PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

MEETING ON AUGUST 6, 2020

 

A public meeting was held at the Natchitoches Parish School Board on August 6, 2020, 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 Superintendent Grant Eloi, were present:  Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Katrina Willis (via Zoom media), Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey and Reba Phelps.  Absent from the meeting was Tan’Keia Palmer. The meeting was called to order by Board President, Billy Benefield Jr., followed by an invocation by Mrs. Beverly Broadway and Pledge of Allegiance by Ms. Reba Phelps.

 

At Tuesday’s Committee Meeting, Superintendent Eloi gave an update on the progress of the installation of the hotspots throughout the parish, the touchless water fountains, the thermal thresholds and the recent Town Hall that was held.  Mr. Eloi also gave an update of the number of students who had signed up for virtual learning (approximately 2500).  Ms. Pam Pearce, 4-H Representative, thanked the board for their past support and provided an update to how 4-H would handle virtual instruction for is participants this school year.  The board also recognized Ms. Aleisa Hudlow as the District II Band Director of the Year.  New Transportation Terminal Director, Alford Matthews, was introduced to the board.  At Thursday’s meeting, the board recognize former Superintendent Dale Skinner for has many years of service to education and to the district. 

 

A motion was made by Mr. Harris to accept the following Consent Agenda.  Mr. Metoyer offered a second to the motion.  Upon unanimous consent from the board, the motion passed.

 

      1.    Adoption of Agenda.

      2.   Approval of Minutes of July 14 2020; Special Called Minutes of July 24, 2020

      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. A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to accept to accept the transportation update as presented by Mr. Ryan Johnson and Mr. Alford Matthews.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Garner. Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE. ABSENT:  Tan’Keia Palmer.  UNAVAILBLE FOR VOTING:  Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

The Tax Commission Report was presented by Mr. Russell Danzy.  A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to accept the Tax Commission report as presented.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Garner.  Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE. ABSENT:  Tan’Keia Palmer.  UNAVAILBLE FOR VOTING: Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

The budget update was given by Mr. Danzy.  A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to accept the budget update as presented.  The motion was accompanied by a second form Mrs. Guidroz.  Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Rhonda Guidroz, and Beverly Broadway. NAYS:  Emile Metoyer, Steven Harris, Dorothy McGaskey and Reba Phelps.  ABSENT:  Tan’Keia Palmer.  UNAVAILABLE FOR VOTING:  Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to accept the Maintenance Report as presented.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Metoyer.  Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE. ABSENT:  Tan’Keia Palmer.  UNAVAILBLE FOR VOTING: Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

After a presentation from Alliance Compressor LLC. Representatives requesting approval of Tax Exemption Application #20180501-ITE, a motion was made by Mr. Danzy to approve the exemption at 40%.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Benefield.  After some discussion from the board, Mr. Danzy rescinded his motion and made a motion to table to agenda item.  The motion to table was accompanied by a second from Mr. Harris.  Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE. ABSENT:  Tan’Keia Palmer.  UNAVAILBLE FOR VOTING: Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

After a presentation from Martco LLC. Representative requesting approval of Tax Exemption Application # 20180296-ITE and #20190393-ITE, a motion was made by Mr. Danzy to approve the request as presented.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mrs. Guidroz.  Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  Emile Metoyer and Dorothy McGaskey.  ABSENT:  Tan’Keia Palmer.  UNAVAILABLE FOR VOTING:  Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between Outpatient Medical Center, Inc and Natchitoches Parish School Board.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Garner.  Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE. ABSENT:  Tan’Keia Palmer.  UNAVAILBLE FOR VOTING: Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to approve the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between Central Louisiana Technical Community College and Natchitoches Parish School Board.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Harris.  Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE. ABSENT:  Tan’Keia Palmer.  UNAVAILBLE FOR VOTING: Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to approve the Dual Enrollment Agreement between Northwestern State University and Natchitoches Parish School Board.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Harris.  Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE. ABSENT:  Tan’Keia Palmer.  UNAVAILBLE FOR VOTING: Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

The Personnel Report was presented by Mrs. Linda Page.  A motion was made by Mr. Metoyer to approve the two-year performance contracts for Administrators.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Garner.  Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE. ABSENT:  Tan’Keia Palmer.  UNAVAILBLE FOR VOTING: Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

The Executive Report was presented by Mr. Harris.  At Tuesday’s meeting, Nurse Rebecca Phillips updated the board on the duties mandated by the State for school nurses and the trainings that had already taken place as well as future trainings.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to approve the Strong Start final plan.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Ms. Phelps.  Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE. ABSENT:  Tan’Keia Palmer.  UNAVAILBLE FOR VOTING: Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Harris to approve the addition of new job descriptions for increased COVID-19 related duties.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Garner and unanimous consent from all members available for voting.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Harris to approve COVID leave policy (Emergency Family & Medical Leave) as per Federal policy.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Metoyer and unanimous consent from all members available for voting.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Metoyer to approve Title IX policy.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mrs. Broadway.  Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE. ABSENT:  Tan’Keia Palmer.  UNAVAILBLE FOR VOTING: Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Mrs. Broadway to approve the Emergency Closing of Schools policy.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mrs. McGaskey.    Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE. ABSENT:  Tan’Keia Palmer.  UNAVAILBLE FOR VOTING: Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Harris to approve the Public Health Emergency Policy as it mimics BESE guidelines.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Metoyer and unanimous consent from all members available for voting.  The motion passed.

 

 

The board meeting adjourned at 6:08 p.m. on a motion from Mr. Metoyer, a second from Mr. Danzy.

 

 

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                                                GRANT ELOI, SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

 

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                                                BILLY BENEFIELD JR., PRESIDENT