ASB hires personnel, reorganizes board

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Updated: June 22, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

The Ashdown School Board held its monthly meeting on Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Administration Building on Rankin Street.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Board member Rosa Bowman, and prayer by Board member Chuck Davis, the meeting got underway.

Superintendent Jason Sanders thanked Justin Mills and Teri Cribb of K-12 Culinary Connections and Food Service Director, Yolanda Surber for preparing the delicious meal for the evening.  Mills expressed his appreciation to Ashdown School District and Surber and her food service staff for their cooperation for a successful school.

The next order of business was the reorganization of the Board. President Dorothy Henderson opened the floor for nominations for school board president. Ricky Ward nominated Davis. With no other nominations or discussion, Michael Turner made a motion to close the nomination. Bowman seconded and the motion carried. Davis was elected school board president.

The floor was then open for nominations for vice president. Davis nominated Henderson. With no other nominations or discussion, Ward made a motion to cease the nomination. Turner seconded and the motion passed. Henderson was elected school board vice president.

The floor was then open for nomination for secretary. Davis nominated Turner. With no other nominations or discussion, Ward made a motion to cease the nominations and Bowman seconded. The motion carried. Turner was elected board secretary.

Henderson relinquished the chair to Davis, who along with the other members of the Board, expressed their appreciation to Henderson for doing a great job during the past year.

Next on the agenda were Principal’s Reports. Ashdown Elementary Principal Teresa Wake, L.F. Henderson Principal Keith Fricks, Ashdown Junior High Principal James Jones and Ashdown High School Principal Kay York each reported on the state of their campuses and the close of the year.

Under the Superintendent’s Report, Sanders reported the enrollment as 1,383 and  shared calendar updates.

Sanders reviewed the accomplishments made by the Board during the past four years of his administration. Many improvements and additions to facilities, academics, technology, transportation, personnel and community relations have been made. The Board and those in attendance commended Sanders on his service to the Ashdown School District.

Under Old Business, Sanders made a recommendation to approve the previous board minutes for May 14, 2018 and May 21, 2018. Henderson made a motion to approve the recommendation, Ward seconded and the motion carried.

Under Other Business Not Closed, Danny Bentley, Dean Lillard and Sanders reported to the Board that the Ashdown Elementary renovations project was ahead of schedule and the Clear Energy project was about 25% complete.

Under New Business, Debbie Greathouse discussed new policy changes. Sanders made a recommendation to approve the new policy changes as presented. Turner made a motion to approve the new policy changes as presented, Henderson seconded and the motion carried.

Greathouse discussed student handbook changes. Sanders made a recommendation to approve the student handbook changes as presented. Turner made a motion to approve the handbook changes as presented, Bowman seconded and the motion passed.

Sanders made a recommendation to approve the ASBA Property insurance for $77,603.38 and the Vehicle insurance for $17,197.47 and Mobile Equipment for $318 for a total of $95,118.85. Turner made a motion to approve the recommendation, Ward seconded and the motion carried.

Sanders made a recommendation to approve the retirement of fixed assets as presented. Turner made a motion to approve the recommendation, Henderson seconded and the motion passed.

Sanders made a recommendation to increase the limit on the pay cards to $100,000. Turner made a motion to approve the recommendation, Ward seconded and the motion carried.

Sanders made a recommendation to approve the special education form SP-1. Henderson made a motion to approve the recommendation, Bowman seconded and the motion passed.

Sanders made a recommendation to purchase from Educators Book Depository the new science framework books for $44,583.01. Turner made a motion to approve the recommendation, Henderson seconded and the motion carried.

Sanders made a recommendation to approve the purchase of elementary school cubbies from Missco Contract Sales, a Tips Taps vendor, for $17,616 and chairs for two classrooms – cubbies and chairs together not to exceed $30,000. Henderson made a motion to approve the recommendation. Glenda Smedley seconded and the motion passed.

Sanders made a recommendation to accept the bid from Moses Boquin of Southwest Specialist to do small summer jobs, some of which may carry over into 2018-19 school year. Turner made a motion to accept the recommendation, Henderson seconded and the motion carried.

Under Financial Reports, Sanders made a recommendation for the board to approve ACT 1105 Building Fund Resolution authorizing the superintendent and the district treasurer to be able to move any operating funds over $2,300,000 into the building fund prior to June 30, 2018. The money moved into the building fund will be used for future construction projects, future renovation projects or future expenditures of the district. Ward made a motion to accept the recommendation, Bowman seconded and the motion passed.

Sanders made a recommendation to approve the financial reports as presented. Turner made a motion to accept the recommendation, Smedley seconded and the motion carried.

Under Personnel, Sanders made a recommendation to accept resignations from Angela Jackson, high school math teacher and Mario Proksch and Hardy Gibbons as bus drivers only; and Amber Fleming as Ashdown Elementary teacher. Turner made a motion to accept the recommendation, Henderson seconded and the motion carried.

Sanders made a recommendation to approve the following transfers: Dean Lillard and Walter Turner will be swapping bus routes, no pay change needed and Jeanne Burden will replace Angela Jackson as ninth-grade algebra teacher. Henderson made a motion to approve the transfers, Bowman seconded and the motion passed.

Sanders made a recommendation to rescind the hiring of Regina Grubbs and Dianne McLane at the May 14, 2018, regular meeting. Turner made a motion to accept the recommendation, Ward seconded and the motion carried.

Sanders made a recommendation to hire the following personnel: Regina Grubbs and Dianne McLane as special education teachers; Angela Cook as Bus Driver Step 5 Range 1; Susan Twoponi, Deyanira Rodriquez, Autumn Stone and Donna Cook as food service workers; Leigh Ann Tropp as third-grade teacher; Tami Cross as Ashdown Elementary teacher conditioned on completing certification; Molly Cross as high school teacher and assistant girls volleyball, basketball and softball coach conditioned on completing certification; and Tyler Sheppard as high school teacher and assistant football, basketball and baseball coach. Henderson made a motion accept the recommendation, Bowman seconded and the motion passed.

Sanders made a recommendation to approve the combining of two bus routes and pay Sonia Caskey at Step 12 Range 5 due to longer route; and Michael Crussell to be paid at Step 5 Range 5 due to combining two routes; and Kelsie Jones hired as a temporary summer computer technician. Henderson made a motion to approve the recommendation, Turner seconded and the motion carried.

Sanders made a recommendation to hire Rachel Pounds as junior high school East teacher.  Henderson made a motion to accept the recommendation, Turner seconded and the motion passed.

With no further business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.