PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

MEETING ON MAY 6, 2021

 

A public meeting was held at the Natchitoches Parish School Board on May 6, 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 Ms. Tan’Keia Palmer and Pledge of Allegiance by Ms. Reba Phelps.

 

At Tuesday’s Committee Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Eloi thanked all teachers for their dedication and commitment to the students of Natchitoches Parish.  The Lakeview Basketball team and coaching staff were also recognized for their hard work and progression during this year’s basketball season.  Ms. Ramona Wynder, of NSU’s Call Me Mister Program, introduced the President of the organization Mr. William Roberson.  Mr. Roberson, a former graduate of NCHS, spoke to the board about the many wonderful aspects of the programs that is designed to recruit minority males into the education field.  Ms. Kristie Irchirl spoke the board on the possibility of implementing the Natchitoches Virtual academy for the upcoming school year. Mike Ferdinand, Executive Director of Economic Development, and Jason Smith (Mill Manager) spoke to the board regarding the ITEP application for Weyhauuser which will be presented at next month’s board meeting.  At Thursday’s meeting, the board recognized

 

Under Old Business, Mr. Joe Stamey spoke to the board regarding the resolution to authorize the Superintendent to execute paperwork authorizing the donation of Cloutierville School.  The board also heard from representatives explaining the 3121 Social Security Alternative Plan for part-time and temporary workers.

 

Under New Business, Mr. Waskom introduced the new NPSB Auditor, Jennifer Hawkins, representing Thomas, Cunningham, Broadway and Todtenbier Accounting Firm.  With the new ruling, there will be only one big audit as opposed to the two smaller ones going forward.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Garner to accept the following Consent Agenda.  Ms. Phelps offered a second to the motion.  Mr. Garner then amended his motion to remove items B1, B2, B3 and B5. Ms. Phelps offered a second to the amendment.  Upon unanimous consent from all members present, the motion passed (with exception to aforementioned items, under advisement that the items did not need board approval):

      1.    Adoption of Agenda.

      2.   Approval of Minutes of April 8, 2021

      3.    FINANCE ITEMS

                        A.  Payment of Bills:            

                        B.  Out of State Travel:

                                                1.  Jacquelyn Rainwater, NJH-JAG teacher, travel to Hot Springs, Arkansas, June 1-2, 2021, to chaperone approximately 30 students to Magic Springs Theme and Water Park.  The trip is at no cost to the board.

 

                                                2.  Michael Wilson, NJH teacher, travel to Hot Springs, Arkansas, June 1-2, 2021, to chaperone approximately 30 students to Magic Springs Theme and Water Park.  The trip is at no cost to the board.

 

                                                3.  Jermaine Thomas, NJH teacher and Club Sponsor, travel to Hot Springs, Arkansas, June 1-2, 2021, to chaperone approximately 12 students to Education in Motion at Magic Springs Theme and Water Park.  The trip is at no cost to the board.

 

                                                4.  Stephonie French, Natchitoches Magnet Principal, travel to Cedar Hill, Texas, May 21-24, 2021, to attend Kagan School Trainer Recertification.  The trip is covered by Title II funding.

 

                                               5.  Brian Williams, Lakeview Basketball Coach, travel to Pensacola, FL, to chaperone fourteen basketball players to Jeff Burkhamer Team Camp, June 23-25, 2021.  The trip is at no cost to the board.

                        C.  School Bus Routes Changes:

D.  Purchase of Buses:

E.  Advertisements:   

                                    1.  Permission to advertise for bids:

                                                a.   Roof repairs for upper building at Goldonna Elementary.

                                                b.   Elementary building upgrades at Marthaville Elementary.

                                               c.  Bathrooms, flooring, exterior drainage and fencing upgrades at LPV, Magnet, East and East Natchitoches.

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 approve the summer school pay increase for school food service workers and managers for Summer 2021 only:  3 Site Managers at a rate of $28/hour at 26 hours/week, 12 Technicians at a rate of $14/hour at 26 hours/week and 1 Site Monitor at $28/hour for a total of 160 hours.  These wages to be paid from ESSER. The motion was accompanied by a second from Mrs. Broadway and unanimous consent from all members present.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Metoyer to approve School Board Members and Superintendent, permission to travel to Southern Region Conference in Biloxi, MS in July 2021.  Ms. Palmer offered a second to the motion.  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 a one-time Employee COVID compensation, pending LDOE budget approval.  The motion was accompanied by a second from 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. Garner to approve the CIR School teacher Recruitment stipend, pending LDOE budget approval.  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. Metoyer to approve the creation of the Natchitoches Virtual Academy.  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, Tan’Keia Palmer and Reba Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE.  ABSENT:  Katrina Willis.  The motion passed.

 

Informational reports that were received and discussed included:  transportation, tax commission, budget update, maintenance, school food service, and personnel.

 

The board meeting adjourned at 5:57 p.m. on a motion from Mr. Metoyer and a second from Mrs. Broadway.

 

 

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                                                GRANT ELOI, SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

 

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                                                STEVEN HARRIS, PRESIDENT