PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON JULY 10, 2008

                                                             

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, July 10, 2008, 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, Julia Hildebrand, Millard Bienvenu, Emile Metoyer, Joella Wilson, Billy Benefield, Jr., Harry Graham, Pam McAlexander and Craig Rachal.  Absent:   Ralph Wilson.

 

The meeting was called to order by President Hildebrand, followed by an invocation by Mrs. Wilson and Pledge of Allegiance by Dr. Bienvenu.        

 

Under superintendent/staff reports,  Dr. Murphy presented the Board Update.  

 

On motion of Mr. Graham, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved a resolution making application to the State Bond Commission for consent and authority to issue, sell and deliver not exceeding $1,550,000 of  General Obligation School Refunding Bonds, Series 2008, of School District No. 9 of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, all in the manner provided for by Chapter 14-A of Title 39 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, as amended, and other constitutional and statutory authority supplemental thereto and providing for other matter in connection therewith.

  

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Dr. Bienvenu, and unanimously carried, the Board approved the following consent agenda items:

 

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 2.        Approval of Minutes of June 5, 2008

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS:

A.        Payment of Bills:           

B.         Out of State Travel:

(1)        Leona Latchie, social worker, Parks Elem./Middle School, travel to Washington, D. C., July 13-18, 2008, to attend the School Social Worker  Conference.  Funded by Project Serve.

(2)        Codie Poe and Wesley Birdwell, students, Natchitoches Central High School, travel to Farmington, New Mexico, July 21-27,  2008, to attend the National High School Rodeo Finals.  To be paid in accordance with Board policy.

            C.        School Bus Routes Changes:

D.        Purchase of Buses:

E.         Advertisements:     Permission to advertise for bids for the Child Nutrition Program:

(1)        Dishwashing detergent for the 2008-2009 school year.

(2)        Sanitation Services and Materials for the school cafeterias for the 2008-09 school year.

F.         Resignations:

(1)        Eric Hester, maintenance crew worker, effective June 20, 2008.

(2)        Kristin Morgan, teacher, Weaver Elementary School,  effective June 11, 2008.

(3)        Charmane Williams, school secretary, Weaver Elementary School, effective June 6, 2008.

(4)        Albert Maley, maintenance crew worker, effective June 18, 2008.

(5)        Teresa Howell, kindergarten tutor, Provencal Elem./Jr. High School, effective June 23, 2008.

(6)        Shelie Collins, teacher, Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr. High School, effective July 1, 2008.

(7)        Ethel McHenry, part-time technician, child nutrition program, effective May 24, 2008.

G.        Retirements:

(1)        Eddie Carpenter, bus driver, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School, effective May 24, 2008.

(2)        Lydia Keyser, teacher, Natchitoches Central High School, effective May 24, 2008.

(3)        Kathleen L. Dollar, transition coordinator, special education department, effective August 1, 2008.  

H.        Requests for Leave:

(1)        Melissa Caprio-White, teacher, NSU Elementary Lab School, leave without pay for the 2008-2009 school year.

 

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

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the Board approved the adjusted millage rates for the tax year 2008.  

 

On motion of Mr. Rachal, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with majority approval, that  the Board hereby approve the adjusted millage rates after Reassessment and roll forward the millage to a rate not to exceed the prior year’s maximum millage for the tax year 2007.  Mr. Daniels cast a nay vote.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Graham, and unanimously carried, that the Board hereby adopt other authorized millages or taxes.  

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Graham, the Board authorized the payment of $9,274.00 for 2008-2009 dues for membership in Louisiana School Boards Association.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board unanimously approved lease of five (5) additional buses from First Student.

              

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Rachal, the Board granted permission to purchase forty-one (41) child checkmate systems to be installed on school buses.  

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and with unanimous consent, the Board approved the purchase of  twenty (20) Seon Color System cameras  at $595.00 each to be installed on school buses. 

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Metoyer, the Board unanimously approved advertising the sale of three (3) tracts of land located on High Street in the City of Natchitoches.  These three tracts are located near the ”r;old” Preschool Center.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Graham, the Board received a check in the amount of  $2,800.00 from Waterworks District #2 for payment of timber value along easement on I-49 property.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Graham, the Board accepted the proposal of  Pawnstorm Forestry at $150.00 per mile for timber property boundary markings and related supplies and materials per attached proposal for Section 16.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board selected the actuarial company of Rebowe & Fontenot, LLC for the amount of $13,000 to conduct GASB 45 regulations. 

 

Dr. Millard Bienvenu presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Dr. Bienvenu, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, the Board approved the following personnel agenda items:

    

   1.      Approval of Personnel:

 

A.        Brenda King, special education tutor, Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr. High School, replacing Derrick Sowell.

B.         Katie Stiles, LEAP tutor, Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr. High School, at $6.00 per hour.

C.        Ben Morris, LEAP math teacher, Parks Elem./Middle School.

D.        Carletta Jones, 4th grade summer school teacher, Parks Elem./Middle School, replacing Ruby Braxton.         

 

   2.      Transfers and/or reassignments:

 

A.        Susan Dove, nurse clerk, from Title I (701) funding to LA 4 clerk, (647)

funding.    

 

   3.      The following persons for ESY (Extended School Year) :

 

A.        Brenda King, special education tutor, Fairview Alpha Elem./Jr. High School, at $7.50 per hour, 6.5 hours per day, until June 27, 2008.

B.         Sherilana Davis, special education student worker, Vaughn Elem./Middle School, at $5.85 per hour, 6.5 hours per day, until June 26, 2008.

C.        Crystal Domars, special education student worker, Vaughn Elem./Middle School, at $5.85 per hour, 6.5 hours per day until June 26, 2008.

 

   4.      Jeff Johnson to work on student scheduling at Lakeview High School at $20.00 per hour, not to exceed 20 hours.  Funded by Carl Perkins.

 

   5.      Renewal of two year contracts for the following:

 

Thomas D. Elkins, III, principal

Willa Freeman, principal

John Laborde, Director of Business Affairs

Daphana McAllen, Supervisor of Instructional Elementary Education

Melanie McCain, principal

Laura McClain, principal

 

   6.      The following teachers for SIP Professional Development at Natchitoches Magnet School at $20.00 per hour for 4 hours per day for 3 days:

 

Suzanne Johnson

Robert Carnline

Shelly Walters

Hillary Gray

Jessica Church

April Giddens

 

The total cost for 6 teachers is $1,440.00.  Funding source is Title I (701).

           

   7.      The attached list of personnel and transfers and/or reassignments for the 2008- 2009 school year.

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. McAlexander, and unanimous consent, the Board named Clinton Sampson as principal of  Lakeview High School.  

 

Mrs. Joella Wilson presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board convened into executive session to consider the expulsion appeal of De’Andre Braxton.

  

On motion of Mr. Daniels, seconded by Mr. Graham, the Board adjourned out of executive session.

 

On motion of Mr. Daniels,  seconded by Mr. Rachal, the Board unanimously upheld the expulsion of De’Andre Braxton.

 

The second executive session to be held was to consider the expulsion appeal of Tevin Joseph.  Since there was no representation from the family or attorney, the Board made the following motion:

           

On  motion of Mr. Benefield, seconded by Mr. Walker, and with unanimous consent, the Board upheld the expulsion of Tevin Joseph.  

 

By joint resolution, the Board extended the contract of Dr. Elwanda Murphy, Superintendent, to June 30, 2009.

 

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

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ELWANDA MURPHY, SECRETARY-TREASURER

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JULIA  HILDEBRAND,   PRESIDENT