PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON DECEMBER 11, 2008

                                                        

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, December 11, 2008, 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, Julia Hildebrand, Millard Bienvenu, Emile Metoyer, Joella Wilson, Billy Benefield, Harry Graham, Pam McAlexander and Craig Rachal.   Absent:  None.  Mr. Wilson came in late.

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board received:

 

1.      The Board Update by Dr. Murphy.  Dr. Murphy reported on the sales tax distribution to all employees.

 

            2.      An update on the parish’s test readiness from Mrs. Phyllis Thomas.

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Graham, that the Board hereby approve a 5% increase in pay for all support personnel with a cap of $800.00.  The pay increase is  retroactive to July 1, 2008.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, the support raise would be tabled until January and a Labor Market Survey should be conducted to determine the pay increase.  The motion died for lack of a second.

 

VOTE ON ORIGINAL MOTION:

 

YEAS: Walker, Daniels Wilson, Hildebrand, Metoyer, J. Wilson, Graham, McAlexander and Rachal.   NAYS:   Bienvenu and Benefield.     (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Benefield, the Board unanimously approved sending a letter to First Student to start negotiations for an extension of contract.  Mr. Metoyer requested that the bus transportation be advertised.          

 

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 13, 2008

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS

 

            A.         Payment of Bills:

          

B.         Out of State Travel: 

 

(1)        Anita Dubois, Frances Sylvia, Diana Laroux, and Cheryl Johnson, central office, travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, April 24-May 1, 2009,  to attend the LRP National Institute on Legal Issues of  Educating Individuals with Disabilities.  Funded by IDEA.

 

C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

 

D.         Purchase of Buses:

 

E.         Advertisements:     Permission to advertise for bids:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

            (1)        Shentell Benjamin, kindergarten tutor, Vaughn Elem./Middle School, effective October 31, 2008.  

            (2)        Megan Davis Karl, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective January 1, 2009. 

             

G.         Retirements:

 

            (1)        Beverly Allen, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr. High School, effective November 21, 2008.

            (2)        Diane R. Warren, receptionist, central office, effective December 20, 2008.

            (3)        Melanie McCain, principal, NSU Elementary Lab School, effective January 5, 2008.

            (4)        Robert  L. Johnson, Sr., bus driver, effective December 20, 2008.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

I.          Termination:

 

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

             

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board accepted the low bid of  Buckelew’s  meeting specifications in the amount of $ 60,860 for 17 hot cabinets (warmers)  for Child Nutrition Program.

      

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

 

            1.         The following  eGrants:

 

                        A.         Title I                            $ 2,645,028

                        B.         Title II                            $    831,355

                        C.         Title IV                          $      37,490

                        D.         Title V                           $          710             

                        E.         IDEAB             $ 2,160,163

                        F.         IDEA  Preschool            $    121,745       

 

            2.         The Grant Award for Even Start Program in the amount of $115,827.   

 

            3.         The Grant Award for Even Start Program in the amount of $970,000.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the Board approved to advertise for bids to lease 256.12 acres in Section 16, Township 7 North, Range 5 West (north of Little River-Cloutierville, LA).   The lease would be for a period of 5 years.

                

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board approved a contractual services agreement between Natchitoches Parish School Board and MTS Tutorial Service. 

 

Dr. Millard Bienvenu presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

A.         Monia Jackson, special education teacher for after school tutoring, Vaughn Elem./Middle School at $20.00 per hour not to exceed 6 hours per week.  Funded by IDEA.

B.         Tuniscia Taylor, special education paraprofessional, Natchitoches Central Annex, replacing Bertha Bloodworth.

C.         Nettie Howard, kindergarten tutor, Vaughn Elem./Middle School, 4 hours per day, 5 days per week at $6.55 per hour, replacing Shentell Benjamin.

            D.         Kristi Wardsworth, full-time child nutrition technician, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Millicent Roberts.

            E.         Carolyn Sarkozi, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary/Junior High School, replacing Beverly Allen.

            F.         Michaela Burns, kindergarten tutor, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, at $6.55 per hour, 4 hours per day, 5 days per week, replacing  Sandy Kosloski.

 

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

 

            A.         The attached list of Title I, II, IV, X, Migrant, Even Start, 8(g) and LA4 personnel for 2008-2009.   

 

B.         The following personnel for after school tutoring in math and ELA from January 5 through April 1, 2009 for Provencal Elem./Jr. High School for 6 hours per week at $20.00 per hour.  Funded by After School for All.

 

                                    Jeanne Doggett              ELA

                                    Carol Morgan                 Math

                                    Jacinta Foster                Math/ELA

                                    Tammy Wyatt                Math/ELA

                                    Jerry Dawson                 Math/ELA

                                    Susan Horn                   Math/ELA

 

                        Transportation will be provided by First Student at the rate of $21.22 per hour not to exceed 6 hours per week. 

 

C.         A contract between Natchitoches Parish School Board and Sunbelt  Staffing for speech therapy services provided by Jasmine Long.  Paid by General Fund.

 

            D.         The attached list of special education personnel.  

 

            E.         The following individuals to work with the TANF Grant for after-school tutoring program from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Lakeview High School:

 

 

                                    Judy Daniels - Director - $7.50 per hour

                                    Marissa Fernbaugh - teacher - $20.00 per hour

                                    Lauren Gross - tutor - $6.55 per hour

                                    Pognyon Im - tutor - $20.00 per hour

                                    Germaine Metoyer - certified counselor - $20.00 per hour, not to exceed 5 hours per week

                                    Sam Ragan - security - $20.00 per hour

                                    Rashad Smith - tutor - $7.50 per hour

                                    Velma Turner - data entry - STARS program - $6.55 per hour

                                    Stacey Young - tutor - $7.50 per hour

 

                        Mrs. McAlexander abstained from voting on #2.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, that Mrs. Laura McClain be named Supervisor of Title I. 

 

On motion of Mrs. McAlexander, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the motion be amended to not appoint the Supervisor of Title I until the new superintendent is appointed and assumes the job on July 1, 2009.  

 

VOTE ON AMENDED MOTION:

 

YEAS:   Wilson, Metoyer, J. Wilson, Graham and McAlexander.  NAYS:   Walker, Daniels, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Benefield and Rachal.   (Failed)   

 

VOTE ON ORIGINAL MOTION:

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Benefield and Rachal. NAYS:  Wilson, Metoyer, J. Wilson, Graham and McAlexander. (Carried)

 

Mrs. Joella Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the Board Calendar for 2009.

  

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the Board convened into executive session to discuss Civil Suit # 81,299-B.

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Daniels, the Board adjourned out of executive session.

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board unanimously accepted the recommendation to settle Civil Suit #81,299-B in the amount of $50,000.00.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the Board convened into executive session to consider the appeal of expulsion of Monterrance Jackson. 

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board adjourned out of executive session.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Graham, the Board upheld the expulsion of Monterrance Jackson with the understanding that if the student met the necessary requirements he could ask for early reentry into the alternative school.

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Rachal, the Board adjourned.

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ELWANDA  MURPHY,  SECRETARY-TREASURER

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JULIA  HILDEBRAND,  PRESIDENT