ASB holds monthly meeting

By
Updated: October 26, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

The Ashdown School Board held its regular board meeting and Report to the Public on Monday, October 15, at the Administrative Office Building on Rankin Street.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Michael Turner, and prayer, led by Ricky Ward, the Report to the Public was made available to those present. There were no questions.

Superintendent Casey Nichols updated the board on the NSBA Annual Conference in Philadelphia on March 30 thru April 1, 2019 and the ASBS Region 12 Meeting on November 5, 2018 at De Queen High School and student attendance.

Under Old Business, Nichols made a recommendation to approve the previous board minutes from September 10, 2018 and September 17, 2018. Dorothy Henderson made a motion to approve the recommendation. Rosa Bowman seconded and the motion carried.

Board President Chuck Davis then opened the meeting for an employee hearing. Davis asked the employee if they wanted an open or closed hearing. The employee responded that they wanted an open hearing. Davis stated that since this issue had been previously before the Board; he asked the Board members if everyone was prepared to listen to this employee with an open mind and without having decided ahead of time what we should do?  Each Board member present answered yes.

Davis asked Nichols to state his recommendation. Nichols made a recommendation to terminate the employee based on their admission to a violation of school board policy #8.28 and the police investigation of the incident on September 2, 2018. Davis gave the employee an opportunity to make a statement and present evidence concerning the recommendation for termination. The employee was given an opportunity to ask questions of the Board. There were none.

The Board was given an opportunity to ask the employee questions. There were none.

Raymond Latson made a motion to go into executive session at 6:15 p.m. Turner seconded and the motion was passed.

Latson made a motion to return to open session at 6:35 p.m. Turner seconded and the motion carried. No action was taken during executive session.

Bowman excused herself for the meeting due to a prior business relationship with the employee at 6:35 p.m.

Nichols made a recommendation to terminate Lorie Fields’ employment contract with the Ashdown School District as a custodian. Latson made a motion to accept the recommendation. Turner seconded and the motion passed.

Bowman returned to the meeting at 6:36 p.m.

Under New Business, Nichols made a recommendation to approve the policy updates for Parent Involvement Policy #6.11 and #6.12.  Dorothy Henderson made a motion to accept the recommendation. Ward seconded and the motion carried.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve the refinishing of the AHS gym floor by Sport Floors, Inc. a TIP/TAPS vendor for $25,544.54. Henderson made a motion to approve the recommendation. Turner seconded and the motion passed.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve the purchase of 111 Chrome books and Google Management Licenses, with NSL, Catastrophic, and Title I Funds, in the amount of $30,359.35. Turner made a motion to approve the recommendation. Latson seconded and the motion carried.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve the Minority Teacher and Administrator Recruitment Plan. Latson made a recommendation to approve the recommendation. Bowman seconded. Ward cited an error on page two of the plan which stated that, “our enrollment had increased.” It should read that, “our enrollment has decreased.” The motion passed with corrections.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve the Statement of Assurances, which indicate that we are in compliance with State Laws regarding accreditation, and that we have verified our Cycle 2 Reports. Henderson made a recommendation to approve the recommendation. Latson seconded and the motion carried.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve the ASBA Trip Accidental Death and Dismemberment Coverage thru ASBA. Turner made a motion to approve the recommendation. Latson seconded and the motion passed.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve authorization for online and/or ACH transaction for Security Bank Card (P-Cards). Henderson made a motion to accept the recommendation. Ward seconded and the motion carried.

The Board approved by consent the appointment of Raymond Latson as voting delegate to the ASBA Delegate Assembly.

Under Financial Reports, Nichols made a recommendation approve the check register and all financial reports as presented. Henderson made a motion to approve the recommendation. Latson seconded and the motion passed.

Turner made a motion to go into executive session at 6:40 p.m. Latson seconded and the motion carried. Turner made a motion to return to open session at 7:10 p.m. Latson seconded and the motion passed. No action was taken during executive session.

Under Personnel, Nichols made a recommendation to accept the resignation of Susan Twoponi as cafeteria worker, effective Sept. 24, 2018. Latson made a motion to accept the recommendation. Turner seconded and the motion carried.

Nichols made a recommendation to accept the resignation of Angela Davis as bus driver, effective Oct. 2, 2018; Chris Crawford as mechanic, effective Oct. 9, 2018; and Sonia Caskey as bus driver only, effective Oct. 20, 2018. Henderson made a motion to accept the recommendation. Turner seconded and the motion passed.

Nichols made a recommendation to hire Quincy Baker as custodian at Margaret Daniel Primary, effective Oct. 16, 2018. Henderson made a motion to accept the recommendation. Turner seconded and the motion carried.

Nichols made a recommendation to transfer Autumn Stone from AHS cafeteria to LF Henderson cafeteria, effective Oct. 1, 2018. Henderson made a motion to approve the recommendation. Latson seconded and the motion passed.

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