By NAN SNIDER Town Crier News Staff

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

The Buffalo Island Central School Board met on Monday evening, October 11, in the office of Superintendent George Edd Holland. Personnel were chosen to fill six positions and included: Bug Club, East Elementary, Terry Selby, Faith Rolland, Lisa Turner, and Migrant Bug, Debbie King; Bug Club, West Elementary, Lynda Taylor, Regina Welch, Karen McClelland, and Migrant Bug Club, Phyllis Moxley; Custodian West gymnasium, Jill Gadberry Hurt; concession West Gymnasium, Kelly Russell;

Supervisor of remediation labs on both the junior and senior high campuses, Dana Poe (with date of hiring to be determined when labs are ready); and Special Education aide, Gena Misner.

The old bus shed was sold to Charlie Givens for $3,750 and removed from the campus on Oct. 8. Terry Edwards unhooked the electricity from the structure before removal. Bob Blankenship of Monette completed repair to the BIC school bus, following a recent accident.

The directors voted to renew the districts Accidental Death and Dismemberment Policy with the ASBA, which provides coverage for all school employees while on trips, assignments or at the direction of the districtto further the business of the district. ASBA Workers Compensation Trust was also renewed. Approval of student transfers included: Amber Hill, 15, from BIC to Riverside, and Brandon Hicks, 13, from BIC to Manila (this student has

always attended Manila School). The directors reviewed the five bids for trenching and cabling to make necessary connections from the high school to the west gymnasium. They included: RGB Contractors of Jonesboro, $6,350 (no cable or pulling wiring); Southgate Alarms of Pocahontas, $9,500; NCA Communications of Jonesboro, $9,462.92; Centurytel, $7,413 (no ends, connections or cable); and Millennium 3 Inc. of Jonesboro, $8,779. Millennium 3 Inc. met the trenching, cabling and connection requirements and were awarded the bid.

The board discussed asphalting the old part of the gymnasium. No decision was made.

After a brief discussion concerning the height of the individual statistics board in the new gymnasium, the board asked Holland to secure bids to raise the board higher.

A lengthy discussion was held concerning usage and control of the west gymnasium. General topics were discussed and decisions were made. An employee monitor will be used to oversee the walking track, on the second level of the new gymnasium, and have the track available to the public on Wednesday and Sunday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. Only BIC trophies and other items will be displayed. Existing District, Regional recognition boards will be reduced to a composite size and displayed on a viewing rack.

A decision concerning State Championship boards will be made at the November meeting. Reunions and all other activities will be scheduled through the administration. Elementary basketball games and practices will continue under the same guidelines as the 2003-04 school year.

Superintendent Holland referred to the March 10, 2003, which outlined a decision for conducting elementary athletic programs.

The minutes stated:

1. Licensed officials will be provided each game; 2. East and West Elementary teams will be combined; 3. Gym usage will be

alternated to the extent possible; 4. No more than one game per team per day will be played except during tournaments; 5. Additional quarters are encouraged after the regular game, to allow all players to participate; 6. Coach Kinard will have supervision of the Elementary Girls

Program and Coach Taylor will have supervision of the elementary boys program, including practice and game schedule approval, coaching assignments, etc. subject to approval of the elementary principals. "I don't care which elementary team plays but that both gyms be used," director Allen Dewitt said. "Both gyms have got to be open for practice and games to elementary

kids," director Dale Wells said. "The coaches need to understand what their jobs involve," director Nathan Sanders said.

"The coaches need to be involved in the overall sports program," Holland replied. "Last year they decided that the girls would practice and play in Monette, and the boys get Monette next year," director Gordon Miller said. "They agreed to alternate each year." "The new gym belongs to all of the district," director Bill Misner said. "All former policies that applied to old gym now apply to the new one," director Terry Edwards said. "It worked last year, and it will work again," Holland said. New 2004-05 school board officers were elected, which included: President, Darrin McFall; Vice-President, John Field; and Secretary, Nathan Sanders.

The board voted to solicit bids for the school banking services, and authorized Holland to secure the bids in order to review them at the next board meeting.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in the junior high school library on the Leachville campus.

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