PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

MEETING ON APRIL 8, 2021

 

A public meeting was held at the Natchitoches Parish School Board on April 8, 2021, 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 Dr. Grant Eloi, were present: Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan’Keia Palmer and Reba Phelps. Katrina Willis was absent from Thursday’s meeting.  The meeting was called to order by Board President, Steven Harris, followed by an invocation by Mr. Eugean Garner and Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Emile Metoyer.

 

David Engel, Fortenberry a& Ballard, presented the June 30, 2020 audit update to the board.  There were minor findings in his report.  Superintendent Eloi gave an update on the following: COVID cases in the parish, creation/idea of a stand along virtual school, summer school, reasons parents left the parish, and possible increase in hourly pay in some employee areas.  Recognitions at this month included:  Kid Superintendent applicants and winner (Amsden Pasch-NSUE), Shenita Holden (240 tutoring), NCHS basketball team and coaches.  Julee Wright, Federal Program Director, updated the board on federal monies received and the rules on how the money could and had been spent. 

 

Under Old Business, Joe Stamey provided an additional update from the Natchitoches Parish Fire District 1 regarding the donation of the Cloutierville School property.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Garner to accept the following Consent Agenda.  Mr. Danzy offered a second to the motion.  Upon unanimous consent from all members present, the motion passed:

            2.   Approval of Minutes of March 4, 2021

            3.    FINANCE ITEMS

                        A.  Payment of Bills:            

                        B.  Out of State Travel:

                                                1.  Jessica Odom, NCHS Cheer Coach, travel to Grapevine, TX, June 15-18, 2021, to chaperone NCHS cheerleaders to cheer camp.  The trip is at no cost to the school board.

                        C.  School Bus Routes Changes:

D.  Purchase of Buses:

E.  Advertisements:   

                                    1.  Permission to advertise for bids:

                                                a.SFS Equipment

                                                b. Parish wide broadband cable vendor

                                                c. Locks and doors for school campuses

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 received the budget update as presented.  The motion was accompanied by a second form Mr. Metoyer and unanimous consent from all members present.  The motion passed.

 

The board received the maintenance report from Mr. Michael Joslin.

 

A motion was offered Mr. Danzy to approve the audit report for June 2020 as presented by Mr. David Engel of Fortenberry & Ballard.  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, Tan’Keia Palmer and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE.  ABSENT:  Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

At the suggestion of Mr. Danzy, the board agreed to table the item regarding the consolidating school districts 6, 8, and 10 into a new Consolidated School District 11.

 

The board also agreed to table the item of approving a resolution authorizing the Superintendent to donate Cloutierville School Property to the Natchitoches Fire District 1 as they await more information from the fire district.

 

The board also tabled the adoption of a new policy regarding retirement as they await more paperwork that was not made available at the meeting.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to approve increasing summer school hourly pay from $20/hr. to $35/hr. for this year only.  The motion was accompanied by a second form Ms. Palmer.  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, Tan’Keia Palmer and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE.  ABSENT:  Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to approve increasing the stipend hourly rate from $20/hr. to $25/hr.   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, Tan’Keia Palmer and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE.  ABSENT:  Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to increase the daily substitute teacher pay increments to area averages.  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, Tan’Keia Palmer and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE.  ABSENT:  Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

The Personnel Report was presented by Mrs. Linda Page.  An amended motion was made by Mr. Benefield to approve the position and job description of Grant Administrator and job description of Grant Writer.  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, Tan’Keia Palmer and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE.  ABSENT:  Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

The Executive Report was presented by Ms. Phelps.

 

A subcommittee was created to research the possibility of an extra paycheck to faculty and staff in appreciation of their work during COVID-19.  Board members volunteering to be on the subcommittee are:  Reba Phelps, Tan’Keia Palmer, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz and Dorothy McGaskey.  Julee Wright, Lee Waskom and Linda Page will also assist on the committee.

 

The board meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m. on a motion from Mr. Metoyer.

 

 

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                                                GRANT ELOI, SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

 

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                                                STEVEN HARRIS, PRESIDENT