New teachers hired at BIC

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The Buffalo Island Central board of directors met on Monday evening, June 13, and adopted a new drug testing program, accepted resignations, hired new personnel and discussed potential relocation of grade levels.

Wes Henry, with National Med Test, addressed the board concerning random drug testing for all school employees. Henry described the various testing programs available and answered questions from board members. Following the discussion the board voted to adopt the Comprehensive Program. A detailed policy will be presented for approval at the July meeting.

The board accepted resignations from Holly Swihart, resource instructor, Phillip Swindle, junior high counselor and math teacher, and Lana Sue Taylor, junior high custodian.

New personnel hired by the board included Cindy Lancaster, West cafeteria; Amber Crabtree, elementary art; Stacey Qualls, elementary music; Patricia McFarlin, East Elementary third grade, and Doris Carmichael, junior high custodian.

The board authorized Superintendent George Edd Holland to fill other vacancies as needed. Discussion was also given to possible reassignment of Title One teacher's aides or feasibility of using certified teachers in place of Title One aides.

Personnel policy recommendations included: no change in Intra-District Transportation Policy; statement to be added to Bullying Policy, stating that persons that file a complaint will not be subject to retaliation or reprisal in any form; no action taken to increase number of days paid for unused sick leave from 90 to 120 days; no action taken to change number of personal days taken; and adoption of Instructional Materials Selection Policy.

One transfer included Heather Williams, from East Elementary third grade to West Elementary third grade. The elementary music and elementary art positions may be part-time, as needed to meet standards.

Several projects were discussed in terms of expense, needs and priority, with the board choosing to discuss projects and establish priorities at the July meeting. Among the projects discussed were a bus shop, administrative office, need for more space on West campus if ninth grade is moved to the high school. The board discussed moving the two sixth grade classes from their prospective elementary buildings to the junior high campus. Pre-K classes will then be located in each elementary, if space permits.

Asphalt and chat work and parking lot improvements to east of new gymnasium was also discussed with no decisions finalized.

Transfers were approved for Daniel Carpenter, 17, to Manila, and Trish Null, 8, to Riverside.

The board commended Bobby Shirley for assuming bus driving responsibilities for Earl Read, for the remainder of the 2004-05 school year, and approved the payment of $2,500 in compensation for his services.

Directors approved an agreement with the Office of Emergency Management stating that the BIC District wishes to complete storm shelters during the next five years. This action makes the district a part of the County Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan.

The board acknowledged receipt of an automated external defibrillator, from the Cardiology Associates Foundation, as a result of a proposal submitted by Kima Stewart, BIC West Elementary principal.

The board adopted the proposed budget of expenditures for 2006-2007, as presented.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is set for 7 p.m. July 11 in the junior high school library.

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