PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON JULY 12, 2007

                               

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, July 12, 2007, 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 Bienvenu, Emile Metoyer, Joella Wilson, Billy Benefield, Jr., Harry Graham, Pam McAlexander and Craig Rachal.  Absent: None.

 

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

 

Dr. Murphy presented the Board Update.

 

Richard Watson, Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance/Secondary Supervisor,  and Cynthia C. Winston, Director of Special Education, received recognition and plaques on their retirement from the school system.

 

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

 

1.         Require  that parents come to school to enroll their students at the opening of school in August.  (This can be done by having time for parents to come during the day, night, or Saturdays.)  Parents will be required to

 

A.        Bring proof of residency for student

B.        Give parental permission for random positive drug testing for students in grades 5-12.

C.        Sign up students for free and reduced lunch program.

D.        Receive Student Handbook and other pertinent information regarding the respective school.

           

2.         Parents will be required to pick up their children's report card after the first nine weeks of school.

 

3.         Parish will provide bus service for parents to attend parent meetings.

 

4.         Vending machines to be used  for healthy snacks and only available in the  afternoon.  High school students can purchase water and take it to class.

 

5.         Provide bus service for parents to attend parent meetings.

 

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

 

1.         Adoption of Agenda.

2.         Approval of Minutes of June 14, 2007

3.         FINANCE ITEMS:

A.        Payment of Bills: 

B.         Out of State Travel:

(1)       Codie Poe and Wesley Birdwell, FFA students, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Springfield, Illinois, July 21 to July 29, 2007, to participate in National High School Rodeo Finals. To be funded according to Board policy.

C.        School Bus Routes Changes:

D.        Purchase of Buses:

            E.         Advertisements:     Permission to advertise for bids for:  

F.         Resignations:

(1)        Carol Walker, teacher, East Natchitoches  Elem./Middle School, effective August 14, 2007.

(2)        Stacey Bell, teacher, NSU Elementary  School, effective June 22, 2007.

(3)        Kimbia  Fobbs, teacher, Vaughn Elem./Middle School, effective July 31, 2007.

(4)        Diane McLendon, teacher, East Natchitoches Elem./Middle School, effective July 1, 2007.

(5)        Anastasia Winston, paraprofessional, Natchitoches Central Annex, effective August 1, 2007.

G.        Retirements: 

(1)        Eugene H. Lavespere, teacher, Natchitoches Central Annex, effective August 1, 2007.

(2)        Cynthia Johnson Winston, Director of Special Education, effective August 1, 2007.

H.        Requests for Leave:   

            I.          Termination:

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board accepted the lowest bid meeting specifications of  Wilder Fitness Equipment for $23, 759.00 for fitness  (weight room) equipment for Natchitoches Central High School

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board unanimously accepted the lowest bid meeting specifications of Tigra Construction in the amount of $136,700.00 for playground equipment for Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr. High School.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson , seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board approved to pay Louisiana School Board Annual dues of $9,196.00 for 2007- 2008.

      

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board approved:

 

A.        A Strategic Planning Session for principals and central office  supervisors and directors at Cypress Bend on August 6 & 7, 2007 .  Funded by special education, Title I and The Rapides Foundation.     

 

            B.         Authorizing Superintendent Murphy to negotiate at any time within 24 months from this date and on terms and conditions that she may deem advisable,  a contract or contracts with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals,  Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health Community-Based and Rural Health Program and to execute documents on behalf of the corporation, and further authorize her  to do all things necessary to implement, maintain,  amend or  renew said documents.

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Graham, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board approved the following finance items:

 

A.        A contract with First Choice Therapy, Inc. to provide physical therapy and occupational therapy services for 2007-2008, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years in the amount of $60.00 per hour.  Funded by IDEA.

 

B.         A  9th Grade Redesign Initiative Grant  for Lakeview High  School for the FY 2007-2008 school year in the amount of $36,400.  The grant  is  funded by the State Department of Education with the initiatives focused on keeping freshmen from dropping out and helping improve their scores on standardized tests.

 

            C.        An agreement with Lynn Anderson of  The Reality Link for 3 days of professional development August 8-10, 2007, at Lakeview High School in the amount of $3,330.00.   The inservice is part of the 9th Grade Redesign Initiative Grant and funded by the grant.   All costs for Ms. Anderson including travel, lodging, meals and etc. are included in the above price.

                       

Dr. Millard Bienvenu presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

    1.     Approval of Personnel:

 

            A.        Fay Carey, teacher, L.P. Vaughn Elem./Middle School,  replacing Doris Daniel

B.         Jennifer Courville, teacher, Weaver Elementary, due to increase in enrollment.

C.        Margie Thibodeaux, special education teacher, L.P. Vaughn/Middle  School, replacing Michael Parrott.          

D.        Amanda Tingle, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, due to increase in enrollment

  

    2.     Transfers and/or reassignments:

 

A.        Beverly Lee, from 9 month custodian to 12 month custodian, Natchitoches Central Annex, effective June 7, 2007.

B.         Heather Cedars, teacher,  from Provencal Elem./Jr. High School to Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Joy Ivadell Fenton. 

C.        Renee Durham, teacher, from Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School   to NSU Middle Lab School.

D.        Doris McDaniel, teacher, from regular education to special education,  L.P. Vaughn Elem./Middle School.

E.         Jeff Rachal, teacher, from Natchitoches Central High School to  Lakeview High School.            

F.         Jessica Green, teacher, from L.P. Vaughn Elem./Middle School to Natchitoches Central High School.   

   

    3.     A pupil/teacher ratio of

 

29 - 1 in grades 4 through 12

22 - 1 in grades K-3

 

  when certified teachers are available.       

 

   4.      Renewal of two year performance contract for the following:

 

Mona Bamburg, Principal, Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr High School

Cindy Baptiste, Adult Education Specialist, Parks Elementary School

Susie M. Brooks, Director of Personnel, Central Office

Phyllis Thomas, Principal, Natchitoches Magnet School

Alvin Brossette, Jr., Principal, Parks Elem./Middle School

 

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

 

 

A.        Anita Dubois as Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance/Secondary Education.

 

B.         Cheryl Johnson as  Supervisor of Special Education.

                 

C.        Carolyn Benefield as Principal of East Natchitoches Elem/Middle School. 

 

D.        Alvin Leon as Principal of Natchitoches Central High Annex.

 

E.         Kerry Braden  as Principal of Lakeview High School.

                     

F.         Sherman Vogel as Assistant Principal of Lakeview High School. 

 

G.        Cynthia Cole  as Assistant Principal of Natchitoches Central High School.            

 

H.        Ray Gandy as Assistant Principal of Natchitoches Central High School.  

I.          Master teachers:

 

                                    Janet Simmons

                                    Mattie DeMars

            Joanne Yankowski

            Evie Posey     

 

Mr. Benefield abstained from voting on agenda item number C.

 

Mrs. Joella Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Rachal, seconded by Mrs. Wilson,  the Board voted to take RFP's for all banking business of Natchitoches Parish School Board. 

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, the Board adjourned.

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ELWANDA  MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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JULIA  HILDEBRAND,   PRESIDENT