PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING

OF  NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON NOVEMBER 9, 2000

 

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, November 9, 2000, 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, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell E. Danzy, and Emile Metoyer.    Absent:  Joella Wilson.

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, The Board received reports on:

 

            1.         Presidential Election Day by Dr. Elwanda Murphy.

            2.         Results of Board Self-Evaluation from Dr. Ben Arnold.

            3.         Budget Committee Progress by Mr. Ed Dranguet.

            4.         Schematic master site development plan for Natchitoches Central High School from Yeager, Watson, and Associates.  

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved collaboration with the City of Natchitoches and Council on Aging to negotiate a cooperative agreement for lease/purchase of  the Adult Education Center from the school system.

           

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Wilkerson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following consent agenda items:

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of October 12, 2000.

 

3.         FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills: 

    

B.         Out of State Travel:

 

            (1)        Shirley Sneed, teacher, Parks Elementary School, travel to Atlanta, Georgia, November 7-13, 2000, to attend the 2000 NAEYC National Conference.   Funded by Title I.

 

C.        School Bus Route Changes:

                                                                       

            (1)        Annie Joseph, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, additional 1.2 miles, cost of  $284.40.

            (2)        Phillip Howard, Natchitoches Educational Center, additional 4.8 miles, cost of $875.75.

            (3)        Fred Bolton, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, additional mile, cost of $234.00.

            (4)        Curtis Doty, Jr., NSU Elementary Lab, additional 5.4 miles, cost of $1082.79.

            (5)        Gwendolyn Cole, additional 30 miles one-time only, cost of $17.66.

            (6)        Teddy Speir, Julia Matthews, Sherry Carney, and Fred Bolton, daily mileage as needed to transport talent students for the 2000-2001 school year.

 

D.          Purchase of Buses by Drivers:

 

                        (1)        Carlo Spera, Jr.

                        (2)        Frankie Ray Bernstine

 

E.         Advertisements:

                        (1)        Permission to advertise for bids for:

                                    a.         School Buses (General Fund)

                                    b.         Miscellaneous Site Work at Natchitoches Central High School    

                                    c.         Request proposals for landscape architect for District Nine Schools (J. Hildebrand)  

  

4.         PERSONNEL ITEMS:

 

F.         Resignations:

            (1)        Angela Self, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, effective 10-13-2000.

            (2)        Cherie Coco, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, effective 12-8-2000.

            (3)        Beverly Queen, teacher aide, Parks Elementary School, effective 11-10-2000.

G.         Retirements:

            (1)        W. E. Dowden, Jr , bus driver, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School,   effective November 1, 2000.

             (2)       James A. Guin, principal, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, effective December 20, 2000.

            (3)        Eleanor L. Westmoreland, secretary, central office, effective January 11, 2001.

H.         Requests for Leave:

            (1)        Scotti Rodgers, coordinator, SDFSC, sabbatical leave for professional and cultural improvement for Spring semester 2001and Fall semester 2001.   

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a driver’s education class at Lakeview High School from November 6-30, 2000, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The class will be taught by Kenneth Trahant and Terry Williams and funded by fees collected from students.

   

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved an agreement with Health Management Concepts to process Medicaid forms at the rate of 13% of the gross receipts received by the Board.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, the Board unanimously approved a New Teacher Workshop on November 1 and December 6, 2000, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with stipends for 16 new teachers at $20.00 per hour, not to exceed $80.00 per person for both days.   Presenters Kathy Dollar and Debra Gant will receive $50.00 per day, not to exceed $100.00 per person.  Funded by IDEA Part B.         

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Terri Walmsley, tutor, at North Natchitoches Elementary School for after-school tutoring at $6.00 per hour, not to exceed 86 hours.   Funded by Reading Excellence Act.   

 

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and unanimously carried, the Board approved stipends for up to 20 teachers and administrator at a rate of $20.00 per hour for after-school/weekend study group sessions and staff development, not to exceed 15 hours.  Funded by Rapides Foundation Grant for Project BRAIN.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, the Board unanimously approved Dr. Lyn Johnston, consultant, for Project BRAIN Training at NSU Elementary Lab School for 3 days at $600.00 per day plus travel.  Funded by Rapides Foundation Grant for Project BRAIN.    

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a grant and grant contract supported by the Louisiana State Arts Council, The Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council in the amount of $3,432.00 to present ”r;Louisiana Folk Music” to parish 8th grade students as part of Louisiana studies activities.  

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the lease of Mr. W. E. Dowden, Jr.’s 1992 International School Bus, to the Natchitoches Parish School Board for route use only, except in case of emergency, at the rate of $65.00 per day.  Effective date for route use is November 1, 2000.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with a unanimous voice vote, the Board approved a substitute bus driver’s rate of pay to be a flat rate of  $43.00 per day for driving both morning and afternoon, and $21.50 per day for driving either morning or evening.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with majority voice vote, the Board approved that after substituting for thirty consecutive days for the same regular driver, a substitute bus driver’s rate of pay on the 31st day should be consistent with that of a regular driver with zero years’ experience with no benefits such as bonuses, insurance, etc. extended to the substitute driver.  Mrs. Wilkerson cast a nay vote.    

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board approved that if space is available on a bus, a bus driver should be allowed to start counting mileage from the first stop on the route even if the student is a preschool child.  Payment for mileage encumbered from the aforementioned resolution will be retroactive to the beginning of the school year 2000-2001.  Bus drivers must turn in corrected route sheets to the Superintendent by January 1, 2001.

 

Mr. Daniels presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following transfers and/or reassignments:

 

A.         Brenda Berryman, special education aide, from Parks Elementary School to North Natchitoches Elementary, replacing Dot Chevalier.

           

On motion of Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following personnel:

   

A.         Alex C. Sanders, teacher, Natchitoches Junior High School, replacing Angela R. Self. 

B.         Carlo Spera Jr., bus driver, Goldonna Elementary  School.

C.         Frankie Ray Bernstine, bus driver, Fairview Alpha Elementary School.

D.         Sharon Tignon, school food service technician, part-time, Natchitoches Central High School.

E.         Gwen Ratliff, special education aide, Parks Elementary, replacing Brenda Berryman.  

F.         Ermia Charles, teacher aide, Parks Elementary School, replacing Beverly Queen.

     

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Judith Hayes, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary, to replace Linda Bynog as teacher coordinator for REA after-school tutoring program.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mrs. Hildebrand, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved Beneen Shaw, teacher, North Natchitoches Elementary, to replace Alice Armour as teacher coordinator for REA after-school tutoring program.

 

Mr. Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the distribution of $88,756.70 to all certificated employees employed as of May 31, 1999.   Monies to be dispersed resulted from savings due to the elimination of the requirement of law for the granting of rest and recuperation sabbatical leaves as provided in Act 1342.  

  

On motion of Mr. Metoyer, seconded by Mr. Thomas, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a third hearing appeal of student expulsion for Meagan Warner with John Vandersypen acting as the hearing officer.     

 

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

 

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                                                ELWANDA  MURPHY,   SECRETARY-TREASURER

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                                                CECIL WALKER,   PRESIDENT