August 6, 2015

August 6, 2015

Last Monday was the regular monthly Board meeting held by the district.  A summary of the meeting is below.

The meeting was called to order at 6:00.  This was followed by the approval of the consensual items.

Next Mr John Pipkins, Middle School Principal present the grade 5 and 7 science test scores last year.  The 5th grade scores were 20% above the State average.  The 7th grade scores were 17% above the State average.  

Mrs Watts presented the latest information we have on the recently approved State testing.   This new testing will be ACT Aspire for grades 3-10 and the ACT test for grade 11.   It is a summative test that will occur at the end of the year and cover English, Reading, writing math and science.   The average time for the test is 240 minutes.

The following expenses over $5,000 were approved.  ASBA Risk Management for Property and Vehicle Insurance, $46,530.43; Rubicon International for Atlas Curriculum Software License, $5,000.00;  Riddell for Football helmets and  reconditioning, $5,567.04; The Learning Institute for annual membership (Formative testing and curriculum support), $29,011.00.

Student transfers into the district were approved for  Arianna McGinley age 15 and Aidon McGinley age 13.

A new copier for the middle school was approved.   The purchase is for a Kyocera machine from Capital Business Machines.

A student handbook policy change was made.  It allows students who are assigned to in-school suspension to be able to attend after school activities.


Updated copies of the student/parent athletic handbook and coach handbook were approved.

A discussion was held on the proposed future employment process to be conducted by the administrators.

Two transfers of funds were approved to the building fund.   They were for $314,848.05 and $1,206.24.

A bid was approved for Little Rock tours for the annual end of  year Middle School Field trip.  The trip this coming years is to Tampa, FL.

A long discussion was held about opening up Lucky and Bill drives to the middle school and high school campus.  The purpose of opening the roads is to reduce traffic congestion especially at the start and end of the school day.   Some local residence came to speak against the opening of these roads. 

Resignations were accepted from Amanda Brown and Kara Hollinger.  A resignation from Kristen Sellers was made subject to finding a suitable replacement by August 10. 

Two new custodians were employed.  They are Maurice Shavers of Menifee and Mary McCoy of Plumerville.

The last item of the evening was the approval of licensed employee job assignments.

Have a great day,

John Gray