PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

MEETING ON JUNE 7, 2018

 

A public meeting was held at the Natchitoches Parish School Board on June 7, 2018, 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 (5:03 p.m.), 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, Michael Hilton, followed by an invocation by Mr. Steven Harris and Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Russell Danzy.

                                     

At Tuesday’s Committee Meeting, the board heard from Mr. Tom Fraiser from Alliance Compressors LLC regarding their request the NPSB approval of the 2017 LA Industrial Tax Exemption Program Application for EMERSON Climate Technologies.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Graham, the following Consent Agenda items passed with unanimous approval from all members present (Mr. Daniels was not available for voting on these items):

 

      1.      Adoption of Agenda.

      2.   Approval of Minutes of May 10, 2018

      3.      FINANCE ITEMS

                              A.  Payment of Bills:            

                              B.  Out of State Travel:

                                            

                             C.  School Bus Routes Changes:

D.  Purchase of Buses:

E.  Advertisements:   

                                             1.  Permission to advertise for bids:

                                                            a.  Marthaville Digital Intercom System

F.  Resignations:                             
               G. Retirements:

                             H. Requests for Leave:

I.  Termination:

 

The Finance report was presented by Mr. Danzy.  A motion was made by Mr. Garner, accompanied by a second from Mr. Harris and unanimous consent from all members present, to accept the $124,795 base bid from Sports Turf Specialist, LLC for football field upgrades for Lakeview Junior-Senior High School.

 

On motion of Mr. Garner, accompanied by a second from Mr. Harris, the board approved the $1,207,000 base bid from Walker Construction Company, Inc. for alterations and additions to Goldonna Elementary/Junior High School.  YEAS:  Eugean Garner, Carroll Daniels, Katrina Willis, Harry Graham, Russell Danzy, Michael Hilton, Emile Metoyer, Steven Harris, Thomas Melder, Rhonda Guidroz.  NAYS:  Ralph Wilson.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, accompanied by a second from Mr. Graham and unanimous consent from all members present, the board approved the bid from Sisco East Texas for processed and frozen foods for 7-1-18 through 12-31-18.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, accompanied by a second from Mr. Wilson and unanimous consent from all members present, the board approved the bid from D&D Distributing for milk and dairy products for 2018-19.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, accompanied by a second from Mr. Harris and unanimous consent from all members present, the board approved line item bids from the following vendors:  American Pride Paper & Plastics, Sysco East Texas, BCP Jan-San Distribution, Long’s Preferred Products, Carefree Janitorial Supply, Interboro Packaging Corp., Sayes Office Supply and Economical Janitorial Supplies.

 

The Tax Commission Report revealed that collections are still flat.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, accompanied by a second from Mr. Melder and unanimous consent from all members present, the board approved the budget update as presented by Mr. Foshee.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, accompanied by a second from Mr. Garner and unanimous consent from all members present, the board approved the update regarding the balance of approximately $5,448 due to the Louisiana Federation of Teachers as it relates to previous payroll errors.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, accompanied by a second from Mr. Wilson and unanimous consent from all members present, the board approved the update regarding the

timber refund to Weyerhauser in the amount of $910.50.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, accompanied by a seconded from Mr. Graham and unanimous consent from all members present, the board approved payment of $5,700 for site preparation and approximately $28,500 for reforestation of 190 acres recently cut.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, accompanied by a second from Mr. Wilson and unanimous consent from all members present, the board approved the request to receive reclaimed asphalt form the State Highway department that will be transported by the Police Jury with the understanding that there may be some transportation cost to the Natchitoches Parish School Board.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, accompanied by a second from Mr. Wilson and unanimous consent from all members present, the board approved the 2-year renewal term for Worker’s Compensation with Midwest in the amount of $92,444.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, accompanied by a second from Mr. Graham and unanimous consent from all members present, the board approved the 1-year renewal for Loss Control Services for Worker’s Compensation with York Risk Control with an administration fee of $9270.

 

There was no discussion of the personnel report update.

 

On motion of Mr. Hilton, accompanied by a second from Mrs. Guidroz, the board approved the 2017 LA Industrial Tax Exemption Program Application for EMERSON Climate Technologies for Alliance Compressors, LLC at an approximate cost of $5,500.  YEAS:  Eugean Garner, Carroll Daniels, Katrina Willis, Harry Graham, Russell Danzy, Michael Hilton, Steven Harris, Thomas Melder, Rhonda Guidroz, Ralph Wilson.  NAYS:  NONE.  ABSTAIN:  Emile Metoyer.

 

On motion of Mr. Melder, accompanied by a second from Mr. Wilson and unanimous consent from all members present, the board approved a resolution providing for canvassing the returns and declaring the result of the special election held in School District No. 9 of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, on April 28, 2018, to authorize the incurring of debt and issuance of bonds therein.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Melder, accompanied by a second for Mr. Wilson and unanimous consent from all members present to table the decision to take action with respect to announcing that the Parish School Board of the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana, plans to consider adopting a resolution ordering and calling elections to be held in (i) Consolidated School District No. 6 of the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana and (ii) Consolidated School District No. 7 of the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana to authorize the renewal of ad valorem taxes.

 

On motion of Mr. Harris, accompanied by a second from Mr. Wilson and unanimous consent from all members present, the board approved electrical repairs to NJH @ FRJ School.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, accompanied by a second from Mr. Wilson and unanimous consent from all members present, the agreed to table the decision to discuss balancing the budget and possible closure of school(s).  The board agreed to meet at Cloutierville Elementary/Junior High School on Monday, June 11, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. for a tour of the school and grounds.  Mr. Wilson requested that the board tour several schools in the parish.  The request was denied.  Mrs. Donna Masson, Cloutierville community member asked the board to consider traveling by bus the routes that the students will have to take if the school were to close.  Board Member Metoyer suggested that the board take a look at eh enrollment of all schools with an enrollment of 200 or less, like the Laboratory Schools.  Board Member Harris asked that the board take a look at why the parish is losing so many students each year.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, accompanied by a second from Mrs. Guidroz, the board approved changing the L.P. Vaughn mascot from Indians to Cubs.  YEAS:  Eugean Garner, Carroll Daniels, Katrina Willis, Harry Graham, Russell Danzy, Michael Hilton, Steven Harris, Thomas Melder, Rhonda Guidroz, Ralph Wilson.  NAYS:  NONE.  ABSTAIN: Emile Metoyer.

 

On motion of Mr. Melder and seconded by Mr. Danzy, the meeting adjourned at 5:41 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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                                                            DALE SKINNER, SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

 

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                                                            MICHAEL HILTON, PRESIDENT