A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, October 9, 2008, 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. Hildebrand and Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Wilson.    


Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board received reports on:


1.         The Board Update by Dr. Murphy.


2.         The Fins Program presented by Mary Byars.


3.         Louisiana Forestry Service timber update by Mr. Dan Armstrong.


            4.         Next Horizon Program explained by Dr. Philip Roseman.


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


 1.        Adoption of Agenda.


 2.        Approval of Minutes of September 11, 2008


 3.        FINANCE ITEMS


            A.         Payment of Bills:   


B.         Out of State Travel: 


(1)        Anita Dubois, Ben LaGrone, Margie Machen, Julee’ Wright and David Elkins, travel to Arlington, Texas, October 5 & 6, 2008, to visit PLTW Programs.  Funded by Carl Perkins.


C.         School Bus Routes Changes:


D.         Purchase of Buses:


E.         Advertisements:     Permission to advertise for bids:


            (1)        Sewer system at Marthaville Elem./Jr. High School


F.         Resignations:


(1)        Derek Graves teacher/coach, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, effective September 12, 2008

(2)       Themon Bernstine, head custodian, 12 months, Weaver Elementary School, effective  September 30, 2008.

(3)        Terrill S. Johnson, Sr., custodian, 12 months, Vaughn Elem./Middle School, effective September 19, 2008.

                        (4)        Karmon Burt-Broadway, secretary, Natchitoches Magnet School, effective October 31, 2008.


G.         Retirements:


H.         Requests for Leave:


I.          Termination:


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


On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board approved leasing an additional bus from First Student due to an increase in special needs riders within the city limits of Natchitoches.     


On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board unanimously approved a one-time supplement of $1,000 for all schools to assist with transportation costs of extra-curricular activities.


On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board approved advertising for bids for:


            A.         Timber ”thinning” on Section 16, Township 8 North Range 7 West (I-49) and Water Well Road.

            B.         Timber ”clear cut” on 53 acres in Section 16, Township 11 North, Range 6 West (Black Lake Area).


Dr. Bienvenu presented the Personnel Report.


On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following personnel:


A.         Caron Coleman, acting principal, NSU Elementary School, replacing Melanie McCain.

B.         Betty Lucas, school food service technician, Parks Elem./Middle School, replacing Cora Eileen Yopp.

C.         Shaquanda Perrow, tutor, Adult Education Center, at $6.55 per hour for 4 hours per day.

D.         Valeria Rung, reading interventionist, Weaver Elementary School, 20 hours per week at $20.00 per hour.  Funded by Ensuring Literacy for All Grant.

E.         Brenda Morra, reading interventionist, Weaver Elementary School, for 20 hours per week at $6.55 per hour.  Funded by Ensuring Literacy for All Grant.


On motion of Dr. Bienvenu seconded by Mr. Walker,  the Board approved the following personnel items:


A.        Quinten Helaire, 12 month custodian, transferred to Weaver Elementary School, replacing Themon Bernstine.


            B.         The following teachers for Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) yearly addendums:


                        Janet Simmons - K-3rd Grade Master Teacher  -  $5000.00

                        Shanekia Brown - K Mentor Teacher - $2000.00

                        Misty Chelette   - 1st Grade Mentor Teacher  -  $2000.00

                        Amanda Tingle -   2nd/3rd Grade Mentor Teacher  -  $2000.00


            Funded by K-3 Reading/Math Initiative.


C.         The following teachers to enter DIBELS data into the University of Oregon DIBELS databank.  The teachers will set up classes; add student names, student ID numbers, birthdates and DIBELS scores for kindergarten through Grade 3 students.  The test is given 3 times during the school year:  August, January and May.   Kendria Sanders, Jenifer Fralia, Suzanne Johnson, Jerry Dawson, Brenda K. Powell, Faye Oliver and Amanda Tingle to be paid at $20.00 per hour for 15 hours. The total cost for 7 teachers is $2,100.00.  Funded by K-3 Reading/Math Initiative. 


            D.         The following special education contact teachers per attached list.


            E.         The following special education tutors not to exceed 35 hours per week:


                                   Alana Monette -       $6.55 per hour - Natchitoches Central Annex

                                  Tameka Star  -          $7.50 per hour - Natchitoches Central High School

                                   Pognyon Im  -           $7.50 per hour - Weaver Elementary School Funded by IDEA. 


On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board authorized Superintendent Murphy to negotiate contracts for after-school speech therapy services.


On motion of Mr. Daniels seconded by Mr. Rachal, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the attached list of 2008-2009 Coordinators, Coaches and Extra-Curricular Personnel.


On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Rachal, the Board adjourned.