Foreman Board tackles full agenda during monthly meeting

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Updated: August 31, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

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The Foreman School Board held its August monthly meeting on Thursday, August 23, in the library at Oscar Hamilton Elementary.

After an opening prayer by Board member Chris Gauldin the first order of business was reports from the district’s two principals.

Foreman High School Principal John Hall reported the new Industrial Maintenance Program and the new Medical Professions class are off and running and the kids are excited about both. Hall also reported that the senior Gator football will start off the season ranked number one, by Hooten’s Arkansas football, and they were on the cover of Hooten’s annual magazine. Hall also reported that the football team was also on the cover of The Competitive Edge magazine. The Competitive Edge is a magazine that covers sports from the four states area.

Hall reported that the football team, high school band, and high school cheerleaders paired with Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield’s “Fourth and Fearless” program and Hooten’s Arkansas Football. Together they sacked more than 20,000 meals for area food banks.

Oscar Hamilton Elementary Principal Pam Smiley reported that the new school year was off to a great start. She also reported that she had observed several of the OHE teachers implementing many of the behavioral techniques they learned in their professional development sessions this summer and that she was proud to see the positive behavior changes. Smiley also thanked Hall and the members of the faculty and staff that helping out at OHE in Kathy Hadaway’s absence. She truly appreciated their help.

Superintendent Pat Tankersley reported that the district received a determination approval letter from Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities & Transportation, regarding the school district’s Academic Facilities Partnership Program project application(s) for the 2019-2021 project funding cycle.

Tankerlsey also presented several board training dates from First Security Beardsley Public Finance, APSRC and ASBA. Tankersley will set a date and get back with the Board.

Under New Business, Tankersley presented personnel policy 3.5A-Licensed Personnel Graduate Degree, Graduate Hour, and Stipend Pay. The Certified Personnel Policy Committee proposed changing the date from August 15, to September 1, with a letter of intent to complete master’s degree turned in to the central office by August 1. The Certified Personnel Policy Committee approved the policy. After discussion, motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Will Segraves to approve the policy as presented. The motion passed 4-0.

Tankersley recommended raising adult lunch prices from $3.50 to $3.75 as per Commissioner Memo CNU-19-006. Motion was made by Segraves and seconded by Gauldin. The motion carried, 4-0.

Tankersley presented a student board transfer requesting to release two students from Foreman School District to Ashdown School District. After discussion, motion was made by Segraves to deny the student board transfer request. Gauldin seconded the motion and the motion passed, 4-0.

Tankesley presented a student board transfer requesting to release three students from Foreman School District to Horatio School District. After discussion, motion was made by Segraves to deny the student board transfer request. Sandy McDonald seconded the motion. The motion carried, 4-0.

Tankersley updated the board on the ASBA Legislative Liaison. This person will be updated on legislative events. Gauldin made a motion to appoint Shane Mears as the district’s ASBA Legislative Liaison. Segraves seconded the motion. The motion carried, 4-0.

Tankesley recommended closing the Foreman Paid Tuition Preschool for the 2018-19 school year. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Segraves. The motion passed, 4-0.

Tankersley recommended selling bus 15, bus 22, bus 16, 2002 mini bus and Chevrolet Van-Venture for a minimum bid of $1,500, for buses, and adjusted rate for the mini bus and van. The board requested an advertisement be placed in the local newspaper for one week, if not sold, the buses will be sent to the scales and sold for scrap. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Segraves. The motion carried, 4-0.

Tankersley presented and recommended approving an organizational chart. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Segraves to allow the superintendent to create an organizational chart as she sees fit. The motion passed, 4-0.

Tankersley presented the only milk bid submitted for the 2018-19 school year, by Hiland Dairy Products. Motion was made by Segraves and seconded by Gauldin. The motion carried, 4-0.

Tankersley presented the only bread bid submitted for the 2018-19 school year, by Young’s Thriftway. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Segraves. The motion passed, 4-0.

Tankersley presented the retired fixed assets for the 2017-18 school year. Motion was made by Segraves and seconded by Gauldin to approve the retired fixed assets for the 2017-18 school year as presented. The motion carried, 4-0.

Tankersley recommended approving the resolution of Act 1120 five percent salary increase for the 2017-18 school year. Mears read the resolution;

Whereas, the Foreman School Board met in a regular, open, and properly called meeting on August 23, 2018, in the Oscar Hamilton Elementary Library, Foreman, Arkansas. Whereas four members were present, a quorum was declared by the chair; Whereas, the Foreman School Board has, pursuant to Act 1120 of 2013 to be codified at Arkansas Code Annotated 6-13-635, determined that (see attached list) is eligible and has been approved to receive an increase in salary of 5% or above from his/her 2016-2017 contract amount.

Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Segraves. The motion passed, 4-0.

Tankersley recommended approving the 2018-19 Extra Pay/Stipend. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Segraves. The motion carried, 4-0.

The Board adjourned to executive session at 7:24 p.m. and returned to open session at 8:08 p.m.

Tankerlsey recommended approving the letter of resignation of Nathan Mayo, Bus Mechanic/Transportation Director effective July 18, 2018. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by McDonald. The motion passed, 4-0.

Tankersley recommended hiring Hall as Transportation Director. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by. The motion carried, 4-0.

Tankerlsey reported the current enrollment is 526 – elementary has 278 students and high school has 248 students.

Tankerlsey recommended approving the minutes of June 19, 2018, June 28, 2018 and July 10, 2018. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Segraves. The motion passed, 4-0.

Tankersley presented the June and July financial reports. After discussion, Gauldin made a motion to approve the June and July financial reports as presented. Segraves seconded the motion. The motion carried, 4-0.

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