A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, April 4, 2013, 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, Carl Means and Tommy Melder.   Absent:   Donna Masson and George Rhymes.


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


Dr. Derwood Duke presented the Board Update.   He announced that Mrs. Angela Henry has been transferred from Supervisor to Director of Curriculum and Instruction on April 1, 2013.


The NCHOIR from Natchitoches Central High School under the direction of Ms. Peggy Fisher provided entertainment for Board Members.   Members of the group are Lawden Halliburton, Hollie Spillman and Makenna Middlebrooks.  They are part of the talent program.     


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


 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of  March 14, 2013

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS

            A.         Payment of Bills:


            B.         Out of State Travel:


(1)        Sandy Irchirl, LaTonia Mims, Kenesha Hampton, Jeremy Martin, Tiffany Roque and Janice Potter, L.P. Vaughn Elem./Middle School, travel to Memphis, Tennessee on May  3-6, 2013, to chaperone 8th grade students on a PBIS/Cultural Awareness Trip.  At no cost to the Board.


   (2)     NatchitochesCentral Orchestra and Orchestra Staff,  travel to New York, New York, March 30–April, 5, 2013, to participate in a National Orchestra and Band Festival.  At no cost to the Board.


            C.         School Bus Routes Changes:


D.         Purchase of Buses:


E.         Advertisements:  Permission to advertise for bids  for:


            (1)        Liquefied gas service for schools for the 2013-14 school year.


            (2)        Child Nutrition Program for school year 2013-2014


                        (a)        All food items -- To be opened Tuesday, May 14, 2013

                        (b)        Milk and Milk Products --  To be opened Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

                        (c)        Paper and Cleaning Supplies -- To be opened Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

F.         Resignations:               
            G.         Retirements:

            H.         Requests for Leave:

            I.          Termination:  Duane Hostepler, III., custodian, 12 months, Fairview

                                    Alpha Elementary/Junior High School.



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


On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Graham, the Board unanimously accepted the bid of Mid-Western Commercial Roofers, Inc. of $106,720  for the lowest bid meeting specifications for roofing of the Central Warehouse Main Building  per  attached bids. 


On motion of Mr. Hilton, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board approved the following finance items:         


1.         Permission to exercise renewal option of Pest Control Bid with Ralston Exterminating for the 2013-14 school year at the current bid price.  This will be the first of three one-year renewal options.


2.         Permission to exercise bid renewal option for waste management services with Progressive Waste Solutions (formerly IESI) for the 2013-14 school year.  This will be the third and final one-year renewal option of this bid.


On motion of Mr. Danzy seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board accepted the proposal of  Purtle + Associates, L.C. to complete HVAC renovation at the Frankie Ray Jackson Technical Center.  


On motion of Mr. Danzy seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board accepted an engagement agreement  with Herbie Way, legislative auditor, to conduct an annual audit of the basic financial statements to include the years ending June 30, 2014, 2015 and 2016, with all terms and conditions to remain the same during the additional three-year period.             


Mr. Carroll Daniels presented the Executive Report.


On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board approved the Natchitoches Parish Student Handbook. 


On motion of  Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Danzy, the Board adjourned.



                                                  DERWOOD  DUKE,  EXECUTIVE-SECRETARY



                                                   CARL  MEANS,   PRESIDENT