Posted Date: 07/07/2020
Last night was the regular school board meeting. It lasted for about 3.5 hours. The following is a summary of the meeting.
The Board decided to try and refinance two bond issues in an effort to lower the interest rate. If this is successful, it may reduce the cost of these loans by over $100,000.
The school district was awarded by the State a k-12 grant to assist with literacy education. The details of the great were presented by Mr. Pipkins.
Van Horn pay application number 5 for $537,700.96, and the Architect May invoice for $7,713.85 were approved.
In from Conway:
Emily Brooke Littleton 4th grade
Kristoffer Emerson 1st grade
Morah Emerson Kindergarten
The recommendations of Sysco for Food and Harris Baking for bread were approved by the Board.
All continues to progress well. The bathroom block is being finished up. The work on the track has started. The metal frame is up for the field house and indoor practice facility. The gate entrance way has been redesigned and installation has begun. The home bleachers are being constructed and are nearly completed. The plan is to build a discus field on the community baseball field and construct shot put on the north east side of the football field similar to where it was.
No changes were made and just needs to be updated with current coach names.
The High School graduation ceremony will be held at the Conway Expo Center on July 14. Mr. Malone’s Company was approved to do the audio (sound system) and stage. The cost is about $1,800.
A proposed resolution as suggested by ASBA was approved. It is to allow the School Districts to make accommodations to our current policies due to dealing with COVID-19.
ASBA has made more recommendations to updating our student handbook. These updates were approved.
ASBA made more recommendations to update our school policies. The Board approved these subject to PPC review.
Each school presented their annual discipline report that covers the incidents of bullying.
We have State Board approval on these waivers. These waivers will allow us to make accommodations to better handle COVID-19. These waivers were approved.
The Board was presented the draft return to school plan. This was approved. The Board also approved to go one-on-one computers for students. This is to help with blended learning when a school needs to close for a short period.
Ashley Roberts – HS FACS teacher (classroom teacher)
This item was discussed and tabled.
We had several items to discuss, they were as follows:
Purchase computers for Eagle Virtual Academy
Phone bill audit being considered
Raise in athletic event entrance fee to $5/$4
Sixth grade position to be filled
Temporary HS nurse to be found to cover HS due to pandemic
IM Math training July 13/14 – invited Board members
MS Special Ed (1/2 time) position is open for applications
Have a great day.