Foreman superintendent submits letter of resignation during monthly meeting

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Updated: February 2, 2018

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

Foreman Superintendent George Kennedy submitted his letter of resignation, effective, June 30, 2018, during last week’s Foreman School Board meeting in the library at Oscar Hamilton Elementary.

The meeting began with Athletic Director Mark King informing the board that Russell Athletic Uniforms went out of business. He asked the board to move the rotation of football uniforms to this upcoming school year, so that he could place an order now in order to purchase the uniforms at a discounted rate.

In the Superintendent Report, Kennedy reminded the board that statement of financial interest papers were due by January 30, 2018 at the courthouse. He reminded the board of the upcoming school election. He also asked to change the March meeting date, and the board asked to discuss the date at the February board meeting.

Under New Business, Ray Beardsley with First Security Beardsley Finance presented the Proposed Budget of Expenditures for the July 1, 2019 to and including June 30, 2020. After discussion, Wayne Frye made a motion to adopt the Proposed Budget of Expenditures with Tax Levy for Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2019 to and including June 30, 2020 and to approve all related election documents. Will Segraves seconded the motion and it passed 4-0.

Segraves made a motion to employ First Security Beardsley as Financial Advisor for a period of three (3) years effective as of the date of adoption. Frye seconded the motion and the motion carried 4-0.

Kennedy presented the District 2018 Master Plan. After discussion, Frye made a motion to approve the resolution for the district 2018 Master plan. Chris Gauldin seconded the motion and it passed 4-0.

Kennedy informed the board that four architects had been interviewed to consider drawing plans for the high school project. He recommended using Trull-Hollensworth, Architects.

Kennedy presented a resolution for the board to submit an application to apply for foundation funding for the high school project. After discussion, Gauldin made a motion to approve the resolution. Segraves seconded the motion and the motion carried 4-0.

Kennedy updated the board on the progress of the girls’ athletic facility. He stated they might break ground in the next two weeks.

Kennedy recommended electing coverage under Arkansas School Boards Association Legal Liability Policy for February 1, 2018 through February 1, 2019. A motion was made by Gauldin and seconded by Segraves. The motion passed 4-0.

The board adjourned to executive session at 7:34 p.m., for the discussion of superintendent’s yearly evaluation. Just over an hour later the board returned to open session. It was at that point that Kennedy submitted his letter of resignation. Frye made a motion to accept the letter of resignation. Segraves seconded the motion and the motion carried 4-0.

Kennedy recommended approving the minutes of December 19, 2017. Frye made a motion to approve the minutes. Gauldin seconded the motion and the motion passed 4-0.

Kennedy reported the current enrollment is 509 – elementary has 270 students and high school has 239 students.

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

With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting of the Foreman School Board is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 20.