Manila school board approves raises

Friday, November 24, 2006

Town Crier News Staff

Manila school board members worked through a short agenda on Thursday approving certified and classified staff raises and accepting a student transfer request.

The Board voted unanimously to accept the salary proposal increase of $1,175 to the base pay for all certified employees.

Manila Superintendent Pam Castor told the board the district's Personnel Policy Committee had reviewed the salary proposals and voted for the proposal.

Castor then recommended to the board a 50 cent an hour pay increase for classified employees with increments for employees with five years or less not at the top of the pay scale. Board members voted 6-0 for the increase.

Board members present included Tony Crowell, president; Jackie Hill, vice president; Donald Master, secretary; Steve Metheny, Scott Misner, and Justin Veach. Johnny McCain was not present.

The board voted unanimously to accept a request for a student transfer from Buffalo Island Central to Manila.

The board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters. When returning to open session, the board approved the use of bus monitors daily as needed. Castor then asked the board permission to hire an attorney to represent the school district. There were no objections and the board voted unanimously to allow Castor to hire an attorney.

Castor announced a summit on high school reform scheduled to be held at the Convocation Center at Arkansas State University on Dec. 12.

She also informed board members the Arkansas School Board Association is developing online training classes for school board members and Manila has the option to be one of the pilot districts for the training.

In other announcements Castor said an auction would be held on Saturday at the brown gymnasium. Demolition of the district's old storage building will begin and traffic will be redirected on Monday and Tuesday. There will be no through traffic past the gate and no traffic allowed on the back streets to the gymnasium. She said letters will be sent home with the students informing the parents of the temporary change.

Castor also announced an Arkansas Leadership Association training meeting will be held in Little Rock on Dec. 6.

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