HELD ON APRIL 19, 2007                                        


A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, March 6, 2007, 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, Ralph Wilson, Julia Hildebrand, Millard Bienvenu, Emile Metoyer, Joella Wilson, Billy Benefield, Jr., Harry Graham, Pam McAlexander, and Craig Rachal.

Absent: None.


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


Dr. Murphy  presented School Accountability  Rewards to Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr. High School, Goldonna Elem./Jr. High School, NSU Elementary Lab School and Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School.


Ramona Williams of Lakeview High School and Reneva Trahant of Natchitoches Central High School presented an update on the Health Occupations Programs at each school.


Mrs. Gwen Hardison gave a detailed overview of Federal Programs.


Brandi Washington and Markeshia Hardy were recognized for designing the Arts Festival T-Shirts.


Board members Harry Graham, Craig Rachal, Billy Benefield  and Julia Hildebrand were presented certificates for attending a conference entitled "Why Boards Matters" that was given by the Orchard Foundation and The Rapides Foundation.


On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Graham, the Board unanimously approved the following consent agenda items:           


 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of March 6, 2007

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

A.        Payment of Bills:                

B.         Out of State Travel:  

(1)       Margaret Elaine Garland, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Chicago, Illinois, June 24-July 3, 2007, to     chaperone Jan Swimberghe to the National FBLA Conference.  Student expenses paid  according to Board policy.  Ms. Garland's expenses will be paid by general fund.

            C.        School Bus Routes Changes: 

(1)        Mack Trichel, Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr. High School, additional  26.4 miles, cost of $2, 487.20.

(2)        Diane Saffel, Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr. High School, additional 1.6 miles, cost of $175.20.

(3)        Elmer Carter, L. P. Vaughn Elem./Middle School, additional 2.1 miles, cost of $156.24.

(5)        Pat Hall, Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School, loss of .7 miles, savings of $98.10.

(6)        Sharon Jennings, L.P. Vaughn Elem./Middle School, additional 8.8 miles for 14 days, cost of $145.18.

D.        Purchase of Buses:

            E.         Advertisements:     Permission to advertise for bids for:   

(1)        Child Nutrition Program for 2007-2008:

Milk Products

Bread and Bread Products

Processed Foods

Frozen Food

Fresh Meat

Paper & Cleaning Supplies

Small Equipment

Dishwashing Chemicals

Sanitation Services & Materials

(2)        2007-2008 school year if necessary:

Liquefied Gas

Library Books

Pest Control    

(3)        Weight room equipment at Natchitoches Central High School Booster Club will match funds.

(4)        Light poles for football field at Lakeview High School.

(5)        Playground equipment for Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr. High School.

F.         Resignations:

(1)        Nick Lambert, custodian, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, effective March 14, 2007.

(2)        Kathryn Hattaway, supervisor, Child Nutrition Program, Central Office, effective April 13, 2007.

(3)        Calvin Payton, plumber, maintenance department, effective February 28, 2007.

(4)        Marcia Williams, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective May 30, 2007.

(5)        Michael K. Parrott, teacher, L.P. Vaughn Elem./Middle Lab, effective April 16, 2007.        

G.        Retirements:

(1)        Suwattana Pawapootanont, special education teacher, L. P. Vaughn Elem./Jr. High School, effective May 31, 2007.

(2)        Patricia Ann Small, paraprofessional, Lakeview High School, effective May 31, 2007.           


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


On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board  accepted the bid of  $34,600 of  Floyd's Construction Company  for  repair of  roof and  work on gutters and fascia  at  Goldonna Elem./Jr. High.  Floyd's Construction Company offered the only bid.     


On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the  Board approved the following finance items:


1.         The Carl Perkins Vocational Education Carry-Over  Grant in the amount of $24, 509.00 for the 2006-2007 school year.    


2.         Paying Ramona Williams Health Occupation teacher at Lakeview High School, $20.00 per hour for participation in the EMT-Basic Instructor Pilot Program.  The program training is March 29-31, April 26-28, May 10-12,  June 4-8 and June 25-29, 2007, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day.  Payment will not exceed $180.00 per day for a total of  $2,340.00.  Ms. Williams will be paid only for non-school days.  Funded by Carl Perkins Basic Grant (2006-2007).


Dr. Millard Bienvenu presented the Personnel Report.


On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following personnel:


            A.        Antonio Malone, 9 month custodian, Parks Elem./Middle School, replacing John Benjamin.

B.        Anthony Johnson, special education tutor, Natchitoches Central Annex, at $7.50 per hour, not to exceed 35 hours per week.  Paid by IDEA.   

C.        Donna Masson,  Planning Grant Coordinator, School Based Health Center, replacing Mary Stehr.

D.        Delores Dorsey, tutor, in-school suspension, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, 7 hours per day for 5 days per week for 7 weeks at $6.00 per hour for a total of $1, 582.46 benefits included.  Funded by Budget 742.

            E.         Yolande Lewis, from special education paraprofessional to attendance clerk, replacing Joyce Helaire.          

F.         Andrew Cofield,  maintenance department, replacing Calvin Payton. 


On motion of  Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved the attached list of staff for  21st  Century  Community Learning Centers.    

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board approved  the attached list of staff for 21st Century staff for Natchitoches Central High School.


Mrs. Joella Wilson presented the Executive Report.


On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Daniels, and with majority voice vote,  the Board approved the school calendar for 2007-2008.    Mrs. Hildebrand cast a nay vote.


On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board adjourned.