PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD APRIL 13, 2006

                                                   

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, April 13, 2006, 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, Ralph Wilson, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Joella Wilson, Gladys Revels, Billy J. Benefield and Carl Means.  Mr. Daniels came in late.

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Report, the Board recognized:

 

A.         Teacher of the Month presented by the Les Amies Service Organization

 

B.         Schools with Academic Growth--NSU Elementary Lab School, NSU Middle Lab School, Fairview-Alpha Elementary School, Goldonna Elementary School, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School and Provencal Elem./Jr. High School.   Dr. Murphy presented each with a check from the state.

 

The Board received:

 

A.         The Board Update reported by Dr. Murphy

 

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of March 7, 2006

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

A.         Payment of Bills:               

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

(1)        Margaret Elaine Garland, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Nashville, Tennessee on June 29-July 2, 2006, to chaperone Denise Cadwallader, Meaghan Clark, Katy McAlpin, Jenny Russell and James Wade to the FBLA National Leadership Conference.  At no cost to the board other than students to be paid according to Board policy for national competition.  

 

            C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

D.         Purchase of Buses:

E.         Advertisements:

 

(1)        Request permission to advertise for floor covering for schools as needed for 2006-07 school year.

 

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Rita Jones, clerical, special education, Central Office, effective March 31, 2006.

(2)        Debbie Held, teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary School, effective May 31, 2006.

(3)        Robert E. Gillie, Sr., 12 month custodian, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School.

(4)        Cinthia Wenninger, special education teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective May 31, 2006.

(5)        Rachel Thomas, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective May 31, 2006.

(6)        Mary Dollar, teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary School, effective May 31, 2006.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Michael Neklutin, assistant principal, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, effective June 20, 2006.

(2)        Alice B. Elie, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective June 1, 2006.

(3)        Irene Breda, bus driver, NSU Elementary Lab School, effective June 1, 2006.

(4)        Faye Oliver, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, effective June 1, 2006.

(5)        Mary Walker Jackson, school food service technician, North Natchitoches Elementary School, effective June 1, 2006.

(6)        Peggy Johnson, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, effective June 1, 2006.

(7)        Erma Scallion, school food service manager, Goldonna   Elementary School.

(8)        Dorothy Jones, school food service technician, NSU Elementary School, effective November 15, 2005.

(9)        Christine Ward, paraprofessional, Cloutierville Elementary School, effective June 1, 2006.

 (10)       Yvonne Jones, school nurse coordinator, Natchitoches Central High School, effective June 13, 2006.

(11)      Janet Jones, secretary, East Natchitoches Elementary School, effective June 15, 2006.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Carol Morgan, teacher, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, sabbatical leave for professional and cultural improvement for the 2006-2007 school year.

(2)        Robert L. Lane, Jr., teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, sabbatical leave for professional and cultural improvement for the 2006-2007 school year.

                       

Mr. Billy Benefield, Jr., presented the Finance, Facilities and Insurance Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board overwhelmingly approved the attached bid of Brian K. Settle for $50.00 each for two 150 gallon propane tanks at the old Marthaville Locker Plant.  Mr. Settle placed the only bid.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Revels, and unanimously carried, the Board agreed to pay the National School Boards Association membership dues in the amount of $4,400.00.   

 

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

 

A.         The FY 05-06 Rural Education Achievement Program Application and Budget in the amount of $201,822.00.  

 

B.         The Classroom-Based Technology Grant and Budget in the amount of $77,015.00.  

 

C.         The Enhancing Education Through Technology Grant and Budget in the amount of $45,722.00. 

 

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

   

A.         The PreK-12 Reading Plan Grant for 2005-2006 in the amount of $7,688.00.   

 

B.         Contracts with NSU Writing Project for a series of workshops entitled "Mini Writing Institute" ($1500) and "Teaching Mini-Lessons" through writing ($1000). Funded by Weyerhaeuser.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mrs. Revels, the Board unanimously approved a Strategic Planning Session for board  members, principals and central office supervisors and directors at Cypress Bend on June 5-7, 2006.  Funded by special education, Title I and The Rapides Foundation.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Means, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a contract with MCS Software Inventory Management (WinFSIM) for data entry services for school food service for an estimated cost of $2,800.00.   Funded by school food service.   

 

Dr. Millard Bienvenu presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

    

            A.         Marsha Sanders, teacher, After School Subject Area Tutoring, at Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, at $20.00 per hour.  Funded by Title I.  

 

B.         Diane McClendon, teacher, After School for All Program, East Natchitoches Elementary School, at $20.00 per hour.  Funded by After School for All.

           

            C.         Community Education Classes for Adults at Parks Elementary School for the following personnel:

 

                                    1.         Shawn Westbrook, computer teacher, 4 hours per week for 4 weeks at $20.00 per hour.

2.         Jackie Stafford, child care worker, 4 hours per week for 4 weeks at $7.50 per hour.

 

Both funded by 21st. Century.      

 

D.         The following teachers for after-school/Saturday detention at Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School for 50 days for 2 hours at $20.00 per hour. Teachers will alternate days with funding by Title I.   Teachers are Sandra Franks, Marsha Sanders, Josh Sampey, Marissa Fernbaugh and Greg Warren.  

 

E.         The following  teachers for  after-school  tutoring  at Provencal Elem./Jr. High School for Carol Morgan, Jeanne Doggett, and Tammy Maley at 2 hrs per week for 15 weeks at $20.00 per hour.   Funded by Title I.  

       

F.         Summer employment of counselors Jeff Johnson and Sharon Schaub of Natchitoches Central High School and Crissey Smith of Lakeview High School for the collecting and entering of career and technical education data, for the planning and processing of scheduling and administering of other career and technical education duties.  Work time will not exceed 40 hours each during the month of June, at a rate of $20.00 per hour not to exceed $800.00 each for a total not exceeding $2,400.00.  To be funded by the Carl Perkins Grant.

 

G.         Penny Weaver, teacher, at $20.00 per hour and Shellie Collins, tutor, at $7.50 per hour, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, for after-school tutoring in grades 3-6.  Funded by The Orchard Foundation.

 

H.         Mary Montgomery, from Instructional Elementary Supervisor to Supervisor of Title 1/Migrant, replacing Daphana McAllen.  Paid from Title 1.

 

I.          Daphana McAllen, from Supervisor of Title1/Migrant to Instructional Elementary Supervisor, replacing Mary Montgomery.  Paid by General Fund.

 

Mr. Carl Means presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Revels, and with majority voice vote, the Board approved a lease agreement between the Natchitoches Parish School Board and the Natchitoches Parish Police Jury with authorization for the appropriate personnel to sign the necessary papers.  Mrs. Joella Wilson abstained from voting.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Means, the Board convened into executive session to discuss the policy for spirit groups at Natchitoches Central High School.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board adjourned out of executive session.

 

No action was taken regarding policy for spirit groups at Natchitoches Central High School.

 

On motion of Mr. Means, the Board adjourned.

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          ELWANDA MURPHY,   SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

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         RUSSELL E.  DANZY,   PRESIDENT