Tankersley named interim superintendent at Foreman

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Updated: June 8, 2018

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The Foreman School Board held its monthly meeting on May 22, in the Oscar Hamilton Elementary Library.

Following an opening prayer, Foreman High School Principal John Hall made his report to the Board. Hall stated that graduation went well and that plans are being made to move graduation back to the football field next year. Hall reported that he had started a paint and maintenance list for summer work. He added that 911 signs for the football field and the girls’ locker room had been ordered. Hall reported that preparing the master schedule had begun with several new CTE and concurrent credit options:

– Industrial Maintenance – UA Cossatot

– Pharmacy Technology – Foreman High School

– Foundations of Healthcare – Foreman High School

– Anatomy & Physiology – Concurrent – Foreman High School, through Southern Arkansas University.

Students can receive a certification – medical professionals – CTE certificate.

Oscar Hamilton Elementary Principal Pat Tankersley reported that a summer workers meeting was held earlier that day and that Kindercamp went well.

Superintendent George Kennedy informed the Board that the District will start using APSRC for its website for the upcoming school year. He also stated that the water has been turned on at the football field and that the construction at the girls’ locker room was on target.

Under New Business, Kennedy presented the school choice applications for the 2018-19 school year. Motion was made by Wayne Frye to approve the school choice applications as presented. Will Segraves seconded the motion. The motion passed, 3-0.

Kennedy presented and recommended approving the ASBA model policy updates for the 2018-19 school year. After discussion, Segraves made a motion to approve the policies as presented. Frye seconded the motion and the motion carried, 3-0.

Kennedy presented district personnel policy 3.10A, Licensed Personnel Professional Development Opportunities. After discussion, Frye made a motion to approve the policy as presented. Segraves seconded the motion and the motion passed, 3-0.

Kennedy recommended approving the Title VI/B Statement of Intent and Assurance forms for the 2018-19 school year. Motion was made by Segraves and seconded by Frye. The motion passed, 3- 0.

The Board adjourned to executive session at 6:33 p.m. to discuss hiring a coach/history teacher and special education paraprofessional.

The Board returned to open session at 6:45 p.m.

Kennedy recommended hiring Glenn Welch as history teacher at the high school and coach two sports for the 2018-19 school year. Motion was made by Segraves and seconded by Frye. The motion passed, 3-0.

Kennedy recommended hiring Ashley Pratt as special education paraprofessional for the 2018-19 school year. Motion was made by Frye and seconded by Segraves. The motion carried, 3-0.

Kennedy reported the current enrollment is 512 – elementary has 270 students and high school has 242 students.

Kennedy recommended approving the minutes of April 17, 2018, amended minutes of April 25, 2018 and May 9, 2018. Motion was made by Frye and seconded by Segraves. The motion passed, 3-0.

Kennedy presented the April financial reports. After discussion, Segraves made a motion to approve the financial reports as presented by the superintendent. Frye seconded the motion. The motion carried, 3-0.

Board President Shane Mears asked for a motion to excuse Kennedy from performing further duties, except to serve as a resource to the interim superintendent at her request. Kennedy will receive pay through the end of his contract of June 30, 2018. Kennedy may continue to use electronic devices through the end of his contract or at any point of leaving the district. A motion was made by Segraves and seconded by Frye. The motion passed, 3-0.

Mears asked for a motion to appoint Tankerlsey as interim superintendent effective immediately until June 30, 2018. Tankersley will have the authority to ask Kennedy to assist as needed for school related issues. Motion was made by Frye and seconded by Segraves. The motion carried, 3-0.

Mears asked for a motion to appoint Pamela Smiley as interim elementary principal effective immediately through June 30, 2018. Motion was made by Segraves and seconded by Frye. The motion passed, 3-0.

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