PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON FEBRUARY 12, 2009

                                                                                                

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, February 12, 2009, 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, Jr., Harry Graham, Pam McAlexander, and Craig Rachal.   Absent:    Ralph Wilson.

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board received

 

            1.         The Board Update by Dr. Murphy.   

 

            2.         ACT 590 on Electronic Bidding presented by John Laborde.

 

            3.         Teen Summit Report by Jennifer Ingram and Sheriff Victor Jones.  

 

            4.         Natchitoches Parish School Board Website by Margaret Hall.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board accepted a detailed report from the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Superintendent presented by Dr. Dan Carr.

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Graham, the Board unanimously approved advertising for the position of superintendent from February 17 through March 18 with closing at 4:00 p.m.   The superintendent’s term of office will be for 2 years.

                   

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board approved the school calendar for 2009-2010.  

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board unanimously approved the following consent agenda items:

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of January 15, 2009

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS

 

            A.         Payment of Bills:  

        

B.         Out of State Travel:   

 

            (1)        Ami Thompson, transition coordinator, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Seattle, Washington, March 31 - April 6, 2009, to attend the CEC 2009 Convention and Exposition.  Funded by IDEA.

 

C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

 

D.         Purchase of Buses:

 

E.         Advertisements:     Permission to advertise for bids: 

 

F.         Resignations:

 

          (1)        Lameka Marshall, tutor, L.P. Vaughn Elem./Middle School, effective  October 6, 2008.

          (2)        Rolanda Martin, special education tutor, Parks Elem./Middle School, effective January 26, 2009.

          (3)    Ericka Washington, tutor, East Natchitoches Elem./Middle School, effective February 2, 2009.

                           

G.         Retirements:

 

            (1)        Randall T. Warren, principal, Goldonna Elem./Jr. High School, effective March 16, 2009.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

I.          Termination:

 

            (1)        Timothy Canerday

            (2)        Alonzo Gay

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Graham, and unanimously carried, the Board accepted the lowest bids meeting specifications of:

 

            A.         Sysco Food Products for various foods for Child Nutrition Program.

            B.         All American Poly, Pyramid School Products, Long’s Preferred Products and Dixie Paper for paper and cleaning products for Child Nutrition Program.

                       

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board accepted the transportation report and the tax commission report.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous approval, a grant agreement in the amount of $50,000 between the Natchitoches Parish School Board and The Rapides Foundation for the District’s Wellness Policy and Budget with authorization for the superintendent to sign the necessary papers.

 

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

 

            A.         The  PLTW Grant in the amount of $50,000.00.  

 

            B.         The new 21st Century Grant in the amount of $600,000.00 per  year for 3 years beginning June 2009.

 

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

 

            A.         The Contractual Services Agreement between Natchitoches Parish School Board and MTS Tutorial Service to assist in accomplishing supplemental educational mandates of No Child Left Behind for Parks Elem./Middle School.  The coordinator is Tammy Bell.  Teachers/tutors are Claudine Madison, Mattie Demars, Consuella Sibley, Amanda Downs, Carissa Scott, Jenny Jordan and Sherman Vogel. 

 

            B.         The transportation contract, according to Board policy, for services provided to Parks Elem./Middle School for the afterschool, supplemental services by MTS Tutorial Service.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Graham, the Board approved Change Order #1 with McInnis Brothers Construction, Inc. for Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School sewage treatment to undercut soil under part of the proposed oxidation pond levee as the soil in this area is unsuitable for this purpose for a net increase of   $5,180.00 with authorization for the Board President to sign the necessary documents.   

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved additional engineering costs due to state requirements.  Basic services consist of topographic surveys of civil construction plans and specifications to include the treatment lagoon system, contract advertisement and award, contract administration, construction observation, assistance with effluent drainage easements and other additional services that may be requested.  Compensation for additional services will be $19,060.76 with completion of engineering services to cost $12,000.00 with authorization for the Board President to sign the necessary documents.

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Benefield, the Board approved request for proposals (RFP’s) for the track at Natchitoches Central High School to be repaired and an overlay of protective sealant be added to preserve the existing track.

 

Mrs. Julia Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the Board voted to approve the following personnel:           

 

            A.         Sam Bacon, baseball coach, NSU Middle Lab School/Natchitoches Magnet School, for the 2009 season.

            B.         Lori Peace, full-time child nutrition technician, Goldonna Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Alize Jackson.

            D.         Linda Howard, teacher, 21st Century Kids City, Vaughn Elem./Middle School, replacing  Ramona Wynder.

            E.         Brenda Guin, clerk for STARS monitor, Lakeview High School, at $7.50 per hour, replacing Nikki Reliford.

            F.         Burley Johnson, head softball coach, NSU Middle Lab School.

            G.        Chris Brown, student worker, Title l Media Center, 8 hours per day, 4 days per week at $6.55 per hour, replacing Tracy Hall.

            H.         Lillie Sheppard, full-time child nutrition manager, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, replacing Linda Thompson.

            I.          Margaret Bell, secretary, Natchitoches Central Annex, replacing Yolande Lewis.

           J.          Robert Gillie, 12 month custodian, Vaughn Elem./Middle School, replacing Alonzo Gay.

 

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

 

           A.         Larry Allen, from paraprofessional to special education teacher, Parks Elem./Middle School.

            B.         The attached sheets of  special education personnel.  Funded by IDEA.   

            C.         Linda Thompson  named child nutrition specialist.

            D.         Permission to advertise for a maintenance technician. 

            E.         Debra Ellzey, paraprofessional, for Saturday Detention at Lakeview High School for 8 Saturdays, 4 hours per day, at $7.50 per hour for a total of $840.00.  

            F.         The following tutors at East Natchitoches Elem./Middle School:  

 

                        1.         Jermaine Thomas, 7 hours per day at $7.50 per hour for 75 days for a total cost of $3,037.50.

 

                        2.         Yolanda Bell, 7 hours per day at $7.50 per hour for 69 days for a total cost of $3,622.50.

                                    Funded by School-Wide Budget 743.         

 

            G.         The following personnel for LEAP and  iLEAP tutoring at Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School:   Julia Butler, Debra Mitchell, Megan Goings, Shawn Westbrook and Deborah Callen  for 16 days for 1 hour each day at $20.00 per hour for a total of $1,600.00.  Funded by Title 1 Budget 701.

                    

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by  Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous approval, Angela Jimenez was named  assistant principal at Vaughn Elem./Middle School.

 

Mr. Carroll Daniels presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. McAlexander, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, the Board convened into executive session to discuss requesting the judge to declare Natchitoches Parish a unitary school system.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board adjourned out of executive session.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Rachal, that the Board hereby request action seeking unitary status in reference to Civil Action NO. 80-1422 Ruby Lee Calhoun, ET AL vs. Natchitoches Parish School Board in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana filed June 30,1983 .

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Rachal, the Board adjourned.

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ELWANDA  MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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JOELLA  WILSON,  PRESIDENT