Additions to the bus garage among discussion at Manila school board meeting

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Riverside school board met in regular session, Monday, May 1, in the home economics room on the Caraway campus.

School Superintendent Larry Nowlin recommended the purchase of an air jack for use in the bus shop.

"The 10 ton jack would be a good safety measure, as presently we are using a floor jack to lift the busses up for maintenance," Nowlin said. "The new jack would keep the bus in place and prevent tipping or movement. It locks in place."

The board authorized Nowlin to shop for a new air jack, with price not to exceed $3,400.

Polly Owens reported on the Local Wellness Program progress through No Child Left Behind. She reviewed the six modules to the required health index, dealing with lunch and breakfast criteria, as well as goals for health and nutrition.

She reviewed issues pertaining to school injuries, physical activities, overweight and obese students, diet and exercise, tobacco use, and asthma in school.

"Goals for nutrition education is important," Owens said. "We will review the school environment, physical activity standards, prohibiting or limiting use of vending machines, preparing balanced meals, the local wellness policy and community involvement. We are presently meeting all our requirements."

The state required report will be submitted at the end of the week.

"Are we going to have to look at having eight school periods in order to get all of these credits in a day?" Mike Hook, board president asked.

"Yes, most likely," Nowlin said. "We are looking at this and have talked about it for some time. This is another one of those unfunded mandates."

The board accepted resignations from Mary Caldwell, elementary counselor, and Dorothy Sims, retiring custodian.

The board moved to give Superintendent Nowlin permission to hire a qualified person to fill the counselor's position.

The board approved the new school calendar for the 2006-2007 school year.

After a short executive session, the board reconvened to add $1,000 to base certified personnel salaries, retroactive of May 2006, for the 2005-2006 school year and $1,000 addition to the contracts for the 2006-2007 school year. A four percent increase was voted for classified employees.

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