A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, August 7, 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 Dale Skinner, Secretary-Treasurer, were present:  Cecil Walker, Carroll Daniels, Ralph Wilson, Joella Wilson, Harry Graham, Michael Hilton, Donna Masson, Carl Means, Thomas Melder and George Rhymes.  Russell Danzy was absent.


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


Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, Superintendent Skinner presented the board with an update change in title for Ms. Crittie Conley.  He also spoke about students attending school in the zone in which they live.  Superintendent Skinner also stated that there would be no changes to the transportation routes at this time.


On motion of Mr. Rhymes and seconded by Ms. Wilson, the Board carried the motion to consider approving a Memorandum of Understanding between the Natchitoches Parish School Board and Northwest Louisiana Technical College-Natchitoches Campus Dual Enrollment/Articulation Agreement for 2014-2015 and authorized the Superintendent to sign all necessary papers.


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


 1.         Adoption of Agenda.


 2.       Approval of Minutes of July 10, 2014; Minutes of Special Meeting of

           July 17, 2014


 3.         FINANCE ITEMS


A.          Payment of Bills:            

B.          Out of State Travel:


1.          Aaron Beaubouef, Brandon Smith and Sarah Dyson, Vo-Ag Teachers, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Louisville, Kentucky, October 29-November 1, 2014, to chaperone students Alyssa Milner, Jeremy Walker, Christian Cunningham, Christopher Hampton, Tyler Sparks, Dylan Daniels, John Thomas, Hailey Marina, Ryder Laroux, Madelyn Rachal, Tabitha Dove, Holly Kay, Jonathon Kosloski and Hannah Nicholas.  Stipends to be paid according to Board policy.


C.          School Bus Routes Changes:

D.          Purchase of Buses:

E.          Advertisements:     Permission to:

F.          Resignations: 

G.         Retirements:

H.          Requests for Leave:

I.           Termination:


The Board received the Transportation and Tax Commission reports at the Committee Meeting on Tuesday. 


Offered by Mr. Wilson and seconded by Mr. Rhymes, the board unanimously considered approving the invoice from Forethought Consulting, Inc. in the amount of $8,200.


Offered by Ms. Wilson and carried by Ms. Masson, the board unanimously approved allowing Mitchell & Prewitt to proceed with replanting 17 acre clear cut in Section 16;T9N-R10W.


On recommendation of Mr. Solomon, it was offered by Mr. Hilton and seconded by Mr. Wilson approving the Natchitoches Parish Tax Commission Budget for 2014-2015.


Mrs. Page gave an update on staffing across the parish. Mrs. Page stated that five of the schools in the parish are fully staffed.


Mr. Rhymes presented the Executive Report.


On motion of Mr. Rhymes and seconded by Mr. Wilson, the board approved the Natchitoches Times as the official journal for the Natchitoches Parish School Board.


Ms. Wilson asked the Board to consider the possibility of asking the Judge to consider allowing students in District 5 to attend schools inside the city limits.


Ms. Wilson also asked the Board to consider a joint resolution asking Congress to have prayer reinstated into schools.


Mrs. Laura McClain and Ms. Susan Horne presented the board with an update regarding projections for the 2014-2015 school year.  Ms. McClain and Ms. Horne spoke with the Board about the different Professional Developments the Parish teachers had been involved in thus far.


Mrs. Gwen Hardison gave the Board updated information concerning the Title 1 Principal Meeting that took place.  Mrs. Hardison stated that the Principals had received their handbooks and budgets for the year.  Superintendent Skinner stated that the State has some questions concerning the budget and would be coming in for a meeting.


Ms. Anita Dubois presented the Board with an update concerning School Choice and the new law.  The law states that a student who attends a D or F school can transfer to their school of choice.  However, we are under a Federal Court Order, so that law doesn’t apply to us at this time.  Ms. Dubois also stated that students being out of zone are a State wide problem.  New, stricter criteria have been put in place to try to help with this problem.


Superintendent Skinner mentioned that the Summer School policy states that a student must attend Summer School on a regular basis and pass the test in order to be promoted to the next grade.  Mr. Skinner stressed the importance of attendance at Summer School.


On motion of Mr. Rhymes, seconded by Mr. Hilton, the Board adjourned.