PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

MEETING ON APRIL 9, 2015

 

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, April 7, 2015, 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 Dale Skinner, Secretary-Treasurer, were present:  George Rhymes, Eugean Garner, Carroll Daniels, Ralph Wilson, Joella Wilson, Harry Graham, Russell Danzy, Michael Hilton, Emile Metoyer, Steven Harris, and Thomas Melder.

 

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

 

At Tuesday’s Committee meeting, Representatives Terry Long and Kenny Cox spoke to the Board regarding topics that may be discussed at the upcoming Legislature meeting. Senator Gerald Long spoke on these topics at Thursday’s Board meeting.

 

Under New Business, Mr. Solomon announced that a public meeting will be held June 4, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. in the Board room on the Natchitoches Parish School Board’s Central Office, located at 310 royal Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457, to adopt millage rates for the tax year 2015.

 

On motion of Ms. Wilson and seconded by Mr. Graham, the Board passed the following Consent Agenda items:

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of March 5, 2015

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS

 

            A.         Payment of Bills:

            B.         Out of State Travel:

            1.         Micah Coleman, Coach/Teacher at Natchitoches Central High School, travel to South Carolina, April 21, 2015-April 24, 2015 to attend Enlisted Educators Workshop.  Trip is at no cost to the board.

          *2.        Tiffany Roque, Dewaskie Fuller, Velverlon Holden, Jeremy Martin, Sandy Irchirl, Kenesha Hampton, Robert Moran, Ashley Mitchell, L.P. Vaughn, travel to San Antonio, TX, May 5, 2015-May 11, 2015 to chaperone a group of 8th graders on a PBIS Cultural Awareness field trip.  Trip is at no cost to the board.

 

            C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

 

D.         Purchase of Buses:

 

E.         Advertisements:

               Permission to advertise for bids:

 

                                    *1.        Child Nutrition Program for school year 2015-2016

A.         All Food items- To be opened Tuesday, May 19, 2015 and Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

B.         Milk and Milk Products- To be opened Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

C.         Juice and Juice Products- To be opened Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

D.         Paper and Cleaning Supplies- To be Thursday, May 21, 2015.

 

F.         Resignations:               
            G.         Retirements:

            H.         Requests for Leave:

            I.          Termination:

 

The Finance Report was presented by Mr. Danzy.  On motion of Mr. Hilton and seconded by Mr. Melder, the board agreed to advertise for the following bids:

 

1.         Rewiring of Frankie Ray Jackson Technical Center network to include data drops.

2.         Replacement of floor covering where needed.

3.         Liquefied Gas Service for 2015-2016 school year.

 

The board received the tax commission report from Mr. Solomon.

 

Mr. Danzy agreed to provide the board with more information in the future regarding a proposal from Fire District #4.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy and seconded by Mr. Melder, the board unanimously approved authorizing Forethought Consulting to continue to update district policies as they change due to legislation.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy and seconded by Mr. Graham, the board unanimously agreed to exercise the third and final renewal option for Pest Control Service with Ralston Extermination for the 2015-2016 school year.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy and seconded by Mr. Graham, the board unanimously agreed to exercise the first of three renewal options for Non-hazardous Waste Disposal Service with Ward’s Waste Services for 2015-2016.

 

The Executive Report was provided by Mr. Wilson.  The Superintendent once again stressed the importance of “zero tolerance” in all schools.  Workman’s Compensation, board meeting procedures, food service employee tax checks and valedictorian speeches were also discussed.

 

On motion of Mr. Garner and seconded by Mr. Graham, the board unanimously approved the 2015-2016 school calendar.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson and seconded by Mr. Graham, the board unanimously approved the resolution to end the overuse and misuse of standardized testing.

 

At 6:03 p.m. the board went into executive session.  On motion of Mr. Hilton and seconded by Mr. Metoyer the board concluded the executive session at 7:13 p.m.

 

On motion of Mr. Hilton and seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

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DALE SKINNER,   SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

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GEORGE RHYMES,   PRESIDENT