (maintain minimum miles)

7.         Monitor use of buses for athletic runs.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board should consider eliminating or reducing computerized routing.  This item was included in the original proposal but eliminated in the first vote.    The motion died for lack of a second.

 

By joint resolution, the Board reactivated the Citizens= Budget Review Committee with Dr. Dan Carr appointed as temporary chairman and that members be appointed from the following sources:

 

1.         One member from each school district appointed by the board member from his/her district.

 

2.         The central office staff as appointed by Dr. Murphy.

 

3.         Three to five additional members appointed by Dr. Carr.

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, the Board adjourned.

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ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY - TREASURER

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RUSSELL E.  DANZY,   PRESIDENT