A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, September 6, 2012, 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 Derwood Duke, Secretary-Treasurer, were present:  Cecil Walker, Carroll Daniels, Ralph Wilson,  Joella Wilson, Harry Graham, Russell Danzy, Michael Hilton, Donna Mason, Carl Means, Thomas Melder and George Rhymes.  Absent:  None.


The meeting was called to order by President Daniels, followed by an invocation by Mr. Means and Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Hilton.


Dr. Duke presented the Board Update.                                           


Mr. Ron Prewitt presented a forestry management report to the Board


On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, the Board approved the following for the timber management program:


            A.         Walsh Timber Company’s quote for the Gorum/Mora timber tract

                        sale for the timber harvesting on 52 acres for $41,448.


            B.         Reforestation of 52 acres (Black Lake area) at an approximate cost of $10,400 with $5,200 being reimbursed by the Forestry Productivity Program.


            C.         A “request for bids” on 213 acres in the Posey Road/I-49 area for a pay-as-cut request for timber harvesting.


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


 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of August 7 and August 10, 2012

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS

            A.         Payment of Bills:            

B.         Out of State Travel:   

C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

D.         Purchase of Buses:

E.         Advertisements:     Permission to advertise for bids:

F.         Resignations:               
            G.         Retirements:

            H.         Requests for Leave:



Mr. Russell Danzy presented the Finance, Facilities, Service and Insurance Report.


The Board received the transportation report and the tax commission report.   


On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Masson, the Board unanimously approved the General Fund Consolidated Budget for 2012-2013.


On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board authorized a grant agreement between the Natchitoches Parish School Board and The Rapides Foundation for 2012-13 STEM/CTE Grant with authorization for the Superintendent to sign all necessary papers.  The purpose of the grant is to increase the level of educational attainment and achievement as the primary path to improved economic, social and health status.   The amount of grant funding from the Foundation not to exceed $159,500.


On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Means, the Board adjourned.




                                                DERWOOD DUKE,  SECRETARY-TREASURER




                                                CARROLL  DANIELS,   PRESIDENT