PROCEEDINGS OF REGULAR MEETING OF

NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

HELD ON JULY 7, 2011

                 

                    

A regular meeting of the Natchitoches Parish School Board was held on Thursday, July 7, 2011, 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 Derwood Duke, Secretary-Treasurer, were present:  Cecil Walker Carroll Daniels, Ralph Wilson, Joella Wilson, Harry Graham, Russell Danzy, Michael Hilton, Donna Masson, Carl Means, Thomas Melder and George Rhymes.   Absent:  None.

 

The meeting was called to order by President Daniels, followed by an invocation by Mr. Means and Pledge of Allegiance by Mr. Wilson.   

                                    

Dr. Derwood Duke presented the Board Update.  He stated that the July sales tax checks had been sent to employees.

            

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, and unanimously carried, the Board declared the old Fairview Alpha School site surplus in order for it to be advertised for bids.

  

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

      

 1.        Adoption of Agenda.

 

 2.        Approval of Minutes of July 7, 2011.

 

 3.        FINANCE ITEMS

 

            A.         Payment of Bills:    July & August   

              

B.         Out of State Travel:   

 

(1)        Henry Eric Smith and Landon Wade, teachers, Lakeview High School, travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, from October 18 – 23, 2011, to chaperone 8 students to the National FFA Convention.  Students will be competing in marketing and agronomy.  Those attending are Collin Williams, Joe Austin, Billy Martin, Aaron Babers, Abi Yount, Brooke Blackman, Chelsea Ates and Adrianna Wohletz.  Students are requesting $300.00 each to be paid according to Board policy.  There is no cost to Board other than stipends to students and substitute teacher pay.

     

C.         School Bus Routes Changes:

 

D.         Purchase of Buses:

 

E.         Advertisements:     Permission to advertise for bids for:

 

            (1)        Sale of old Fairview Alpha School site.

 

F.         Resignations:   

 

(1)        Thomas Porter, teacher and coach, Natchitoches Central High School, effective June 15, 2011.

(2)        Clinton Sampson, principal, Lakeview High School, effective June 30, 2011.

(3)        Kerry Braden, principal, Cloutierville Elem./Jr. High School.

 

G.         Retirements:

 

            (1)        Donald R. Hernandez, teacher, Vaughn Elem./Middle School, May 28, 2011.

 

H.         Requests for Leave:

   

            I.          Termination:

 

                        (1)        Tracy Davis, bus driver.

 

 

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

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Wilson, the Board unanimously accepted the Tax Commission budget for 2011-12 school year.

 

On motion of Mr. Danzy, seconded by Mr. Walker, the Board approved a grant with The Rapides Foundation for 2011-12 STEM/CTE Project in an amount not to exceed $170,500 with authorization for the Superintendent to sign the necessary papers.   The purpose of the grant is to increase the level of educational attainment and achievement as the primary path to improve economic, social and health status of the students with the objective to implement the district’s strategic plan to provide students with 21st Century work plan skills in math and science.        

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Means, and unanimously carried, the Board approved a grant with The Rapides Foundation for Cloutierville Elementary/Junior High School in the amount of $17,500 with authorization for the Superintendent to sign the necessary papers.  The purpose of the grant is to promote healthy behavior by creating or improving opportunities for adults and youth in Central Louisiana to engage in safe, accessible activity and by increasing accessibility of health foods.

 

On motion of Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Danzy, the Board overwhelmingly approved a contract with Hammonds & Sills to provide in-service and training concerning special education services in Louisiana and other related topics for designated school system staff.  The training will be on August 2 & 3, 2011 at a cost of $6,800 with all costs inclusive in the amount. 

 

Mr. Harry Graham presented the Personnel Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Graham, and unanimously carried, the Board approved new personnel and transfers of  personnel  per attached sheet.

 

Mr. Carl Means presented the Executive Report.

 

On motion of Mrs. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Masson, that the Board hereby approve the following administrative appointments.

 

 

On motion of Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Graham, the Board adjourned.

 

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DERWOOD DUKE, SECRETARY-TREASURER

 

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CARROLL DANIELS, PRESIDENT