PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

 

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on September 8, 2011, 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 Derwood Duke, Secretary-Treasurer, were present:  Cecil Walker, Carroll Daniels, Ralph Wilson, Joella Wilson, Harry Graham Russell Danzy, Michael Hilton, Donna Masson, Carl Means, Thomas Melder and George Rhymes.  Absent: None.

 

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

Dr. Duke presented the Board Update.  He stated that 6,892 students have enrolled in the schools.  Four hundred thirty students in five schools are participating in Kid City.             

 

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

      

 1.        Adoption of Adoption.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of August 4, 2011.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS

 

            A.         Payment of Bills:                 

B.         Out of State Travel:   

C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

D.         Purchase of Buses:

E.         Advertisements:     Permission to advertise for bids for:

 

F.         Resignations:   

            (1)        Amanda Jo Seaman, teacher, East Natchitoches Elem./Middle School, effective August 30, 2011.

            (2)        Natalie Ratliff, Title I tutor, East Natchitoches Elem./Middle School, effective August 15, 2011.

            (3)        Sharon Purvis, teacher, East Natchitoches Elem./Middle School, effective August 15, 2011.

            (4)        Alicia Craig, special education teacher, Vaughn Elem./Middle School, effective  August 14, 2011.

            (5)        Gwendolyn Warren, tutor for ISS, Vaughn Elem./Middle School, effective August 2, 2011.

            (6)        Mary Squyres, tutor, Weaver Elementary School, effective August 3, 2011.

            (7)        Catrell Wafer, migrant tutor, Title I Media Center, effective September 9, 2011.

 

G.         Retirements:

            (1)        Penny Weaver, teacher, Goldonna Elem./Jr. High School, effective June 30, 2011.

            (2)        Patricia Williams, paraprofessional, Vaughn Elem./Middle School, effective August 9, 2011.

            (3)        Peggy W. Nelson, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective August 17, 2011.

            (4)        Carolyn Johnson, school food service technician, Weaver Elementary School, effective August 11, 2011.

            (5)        Rebecca Morgan, teacher, Goldonna Elem./Jr. High School, effective May 28, 2011.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:        

 

Mr. Russell Danzy presented the Finance, Facilities and Insurance Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Melder, the Board unanimously approved the 2011-2012 Consolidated Budget for Natchitoches Parish School Board.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Hilton, the Board adopted a resolution from the Board to request from the Treasurer of the State of Louisiana any and all funds to which it is due currently held in the Free School Fund together with all interest accrued thereon, and to consider this resolution to be a standing one in that said resolution further authorizes the Treasurer of the State of Louisiana to continue these withdrawals and payments to the Board.  Be it further resolved that the Superintendent of Natchitoches Parish Schools be empowered and authorized to execute any and all documents necessary to fulfill this resolution.   

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Means, the Board approved a 2011-2012 Tobacco School Partnership Grant with The Rapides Foundation for 12 schools in the amount of $18,500 total with authorization for the Superintendent to sign and process the necessary papers. The purpose of the grant is to prevent initiation of tobacco use among youth and to promote quitting among adults within The Rapides Foundation service area.

                 

On motion of Mr. Hilton, seconded by Mr. Means, the Board instructed Mr. Laborde  to authorize bids for lights for the football field at Natchitoches Central High School.

 

Mr. Harry Graham presented the Personnel Report.         

 

On motion of Mr. Graham, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved all the following personnel items:

 

A.      The Migrant Education Staff for 2011-2012 per attached sheet.  Funded by 703 (Migrant Education). 

 

   B.      The Federal Programs’ Staff per attached list.

   

   C.      The attached list of new personnel and transfers/reassignments.

               

   D.      The Kids’ City Staff per attached list.  Funded by 21st. CCLC Grant. 

 

E.      Twana Harris for After School Clinic for PBIS-Tier II at East  Natchitoches Elem./Middle School for 2 afternoons per week; 2 hours each day at a rate of $20.00 per hour for a cost of approximately $3,500.  Funded by Title I School Wide 743.  

 

F.       Additional special education tutors for 2011-2012 per attached list.

 

  G.       The following school food service technicians:

 

                        A.         Tanya Sullivan, full-time technician, Goldonna Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Amber Holland.

                        B.         Barbara Helaire, full-time technician, Weaver Elementary School, replacing Carolyn Johnson.

 

H.       Teachers for TAP (Teacher Advancement Program) yearly stipend:  Leanie Fitzgerald, K-3rd Grade Master Teacher and Stephonie French, 4th -8th Grade Master Teacher at $6,000 each.  Funded by TAP-877.

               

I.        Mentor Teachers, Misty Chelette and Claudine Madison, for TAP (Teacher Advancement Program) yearly stipend, at $3000 each. Funded by Title I Part A-Parks 749.             

 

Mr. Carl Means presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, second by Mr. Hilton, that the Board hereby approve extending Dr. Derwood Duke’s contract for Superintendent for two years (July 2012 through June 2014.  Dr. Duke did not ask for an increase in salary and the Board did not authorize one.

 

YEAS:   Walker, Daniels, Danzy, Hilton, Masson, Means, Melder and Rhymes.   NAYS:     Wilson, J. Wilson and Graham.    ABSENT:    None    (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Hilton, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board adjourned.

 

 

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DERWOOD DUKE, SECRETARY- TREASURER

 

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CARROLL DANIELS, PRESIDENT