A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, January 9, 2014, 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 Masson, Carl Means, Thomas Melder and George Rhymes.  Absent:  None.                                      


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


Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, the Board received the Board Update from Dr. Duke.                                     


The Board had one item under New Business and that was the election of Board Officer for 2014.                                                            


On  motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Mr. Carl Means as President and Mr. George Rhymes, Vice President and Chairperson of the Executive Committee.  Mr. Russell Danzy was reappointed as Finance, Facilities, Services and Insurance Committee Chairperson.


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


 1.        Adoption of Agenda.


 2.        Approval of Minutes of December 5, 2013


 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 for:


F.         Resignations:      

            G.        Retirements:

            H.        Requests for Leave:

            I.          Termination:


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


On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board accepted two separate bids for timber on Section 16; T9N-R10W as follows: 


Walsh Timber Company for 17 acres of clear cut timber at $21,452.00.

Walsh Timber for pine and hardwood as cut for a total of $68,000.00.


Bid sheet attached.


On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Melder, the Board accepted the following audits for 2013.  


School Student Activity Fund Audit for 2013 from Mr. Roger Cunningham.   


Basic Financial Statements and Independent Auditor’s Reports As of and for the Year Ended June 30, 2013 from Mr. Herbie Way. 


On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Rhymes the Board approved paying the following with one payment:


LSERS privatization cost for positions privatized during audit period 10/2008 – 10/2012.


LSERS privatization cost for positions privatized during the 2012-2013 School year. 


Under Personnel Report Mrs. Linda page presented a personnel update.


Mr. George Rhymes presented the Executive Report.


On motion of Mr. Melder, seconded by Mr. Danzy, the Board convened into executive session to discuss extending the superintendent’s contract. 


After discussion, on motion of Mr. Melder and Mr. Danzy the Board adjourned out of executive session.


Dr. Duke presented the Board a letter stating his resignation would be effective April 30, 2014.


Mr. Rhymes and Mr. Wilson made a motion to accept the letter of resignation.  No other Board members responded and no vote was taken.


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