Town Crier News Staff
Manila School Board members voted unanimously to renew Superintendent Pam Castor's contract for two years at the regular meeting held on Thursday. The vote came following an executive session with all board members present.
Members of the Manila School Board are Tony Crowell, president; Jackie Hill, vice president; Donald Master, secretary; Steve Metheny, Scott Misner, Johnny McCain and Justin Veach.
Following the financial review and approval, Castor announced the district had received approval from the Arkansas Department of Facilities and Transportation for the partnership application to construct a new seventh and eighth grade building. She said all plans are up to code and the district will be collaborating with the architects for bid opening dates.
School board members voted 6-1 to participate in the Cooperative Media charge. Board member Hill cast the no vote.
Castor recommended the approval saying the cooperative media program is a valuable tool for participating teachers. All schools are assessed the same amount. The charge is based on attendance. Manila's cost is $1,021 this semester.
Board members unanimously approved the transfer of Jacob Perez from Manila High School to Buffalo Island Central High School.
Board members took a break from the meeting room to tour the recently completed maintenance building.
Board members were pleased with the new building. Board member McCain said it was a long overdue project and he was pleased to see it completed.
During the administrative reports, Castor reminded board members of the meeting through the Leadership Academy scheduled for Monday. The meeting will be held in the Distance Learning Center.
She also told of the meetings scheduled to gather input from the community in creating a vision/mission for the future of Manila Public Schools. Castor will attend a meeting at Arkansas Northeastern College on Friday; surveys will be collected at the Jan. 23 ballgame; interested ministers and youth leaders will meet on Jan. 25 and a public meeting will be held at the Etowah fire station at 6 p.m. Feb. 1. School representatives are also meeting with different organizations in the area gathering information.