Foreman School Board tackles lengthy agenda

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Updated: October 26, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

The Foreman School Board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Oscar Hamilton Elementary Library.

Pam Smiley and Kristie Smith presented Gator Success certificates to Maggie McDonald, a sixth grade student, Abby Jamison, a fifth grade student and Kane Davis, a fourth grade student, for their outstanding achievements in the reading counts program. The reading counts program is a program to increase reading for first through sixth grade. These three students were the highest readers for the first nine weeks.

John Hall presented a Gator Success certificate to Blane Butler, a senior at Foreman High School. Butler is the drum major who has recently scored very high in two competitions.

Under Principal Reports, Oscar Hamilton Elementary Principal Pam Smiley reported:

– Early out for Professional Development will be Wednesday, October 17, 2018. We will be working with our ClassWorks representative on how to better utilize our blended learning platform that provides individualized learning paths for our students based on their needs as assessed by interim testing.

– We have purchased a new intervention reading program for our dyslexic students and English Language Learners.  It is a researched based program that will help our students reach greater academic success in the area of reading.

– The Foreman Fire Department visited our students on October 12 to discuss fire safety and prevention.

– We will have our Scholastic Book Fair Week October 22 through October 26.

– Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on October 23 from 3:30-6 p.m.

– Our Kindergarten classes will be participating at the Pumpkin Patch hosted by the City of Foreman on October 24.

– The Fall Festival will be October 27. The PTO has partnered with the Jr. Class to help set up, work, and clean up. The Fall Festival will be held in the OHE Gym from 6-8 p.m. Teachers, students, and the PTO have been working hard to make it another success.

– We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 29 through November 2. Mrs. Hadaway has planned great activities and lessons for our kids during this week.

– OHE will be participating in POP TAB Pandemonium this year with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas.

Foreman High School Principal John Hall reported the following items:

– We hosted DeAnn Vaught for the “Bring your Legislator to School Day.” She was in the library with Coach Blanton’s Government class. The student council prepared and asked questions pertaining to state government.  It was very informational and the students really enjoyed it.

– We had a blood drive that yielded 35 units of blood.

– We have given several tests. The juniors took the ASVAB and the sophomores took the PSAT.

– State Fair is in full swing. We have Mr. Stone and several students that are showing livestock, and all have placed.

– Football keeps on rolling and the band has started their competitions. Both are doing exceptionally well.

– We have started planning field trips. Mrs. Gauldin and I started these field trips last year where we try to take every grade on some kind of educational field trip to such places as Central High in Little Rock, the JFK museum in Dallas, Old Washington, and the Old State House.

– We are wrapping up the first nine weeks and preparing for parent/teacher conferences next Tuesday, October 23.

– We will have an early out on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, for Professional Development. We are also implementing AMI (Alternate Method of Instruction). This method allows a public school or charter school to develop a plan of alternate methods of instruction to be used on days when the superintendent closes school due to exceptional or emergency circumstances. Our district was granted five (5) AMI days for the 2018-19 school year. Each student will have a folder of instructional material sent home if an AMI day is used.

Under Superintendent’s Report, Superintendent Pat Tankersley reported:

– School dismissed early on Tuesday, due to a major water leak at the Junior High building. The leak is in the vicinity of the north entrance of the building. Mr. Ponder with DMEC stated he could possibly help with the deductible. The classrooms affected by the water were the two ABC Preschool classrooms. The main water line has not been located. We had several companies working on this issue. School will be in session on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Preschool will resume on Thursday, October 18. Half of the building will be used.

– Our free/reduced lunch count fell below 70% on October 1. The Wellness Committee met last week, and discussed possible ways we could get free and reduced lunch applications turned in.

– The fire alarm system was not installed at the girls’ softball facility, it was not included in the construction. We will need to submit the architectural drawings, health inspection and fire alarm system, when installed, to the state, for final approval. The sinks will also need to be installed before approval.

– Presented some upcoming Board trainings.

– Asked the Board to move the November Board meeting to either the 13 or the 27, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The Board chose to move the meeting to November 13, 2018. Tankersley also stated K-12 Culinary will be present at the November 13 meeting.

– We had a trailer stolen; a police report has been filed. Tankersley stated there will be a system put in place to check out the trailers in the future, it will be the same process as requesting a school vehicle. The Board stated they would like the materials purchased and the Agri class build a new trailer as a class project.

Under New Business, Tankersley recommended approving the Wellness Policy. Motion was made by Chris Gauldin and seconded by Will Segraves. The motion passed, 4-0.

Tankersley recommended approving the Business Trip Accidental Death and Dismemberment Coverage. Motion was made by Segraves and seconded by Sandy McDonald. The motion carried, 4-0.

Tankersley recommended approving the Statement of Assurances for the 2018-19 school year. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Segraves. The motion passed, 4-0.

Tankersley presented a contract disclosure form to authorize Jake Smith to conduct CPR services for our medical professions class at a rate of $36 per student. Smith is the son-in-law to Lisa Carver, a teacher at Foreman High School. Gauldin stated in the future, to contact Ash Grove Cement Plant Company and speak to the safety supervisor to see if our students can be CPR trained through Ash Grove. Board President Shane Mears entertained a motion to approve the contract disclosure form to authorize Smith to conduct CPR services for Foreman School District. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Segraves. The motion carried, 4-0.

Tankersley presented proposals of trucks from local dealerships. Tankersley stated Bradley Payne, is going to try and repair the old Agri truck. Tankersley recommended purchasing a 2016 Dodge Ram Truck from Classic Chevrolet in the amount of $35,510 and finance through Horatio State Bank. Motion was made by Segraves and seconded by Gauldin. The motion passed, 4-0.

Tankersley presented the audit findings for fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. Tankersley discussed each finding and explained the difference in supplemental, audit and formal findings. After discussion, a motion was made by Gauldin to approve the audit findings for fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. Segraves seconded the motion. The motion carried, 5-0.

The Board adjourned to executive session at 7:13 p.m. for the discussion of resignation letters.

The Board returned to open session at 8:06 p.m.

Tankersley recommended accepting the letter of resignation of Christine Adams, bus driver. Motion was made by Segraves and seconded by McDonald. The motion passed, 5-0.

Tankersley recommended accepting the letter of resignation of Cody Peacock, Technology Coordinator. Motion was made by Frye and seconded by McDonald. The motion carried, 5-0.

Tankersley recommended hiring JoAnna Keeney on a temporary basis, 225 day pay, until the full-time technology coordinator position is filled. Motion was made by Frye and seconded by McDonald. The motion passed, 5-0.

Tankersley reported the current enrollment is 529, elementary has 280 students and high school has 249 students.

Tankersley recommended approving the minutes of September 17, 2018, regular meeting of September 18, 2018, Annual Title I Update and Annual Report to the Public of September 18, 2018. Motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Frye. The motion carried, 5-0.

Tankersley presented the September financial reports. After discussion, Gauldin made a motion to approve the financial reports as presented by the superintendent. McDonald seconded the motion. The motion passed, 5-0.

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