PROCEEDINGS OF PUBLIC HEARING MEETING OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

 

A public hearing was held at the Natchitoches Parish School Board on September 10, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Natchitoches Parish School Board Office, 310 Royal Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana.  The public meeting was held to consider levying increased millage rates and rolling forward millage.  Rates not to exceed the maximum authorized by law.

 

 

PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

 

A public meeting was held at the Natchitoches Parish School Board on September 10, 2020, at 4:30 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, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey and Tan’Keia Palmer.  Absent from the meeting Katrina Willis and Reba Phelps. The meeting was called to order by Board President, Billy Benefield Jr., followed by an invocation by Mrs. Dorothy McGaskey and Pledge of Allegiance by Ms. Emile Metoyer.

 

At Tuesday’s Committee Meeting, Superintendent Eloi gave an update on the effects of Hurricane Laura on parish schools, the first day of school, and technology.  At Thursday’s meeting, the Superintendent discussed the possible changes for the schools when entering into Phase 3 of the Covid pandemic:  maximum capacity would move from 50% to 75%, static group sizes would mover from 25 to 50 and the parish would remove the option of hybrid learning.  The Technology Department would be holding a clinic for parents of virtual students regarding Ipads.  The clinic will be held on Monday, September 14, 2020 at the Title I Media Center from 8a.m.to 4:30 p.m.

 

Under Old Business, Mr. Metoyer asked for an update of the bus parking lot situation.  Superintendent Eloi stated that it was still in the hands of the Board Attorney.  Mr. Benefield reminded the board of the upcoming board training with Dr. Janet Pope in Pineville, LA on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 8 a.m.to 11 a.m.

 

Under New Business Mr. Jay Sheffield, Board Financial Consultant, discussed and answered questions regarding millage and the rolling forward of the millages.  There were no public comments from the public regarding the discussion.  A motion was offered by Mr. Garner to set forth the adjusted millage rates and roll forward the millage with rates not to exceed the maximum authorized rates.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Harris.  Upon roll call, the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Russell Danzy, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey and Tan’Keia Palmer.  NAYS:  Emile Metoyer.  ABSENT:  Katrina Willis and Reba Phelps.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Harris to accept the following Consent Agenda.  Mrs. Broadway offered a second to the motion.  Upon unanimous consent from the board, the motion passed.  Absent from voting were Katrina Willis and Reba Phelps.

 

      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 offered by Mr. Danzy to accept the bid from A&G Computer Services for security camera systems for East Natchitoches ($32,250) and L. P. Vaughn ($54,000).  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mrs. Guidroz and unanimous consent from all members present.  Absent from voting were Katrina Willis and Reba Phelps.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was offered from Mr. Danzy to accept the RFP from Renaissance Learning for the Reading Assessment and Progress Monitoring System.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Harris and unanimous consent from all members present.  Absent from voting were Katrina Willis and Reba Phelps. The motion passed.

 

A motion was offered from Mr. Danzy to accept the RFP from Renaissance Learning for the Reading Assessment and Progress Monitoring System including Math.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Garner and unanimous consent from all members present.  Absent from voting were Katrina Willis and Reba Phelps. The motion passed.

 

The Transportation update was given by Mr. Alford Matthews and Mr. Ryan Johnson.  They spoke on the numbers and routes of the buses for the first couple days of school.

 

The Tax Commission Report was presented by Mr. Russell Danzy who stated that the numbers were trending up slightly.

 

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

 

A motion was offered by Mr. Metoyer to approve the change orders for the Lakeview and Natchitoches Junior High Schools’ construction projects.  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 Tan’Keia Palmer.  NAYS:  NONE.  ABSENT:  Katrina Willis and Reba Phelps.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was offered by Mr. Danzy to adopt the Consolidated School Budget for 2020-2021.  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 Tan’Keia Palmer.  NAYS:  NONE.  ABSENT:  Katrina Willis and Reba Phelps.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was offered by Mr. Danzy to approve increasing the multiplier used to determine Board bus driver compensation in terms of bus capacity.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Metoyer and unanimous consent from all members present at the meeting. 

 

A motion was offered by Mr. Garner to accept the Personnel Report as presented by Mrs. Linda Page.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Danzy and unanimous consent from all members present at the meeting.

 

The board meeting adjourned at 5:56 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