PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON AUGUST 9, 2012

                                          

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches parish School Board was held on Thursday, August 9, 2012, 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. Hilton and Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Danzy.                                            

                         

Dr. Duke presented the Board Update. 

 

Under New Business, the Board received the forestry management update from Mr. Ron Prewitt.                 

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded, by Mr. Means, and unanimously carried, the Board approved Mr. Ron Prewitt, timber management consultant, to sign necessary paperwork to get approval for Natchitoches Parish School Board to apply for the Forestry Productivity Program.  

              

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

      

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of July 5, 2012

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS

 

            A.         Payment of Bills: 

                

            B.         Out of State Travel:   

 

(1)        Eric Smith, teacher, Lakeview High School, travel to Indianapolis, Indiana on October 22, 2012 to October 29, 2012, to chaperone students to the National FFA Convention.  Funded by Vocational Agriculture.    Billy Martin, Aaron Babers, Katherine Bowen and Allison Self, students, to be paid stipends according to Board policy for competing in national competition.

 

(2)        Brandon Smith and Aaron Beaubouef, teachers, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 22,  2012 to October 29, 2012 to chaperone students to the National FFA Convention.  Funded by Vocational Agriculture.

 

            Maizy Rabalais, Kayla Rachal, Haley Sawyer, Stacy Kate Cruse, Joseph Settle, John Cunningham, Darious Rachal, Katelynn Smith, Zachary Sparish, Cooper Seeser, Tim Lopez, Noah Johnson and Jessica Corbin, students, to be paid stipends according to Board policy for  competing in national competition.

 

            C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

 

D.         Purchase of Buses:

 

E.         Advertisements:     Permission to advertise for bids

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Rhymes, seconded by Mr. Hilton, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Tax Commission Budget for 2012-2013. 

 

Mr. John Laborde presented the Board with additional budgetary information for “proposed” 2012-2013 Natchitoches Parish School Board Consolidated Budget.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Melder, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board approved a grant agreement between the Natchitoches Parish School Board and The Rapides Foundation for a healthy behavior grant to promote healthy behavior and improve access to healthcare.  The grant objectives are to conduct district-wide activities to promote a tobacco-free lifestyle (Tobacco Prevention & Control Initiative) for grades 4-12, continue Diet & Physical Activity Initiative curriculum for nutrition, physical activity, the promotion of staff wellness and school nutrition and continuing education in grades K-8 and expand into grades 9-12 with the Healthy Living Club option.  Grant funding from the foundation not to exceed $7,750 for Tobacco Prevention & Control and $14,500 for Diet and Physical Activity.

 

Mr. Carl Means presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of  Mrs. Masson, second by Mr. Hilton, that the Board hereby amend the board policy of no retention in Grades K-3 to retention in grades K-3 shall be permitted with the approval of a committee consisting of the teacher(s), parent/guardian, principal/designee, school psychologist and elementary supervisor/district-level supervisor.  This could be the School Building Level Committee if all people listed above serve on the SBLC.

 

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

 

On motion of  Mrs. Wilson, second by Mr. Means, that the Board approve the Revised Pupil Progression Plan for 2012-2013.

 

AMENDMENT TO THE MOTION

 

On motion of  Mr. Hilton, second by Mr. Rhymes, that the Board hereby approve each individual section of changes to the Pupil Progression Plan.

 

VOTE ON AMENDMENT

 

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

              

 

   1.      On motion of Mr. Hilton, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board voted against changing the number of credits required to be considered a senior from 18 to 19.                  

 

   2.      On motion of Mr. Rhymes, seconded by Mr. Hilton, the Board voted on Grades 5-8 Promotion Requirements to change the words and/or reading/ELA, math to and ELA/Reading, Math.

 

   3.      On motion of Mr. Melder, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved changing the kindergarten screening instrument from the Chicago Screening Test to the Developing Skills checklist DSC.

 

   4.     On motion of Mrs. Masson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board voted to change the term SAT to SBLC throughout the plan.

 

   5.    On motion of Mr. Rhymes, seconded by Mr. Means, the Board approved changing the K-1 report cards per attached proposal.   

 

   6.    On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, and with majority vote, the Board accepted the new Dyslexia Policy for inclusion in the plan.   Mr. Hilton and Mr. Rhymes cast nay votes.

 

   7.    On motion of Mr. Rhymes, seconded by Mr. Means, the Board unanimously approved to change the AP grading scale to a 10 point scale.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Means, the Board unanimously approved the Revised Pupil Progression Plan for 2012-2013.

 

On motion of Mr. Means, seconded by Mr. Danzy, the Board approved the reduction in force policy and revised personnel evaluations according to Bulletin 130.

 

On motion of  Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Means, the Board adjourned.

 

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                                                DERWOOD DUKE, SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

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                                                CARROLL DANIELS,  PRESIDENT