Foreman School Board holds June meeting

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Updated: July 6, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

The Foreman School Board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the Oscar Hamilton Elementary Library.

Following an opening prayer by Board member Chris Gauldin, OHE Interim Principal Pam Smiley presented data from the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards. OHE received several awards for high academic growth. Smiley also reported that Foreman School District is in partnership with Ashdown Community Foundation/Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library because of the generous donation from Ash Grove Cement Foundation in the amount of $5,000 for children in the Foreman and Winthrop areas. Smiley also presented a video filmed by AETN of the Arkansas Community Foundation Attendance Grant that featured students and staff from Oscar Hamilton Elementary.

In the Superintendent’s Report, Interim Superintendent Pat Tankersley presented the related vendor notification letter and contract disclosure form. The vendor notification letter states that any board member or employee of the Foreman School District, who has financial interest in a business that provides services and receives payment with the district, must disclose this information.

Tankersley informed the board of roof repairs done by AAA Construction on the Fine Arts Building and the High School Gym.

Tankersley also updated the board on expenditures at the football field and technology issues. She also informed the Board that future information will be provided to the board in the areas of bus maintenance, transportation, and school vehicles. She said she is in the process of researching solutions to these issues before presenting them to the Board.

Under New Business, Tankersley recommended removing outgoing Superintendent George Kennedy as an authorized signer for the Region’s credit card. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Will Segraves. The motion passed, 4-0.

Tankersley recommended adding herself as an authorized signer for the Region’s credit card. Gauldin made a motion, Segraves seconded and the motion carried, 4-0.

Tankersley presented information from the Arkansas School Recognition Program. OHE was awarded $24,801.84 for being in the top five percent growth in the state on the ACT Aspire. As part of the incentive award, a committee that included the principal, two teachers, and a parent convened to determine how to spend the award money. The committee chose to present $500 to each of the 27 instructional staff at OHE, and $200 to each of the nine non-instructional staff. The remaining money will go towards Chromebooks for K-2. The committee followed guidelines presented by the Arkansas Department of Education which allows the awarded money to be expended. Segraves made a motion, Gauldin seconded and the motion passed, 4-0.

Tankersley presented an update on the girls’ athletic facility. She informed the Board that the original contract amount was $236,740; however, there have been change orders in the amount of $27,715.24. Tankersley recommended approving a resolution to move $123,958.49 from the athletic building fund to the general building fund to complete payments for the facility. Board President Shane Mears read the resolution; “Whereas, the Foreman School Board of Directors met in a regular, and properly called meeting on June 19, 2018, in the Oscar Hamilton Elementary Library, whereas five members were present, a quorum was declared by the chair, now therefore, this board herby authorizes the Superintendent of Foreman School District to transfer $123,958.49 to the Athletic Facility Building Fund from the General Building Fund.”

A motion was made by Segraves and seconded by Wayne Frye. The motion carried, 5-0.

Tankersley also informed the Board that there will be a final walk through of the facility later that week and the Board was invited to attend.

Tankersley presented the updated Classified Salary Schedule for the 2018-19 school year, due to the new state requirements for classified minimum wage index, per Commissioner’s Memo FIN-18-044 The following positions were affected by this increase: 247 day custodian, 190 day custodian, 185 day aide, 185 day classroom manager, and seven hour, six hour and four hour 185 day cafeteria workers. Frye made a motion, Gauldin seconded and the motion passed, 5-0.

Foreman High School Principal John Hall presented the high school handbooks for the 2018-19 school year. After discussion, the Board tabled the approvals for a later date.

Smiley presented the elementary handbooks for the 2018-19 school year. After discussion, the Board tabled the approvals for a later date.

The floor was then open for reorganization of the Board and election of officers. Board member Sandy McDonald nominated Mears as President. Motion was made by McDonald and seconded by Segraves. The motion carried 4-1 with Mears abstained from voting.

Mears nominated Segraves as Vice President. Motion was made by Mears and seconded by Frye. The motion passed, 5-0.

Gauldin nominated Frye as Secretary. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Segraves. The motion carried, 5-0.

Tankersley recommended increasing the cafeteria lunch prices by 10 cents. The current price is $2.30, and this would make lunch prices $2.40 for the 2018-19 school year. Gauldin made a motion, Segraves seconded and the motion passed, 5-0.

Tankersley presented expenditures and revenue information for the Foreman paid tuition
preschool. The Board asked Tankersley to advertise a pre-registration for the upcoming school
year. The Board tabled the discussion for a later date.

Tankersley recommended the approval to solicit bids for bread, milk and grocery products for the
2018-19 school year.  Segraves made a motion, Gauldin seconded the motion and the motion carried, 5-0.

Tankerlsey recommended renewing coverage of vehicles/buildings/contents through ASBA for the 2018-19 school year. Frye made a motion, Segraves seconded and the motion passed, 5-0.

Tankersley presented a student board transfer from Foreman School District to Ashdown School
District. After discussion, Frye made a motion to deny the student transfer request. Segraves
seconded the motion. The motion carried, 4-1. Gauldin abstained from voting.

The Board adjourned to executive session at 8:42 p.m. for the discussion of a letter of resignation. The Board returned to open session at 9:13 p.m.

Tankersley recommended accepting the letter of resignation of Laken Taylor, preschool classroom manager. Gauldin made a motion, Segraves seconded and the motion passed, 5-0.

Tankersley reported the current enrollment is 511 – elementary has 270 students and high school
has 241 students. Two state cycle reports had to be re-submitted, therefore, the second and third
quarter averages changed. The second quarter average is 500.48 and the third quarter average is
503.80. The fourth quarter average is 505.80.

Tankersley recommended approving the minutes of May 22, 2018. Frye made a motion, Segraves seconded and the motion carried, 5-0.

Tankersley presented the May financial reports. After discussion, Gauldin made a motion to
approve the May financial reports as presented by the Superintendent. Frye seconded the motion. The motion passed, 5-0.

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