PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

MEETING ON JUNE 3, 2021

 

A public meeting was held at the Natchitoches Parish School Board on June 3, 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.  The meeting was called to order by Board President, Steven Harris, followed by an invocation by Mr. Eugean Garner and Pledge of Allegiance by Mrs. Beverly Broadway.

 

At Tuesday’s Committee Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Eloi provided updates on the approval from LDOE for the ESSER funds, the CIR compensation packet approval for next school year, the emergency broadband benefit, the COVID vaccine drive that was being conducted at Weaver, LPV and Lakeview on June 5, 2021.  Recognitions included:  orchestra and band members who had been given All State recognition, Laura Strahan (Natchitoches 4H), and Genesis Conday (Weaver Elite President).  Presentations for request of the donation of the Natchitoches Head Start Building were given by Ms. Sylvia Morrow on behalf of the Natchitoches Black Heritage Committee and Mr. John Winston on behalf of the Voters and Civic League were also heard by the board.  Mr. Joe Stamey was also on hand to field any questions surrounding the discussion of the Head Start building.

 

Under New Business, Mr. Waskom read the resolution regarding the levying of millages for tax year 2021.  Mr. Benefield offered a motion to accept resolution as read.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Garner.  There was one comment from the public.  Mr. Carroll Daniels of Marthaville wanted to know how can the board vote if the adoption failed.  Mr. Waskom answered Mr. Daniels and there were no further comments.  The following votes were recorded upon roll call.  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 accept the following Consent Agenda.  Mr. Danzy offered a second to the motion. 

      1.    Adoption of Agenda.

      2.   Approval of Minutes of May 6, 2021; Retreat Minutes of May 22, 2021

 

Information was received:

            Transportation Update:  summer school routes and pickup times.

            Tax Commission Update:  collections up 28% with May trending up as well.

            Budget Update:  General Fund and Child Nutrition both in the black.

            Maintenance Update: repairs and landscaping at various schools.

            School Food Service Update: expecting more reimbursements, ready for summer school.

            Personnel Update: updates provided on monthly report.

 

The Finance Report was presented by Mr. Russell Danzy.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to approve permission for advertisement of two temporary building for NCHS, paper/cleaning products and milk products for 2021-2022 school year and banner and signage for district 9 and 10 schools.  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.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to accept a base bid of $104,400 from Southern Roofing & Vinyl Siding, LLC for reroofing of the main building at Goldonna Elementary Jr. High School.  Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Garner.  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 accept the bid from Tudor, Inc of Alexandria, LA with a base bid of 1, 277,000 for M.R. Weaver Elementary and East Natchitoches Elementary renovations.  It was further recommended concurrently issuing a deductive Change Order in the amount of $106,764 to reduce the cost of the project to a net total of $1,170,236.  The motion and recommendation were accompanied by a second form 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 accept the base bid from Tudor, Inc of Alexandria, LA, in the amount of $1,037,000 for Phase 1 of renovations to Marthaville Elementary/Jr. High School.  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.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to approve the minor adjustments to the one-time Employee COVID Compensation.  The number of days worked (at least) changed from 140 to 155; 80 to 85; and 40 to 50. The number of equivalent hours worked for those days changed from 980 to 1085; 560 to 595; and 280 to 350.  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.

 

A motion was made by Ms. Phelps to adopt the amendments made to the General Fund Budget as presented by Business Affairs.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Danzy.  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. Benefield to approve the resolution for the LA Economic Development request for a tax exemption for Weyerhaeuser.  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.

 

Due to a court order, there was no vote taken on the consolidation of Districts 6, 8 and 10 or Districts 6, and 8.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Benefield to approve the policy regarding Protection of Criminal Background Information.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Metoyer and unanimous consent from all members present.  The motion passed.

 

The Executive Report was presented by Ms. Reba Phelps.

 

A motion was made by Ms. Phelps to approve the resolution authorizing the President of the Board to execute a contract with Strategic Demographics, LLC to provide reapportionment and redistricting services.  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.

 

A motion was made by Ms. Phelps to approve an amendment to the mask policy for Natchitoches Parish Schools.  Effective June 4, 2021, mask will be optional and those who are not fully vaccinated, are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.  Social distancing and sanitization are also encouraged.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mrs. Broadway and unanimous consent from all members present.

 

The board meeting adjourned at 5:26 p.m. on a motion from Mr. Metoyer.

 

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                                                GRANT ELOI, SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

 

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                                                STEVEN HARRIS, PRESIDENT