BOARD MEETING (Thursday, August 5, 2021)

 

Members present

Russell E Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield Jr, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan'Keia Palmer, Reba Phelps, Regine Bell

 

Meeting called to order at 6:00 PM

 

1.   OPENING OF MEETING

Procedural: A. Call to Order by Mr. Harris.

Procedural: B. Invocation

Prayer by Mr. Garner.

Procedural: C. Pledge of Allegiance

Pledge of Allegiance led by Mrs. Bell.

Procedural: D. Roll Call for Determination of Quorum

 

2.   SUPERINTENDENT REPORT

Information: A. Updates

 

COVID guidelines will go out tomorrow. Mask exemptions for eating and athletic play set forth by the Governor. NPSB lawyers have advised that we legally must follow the governor's guidelines.

 

Meeting about Cloutierville next Tuesday.

 

Information: B. Update from Joe Stamey on Parkway Drive Parking Lot and the Donation of Cloutierville School to Fire District #1

 

Information: C. *District LEAP 2025 Scores

5 years of trend data. Looking to grow in proficiency to the 40-50% range.

 

3.   OLD BUSINESS

 

4.   NEW BUSINESS

Action: A. Call Special Election of BRE for Consolidated 8 and Consolidated 10

Mr. Waskom read the resolution to the board and public.

Motion to Approve Resolution ordering and calling special 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, State of Louisiana, to authorize the renewal of special taxes therein; making application to the State Bond Commission in connection therewith; and providing for other matters in connection therewith.

Motion by Billy Benefield Jr, second by Russell E Danzy.

Motion Passed

Yea: Russell E Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield Jr, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris,

Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan'Keia Palmer, Reba Phelps,

Regine Bell

 

5.       INFORMATIONAL REPORTS (No Vote Required)

Information: A. Receive Transportation Report (F. Washington)

Information: B. Receive Tax Commission Report (L. Waskom)

Information, Reports: C. Receive Budget Update (L. Waskom)

Information, Reports: D. Receive Maintenance Report (R. Shirley)

 

Going forward with FASTENAL project. Will not need to be bid out because it's all state contracted.

Information, Reports: E. Receive School Food Service Report (S. Hicks) Information, Reports: F. Receive Personnel Update (L. Page)

 

6.       CONSENT AGENDA

Action (Consent): A. Adoption of Consent Agenda

Resolution: Motion to approve the items of the Consent Agenda 6A through 6B.

Motion to approve the items of the Consent Agenda 6A through 6B.

Motion by Eugean Garner, second by Emile Metoyer.

Motion Passed

Yea: Russell E Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield Jr, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan'Keia Palmer, Reba Phelps, Regine Bell

 

Action (Consent): B. Approval of Minutes of: July 8, 2021; Special Called Minutes of July 15,

2021

Motion to approve the items of the Consent Agenda 6A through 6B.

Motion by Eugean Garner, second by Emile Metoyer.

Motion Passed

Yea: Russell E Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield Jr, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan'Keia Palmer, Reba Phelps, Regine Bell

 

7. FINANCE, FACILITIES, SERVICES & INSURANCE-Russell Danzy, Chairperson/Lee Waskom, Central Office Contact Person

Action: A. Permission to Advertise for Bids: *A. District wide smartphone application. Motion to approve for the advertisement of bids for district wide smartphone application.

Motion to approve for the advertisement of bids for district wide smartphone application.

Motion by Russell E Danzy, second by Beverly Broadway.

Motion Passed

Yea: Russell E Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield Jr, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan'Keia Palmer, Reba Phelps, Regine Bell

 

Action: B. Take Appropriate Action on Bids: Approve 3 Bids For Security Cameras at NJH, Weaver, and Magnet.

Motion to approve and award security camera bids to A & G Computer Services LLC., for a total contract amount of $40,219.09 for Weaver Elementary, $36,787.34 for Natchitoches Magnet, and $59,512.55 for NJH.

Motion by Russell E Danzy, second by Reba Phelps.

Motion Passed

Yea: Russell E Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield Jr, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan'Keia Palmer, Reba Phelps, Regine Bell

 

Action: C. Rapides Effective Schools Grant- Diagram for Math Success (S. Rachal) Motion to approve a grant agreement with The Rapides Foundation for the renewal of the Rapides Effective Schools Diagram for Mathematical Success grant for the 2021-2022 school year not to exceed $142,000 over 12 months beginning July 1, 2021. Allowing the Superintendent to sign all necessary paperwork.

Motion by Russell E Danzy, second by Beverly Broadway.

Motion Passed

Yea: Russell E Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield Jr, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan'Keia Palmer, Reba Phelps, Regine Bell

 

Action: D. Covid Leave Continuance (L. Waskom)

Same program as last year. Following the Federal Family First Leave Act.

Motion to approve COVID leave continuance

Motion by Russell E Danzy, second by Reba Phelps.

Motion Passed

Yea: Russell E Danzy, Billy Benefield Jr, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan'Keia Palmer, Reba Phelps, Regine Bell

Nay: Emile Metoyer

 

Action: E. 2021-2022 Budget (L. Waskom)

Has to be presented at the September 9th Board meeting for approval.

Motion to table.

Motion by Russell E Danzy, second by Reba Phelps.

Motion Passed

Yea: Russell E Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield Jr, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan'Keia Palmer, Reba Phelps, Regine Bell

 

Action: F. 3121 Social Security Alternative Plan (L. Waskom)

Plan is mandatory for long term subs. Pay would not be affected. If the employee leaves they get 100% payout.

Motion to approve adjustment of 3121 Social Security Alternative Plan that was adopted in May 2021, to be mandatory for long term and short-term substitute teachers.

Motion by Russell E Danzy, second by Tan'Keia Palmer.

Motion Passed

Yea: Russell E Danzy, Billy Benefield Jr, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan'Keia Palmer, Reba Phelps

Nay: Emile Metoyer, Regine Bell

 

8. PERSONNEL-Linda Page, HR Director

Action: A. Consider Approving New Positions

Motion to approve new positions of Early Childhood Education Family and Community

Engagement Coordinator and Early Childhood Community Outreach Liaison as contracted

positions.

Motion by Eugean Garner, second by Beverly Broadway.

Motion Passed

Yea: Russell E Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield Jr, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan'Keia Palmer, Reba Phelps, Regine Bell

 

Action: B. New Position-Office Secretary

Motion to approve the creation of a new position of Office Secretary.

Motion by Eugean Garner, second by Tan'Keia Palmer.

Motion Passed

Yea: Russell E Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield Jr, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan'Keia Palmer, Reba Phelps, Regine Bell

 

9.     EXECUTIVE REPORT-Reba Phelps, Chairperson

Action: A. LDH voluntary testing program for NPSB schools. (Superintendent Eloi)

Motion to approve LDH voluntary testing program Option 2 for Natchitoches Parish schools.

Motion by Reba Phelps, second by Rhonda Guidroz.

Motion Passed

Yea: Russell E Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield Jr, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Reba Phelps, Regine Bell

Not Present at Vote: Tan'Keia Palmer

 

Action: B. Amendment to 2021-2022 Handbook (Superintendent Eloi)

Correct the color of the shirts for NJH students. 7th grade students will wear gold and 8th grade

students will wear maroon.

Motion to approve amendment to 2021-2022 Handbook omitting white shirts from the dress code for 8th grade at Natchitoches Junior High School.

Motion by Beverly Broadway, second by Dorothy McGaskey.

Motion Passed

Yea: Russell E Danzy, Emile Metoyer, Billy Benefield Jr, Eugean Garner, Steven Harris, Rhonda Guidroz, Beverly Broadway, Dorothy McGaskey, Tan'Keia Palmer, Reba Phelps, Regine Bell

 

0.       CLOSING OF MEETING

Action: A. Adjournment

Motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:15 p.m.

Motion by Emile Metoyer, second Reba Phelps.