HELD MARCH 7, 2006                                            


A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Natchitoches Parish School Board Office, 310 Royal Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana, and upon roll call, the following members and Elwanda Murphy, Secretary-Treasurer were present: Cecil Walker, Carroll Daniels, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Joella Wilson, Gladys Revels, Billy J. Benefield and Carl Means.    Mr. Wilson came in late.   Dr. Bienvenu had to leave the meeting early.


The meeting was called to order by President Danzy, followed by an invocation by Mrs. Wilson and Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Benefield.


Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board recognized:


A.         Mr. Billy Benefield on behalf of Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation presented a check of $ 2,500.00 to Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School for the district Quiz Bowl.  


The Board received :


A.         The Board Update presented by Dr. Murphy.

B.         An Energy Update Report by Russell Franks.

C.         The Citizens' Advisory Budget Committee Recommendations from Chairperson Dan Carr.


On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby authorize Superintendent Murphy to contact the Board's law firm, Hammonds & Sills, to file a motion with the federal court requesting authority to implement a Reorganization Plan for Natchitoches Parish Schools for the 2006-2007 school year.


YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Hildebrand, Danzy, Revels and Benefield.    NAYS:   R. Wilson, Metoyer, J. Wilson and Means.    ABSENT DURING VOTE:   Bienvenu.   (Carried)


On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following consent agenda items:


 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of February 9, 2006

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

A.         Payment of Bills:               

B.         Out of State Travel:


            C.         School Bus Routes Changes:


(1)        Darlene Carney, North Natchitoches Elementary School, increase of 1.5 miles, cost of $134.15.

(2)        Connie Matkin, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, increase of  1.45 miles, cost of $177.75.

(3)        Janie Raggio, NSU Elementary Lab, increase of 2.4 miles, cost of $273.88.

(4)        Coleman Elie, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, decrease of 6.3 miles, savings of $925.12.

(5)        Susan Jordan, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, decrease of 1.2 miles, savings of $169.20.


D.         Purchase of Buses:


(1)        Sharon Jennings


            E.         Advertisements:


    Permission to advertise for bids (if necessary) for:


(1)        Pest control for 2006-07

(2)        Liquefied gas for 2006-07

(3)        Library books for 2006-07

(4)        Student insurance for 2006-07

(5)        Property and casualty insurance for 2006-07

(6)        Two 150-gallon above-ground propane tanks at the old  Marthaville Locker Plant


F.         Resignations: 

G.         Retirements:


(1)        Jessie Manning, SFS technician, Natchitoches Central High School, effective December 16, 2005.

(2)        Etta Madison, custodian, Weaver Elementary.

(3)        John Vandersypen, Director of Business Affairs/Vocational Education, effective March 13, 2006.


H.         Requests for Leave:


                        (1)        Lessie Williams, special education teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary School, sabbatical leave for medical purposes for the remainder of this semester.


Mr. Billy Benefield, Jr., presented the Finance, Facilities and Insurance Report.


There were no financial items requiring a vote of the Board


Mr. Russell Danzy presented the Personnel Report.


On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board approved the following personnel items:


  1.       Approval of Personnel:


A.         Teresa Howell, tutor, After School for All Program, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, at $6.00 per hour for 12.5 hours per  week.  Funded by After School for All Budget.


  2.       Transfers and/or Reassignments:


  3.       Other Personnel Items:


A.         Susanne Jones, tutor, After School for All, East Elementary School, from $6.00 per hour to $7.50 per hour.   Funded by After School for All.


B.         Thelma Tate, tutor, After School for All, East Natchitoches Elementary School, from $6.00 per hour to $7.50 per hour.  Funded by After School for All.


C.         Carletta Jones, subject area tutor for ELA, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, at $20.00 per hour, one day per week for 2 2 hours per day.


D.         Amanda Jones, adult tutor for After School for All Program at Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, at $6.00 per hour for 5  hours  per week.  Funded by After School for All Budget.


E.         Heather Goodwin, student tutor for After School for All Program at Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, at $5.15 per hour for 12.5 hours per week.  Funded by After School for All Budget. 


  4.       Terminations:


5.       Ruby Braxton and Vergie Green, Natchitoches Junior High, and  Armetrice Williams, Parks Elementary School,  for substitutes at $20.00 per  hour for the 21st. Century Program.  Funded by 21st. Century Grant.   


Mr. Carl Means presented the Executive Report.


On motion of Mr. Means, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board unanimously approved the following:


A.         The Locally Designed Skills Option Certificates per attached.


B.         A school climate survey form to be taken by all employees in the school system. The survey would be two-fold.   One part consisting of a survey on site leadership and support at the workplace of the employee.  The second part addressing a survey on the central office system including how well the individual employee is supported by the various departments--accounting, human resources,etc. with a section on administrative leadership.  Principals are also to be surveyed on how well he/she is supported by the system.  The survey is to be sent out by the middle of April in order for the results to be returned and presented at the end of year conferences.  Surveys to be taken twice yearly.   


C.         The school calendar for 2006-2007 per attached. 


On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Revels, the Board adjourned.