BIC board tours learning center

Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Lynn Smith gives the board of directors a tour of the Distance Learning Center in the BIC High School, equipped to use offsite instructor to teach classes. Students are currently being taught Spanish 1 and 2 at the center. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)

The Buffalo Island Central board of directors toured the new distance learning center at the high school, before meeting to hire personnel to staff the Step-Up and Migrant/Lep programs and electing new board officers at the board meeting Monday night, Nov. 14.

BIC Superintendent George Edd Holland recommended personnel necessary to staff the Step-UP and Migrant programs and include: West campus - Karalee Gibson, Karen McClelland, Regina Welch, Lynda Taylor, and Phyllis Moxley (migrant); East campus - Debbie King, Faith Rolland, Terrie Selby, Lisa Turner, and Dante Rodriquez (migrant). Rodriquez has also been hired as Migrant/LEP aide on the East Campus, effective in retrospect of Sept. 26. The board approved the recommendation.

New board of directors officers for 2005-2006 include: John Field, president; Nathan Sanders, vice president, and Gordon Miller, secretary.

In other business:

*Business Trip Accidental Death and Dismemberment Policy with ASBN was renewed. The policy covers all school employees while participating in school business.

*Minority Recruitment Plan was approved for the school district, effective Sept. 1, 2005.

*Holland recommended the board attend the Annual Boards Association Conference in 2006. Board in-service training was also discussed, as required by Act 1775 or 2005. Holland agreed to investigate alternatives to earning the required training.

*Six student transfers were approved, which included Amber Hill, 16, to Riverside, Tyson Finch, 5, to BIC from Riverside, Cayla Pullen, 11, to Manila, Bridgett Yancy, 13, to Manila, and Christian, 5, and Adrian Baker, 7, to Riverside.

*Bids were reviewed for a 24x40 foot metal storage building for the East campus. Bids were solicited for the "turn-key" jobs. The following were received and reviewed: National Barn Company, Fort Gibson, Okla., $3,910 (does not include concrete); Rob Bilt, Tahlequah, Okla., $7,400 (does not include concrete); and Square Post Buildings, Walnut Ridge, $10,540 (turn-key and includes all work, concrete, etc.). The board voted to accept the bid from Square Post.

*The board approved the additions and upgrade to the East Elementary playground, and expressed their appreciation to the City of Leachville for their time and assistance in completing the work on the playground.

*The board went into executive session for 35 minutes to discuss disciplining a school employee. After reconvening, no action was taken.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be at 7 p.m. December 12, in the library of the junior high school in Leachville.

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