Foreman board renews principals’ contracts

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

The Foreman School Board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 19, in the Oscar Hamilton Elementary library.

Following a word of prayer, Kristie Smith presented Gator Success certificates to Maggie McDonald, Kaden Segraves, Rowan Sanchez, Anissa Gloria, Jenna Womble, Abigail Jamison, Carly Martin, Carli Martin, Jace Fulfer and Andrea Klitz for their outstanding achievements in the reading fair competition at the DeQueen-Mena Cooperative.

Foreman High School Principal John Hall presented Gator Success certificates to Carley Klitz, Braiden McKinney, Jaden Smith, Kolton Green and Jay Durand for their outstanding achievements in the land judging competition.

Under Principal Reports, Hall informed the board that the senior Gator basketball team had won the 7AA District Championship and would play in the Class AAA South Regional Tournament in Junction City later that week.

Hall also reported that baseball and softball would start their season soon followed by the track teams.

Hall stated that all juniors at the high school would take the free ACT test later that week at the high school.

Hall told the board that 11 new members had been inducted into the National Honor Society. He added that juniors had visited the University of Arkansas-Cossatot and learned about career options the school offers.

Under Superintendent Report, Superintendent Pat Tankersley told the board that she had enclosed the upcoming school election timelines in the board packets. Zone 1, is the termed zone for this election.

Under New Business, Tankersley recommended approving the 2019-20 school calendar. A motion was made by Will Segraves and seconded by Sandy McDonald. The motion passed, 5-0.

Tankersley recommended approving the revised 2018-19 classified salary schedule format. 

Motion was made by Wayne Frye and seconded by McDonald. The motion was approved, 5-0. 

Tankersley recommended approving the ASBA policy updates; 4.32, 4.35, 4.35F, 4.45, 4.45.1, 4.47, 4.55, 4.59, 5.16, 6.7, 7.5, 8.44. There was one new section for Policy 4.59 – Academic Course Attendance by Private School and Home School Students. The District permits a private school or home school student to attend a maximum of one (1) course per semester. A motion was made by Segraves and seconded by Chris Gauldin to approve the ASBA policy updates as presented. The motion carried, 5-0. 

The board adjourned to executive session at 7:30 p.m., to discuss the elementary principal yearly evaluation and high school principal yearly evaluation. The board returned to open session at 8:01 p.m. 

Tankersley recommended extending the contract of Pamela Smiley, elementary principal, for the 2019-20 school year. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Frye. The motion passed 5-0.

Tankersley recommended extending the contract of John Hall, high school principal, for the 2019-20 school year. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by McDonald. The motion carried 5-0. 

Tankersley reported the current enrollment is 510 – 262 at the elementary and 248 at the high school. The second quarter average is 522.80.

Tankersley recommended approving the minutes of January 15, 2019 and February 4, 2019. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Segraves. The motion passed, 5-0.

Tankersley presented the January financial reports. After discussion, Frye made a motion to approve the January financial reports as presented by the superintendent. Segraves seconded the motion. The motion carried, 5-0.

Tankersley asked the board to move the March boarding meeting to March 12, 2019, all were in favor. 

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

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