PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD JUNE 8, 2006

                                              

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, June 6, 2006, 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, Ralph Wilson, Julia Hildebrand, Millard J. Bienvenu, Russell Danzy, Joella Wilson, Gladys Revels and Billy J. Benefield.   Absent: Carl Means and Emile Metoyer. 

 

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

 

Under Superintendent/Staff Reports, Dr. Murphy presented the monthly board update.

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, second by Mrs. Revels, that the Board does hereby approve the reorganization plan for Natchitoches Parish Schools that was approved with certain stipulations by U. S. District Judge Dee Drell on June 7, 2006.

  

YEAS:    Walker, Daniels, Hildebrand, Bienvenu, Danzy, J. Wilson, Revels and Benefield.    NAYS:     R. Wilson.     ABSENT:    Carl Means and Emile Metoyer.  (Carried)

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Benefield, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the following consent agenda items:    

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of May 11, 2006

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

 

A.         Payment of Bills:   June and July         

B.         Out of State Travel:

            C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

D.         Purchase of Buses:

 

            E.         Advertisements:  

 

                        Permission to advertise for bids for 2006-2007 for the following:

 

(1)        Milk and Bread Products

(2)        Bread and Bread Products

(3)        Juice

(4)        Processed Foods

(5)        Frozen Foods

(6)        Fresh Meat

(7)        Dishwashing Chemicals

(8)        Paper and Cleaning Supplies

(9)        Small Equipment

          (10)         Dairy Products  

           

F.         Resignations:

 

(1)        Richard J. Bottini, special education teacher, Natchitoches High School, effective May 31, 2006.

(2)        Scott L. DeBose, band director, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, effective May 31, 2006.

(3)        Anne Johnson, teacher, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, effective May 31, 2006.   

(4)        Brenda W. Ware, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School.

(5)        Jarel T. Smith, teacher/coach, Natchitoches Central High School, effective May 31, 2006.

(6)        Bryan Keith Duplissey, teacher/coach, Natchitoches Central High School, effective May 31, 2006.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

(1)        Jeff Remo, 12 month custodian, Parks Elementary School, effective July 1, 2006.

(2)        Wanda Verret, teacher, Parks Elementary School, effective June 1, 2006.

(3)        Charles J. Verret, teacher, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School, effective June 1, 2006.

(4)        Artia Bell Johnson, teacher, Parks Elementary School, effective June 1, 2006.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

           

Mr. Billy Benefield, Jr. presented the Finance, Facilities and Insurance Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board unanimously approved the following finance items:

 

A.         Collier & Son, Inc, lowest bid meeting specifications of $34,900.00 for floor covering for Natchitoches Educational Center.

 

B.         The Carl Perkins FY 05 Carryover Application and Budget in the amount of $18,143.56.

 

            C.         The tax millage rates for 2006 per attached resolution.

 

D.         Option I of the Midwest Employers Casualty Company for the Excess Workers' Compensation renewal coverage for 2006-07 submitted by Risk Services of Louisiana, L.L.C.  

 

E.         North American Solutions for renewal of property and casualty insurance for 2006-07. 

 

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

 

F.         Professional development workshops for presenters and participants at Parks Elementary School.  Funded by Title I School-Wide Budget. Presenters are Juanita Mitchell and Marilyn Stevens at $50.00 per hour for a total of  $100.00 each.   Participants for the workshops total 34 teachers at $20.00 per hour for two hours each.

 

G.         A professional development workshop for twenty-one teachers at Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High  School  for one and one-half hours at $20.00 per hour  each for a total of $30.00 per person.  Paid by Title I School-Wide Budget.        

 

H.         A two hour professional development workshop at Parks Elementary School.  Presenters, Debra Wamber, DeWayne LaCaze and Brenda Davis will split the $200.00 for a total of $66.66 each for the two hours.  Funded by Title I School-Wide Budget.  Participants will be paid stipends of $20.00 per hour.

 

I.          A two-hour workshop for professional development at Parks Elementary  School by presenters, Wanda Verret, Celia Dupree and Cynthia R. Cole. Presenters will split the $200.00 for a total of $66.00 per person.  Funded by Title I School-Wide Budget.  Participants will be paid stipends of $20.00 per hour.

 

J.          A professional development workshop at Parks Elementary School for PreK-6 grades on lesson planning and vocabulary strategies. Twenty participants will be paid $20.00 per hour for two hours for a total of $800.00.  Funded by Title I School-Wide Budget.  No charge for presenters.

                 

K.        Payment of stipends of $50.00 per hour each for 2 hours to Patti Warren and Marilyn Baker for professional development workshop at Goldonna Elementary School.   Paid by Title I School-Wide Budget.

            

On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board approved a contract with Herbert Baptiste, Sr. to evaluate students for the talent program for one and one-half days at a cost of $262.50.   Funded by state money for the gifted/talented.

 

On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board unanimously approved a contract for Richard Higginbotham to evaluate students for the talent program for one day at a cost of $175.00.  Funded by state money for the gifted/talented. 

 

On motion of Mrs. Hildebrand, seconded by Mr. Walker, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following finance items:

 

A.         The following persons for presenting Technology Institute Workshops for Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School personnel on June 1, 2, and 5, 2006 with the attached list of participants:

 

Teachers @ $20.00 per hour:

 

Sheila Beasley

Cheryl Choate

Patrice Harper

 

Paraprofessional at $7.50 per hour

Cindy Rachal

 

Presenters @ $50.00 per hour:

 

Joan Buswell - External

Jean Martin - External

Jacque Fontenot

Marsha Sanders

Greg Warren - (12 month employee - no pay; presented from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., June 2, 2006)

 

B.         Budget revisions for General Fund and Child Nutrition Program.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board approved employing Natchitoches Central and Lakeview High School counselors and teachers for the planning of and transition to a uniform, modified block system.  Payment is to be at the rate of $20.00 per hour plus benefits.  The total amount of the expenditure (salaries and benefits) is not to exceed $9,000.00.  Funded from the 2005-2006 Carl Perkins Grant. 

   

Dr. Millard Bienvenu presented the Personnel Report.

    

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

 

A.         The attached list of summer school employees for ESYP, LEAP, Non LEAP Remediation and GEE.   Funded by IDEA. 

 

B.         Cassandra Cole as substitute teacher Even Start replacing Shirley Sneed for June and July at $20.00 per hour, 6 hours per day for 40 days for a total of $4800.00.

 

            C.         Advertising for HVAC 1 position for the maintenance department.

 

            D.         Tina Johnson, nurse, for summer school at Parks Elementary School for  6.5 hours per day, for 22 days, for a total of $2,860.00.  Funded by Title I.  

 

E.         Charissa Scott, tutor, at $6.00 per hour for the Even Start Summer Program.   Funded by Even Start and Title I.   

 

F.         21st Century summer camp employees per attached list.  Paid by 21st Century Grant.

 

G.         Melanie Martinez and Evie Posey as substitute teachers for the After School for All Program at East Natchitoches Elementary School at $20.00 per hour.    Funded by After School For All.  

 

            H.         The attached list of LEAP tutors for summer school 2006.

                   

I.          Jeanne Doggett, teacher, at $20.00 per hour and Mary Slaughter, tutor, at $6.00 per hour for the After School Summer Program at Provencal Elem./Jr. High School.   Funded by After School for All.

                     

J.          Derek Boyt, non-faculty assistant baseball coach, Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Revels, and with unanimous voice vote, the Board approved Bobby Jefferson, Earl Jefferson and Ronnie Jefferson, hourly maintenance crew, to be paid minimum wage from June 5 - July 21, 2006.    Workers will refinish gym floors and pick up surplus equipment.  Paid by General Fund.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved a revised list of LEAP tutors for the summer.

 

On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Mr. Wilson, and with majority voice vote, the Board agreed paying Janice Ebert and Margaret Garland for attending the Certified Internet Webmaster training at Leesville High School June 19-23, 2006, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  This is a rate of $10.00 per hour for 7 hours per day for 5 days for a total of $350.00 each.  Funded by the 2005-2006 Carl Perkins Grant.

 

Mrs. Julia Hildebrand presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board instructed the staff to submit a Bible elective to the state for approval.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a locally initiated elective (Creative Writing/Composition Theory Class). 

 

On motion of Mrs. Revels, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, that the Board hereby authorize Superintendent Murphy to contact Representative Taylor Townsend to request that he prepare legislation that would change the state statute with regard to the way the property can be sold in the Section 16 lands (similar to legislation prepared for Bienville Parish).

 

On motion of Mrs. Revels, the Board adjourned.

 

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ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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RUSSELL E. DANZY,    PRESIDENT