PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON MARCH 12, 2009

                                                    

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, March 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, Ralph Wilson, Julia Hildebrand, Millard Bienvenu, Emile Metoyer, Joella Wilson, Billy Benefield, Jr., Harry Graham and Craig Rachal.  Absent: Pam McAlexander.

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board received:

 

            1.         The Board Update from Dr. Murphy.                           

            2.         A report on sports in the parish presented by Mrs. Page.

            3.         Job description for athletic director as requested from Mr. Sampson.

   

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board suspended the rules to add two items to the agenda.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously approved, the Board instructed Mr. Laborde to request proposals for transportation for:

 

            1.         School bus lease, service/maintenance, and bus routing agreement

            2.         School bus lease agreement.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved  that the number of minority administrators will be representative of the percentage of minority teachers in the parish.

        

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

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of February 12, 2009

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS

 

            A.         Payment of Bills:

          

B.         Out of State Travel:   

 

(1)        Joella Wilson, Emile Metoyer, and Harry Graham, school board members, travel to San Diego, California, April 3-7, 2009, to attend the 69th National School Board Association Meeting.

(2)        Alvin Brosette, Jr., Kathy Bundrick, Janet Simmons & Tammy Bell,  principal and master teachers, Parks Elem./Jr. High School, travel to Los Angeles, California, April 15-20, 2009, to attend the TAP National Conference.  Funded by TAP.

 

C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

 

D.         Purchase of Buses:

 

E.         Advertisements:  Permission to advertise for bids:

 

F.         Resignations:

 

         (1)        Crystal Middlebrooks, tutor, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, effective March 6, 2009.

         (2)        Betty Johnson, school food service technician, Weaver Elementary School, effective March 5, 2009.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

 

Mr. Ralph Wilson presented the Finance, Facilities and Service Report.

 

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

 

            1.         To call a renewal millage tax election for Consolidated School District #6 BRE . 

 

2.         A contract between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Natchitoches Parish School Board for the Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development to conduct an evaluation of all pre kindergarten programs with the Natchitoches Parish School District.  The evaluation will include analysis of information collected from the intake Norm, Pre-Test and Post-Test. The total cost is $4,000.00 and paid by LA4.

 

3.         An amendment to Investment Agreement with the State Treasury pursuant to La. R. S. 39:99 in order to withdraw $100,000.00 of the Tobacco Settlement Funds and to grant permission for the execution of the Amendment. 

 

4.         The option of the City of Natchitoches to purchase property located on Keyser Avenue as per Lease with Option to Purchase dated April 3, 200l.

 

            5.         Budget revisions for Child Nutrition Program and General Fund.

 

6.         STEM/CTE  Programs Parish Planning Grant for 2009-2010 with The Rapides Foundation in the amount of  $189,840.00 and authorize the Superintendent  to execute the grant agreement.

 

Mrs. Julia Hildebrand presented the Personnel Committee.

 

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

           

            A.         Angela Carpenter, coordinator, Better Health for the Delta, replacing Tim Canerday.  The position is funded by Better Health for the Delta, Phase 3.   Mrs. Carpenter started March 3, 2009.

 

B.         Jeanine Edwards, kindergarten tutor, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High  School, replacing Crystal Middlebrooks  for 1/2 day from 8-12.  Her start date is March 10, 2009.

           

            C.         Violet White, full-time child nutrition technician, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Artelia Dunn.

 

D.         Sean Beauchamp, special education teacher, Natchitoches Central Annex, replacing James Graham.

 

E.         James Thurman, teacher/coach, Lakeview High School, replacing Micah Nicholson.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board approved the following transfers/and or reassignments:

 

A.         Ken McLaren, from assistant track coach to assistant baseball coach, Lakeview High School.

 

B.         Tony Rainey, assistant track coach, third sport, will receive $500.00 stipend only.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board rescinded the retirement of Randy Warren, Principal of Goldonna Elem./Jr. High School.

   

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board approved the attached list of special education tutors.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by  Mr. Graham,  the approving the following 21st Century Kid City Staff:

 

            A.         Twanna Harris, Weaver Elementary School, substitute teacher

 

            B.         Courtney Franklin, Vaughn Elem./Middle School, student worker

 

Mrs. Wilson abstained from voting on item B.

 

Mr. Carroll Daniels presented the Executive Report.  

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board approved a revised school uniform policy.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, the Board convened into executive session to consider allowing Dillon White to walk in graduation ceremonies at Natchitoches Central High School.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, the Board adjourned out of executive session.

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board unanimously approved Dillon White’s walking in graduation ceremonies at Natchitoches Central High School.

 

On motion of Mr. Graham, the Board convened into executive session to consider the appeal of expulsion of Justin Smith. 

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Rachal, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, that the Board hereby uphold the expulsion of Justin Smith.

 

YEAS:     Walker, Daniels, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Benefield &  Rachal.

NAYS:     Graham, Wilson & J. Wilson.     ABSENT:    Metoyer & McAlexander. (Carried)  

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, the Board adjourned.

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ELWANDA  MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

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JOELLA  WILSON,  PRESIDENT