ASB holds its first meeting of the year

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Updated: February 2, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

The Ashdown School Board held its first monthly meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 23, at the Administrative Office Building on Rankin St.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer, Ashdown High School Principal Kay York introduced Isaac Thomas, District #4 FBLA President and State FBLA Vice President.  He expressed his gratitude to Superintendent Jason Sanders and the School Board for their support in assisting him to attend state and national FBLA events. He desires to one day return to Ashdown and do for someone what the district has done for him.

During Principal’s Reports, York updated the board on several upcoming events at the high school including the Community Auction and Miss AHS pageant.

Ashdown Elementary Principal Teresa Wake updated the board on the progress of student assessments at the school, the upcoming daddy/daughter dance and mother/son obstacle course.

Ashdown Junior High Principal James Jones reported that the 8th grade graduation has been scheduled for May 18, and will be followed by the 6th and 7th grade awards programs. The new lighting renovations at the AJHS Gym have been completed and everyone is pleased with the appearance and improvements.

L.F. Henderson Principal Keith Fricks reported that Dr. Roger Guevara would be on the LFH campus working with his teachers on writing and that guest speaker, Linda Willis, would be discussing character.

Following by the reports by the district’s principals, Board President Dorothy Henderson presented Chuck Davis a clock from the ASBA for his 37 years serving as a school board member.

Sanders informed the board that Ashdown School District has been featured in the Texarkana Parent Magazine with a very nice ad prepared article by Ronda Pounds, who does a great job of promoting the district brand. He also updated the board on the 2018 renovation projects for the district and upcoming light upgrades. Sanders updated the board on the enrollment and calendar.

Under Old Business, Sanders made a recommendation to approve the Dec. 11, 2017, meeting minutes. Raymond Latson made a motion to accept the recommendation. Glenda Smedley seconded and the motion carried.

Under New Business, Sanders acknowledged January as Board Appreciation Month by presenting each board member a certificate of appreciation for all they do for the school district.

Sanders reminded the board that School Board Training Hours are reported to the state and reported that all board members currently meet their required training hours for 2017.

Sanders made a recommendation to adopt the proposed 2019-20 budget. Latson made a motion to adopt the attached Proposed Budget of Expenditures with tax levy for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 to and including June 30, 2020 and approve all related election documents.  Rosa Bowman seconded and the motion passed.

Sanders made a recommendation to approve the Legal Liability Coverage with ASBA for $7,711 from February 1, 2018 to February 1, 2019. Ricky Ward made a motion to approve the recommendation. Davis seconded and the motion carried.

York updated the board on the School of Innovation Grant initiative and the possibility of the Ashdown School District’s participation. After a question and answer period, the Ashdown High School will apply for the School of Innovation Grant and the school board will discuss the issue at the February board meeting.

Sanders made a recommendation to approve the financial reports as present. Latson made a motion to accept the recommendation. Smedley seconded and the motion passed.

Latson made a motion to go into executive session at 7:05 p.m. Bowman seconded and the motion passed. Less than 30 minutes later, Latson made a motion to return to open session. Ward seconded and the motion carried.

No action was taken during executive session.

Sanders made a recommendation to hire Veronica Hall as a Special Education Paraprofessional retroactive to January 18, 2018 and Walter Brown as a mechanic retroactive to January 22, 2018, on a 240 day contract at 8 hours per day; step 15 level 3 on the salary schedule. Latson made a motion to accept the recommendation. Smedley seconded and the motion passed.

With no further business on the agenda, the meeting was adjourned. The February board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 20.