PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON JUNE 4, 2009

                                          

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, June 4, 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:    Carroll Daniels, Ralph Wilson, Julia Hildebrand, Millard Bienvenu, Joella Wilson, Billy Benefield, Jr., Harry Graham, Pam McAlexander and Craig Rachal.   Absent:   Cecil Walker.

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized: 

 

               1.            NSU Middle Lab Exemplary Academic Growth presented by Dr. Murphy.

               2.            Natchitoches Central Orchestra with Syll Young-Olson    

               3.            Sheriff Victor Jones for his service to Natchitoches Schools.  

               4.            Teddy Speir named Bus Driver of the Year by First Student.

               5.            Dr. Murphy on her retirement from the Board.

 

Mr. Benefield presented a report on coaches’ stipends.

 

On motion of Mr. Graham, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve MOU for dental services.   YEAS:    Daniels, Wilson, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Metoyer, J. Wilson, Benefield, Graham, McAlexander and Rachal.   NAYS:  None.       

 

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

 

 1.           Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.           Approval of Minutes of May 14, 2009

 

 3.           FINANCE ITEMS

 

               A.           Payment of Bills:       June & July 

  

B.           Out of State Travel:   

 

(1)          Jennifer Ingram, Coordinator, SDFSC, Natchitoches Central Annex, travel to National Harbor, MD, August 2-7, 2009, to attend the 2009 OSDFS National Conference.  Funded by 878. 

(2)          Reneva Trahant, Kathryn Yocum, Anita Dubois, Clinton Sampson and Phyllis Thomas, travel to Alexandria, Virginia, July 12-17, 2009, to attend the National Secondary Science Education Leadership Development and Strategic Planning Institute.  Funded by The Orchard Foundation.

(3)          Daphana McAllen, travel to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida July 17-25, 2009, to attend the 2009 Institutes for Middle Level Leadership. Funded by Title I

 

 C.          School Bus Routes Changes:

 

               (1)          Tommy Settle, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High, increase of 6.5  miles,                                      cost of $484.56.

               (2)          Diane Saffel, Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr. High, increase of .8                                                 miles, cost of  $143.45.

               (3)          Mack  Trichel,  Lakeview High School, increase of 1.1 miles,                                                            cost of $221.00.

               (4)          Mack Trichel,  Lakeview High School, increase of 2.9 miles,                                                             cost of $497.86.

               (5)          Mack Trichel,  Lakeview High School, increase of 1.9 miles,                                                             cost of  $262.08.

               (6)          Richard Dalme, Goldonna Elem./Jr. High, increase of 2.6 miles,                                                      cost of $416.23.

               (7)          Sharon Jennings, Vaughn Elem./Middle School, loss of 3.4                                                             miles, savings of $224.56.

 

D.           Purchase of Buses:

 

E.           Advertisements:     Permission to advertise for bids:

 

F.            Resignations:

              

               (1)          Nicole  Rung, kindergarten tutor, Weaver Elementary School,                                                          effective May 27, 2009.

               (2)          Stephen Norwood, teacher, Parks Elem./Middle School, effective                                   May 28, 2009.

               (3)          Eddie J. Hamilton,  teacher/coach, Lakeview High School,                                                effective June 1, 2009.

 

G.           Retirements:

 

               (1)          Carol Garcia, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School,                                                   effective May 27, 2009.

               (2)          Elmer Paul Carter, bus driver, Vaughn Elem/Middle School,                                                             effective August 1, 2009.

               (3)          Frances F. Walker, teacher, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School,                                                        effective June 1, 2009.

 

Mr. Ralph Wilson presented the Finance, Facilities, Services and Insurance Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Graham, the Board unanimously accepted the lowest bid meeting specifications of Ferrellgas for liquefied gas service for 2009-2010 per attached bid sheet.

       

On motion of  Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the 2009-2010 Tobacco Prevention and Control Initiative School Partnership Grant with The Rapides Foundation in the amount of $84,500. The term of the grant will be August 1, 2009 through May 31, 2010, with authorization for the Superintendent to sign the necessary papers.  YEAS:  Daniels, Wilson, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Metoyer, Wilson, Benefield, Graham McAlexander and Rachal.                                                            (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the 2009-2010 STEM/CTE Program Planning Grant with The Rapides Foundation in the amount of $189,840.   The term of the grant will be July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 with authorization for the Superintendent to sign the necessary papers.

 

Mrs. Julia Hildebrand presented the Personnel Report.

 

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

 

 1.           Approval of Personnel:

              

               A.           Akilah Givens, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Danny Robertson.

               B.           Amy Verret, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Joan Buswell.

               C.           Kathryn Yocum, teacher, from Lakeview High School to Natchitoches Central High School, replacing Virginia Garcia.       

               D.           Jeffery Rachal, teacher, from Lakeview High School to Weaver Elementary School, replacing Willie Paz.

               E.           Cristy Rawls, teacher, Weaver Elementary School, replacing Sue Breedlove.

 

  2.          Transfers and/or reassignments:

 

               A.           David Jackson,  head custodian, from Lakeview High School to Goldonna Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Willis Eugene Garner.

               B.           Casondra Evans, teacher, from L.P. Vaughn to Weaver Elementary School, replacing Leanie Fitzgerald.

               C.           Leanie Fitzgerald, from teacher at Weaver Elementary to librarian at Parks Elem./Middle School, replacing Mary Walker.

               D.           Joan Buswell, teacher from Natchitoches Central High School to Lakeview High School, replacing Kathryn Yocum.

 

 3.           Two year performance contracts for:

 

- Anita Dubois, Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance/Secondary Education

            - Kerry Braden, Principal, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School

            - Carolyn Benefield, Principal, East Natchitoches Elem./Middle School

            - Terry Lane Williams, Principal, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School

 

               Mr. Benefield abstained from voting on number 3.

 

   4.         The attached sheet of  special education personnel for summer school.

 

   5.         The revised 21st Century Kid’s City Summer School Program staff.

 

6.        Germaine Metoyer and Sharon Schaub to work two additional weeks on scheduling for Lakeview High School and Natchitoches Central Alternative School at a rate of $20.00 per hour.  Funded by Carl Perkins.

 

   7.         Danny Robertson to teach Algebra I, Part 2, at $20.00 per hour at Natchitoches Magnet School.  Funded by Credit Recovery.

 

8.        April Jones, teacher,  for Parks  Even Start Summer School at $20.00 per hour for 6 hours per day for 20 days for a total of $2400.00.  Funded by LA 4 ( 647).

 

9.       Rebecca Babers, paraprofessional, Weaver Elementary School and LaShonda Berryman, paraprofessional, Vaughn Elem./Middle School for LA 4 Summer School at $7.50 per hour for 6 hours per day for 20 days at $900.00 each, for a total of $1800.00.  Funded by LA 4 (647).

 

10.          Kelly Scott, teacher, Weaver Elementary and  Rose  Rock, teacher, Vaughn Elem./Middle School for LA 4 Summer School at $20.00 per hour for 6 hours per day for 20 days at $2400.00 each  for a total of $7,200.00.  Funded by LA 4 (647).

 

11.          LEAP Summer Remediation Staff for 2009 per attached list.

 

12.          Alexander Antwine, teacher, for continuation of professional coordination and educational expertise in developing the 2009-2010 Title I Grant.  Rate of pay will be $20.00 per hour for 40 hours, not to exceed $800.00.  Funded by Title I  (701).

 

Mr. Carroll Daniels presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Graham, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the  revised Dress Code for Professional/Support Personnel.   YEAS:   Daniels, Wilson, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Metoyer, J. Wilson and Graham.   NAYS:   Benefield, McAlexander and Rachal.   ABSENT:  Walker.    (Carried)

            

On motion of Mr. Graham, seconded by Mr. Benefield, the Board approved the Natchitoches Times as the official school board journal.   Mr. Metoyer and Mrs. Wilson voted nay.

 

On motion of Mr. Rachal, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board approved a resolution scheduling a tenure hearing of a guidance counselor.    Mr. Wilson voted nay.

               

On motion of Mrs. McAlexander, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a resolution of resolution scheduling a tenure hearing of a teacher.

                

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Graham,  that the Board hereby rescind the measure to secure unitary status for the school district.    YEAS:   Wilson, Hildebrand, Metoyer, J. Wilson and Graham.   NAYS:   Daniels, Bienvenu, Benefield, McAlexander and Rachal.   ABSENT:   Walker.                                                                     (Failed)

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. McAlexander,  the Board suspended the rules to add approving the superintendent’s salary.   Mr. Metoyer cast a nay vote.  ABSENT DURING VOTE:   Rachal.                                                                                    

 

On motion of Mrs. McAlexander, second by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby approve $105,000 as the salary for the Superintendent.  

 

After much discussion, Mrs. McAlexander withdrew the motion and the Board decided more information was needed before making a decision.    Mr. Rachal requested having a special called meeting.

 

On motion of Mr. Graham, the Board adjourned.

 

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ELWANDA  MURPHY,  SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

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JOELLA WILSON,   PRESIDENT