PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON DECEMBER 14, 2006

                                      

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on December 14, 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, Carroll Daniels, Ralph Wilson, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, Joella Wilson, Gladys Revels, Billy Benefield, Jr. and Carl Means.

 

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

 

Mr. Russell Danzy, Mrs. Gladys Revels and Mr. Carl Means were honored at a reception and received plaques for the time and the contributions they made while serving on the Natchitoches Parish School Board.

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports the Board received:

 

1.         The Board Update by Dr. Elwanda Murphy.                                    

 

By joint resolution, the Board approved requesting the BESE Board and the Louisiana Legislature assist Natchitoches Parish School System in providing a safe school learning environment per attached resolution.

 

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

 

            1.         Adoption of Agenda.

 

            2.         Approval of Minutes of November 9, 2006.

 

            3.         FINANCE ITEMS:

 

                        A.         Payment of Bills:               

 

                        B.         Out of State Travel:

 

                        C.      School Bus Routes Changes:

 

(1)        Nell Wilson, NSU Elementary Lab, increase of 2 miles, cost of  $427.57.

 

(2)        Julia Matthews, Natchitoches Magnet, increase of 3.7 miles, cost of $626.02.

 

(3)        Patrice Parker, Natchitoches Central High, increase of .5 miles, cost of $93.22.

 

(4)        Tracy Davis, Provencal Elem./Jr. High, increase of 6.2 miles for 13 days due to detour caused by flooding, cost of  $118.83. 

 

                        D.         Purchase of Buses:

 

                        E.         Advertisements:    Permission to advertise for bids:          

 

                        F.         Resignations:

 

                        G.         Retirements:

 

                        H.         Requests for Leave:

 

(1)        Donna Beauboeuf, teacher, NSU Elementary Lab, sabbatical leave for medical purposes, January 15, 2007-May 31, 2007.

 

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

 

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

 

A.         The lowest bid meeting specifications of Ed's Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning in the amount of $16,758 for repair of  the  roof  at Lakeview High School.

 

B.         The Carl Perkins Grant in the amount of $116,623.00.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following grants:          

 

A.         Kids' City (21st Century Community Learning Centers) in the amount of  $810,087.00 for 2006-2007.  The schools involved are Cloutierville, Fairview Alpha, Vaughn, Parks and Weaver.   

 

B.         Kids' City, Too! (21st Century Community Learning Centers) in the amount of $1,250,000 for 2007-2009.  The schools involved are Natchitoches Magnet, Natchitoches Central, East Natchitoches and Weaver.

       

Dr. Millard Bienvenu presented the Personnel Report.       

 

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

   

A.         Joshua Sampey, special education teacher, Lakeview High School.

           

B.         Deana Ledbetter, from substitute teacher to special education tutor, Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr. High, at $6.00 per hour, not  to exceed 35 hours per week.  Funded by IDEA.

 

C.         The attached list of tutors for Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School.  Funded by Title I School-Wide 746.

 

D.         The 21st Century staff for the second session of 2006-2007.      

 

Mr. Carl Means presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously directed all principals to contact at risk children that have been suspended several times to see if they might be candidates for the National Guard Kids' Camp and have them present to be interviewed when the representative of the camp visits Natchitoches. 

 

On motion of Mr. Means, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board approved the following:

 

A.         The attached resolution authorizing the tax assessor to engage legal counsel to assist with litigation over the assessment and ad valorem taxation of certain pipeline property.

 

B.         The school board calendar for 2007.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Daniels, the Board unanimously approved suspending Board policy to allow persons with a Certificate of Achievement be considered for employment as custodians or school food service employees. 

                       

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Revels, and with unanimous consent, the Board convened into executive session to consider the expulsion appeal of Mondrey Rachal.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board adjourned the executive session.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Revels, the Board unanimously upheld the expulsion of the student with the stipulation that the student be given the opportunity of attending the Natchitoches Central Annex for formal instruction with careful monitoring of academic pursuits and behavioral pursuits and in particular special needs that have been recommended by the medical and educational professionals.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, the Board adjourned.

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ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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RUSSELL E. DANZY, PRESIDENT