PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

MEETING ON MAY 13, 2019

 

A public meeting was held at the Natchitoches Parish School Board on May 13, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Natchitoches Parish School Board Office, 310 Royal Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana. Upon roll call, the following members and Dale Skinner, Secretary-Treasurer, were present:  Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Tan’Keia Palmer and Reba Phelps. Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Katrina Willis and Dorothy McGaskey were absent.  The meeting was called to order by Board President, Rhonda Guidroz, followed by an invocation by Mrs. Reba Phelps and Pledge of Allegiance by Ms. Tan’Keia Palmer.

 

At Tuesday’s Committee Meeting, the board recognized the Student of the Year recipients from the parish:  Zaveian Calahan (East), Tralyn Lofton (Fairview), Breanna Hines (Goldonna), Blaine Mitchell (Marthaville), Bryan Chen  (Magnet), Annaliece Romero (NSU-E), Kendal Presson (Provencal), Austin Martin (Goldonna), Sammya Rachal (Lakeveiw Jr. High), Richard Jordan (Marthaville), Alexander Dunnmiller (Natchitoches Jr. High), Benjamin Hogg Jr. ( NSU-M), Joseph Yount (Provencal), Latia Beavers (Lakeview High) and Jon Henderson III (NCHS).  Overall winners were:  Byran Chen (5th Grade Student of the Year), Benjamin Hogg Jr. (8th Grade Student of the Year) and Jon Henderson III (12th Grade Student of the Year).  Mr. Jermaine Thomas, NJH teacher and sponsor of Boys to Men, introduced some of his club members who told the board about their many duties and responsibilities as well as services that they have performed throughout the community.

 

Thursday’s regularly scheduled board meeting was moved to Monday, May 13th due to inclement weather in the area.  At Monday’s meeting the board recognized Teacher of the Year recipients from the parish. ELEMENTARY:  Sharonnica Garrison (Cloutierville), Catherine Johnson (East), Claudine Madison (Fairview), Joy Rowell (Goldonna), Brenda Roberts (Marthaville), Codie Goings (Magnet), Lawanda Smith (Provencal), Debra Wamber (LPV), Eboni Roberson (Weaver), Melissa Kaufman (NSU-E).  MIDDLE:  Shanita Grayson (Goldonna), Shelli Adams (Marthaville), Robert Carnline (Magnet), Britani Fields (NJH), Alexzandria Crowell (NSU-M).  HIGH SCHOOL:  Glenn Sawyer (NPTCC), Kathy Canerday (Lakeview) and Michael Selby (NCHS).  PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR:  Ben LaGrone (NSU-M).

 

SUPPORT PERSONNEL:  Henry Butler (East), Leigh Lofton (Fairview), Linda Spikes (NPTCC), Michelle Canerday (Goldonna), Michelle Winslow (Lakeview), Jodi Kilgore (Marthaville), Nathaniel Helaire (Magnet), Shelia Helaire (NJH), Tonia Young (Provencal), Jeremiah Johnson (LPV), Jerry Sheppard (LPV), Charmaine Williams (Weaver) and Kate White (NSU-M).  SAFETY SUPPORT PERSON:  Rufus Sowell.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Metoyer to accept the following Consent Agenda items.  Mr. Harris offered a second to the motion.  All members present at the meeting unanimously approved the motion and the second.

 

     1.       Adoption of Agenda.

      2.      Approval of Minutes of April 4, 2019; Special Called Minutes April 17, 2019

      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:

F.  Resignations:

G. Retirements:

                              H. Requests for Leave:

I.  Termination:

 

The Finance Report was presented by Mr. Russell Danzy. There was no information presented to the board from the Transportation Report.  Mr. Harris requested that someone from Transportation and School Food Service be present at every board meeting.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to accept the budget update as presented by Business Director, Richard Foshee.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Harris and unanimous consent from all board members present.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to approve Alliance Compressor’s tax exemption request.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mrs. Phelps. Upon roll call the following votes were cast.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  Tan’Keia Palmer.  ABSTAIN:  Emile Metoyer.  ABSENT: Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Katrina Willis and Dorothy McGaskey.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to transfer $450,000 from Cloutierville BRE to Provencal Elementary. The motion was accompanied by a second from Mrs. Phelps.  Upon roll call the following votes were cast.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Tan’Keia Palmer and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  Emile Metoyer.  ABSENT: Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Katrina Willis and Dorothy McGaskey.  The motion passed.

 

The Executive Report was presented by Mr. Danzy.  A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to allow legal counsel to review a study for comprehensive drug testing for Natchitoches Parish School system. The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Metoyer and unanimous consent from all board members present.

 

A motion was made by Mrs. Phelps to approve a name change for the NPSB Department of Special Education to the Department of Exceptional Student Services.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Harris and unanimous consent from all board members present.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to approve the Outpatient Medical Center’s request for expansion of the School Health based Center to East Natchitoches Elementary and M.R. Weaver Elementary Schools.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Harris and unanimous consent from all board members present.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Harris to enter into Executive Session to discuss personnel issues at 6:50 p.m.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Metoyer and unanimous consent from all board members present. 

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to adjourn from Executive Session at 7:04 p.m.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Metoyer and unanimous consent from all board members present. 

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy and seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the meeting adjourned at 7:07 p.m.

 

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                                                            DALE SKINNER, SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

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                                                            RHONDA GUIDROZ, PRESIDENT