PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

MEETING ON OCTOBER 5, 2017

 

A public meeting was held at the Natchitoches Parish School Board on October 5, 2017, 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:  Eugean Garner, Carroll Daniels, Katrina Willis, Harry Graham, Russell Danzy, Michael Hilton, Emile Metoyer, Steven Harris, Thomas Melder, Rhonda Guidroz, and Ralph Wilson. The meeting was called to order by Board President, Ralph Wilson, followed by an invocation by Mr. Steven Harris and Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Russell Danzy. 

 

At Tuesday’s meeting, Ms. Lynn Stevens with United Way presented the board with backpacks that had been donated to the students of the parish.  Information on the Dolly Parton Reading Program was also presented the board.  Superintendent Skinner announced that Attorney Bob Hammonds would address the board at an upcoming meeting to explain unitary status and just what it means for the school system going forward.  Ms. Janet Davas, Liberty’s Kitchen, addressed the board with future plans to work with the schools regarding a youth development food based program.  The program is meant to reach out to at risk youth between the ages of 16-24.

 

At Thursday’s meeting, Mr. Jerry Osbourne presented the board with an update on the General Obligation School Bonds of Consolidated School District No. 7.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Garner and unanimous consent by all members present, the board approved a resolution authorizing the incurring of debt and issuance of Seven Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($7,200,000) of General Obligation School Bonds, Series 2017, of Consolidated School District No. 7 of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana; pre­scribing the form, terms and condi­tions of said Bonds; designating the date, denomination and place of payment of said Bonds; pro­vid­ing for the pay­ment there­of in principal and interest; authoriz­ing the agreement with the Paying Agent; and provid­ing for other matters in connec­tion there­with with the understanding that the wording in the sections labeled “Paying Agent” and “Cancellation of Bonds” would be altered to reflect necessary changes.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the following Consent Agenda items passed with unanimous approval from all members present:

      1.   Adoption of Agenda.

      2.  Approval of Minutes of September 7, 2017

      3.   FINANCE ITEMS

                        A.  Payment of Bills:            

                        B.  Out of State Travel:

                                               

1.  Marvin Blake, NCHS Civics teacher, travel to Memphis, TN, November 15-17, 2017, to chaperone approximately 50 African American History Club members to visit the Civil Rights Museum and other historic landmarks.  The trip is at no cost to the board.

 

2.  Sabrina Essex, NCHS Business teacher, travel to Memphis, TN, November 15-17, 2017, to chaperone approximately 50 African American History Club members to visit the Civil Rights Museum and other historic landmarks.  The trip is at no cost to the board.

 

3.  Linda Raymond, NCHS Read 180 teacher, travel to Memphis, TN, November 15-17, 2017, to chaperone approximately 50 African American History Club members to visit the Civil Rights Museum and other historic landmarks.  The trip is at no cost to the board.

 

4.  Rene Lewis, NCHS School Nurse, travel to Memphis, TN, November 15-17, 2017, to chaperone approximately 50 African American History Club members to visit the Civil Rights Museum and other historic landmarks.  The trip is at no cost to the board.

           

5.  Linda Page, Director of Personnel, travel to Phoenix, AZ, October 16-20, 2017, to attend the American Association of School Personnel Administrators Conference.  The trip is to be funded according to board policy.

 

                        C.  School Bus Routes Changes:

D.  Purchase of Buses:

E.  Advertisements:   

                                    1.  Permission to advertise for bids:

F.  Resignations:                      
            G. Retirements:

                        H. Requests for Leave:

I.  Termination:

 

The Tax Commission and Transportation Reports were presented to the board at Tuesday’s Committee Meeting.

 

The finance report was presented by Mr. Danzy.  On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Guidroz and unanimous consent of all members present, the board approved the 21st Century Community Learning Center contract amendment extension from its original contract period to August 2019 which will also provide funding for the additional 18 months.

 

On motion by Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Melder and unanimous consent of all members present, the board granted Permission to participate in cooperative purchasing agreement with Red River Parish School Board through their Bid #5-22-2017-1 for 2017-2018 for procurement of diesel powered, 71 passenger buses with air conditioners from Ross Bus & Equipment Sales.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Melder and unanimous consent from all members present, the board approved a resolution giving preliminary approval to the issuance of not to exceed Three Million Dollars ($3,000,000) of Taxable Sales Tax Revenue Bonds of the School Sales Tax District of the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana; providing certain terms of said Bonds, making application to the State Bond commission for the approval of said Bonds, employment and providing for other matters in connection therewith.

 

On motion of Mr. Hilton, seconded by Mr. Garner and unanimous consent of all members present, the board approved the following job description changes for Evaluation Plan:

 

A.     Model Teacher

B.     Supervisor of Secondary Education/Child Welfare and Attendance/Title IX Coordinator

C.     Supervisor of CTE and Secondary Curriculum and Instruction

 

 

The Executive Report was presented by Mr. Hilton.  On motion of Mr. Hilton, seconded by Mrs. Guidroz and unanimous consent of all members present, the board approved the changes to the Pupil Progression Plan.

 

On motion of Mr. Harris and seconded by Mr. Danzy, the meeting adjourned at

5:46 p.m.

 

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                                                DALE SKINNER,   SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

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                                                RALPH WILSON,   PRESIDENT