June 3, 2014

June 3, 2014


The Board met for its regular monthly meeting last night.  The main items covered are below.

The meeting started just after 6:00 pm in the High School library. 

The meeting opened with a prayer and the first item was a Q and A with attorney Keith Billingsley.   The topic was the laws associated with the Fair Labor Act and the use of a time clock.   The Board wanted to make sure the School District is protecting itself from law suits and treating the staff correctly by not taking advantage of anyone.

Our next visitor was Jack Truemper who is the school district’s financial advisor.  He started his presentation with his research so far on what effect the tornado will have on tax collections.  The good news is he has found that past tornados that have affected other   Districts did not show a fall in tax collections.   Jack then gave a financial update on the School District.  This showed that the School District is financially healthy.  The last part of his presentation was on the ability of the District to borrow money to fund an elementary storm shelter and upgrading the athletic fields.   Several options were presented and it was found that it is possible to borrow money for such projects.  The Board took no action and is reflecting on the presentation.
  
The last visitor was Officer Bledsoe who is the School Resource Officer.  His presentation was Active Killer training for the Board and those present at the meeting.  This presentation was very informative and well received.  The Board is now better trained in what to do if they have an Active Killer situation.

The consensual items were approved.

For the education section of the meeting Mrs. Watts discussed the new Atlas software that is being introduced to the teachers.  This software assists the teachers in writing their curriculum documents.

The following expenses over $5,000 were approved.

       Conway Public Schools,  tuition fees for our students attending the Career Center,           $17,333.33;  Arkansas Department of Education, Medicad State Match for Special Ed         Services, $9,037.87; Green and Chapman, fuel, $6,894.23; Plasmacam, Inc, plasma cutter          for Agriculture program (grant money), $10.363.10.

The milk bid, which included juice, was approved from Hiland Dairy Products.

Resignations were accepted from Chris Hartle and Loren Brookes.

The following new employees were approved.

        High School Special Education – Jessica Cantrell
                        High School Math – Blake Tinsley
                       High School Science – Kaitlin Smith
                      High School English – Jami Reed
                     Custodian I (240 days) – Andrea Gibson

The Board moved to approve the staff to be included in the 5 waiver days that were approved by the State due to the tornado.

The time clock issue was discussed in length.  It was finally decided to give a detailed paper system a trial instead of the existing finger print time clock.  This trial will commence July 1 and last for 6 months.

An administrative procedure was presented and discussed about the employment process for new employees.

The pay increase/bonus issue was tabled at the last meeting.  It was decided to table it again as there has been no changes on this issue since the last meeting.

The meeting closed at 9:00 pm.   The next regular meeting will be July 14 at 6:00 pm in the High School Library.   There is a chance we may have a short special meeting for the purpose of employment before the next regular meeting.

Have a great day,

John Gray
       Superintendent