Ashdown School Board monthly meeting

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The Ashdown School Board held its monthly May meeting on Monday, May 13, at the administration building on Rankin Street.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance and a word of prayer, Vickie Williamson, with Intermodal Strategic Outreach Planning updated the board on community projects.

Next on the agenda was Panther Pride awards. Ashdown Elementary Principal Teresa Wake updated the board on the Steam program. L.F. Henderson Intermediate Principal Keith Fricks recognized students in Reading projects. Ashdown Junior High Principal James Jones and Ashdown High School Principal Kay York recognized students in School Shooting Sport.

Under Old Business, Superintendent Casey Nichols made a recommendation to approve the minutes for April 8, 11 and 3. Raymond Larson made a motion to approve the minutes. Glenda Smedley seconded and the motion carried.

Under New Business, Nichols made a recommendation to approve the recent Student Handbook changes for the 2019-20 school year. Michael Turner made a motion to accept the changes. Smedley seconded and the motion passed.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve the sole bid from K-12 Culinary Connections for Food Service Management Company for $54,000 for 2019-20 school year. Ricky Ward made a motion to approve the recommendation. Latson seconded and the motion carried.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve C. R. Crawford’s Guaranteed Maximum Price of $980,161 for the junior high renovation. Ward made a motion to accept the recommendation. Latson seconded and the motion passed.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve Arkansas Student Resources, LLC Health Special Risk, Inc. as student insurance provider for the 2019-21, as presented, two-year agreement. Ward made a motion to approve the recommendation. Smedley seconded and the motion carried.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve the Physical Therapy Provider contract with Little River Memorial Hospital for 2019-20 school year as presented. Turner made a motion to approve the recommendation. Latson seconded and the motion passed.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve the Occupational Therapy Provider contract with Tina Dobbs for the 2019-20 school year as presented. Turner made a motion to approve the recommendation. Latson seconded and the motion carried.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve the Special Education Statement of Assurances for 2019-20 school year. Turner made a motion to approve the recommendation. Latson seconded and the motion passed.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve the School Choice applications as presented for the 2019-20 school year. Smedley made a motion to approve the recommendation. Ward seconded and the motion carried.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve 2019 Summer Hours as presented. Latson made a motion to approve the recommendation. Smedley seconded and the motion passed.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve the financial reports as presented. Turner made a motion to approve the recommendation. Bowman seconded and the motion carried.

The board went into executive session at 6:49 p.m. and returned to open session at 7:38 p.m.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve the following resignations and changes: Diana McLane, resignation effective May 25, 2019; Noel Keith Chambers, resignation retro effective to 4-18-19; Donna Gabbard, resignation effective at the end of the 18-19 contract; and Georgelyn Miller resignation from 205-day secretary responsibilities only at the end of the 18-19 contract to ISS Classroom Manager 185-day contract for the 19-20 school year. Latson made a motion to approve the recommendations. Turner seconded and the motion passed.

Nichols made a recommendation to accept the retirement for Sandra Camp at the completion of the 18-19 school year. Latson made a motion to accept the recommendation. Bowman seconded and the motion carried.

Nichols made a recommendation to hire the following Tia Farmer as 3rd grade teacher for the 2019-20 school year; Lucinda Woolsley as elementary music teacher for the 2019-20 school year, and Kaitlyn Burrow as self contained special education teacher for the 2019-20 school year. Turner made a motion to approve the recommendation. Latson seconded and the motion passed.

Nichols made a recommendation to approve the following transfers and changes: Joni Pennington from current position to EAST at AJHS; Rachel Pounds from AJHS EAST to 7th grade social studies; Cassandra Welch from current position to L. F. Henderson Resource Teacher; Tammi Phillips from L. F. Henderson SpEd Teacher to Junior High School SpEd Teacher; Sandy McElroy from L. F. Henderson SpEd Teacher to SpEd Teacher Case Manager at the Administration Office; Patty Hanks from High School Food Service to Ashdown Elementary Food Service; and Shirley Lansdell from L. F. Henderson Food Service to Ashdown Junior High Food Service. Latson made a motion to approve the transfers. Turner seconded and the motion carried.

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