Riverside board OKs new high school site

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A large crowd was in attendance at the Riverside School Board meeting Monday evening, April 3, in the high school library in Lake City. The meeting was short and without incident as decisions were made regarding future plans for the district and building construction sites.

Riverside High School Principal Tommy Knight presented the 2005-2006 Technology Plan to the directors. It included district demographics, vision, mission statement, technology assessment, needs assessment, goals, objectives, strategies, policy and procedures, technology infrastructure, staff development, budget, planned implementation, plan evaluation and statement of assurance.

"We are required to submit a user plan every three years, in order to meet federal guidelines," Knight said. "Please take this home and look at it."

The board voted to approve the technology plan as presented.

The directors went into executive session to discuss rehiring classified employees.

After a short executive session Superintendent Larry Nowlin recommended the board rehire all classified employees, except the three retiring. Thet are Charlene McAffe, Eula Cobb, and Debbie Simpson. The board approved the recommendation. The board also approved Barbara Wallace to fill the position left by Mrs. Simpson.

Nowlin reviewed future facility plans for Riverside School District and gave board members copies of the proposed Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the overall master three year plan.

"This is the emphasis that has created such a stir," Nowlin said. "The first 90 entries deal with maintenance, renovation and repair. In Phase 1 my recommendation is that we combine junior and senior high schools on one site. Phase 2 is to build a new elementary building on the east campus. Phase 3 is that we make addition for future growth on the west campus."

Board member Lynn B. Nall moved that the district follow through with the recommendations by building a new Riverside junior and senior high school on the Lake City campus and construct a new elementary building at East Elementary, contingent on state approval and millage increase.

"You know we would lose about 30 or 40 kids if this passes," said director Mike Brickell.

The directors voted 3-2 to pass the motion. Board members Nall, Donna Qualls, and Mike Hook voted for the motion, and Brickell and Kenny Weathers voted against it. The motion passed.

Following the vote the meeting was adjourned and the board members left the room, as Nowlin remained seated and concluded meeting notes.

Many visitors stayed on for a short time to talk among themselves.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be on May 8, on the Caraway campus.

In other business:

*Board approved the transfer of Michael Anderson, 5, from Riverside to Jonesboro, as both parents work in Jonesboro.

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