August 5, 2014

August 5, 2014

It is nearly time for school to start (Monday August 18).  

Elementary Open House is on Aug 14 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Middle School Open House is Aug 12 5:00 to 7:00 pm
High School Open House is Aug 11 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Last night was the last regular Board meeting before school starts.  The following is a summary of what was covered.

                I.            Call to Order was at about 6:05 pm.
             II.            Consensual Items or minutes and finances were approved.          
          III.            Education
        a.  Elementary School Update
Mrs. Watts gave a short presentation on the latest educational items of interest they are working on for this upcoming school year including the latest staff achievements.
          IV.            Business Items
a.  Expenditures > $5,000.00 were approved as follows.
Arkansas School Board Association for School Insurance, $47,155,87; Pioneer Food Serv. Equipment and Supplies for Serving Lines, $28,340.00; Riddell for football helmet reconditioning, helmets and pads, $6,060.80. 
b.  Exit Survey and Staff movement
A progress report on doing exit surveys for staff leaving the school district was given.  The administrators are going to meet on this topic.  The Board also discussed ways of retaining teachers including trying to match the salaries of surrounding School Districts.
c.  Playground Update
Mr Cox gave an update on the moving of the Elementary playground.   The working bee for this Saturday is still on starting at 7:00 am.
d.  Pre-School Handbook
Mr Cox presented the proposed changes to the pre-school handbook.  They were approved by the Board.
             V.            Personnel
a.   Employment/Resignations
        Jessica Williams – Elementary teacher 
        Susan Milum for H.S . Sp. Ed. subject to being relased from their current District.
        Johnathan Atkins for H.S.  S.S.
        Kara Colvin for elementary teacher
        Christina Davis for H.S. Para Pro
        Paige Snyder for MS  teacher Aide.
        b.   Staff Lists
The teaching staff lists were approved by the Board.  This list shows the teaching assignments for each teacher.  If there are to be any changes throughout the year the Superintendent was authorized to make the changes.
c.   Employees who earned > 5%
A list of staff was complied of those employees who earned 5% more income than their previous year’s employment.  This list was presented to the Board for awareness and showed why each person earned more than their previous year.  This list was approved by the Board.  A recent law requires the Board to review this list.

The meeting adjourned a little after 7:30 took about 1 1/2 hours.

Welcome back to school everyone and I look forward to another very productive school year.


John Gray