February 2, 2016

February 2, 2016

Last night the Board conducted two meetings.  The first was a student discipline special meeting.  The outcome was to expel the student for the remainder of the semester.

The regular meeting followed.   This commenced with the educational items of the meeting.  It was elementary school’s turn and recognition was given to Mrs Rhine and Mrs Hogue for the excellent efforts with STEM education for students.   Several students were also recognized for their excellent work on an interdisciplinary STEM project.

The Board heard a presentation from our school finance advisors on a school bond refunding.   The school has an October 1, 2010 Bond issue for $3,405,000 that was placed up for refinancing.  We received a high number of bids with the lowest being at the interest rate of 1.83776%.  The Board decided to accept this refunding offer with a resolution.  This resulted in a District saving of $165,038.30 in the life of the loan.  The money can be used on educational facilities.

The consensual items were approved.  The Superintendent presented a short educational session on the Building Fund account in the financial report.  The following expenses over $5,000 were approved.  Brock A/C Service for annual maintenance and two gas furnaces for Parent Center and Basketball locker rooms - $5,676.40; PCMI Willsub for substitutes - $9,969.92; Arch Ford Educational Co Operative for services and supplies - $71,093.18; BancorpSouth Insurance for legal liability policy - $7,711.00; Pioneer Foodservice Equipment and Supplies for Oven paid for through grant - $21,500.

One student transfer into the District for Christian Sanson was approved.

A resignation from Middle School teacher and assistant football coach, Mr. Dale Jones was approved effective January 27, 2016.

The last part of the meeting was an executive session to discuss the evaluation and contract of the Superintendent.  On return to the meeting the Superintendent’s contract was extended one year.

Another item of interest may include our makeup day for the snow day on Friday, January 22.  The makeup day according to our school calendar will be May, 27.   Hopefully we will have no more snow days and interruptions to school.  For those of you that are not aware of the procedure for closing school the decisions are normally made by 9:00 p.m. the night before or by 6:00 a.m. in the morning.

Have a great day.

John Gray

Superintendent