PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

MEETING ON JULY 8, 2021

 

A public meeting was held at the Natchitoches Parish School Board on July 8, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Natchitoches Parish School Board Office, 310 Royal Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana. Upon roll call, the following members and Superintendent Dr. Grant Eloi, were present: Russell Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan’Keia Palmer and Reba Phelps. Katrina Willis was absent.  The meeting was called to order by Board President, Steven Harris, followed by an invocation by Superintendent Dr. Grant Eloi and Pledge of Allegiance by Mrs. Dorothy McGaskey.

 

At Tuesday’s Committee Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Eloi provided updates on the sales tax checks that went out to qualified personnel, the COVID compensation checks, BoardDocs, resignation from District 5 Board Member Katrina Willis, new LDOE masking update for public transportation, Summer School, Principal Retreat and A.P. classes at Natchitoches Virtual Academy.

 

Under Old Business, Mr. Waskom informed the board that he would send them an update via email regarding the lot on Parkway Drive. 

 

Under New Business, Mr. Waskom already the following public announcement at both the Committee and Board meetings for the month:  Notice is hereby given that at its meeting to be held on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. at its regular meeting place, the Parish School Board Office, Board Room, 310 Royal Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana , the Parish School Board of the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana, plans to consider adopting a resolution ordering and calling elections to be held in (i) Consolidated School District No. 8 of the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana and (ii) Consolidated School District No. 10 of the Parish of Natchitoches, Sate of Louisiana, to authorize the renewal of ad valorem taxes therein.  The board also heard from two citizens of District 5, Earnestine Armstrong and Cheryl Britt, who are interested in fulfilling the unexpired term.  A Special Call Meeting was announced for Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. to appoint someone to the seat.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Benefield to suspend the rules and add the following to the agenda.  The motion received a second from Ms. Phelps and unanimous consent from the board.  (1) Permission to adjust the salary schedule to reflect the mandates recently passed by BESE, giving certified personnel an $800/year increase in pay and non-certified personnel a $400/year increase in pay at no additional cost to the board. (2) Effective immediately the COVID dress code for teachers which allowed them to wear jeans and/or scrubs has expired.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Metoyer to accept the following Consent Agenda.  Mrs. Broadway offered a second to the motion. 

      1.    Adoption of Agenda.

      2.   Approval of Minutes of June 3, 2021

 

Information was received:

            Transportation Update:  Ms. Felicia Washington is now the point of contact.

            Tax Commission Update:  tax checks and COVID compensation.

            Budget Update:  Child Nutrition in the black.

            Maintenance Update: Ryan Shirley presented an update.

            School Food Service still waiting on FEMA and USDA monies, Summer program will allow students to eat free.

            Personnel Update: updates provided on monthly report.

 

The Finance Report was presented by Mr. Russell Danzy.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Garner to grant permission to advertise for the following bids:  Lakeview High Football turf, Janitorial supplies for the district and Reading Assessment and Progress Monitoring System including Math.  Development of and annual maintenance of an NPSB District Smart Phone Application was removed from the agenda due to it qualifying for a sole source provider.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mrs. Broadway and unanimous consent from all members present.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to accept the following bids.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Garner and upon roll call, unanimous consent was given.

            *D&D Distributors for milk and milk products for the 2021-2022 school year.

            *Economical Janitorial & Paper Supplies, Unipak Corp., All American Poly, Carefree Janitorial Supply and Daxwell for paper goods and cleaning supplies for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to accept the bid form Tudor, Inc. with a base bid of $1,217,000.00 for renovations at Natchitoches Magnet and L.P. Vaughn.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Ms. Phelps.  Upon roll call, unanimous consent was given by all board members present the meeting.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Garner to award the base bid broadband for the parish to Epictouch for a total contract amount of $19,980,000 with a deductive change order in the amount of $12,000,000 to reduce the cost of the project to a net total of $7,980,000.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Ms. Palmer.  Upon roll call, unanimous consent was given from all board members present at the meeting.

 

Large cafeteria equipment bids awarded:

 

MOTION

SECOND

ITEM

LOCATION

AWARDED TO:

AMOUNT

PASS/FAILED

Danzy

Guidroz

#1-Kettle, Gas, Stationary

L.P. Vaughn

Associated Food Equipment & Supplies

$18,792.00

Passed (unanimous)

Danzy

Palmer

#2-Convection Steamer, Gas

L.P. Vaughn

Associated Food Equipment & Supplies

$16,871.50

Passed (unanimous)

Danzy

McGaskey

#3-Tilting skillet, braising pan, gas

L.P. Vaughn

Associated Food Equipment & Supplies

$19,922.00

Passed (unanimous)

Danzy

Broadway

#4-Thermo-Kool Walk in Freezer

Marthaville

Lafayette Restaurant Supply, Inc.

$24,450.00

Passed (unanimous)

Danzy

Garner

#5-Thermo-Kool Walk in Cooler

#6-Thermo -Kool Walk in Freezer

Provencal

Lafayette Restaurant Supply, Inc.

#5-$21,450.00

#6-$29,350.00

Passed (unanimous)

Garner

McGaskey

#7-Serving Counter, Utility

#8-Hot food serving counter/table

#9-Serving counter, utility

#10-Serving counter, utility

#11-Cash register stand

Goldonna

Associated Food Equipment & Supplies

#7-$8,916.50

#8-$10,556.00

#9-$14,319.00

#10-$6,374.00

#11-$5,165.00

 

Passed (unanimous)

 

Garner

Palmer

#12-Serving Counter, Utility

#13-Serving Counter, Utility

#14-Serving Counter, Utility

#15-Cash Register Stand

#16-Cash Register Stand

#17-Serving Counter, Utility

#18-Serving Counter, Utility

#19-Serving Counter, Utility

Lakeview

Associated Food Equipment & Supplies

#12-$11,657.50

#13-$11,657.50

#14-$15,312.00

#15-$3,774.00

#16-$3,774.00

#17-$15,312.00

#18-$11,657.50

#19-$11,657.50

Passed (unanimous)

Palmer

McGaskey

#20-Convection Steamer, Gas

Fairview

Associated Food Equipment & Supplies

$16,871.50

Passed (unanimous)

Metoyer

Palmer

#21-Convection Steamer, Gas

East

Lafayette Restaurant Supply, Inc.

$11,850.00

Passed (unanimous)

 

 

 

Metoyer

Palmer

#22-Tilting skillet, Braising Pan, Gas

East

Associated Food Equipment & Supplies

$19,234.50

Passed (unanimous)

Danzy

Palmer

#23-Convection Oven, Gas

Weaver

 Lafayette Restaurant Supply, Inc.

$11,850.00

 

Passed (unanimous)

McGaskey

Phelps

#24-Titlting Skillet, Braising Pan, gas

#25-Convection Steamer, gas

Weaver

Associated Food Equipment and Supplies

#24-$19,234.50

 

#25-$16,872.00

Passed (unanimous)

Danzy

Broadway

#26-Tilting Skillet, Braising Pan, gas

Magnet

Associated Food Equipment and Supplies

$19,234.50

Passed (unanimous)

Broadway

Metoyer

#27-Convection Steamer, gas

#28-Tilting Skillet, Braising Pan, gas

NCHS

Associated Food Equipment and Supplies

#27-$16,872.00

 

#28-$19,234.00

 

Passed (unanimous)

Danzy

Metoyer

#29-Convection Oven, gas

NSU

Lafayette Restaurant Supply, Inc.

$11,850.00

Passed (unanimous)

Palmer

McGaskey

#30-Ice Machine, flake style

NJH

Associated Food Equipment and Supplies

$5,363.50

Passed (unanimous)

 

The board agreed to table the discussion regarding the increase of funding for Natchitoches Parish 4-H.  This item will be resolved at the time of the adoption of the upcoming budget.

 

A motion was offered by Mrs. Broadway giving authorization for the Superintendent to hire the necessary consultants to perform a parish wide analysis.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Danzy.  Upon roll call, the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Mr. Danzy, Mr. Metoyer, Mr. Benefield, Mr. Garner, Mr. Harris, Mrs. Guidroz, Mrs. Broadway, Mrs. McGaskey, Ms. Palmer and Ms. Phelps.  NAYS:  NONE.  ABSTAIN: NONE. The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Danzy to approve a grant agreement with The Rapides Foundation for the renewal of the Healthy Behaviors School District Partnership grant for the 2021-2022 school year not to exceed $6,7000 over 12 months beginning July 1, 2021 with authorization for the Superintendent to sign all necessary paperwork.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Metoyer and unanimous consent from all members present.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was offered by Mr. Metoyer to approve the NPSB Student Handbook for the 2021-2022 school year.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Ms. Phelps and unanimous consent from all members present.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was offered by Ms. Phelps to declare the excess equipment at L.P. Vaughn as surplus in order to sell to the community to raise funds for the site.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Ms. Palmer.  Upon roll call the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Mr. Danzy, Mr. Metoyer, Mr. Benefield, Mr. Garner, Mr. Harris, Mrs. Guidroz, Mrs. Broadway, Mrs. McGaskey, Ms. Palmer and Ms. Phelps. NAYS:  NONE.  ABSTAIN:  NONE. The motion passed.

 

The Executive Report was presented by Ms. Reba Phelps.

 

A motion was offered by Mr. Garner giving permission to adjust the payroll schedule with an increase of $800 per year for certified personnel and $400 per year for non-certified personnel.  Money provided by BESE effective July 1, 2021.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Metoyer.  Upon roll call, the following votes were recorded.  YEAS:  Mr. Danzy, Mr. Metoyer, Mr. Benefield, Mr. Garner, Mr. Harris, Mrs. Guidroz, Mrs. Broadway, Mrs. McGaskey, Ms. Palmer and Ms. Phelps. NAYS:  NONE.  ABSTAIN:  NONE. The motion passed.

 

A motion was offered by Mr. Benefield to declare the sunset date effective immediately for teachers dress code of jeans and scrubs.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Ms. Palmer and unanimous consent from all members present. The motion passed.

 

A motion was made at 6:45 p.m. by Mrs. Broadway to enter into Executive Session to discuss the annual evaluation of the Superintendent.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Mr. Metoyer and unanimous consent from all members present.

 

A motion was made by Mr. Benefield to end the Executive Session.  The motion was accompanied by a second from Ms. Palmer and unanimous consent from all members present.

 

The board meeting adjourned at 8:12 p.m. on a motion from Mr. Metoyer.

 

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                                                GRANT ELOI, SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

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                                                STEVEN HARRIS, PRESIDENT