Buffalo Island Central School board met Monday, April 14, accepting resignations, renewing contracts, staffing summer school, and transferring mills.
School board members voted unanimously to hire personnel to staff summer school. Summer school staff on the west campus will be Kima Stewart, supervisor; Karen McClelland and Regina Welch, summer school; Terri Cobb and Phillis Moxley, migrant summer school; and Lynda Taylor, migrant summer pre-school.
On The east campus, Mari Hayden will service as supervisor with Faith Rolland and Teri Selby, summer school; Debbie King and Janie Ibanez, migrant summer school, and Johnnye Wallace, migrant summer pre-school.
The CPEP staff will be Lynn Smith, supervisor; Rickey Copeland, Brenda Holt and Coty Cornish, instructors.
Resignations accepted included JoAnn Boyd, junior high business; Kathy Montgomery, home economics; Terri Tyner, math; Winnie Spikes, aide (west elementary); and Tara Kinard, junior high aide.
Scott Beardsley, of Raney and Beardsley, Inc., fiscal agent for the district, discussed with the board their options in meeting the 25 M/O (maintenance and operation) mill that will be required by Arkansas School Districts.
Board member Gordon Miller moved to place on the September ballot: (1) request to transfer 2.0 dedicated M/O mills to M/O; (2) request to transfer 2.4 debt service mills to M/O; (3) request 2.0 new M/O mills (4) issue a $3,500,000 advance refunding bond issue. Total millage will be 33.0 mills.
The alternative to this option if it does not pass is to allow the Quorum Court to assign 4.4 M/O mills -- 6.4 M/O mills to the BIC District for a total of 35.4 -- 37.4 mills.
On the recommendation of the Personnel Policy Committee, the board voted unanimously to adopt three proposals:
1. Elementary student attendance policy -- maximum absences from 21 to 14 (seven absences per semester).
2. Policy concerning scoliosis screening to be added to the handbook.
3. Student Immunization Policy to be added to the handbook.
Board member Dale Wells moved to adopt policy changes to comply with the Standards Assurance visit report and the motion carried unanimously.
All contracts for certified and classified personnel were approved unanimously.
Board approved the transfer of two students from Manila to BIC District (who are currently attending BIC), and one student from Nettleton District to BIC.
The board agreed to lease the school farm ground in Mississippi County to Wildy Farms (David Wildy) for a period of 10 years at one fourth of all crops produced.