Foreman Board extends contracts of administrators

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Updated: March 2, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

The Foreman Board of Education met in regular session on February 20, 2018, in the library at Oscar Hamilton Elementary.

Foreman High School Principal John Hall recognized four new inductees to National Honor Society – Sam Gamble, Grace Gwin, Grace Martin, and Leigha Bearden.

Kristie Smith presented Gator Success certificates to Mario Gonzalez, Abby Jamison, Caden Smith, Carly Martin, Madison Click, Jarred Baker, Abby Shirron, Kaden Segraves, Jade Hardwrick, Tilye Olivela, Zoee Keeney, Lucy Jackson, Jason Trim and Kaylie Broomfield for their accomplishments at the reading fair competition.

Under Principal’s Reports, Hall discussed the new Federal ESSA accountability guidelines, informed the Board that juniors will soon be taking the ACT test and that baseball, softball and track season will start soon.

Oscar Hamilton Elementary Principal Pat Tankersley gave an overview of the new Federal ESSA guidelines. She also told the Board that she will attend a technology academy March 27-28, she would attend a Rotary Club meeting in Ashdown on March l4, and that Battle of the Books will start on March.

During his report, Superintendent George Kennedy said that bandwidth has increased and fifty computers have been purchased with the Ash Grove Grant, that the district was looking to purchase a new lawnmower, that the on-line lunch program is now working and that the buses passed the state inspection.

Under New Business, Wayne Trull, with Trull-Hollensworth Architects, introduced himself to the Board and provided a background of the company.

Kennedy updated the board on the girls’ athletic facility. The board requested Athletic Director Mark King attend the March board meeting.

Kennedy recommended approving the 2018-19 school calendar. Motion was made by Chris Gauldin and seconded by Will Segraves. The motion passed 4-0.

The Board adjourned to executive session at 7:15 p.m. to discuss elementary principal evaluation, high school principal evaluation, athletic director/head football coach, and resignation.

An hour later, the Board returned to open session. Kennedy recommended accepting the letter of resignation of bus driver Pennie Lansdell. A motion was made by Wayne Frye and seconded by Gauldin. The motion carried 4-0.

Kennedy recommended extending the contract of Athletic Director and head football coach Mark King for the 2018-19 school year. Motion was made by Segraves and seconded by Frye. The motion passed 4-0.

Kennedy recommended extending the contract of Tankersley for the 2018-19 school year. A motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Segraves. The motion carried 4-0.

Kennedy recommended extending the contract of Hall for the 2018-19
school year. Motion was made by Frye and seconded Gauldin. The motion carried 4-0.

Kennedy reported the current enrollment is 513 – 271 students in elementary and 242 at the high school. The second quarter average was 500.46.

Kennedy recommended approving the minutes of January 23, 2018 and special minutes of January 29, 2018. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Segraves. The motion passed 4-0.

Kennedy presented the January financial reports. After discussion, Gauldin made a motion to approve the January financial reports as presented by the superintendent. Segraves seconded the motion. The motion carried 4-0.

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