PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING
OF NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON JULY 8, 1999

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on July 8, 1999 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 Elwanda Murphy, Secretary-Treasurer,  were present:   Cecil Walker, Carroll Daniels, Dorothy Wilkerson, Rudolph Leon, Jr., Ralph Wilson, Bobby R. Thomas, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, Emile E. Metoyer, and Joella Wilson.  Absent:

None.

The meeting was called to order by President Walker, followed by an invocation by Mrs. Wilkerson and the Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Leon.

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

1.        Adoption of Agenda.
2.        Approval of Minutes of June 3 & June 10, 1999.

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.        FINANCE ITEMS:

A.         Payment of Bills:    June & July
B.         Out-of-State Travel:

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

D.        Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

E.         Advertisements:

(1)  Permission to advertise for bids for:

a.   Controls for electrical wiring at Natchitoches Jr. High School.

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

F.         Resignations:

(1)        Marsha M. Colvin, teacher, Natchitoches Jr. High School, effective 6-2-99.
(2)        Melba Tyler, bus driver, Goldonna Elementary, effective 6-2-99.

(3)        Bethany Bradford, teacher, Natchitoches Central High, effective 7-31-99.

(4)        Kristen Hillman, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary, effective 6-28-99.

(5)        Yvonne Morrison, bus driver, effective 6-29-99.

(6)        Carlo Spera, Jr., bus driver, effective 7-8-99.

G.         Retirements:

(1)        Reuben Braden, custodian, Ninth Grade Center, effective 7-1-99.
(2)        Ethel Telsee, bus aide, North Natchitoches Elementary, effective 7-6-99.

(3)        David Telsee, bus driver, North Natchitoches Elementary, effective 7-6-99.

H.         Requests for Leave:

(1)        Sarah McElwee, teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary, sabbatical leave for  rest and recuperation, August 16-December 17, 1999, (pending state law).

YEAS:     Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.   NAYS:    None.     ABSENT:     None.       (Carried)

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

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Leon, that the Board hereby approve the bid meeting specifications of CP-TEL for telecommunications equipment for North Natchitoches Elementary, Parks Elementary, and Weaver Elementary Schools.

YEAS:     Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.   NAYS:    None.      ABSENT:   None.          (Carried)

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby accept the low bid meeting specifications of Sherwin-Williams Company for floor covering for various schools per attached bid compilation.

YEAS:     Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.    NAYS:   None.     ABSENT:   None.              (Carried)

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, that the Board hereby accept the high bid of Lane Foshee for lease of land in Township 7, Range 5 West--near Cloutierville per attached bid compilation.

YEAS:     Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.    NAYS:    None.     ABSENT:    None.        (Carried)

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby accept the  low bids meeting specifications  furnishing  various small cafeteria equipment for parish schools per attached bid compilation.

YEAS:     Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.     NAYS:    None.     ABSENT:   None.              (Carried)

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, that the Board hereby accept the low bids meeting specifications furnishing paper and cleaning supplies for use in the Child Nutrition Program during the period beginning 8-16-99 and ending 11-30-99 per attached bid compilation.

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.     NAYS:    None.     ABSENT:    None.       (Carried)

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby accept the low bids meeting specifications furnishing processed foods and supplies, frozen foods, and meats and related products for use in the Child Nutrition Program during the period beginning 8-16-99 and ending 11-30-99 per attached bid compilation.

YEAS:     Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.    NAYS:   None.     ABSENT:    None.          (Carried)

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board hereby approve Change Order #3 with Ratcliff Construction for Natchitoches Central High School for labor and material to install underground conduit for primary electrical service for a net increase of $9,853 with authorization for the Board President to sign the necessary documents.

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.    NAYS:   None.     ABSENT:    None.          (Carried)

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, that the Board hereby approve Change Order #4 with Ratcliff Construction for Natchitoches Central High School for labor and material to replace deteriorated conduit and wiring at cooling tower using the existing disconnects for a net increase of $8,302 with authorization for Board President to sign the necessary documents.  

YEAS:     Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.     NAYS:    None.     ABSENT:   None.        (Carried)

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved reimbursement for transportation (private automobile) for George L. Prince, Jr.  (student) to Preschool Center for 27.3 miles one-way by driver Karen Prince.  Funded by general fund.  

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby   approve the contract with Joe Hutchinson for an energy management control design system at Natchitoches Junior High School with authorization for Board President/ Superintendent to sign the necessary documents.  Funded by BRE-9.      

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer,  and J. Wilson.     NAYS:   None.    ABSENT:   None.         (Carried)

On motion of Mr. Leon, seconded by Mr. Danzy, that the Board hereby approve reimbursing V. Kenneth Dutile (according to Board policy) for  any  vacation days  accumulated  while superintendent.

YEAS:     Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.     NAYS:    None.     ABSENT:   None.        (Carried)

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board hereby approve paying the annual dues for 1999-2000 to Louisiana School Boards Association in the amount of $7,000 to be paid by general fund.    

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.      NAYS:   None.     ABSENT:   None.         (Carried)

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, that the Board hereby  approve twenty teachers from Grade 4 and twenty teachers from Grade 8 to work on developing activities in support of LEAP for the 21st Century Assessments not to exceed 40 hours per teacher at a cost of $15 per hour not to exceed $24,000. Funded by LA Learn.

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.     NAYS:    None.     ABSENT:    None.             (Carried)

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, that the Board hereby approve ten teachers from Grade 3, and ten teachers from Grade 7 to develop activities in support of State Content Standards and the ITBS not to exceed 30 hours per teacher @ $15 per hour for a total of $9,000.   Funded by LA Learn.

YEAS:     Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.     NAYS:    None.     ABSENT:    None.        (Carried)

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, that the Board hereby approve five teachers from Grade 9 math and five teachers from Grade 9 Language Arts to work on activities in support of initiating the standards based curriculum in Grade 9 next school year for a total of 30 hours each @ $15 per hour not to exceed $4,500.     Funded by LA Learn.

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.     NAYS:    None.      ABSENT:    None.        (Carried)

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the following teachers to be paid for attending K-3 Reading Workshops on June 28, 29, and 30 not to exceed 11 hours or $165 each. Funded from K-3 Reading/LA Learn.  Participants include Betty Bryant, Kelly Dew, Faye Oliver, Alice Elie, Sue Speir, Laura McClain, Brooke Williams, Barbara Nugent, Carmella Sawyer, Amanda Scarborough, Dorinda Richardson, Elizabeth Blackburn, Donna Deason, Lori O=Bannon Savell, Debra Wamber, Anita Evans, Sheila Warner and Willa Freeman.   

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.     NAYS:    None.    ABSENT DURING VOTE:      Thomas.     ABSENT: None.    (Carried)

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, that the Board hereby  approve  the following teachers to be paid for attending K-3 Reading Workshops June 28,29, and 30 not to exceed 16 hours or $240 each to be paid from K-3 Reading/LA Learn:   Kendria Sanders, Donna Hearne, Mona Bamburg, Cynthia R. Cole, Nettie Winston, Judith Hayes, Emily Wise, Christy Schutz, Vickie Miller, Julie Boudreaux, Linda Bynog, Cynthia Lee Cole, Sonya Nolley, and Gwen Williams.   

YEAS:     Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.     NAYS:   None.     ABSENT:   None.          (Carried)

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following teacher presenters to be paid for presenting at the K-3 Reading Workshops June 28, 29, and 30.   Funded by K-3 Reading Funds:

Sue Speir, 1.5 hours x $50 = $75
Laura McClain, 1.5 hours x $50 = $75
Mona Bamburg, 1 hour x $50 = $50
Christy Schutz, 1 hour x $50 = $50
Willa Freeman, 4 hours x $50 = $200

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following finance items:

1.         The following teachers to be paid for afternoon tutoring for the K-3 reading summer program and paid from K-3 Reading Funds:

Judith Hayes, 14 hours x $15 = $210
Nettie Winston, 20 hours x $15 = $300
Kelly Dew, 35 hours x $15 = $525
Alice Elie, 30 hours x $15 = $450
Faye Oliver, 13.5 hours x $15 = $202.50
Amy Rachal, 15.5 hours x $15 = $232.50
Mona Bamburg, 4 hours x $15 = $60
Donna Hearne, 4 hours x $15 = $60
Kendria Sanders, 4 hours x $15 = $60

2.         Betty Gostern to be paid for providing computer lab training for teachers for the junior high summer school program.  Funded from LA Learn @ $15 per hour x 17 hours for a total of $255.   

3.         The following teachers for providing tutoring services for students in Grades  4-6 during the summer school program.  Funded by LA Learn:

Sharon Blake, 4.5 hours x $15 = $67.50
Brenda Davis, 3.5 hours x $15 = $52.50

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve Change Order #4 with M.D. Descant, Inc. for Parks Elementary School to upgrade lighting in the corridor of Building E and to upgrade water supply lines to existing buildings for a net increase of $5,814 with authorization for the Board President to sign the necessary documents.   

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.     NAYS:  None.       ABSENT:   None.     (Carried) 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, that the Board hereby approve the following finance items:

1.         Change Order #5 with A&R General Contractors for Weaver Elementary School to complete fire walls as directed by the State Fire Marshall=s Office, to provide new ceilings in the corridor of Building G in lieu of painting as required by contract documents,  to tie certain building drains into the existing sewer line  at the West side of the campus required extra piping, and additional electric service was needed to provide two hot water   heaters in Room A-126 for a net increase of  $13,497 with authorization for Board President to sign the necessary documents.

2.         Change Order #7 with Westerchil Construction for North Natchitoches Elementary School to change paper towel dispensers for uniform purchasing and to correct uneven concrete sub-floor in gymnasium in order for new floor covering to be installed for a net increase of $6,169.83 with authorization for Board President to sign the necessary documents.

3.         Change Order #5 with Ratcliff Construction for Natchitoches Central High School to make required ceiling revisions at the front of the stage for installation of a main sprinkler trunk line for a net increase of $3,904 with authorization for Board President to sign the necessary documents.

YEAS:     Walker, Daniels, Wilkerson, Leon, Wilson, Thomas, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, Metoyer, and J. Wilson.     NAYS:   None.     ABSENT:   None.             (Carried)

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, the Board unanimously approved the proposed budget of the Natchitoches Tax Commission for 1999-2000.        

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved the execution of a grant contract between the Rapides Foundation and the Natchitoches Parish School Board for Education Initiative Grants for Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, Natchitoches Jr. High School and Lakeview Jr./High School with authorization for the Superintendent to execute the contracts on behalf of the Board. 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the ordering and calling a special election to be held in Consolidated School District No. 10 of the Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana, to authorize the levy of a special tax therein, making application to the State Bond Commission in connection therewith and providing for other matters in connection therewith with authorization for Board President to sign the necessary documents.

By a joint resolution, offered by Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the Board unanimously approved a salary increase for principals per attached salary schedule.  A four-percent increase in local supplemental pay will be implemented for all full-time employees.  Said increases will be contingent on continued MFP increases as proposed by the legislature and continued consistent implementation of the staffing patterns and cost cutting measures as adopted by the Board on March 18, 1999.  No consideration will be given to an interest distribution check since these funds are to be used to fund the increase.  These measures shall be reviewed on an annual basis for approval and sustained based on sufficient revenue sources. Federal programs, Child Nutrition Program, and other special revenue programs shall provide from their program budgets the cost for their respective employees.   Salary increases will be implemented July 1, 1999.

Dr. Murphy requested that principals be onsite for twelve months due to mandates from state for summer school, construction in schools, scheduling, etc.

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

No action was taken on  rescinding the section of  resolution passed by the Board on May 11, 1995 stating that in the event  the Superintendent should leave office by reason of  death or retirement, then he/she or his/her estate will be paid for  unused accumulated vacation days, not to exceed twenty  (20)  days.

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the Pupil Progression Plan for 1999-2000.  

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved revisions to the Natchitoches Parish Personnel Evaluation Plan.

No action was taken on the request of James Dodson regarding his grandson.

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, the Board unanimously approved the following transfers and reassignments:

A.         Emmella M. Walker, teacher, Goldonna Elementary to Fairview Alpha Elementary, replacing Judy McDonald.         
B.         Lee Arthur White, custodian, maintenance department, to Natchitoches Central High School.

C.         Sheila Beasley, teacher, Goldonna Elementary to Lakeview Jr. High, replacing Jo Ann Brown   (visually-impaired, special education).

D.         Desiree Brieden, teacher, from Parks Elementary to Natchitoches Junior High, replacing Marsha M. Colvin.

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved the following personnel:

A.         Kathryn L. Self, teacher, East Natchitoches Elementary.
B.         Sheri L. Tyler, teacher, Goldonna Elementary, replacing Emmella M. Walker.

C.         Jenifer H. Fralia, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary, substituting for Joy G.  Smith.

D.         Shannon Etheredge, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elementary, substituting for Stacie F. Lonadier.

E.         Johanna W. Boult, speech therapist, Fairview Alpha Elementary, replacing Jennifer Parker.

F.         Courtney Wilson, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary, replacing Laura Watkins.

G.         Sundi Littleton, speech therapist, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High.

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a two-year performance contract for Nina Sue Hortman.

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved Susan Taylor as principal of NSU Elementary Lab, replacing Elwanda Murphy.

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Ronald Waites as principal of Natchitoches Central High School.

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved transferring Mary M. Rachal, from teacher aide to a clerical position in bookkeeping, replacing Amy Corley.

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board adjourned.

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ELWANDA MURPHY,   SECRETARY-TREASURER

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CECIL WALKER,   PRESIDENT