Town Crier News Staff
Following a two hour executive session, Manila School Board members acted on several personnel matters during the Thursday meeting.
The board voted unanimously to hire James Ortiz as assistant football coach and math teacher. Stacey Shelton, elementary teacher, will assume the elementary library position, and Bertha Brooks was hired as custodian.
The board accepted the resignations of Rodney Cooper as full time bus driver; Vicki Hamilton as custodian; and Shelby Kincade as elementary teacher.
Board also voted unanimously to increase hours for Kathy Rountree, cafeteria worker, from part-time to full time.
The board voted unanimously to renew classified contracts as submitted by Superintendent Pam Castor.
Superintendent Castor requested approval to pay for background checks for all classified personnel.
Castor explained new legislation requirements include all classified personnel, including part-time and substitute teachers, undergo background checks. The cost is $44 per person.
The board unanimously approved the payments.
Castor informed the board the State will begin approving the second round of partnership funds for construction in May. Under the state partnership program, the state pays a percentage of construction and the local district is responsible for the remaining costs.
"If we are approved for a new elementary building project we will have to look at our options," Castor said.
She said Scott Beardsley with First Security Beardsley Public Finance will be present at next month's meting to discuss several funding options.
She said Manila district has one of the lowest millage rates in the state.
"We could raise our millage and still be under the state average," Castor said.
She also reported sight work had begun on the new junior high building.
The board voted to adopt a three year rotation plan for school pictures, starting with The Image Gallery.
The board reviewed two proposals, one from The Image Gallery and one from Shooting Star.
"When we have local vendors, we want to be fair among all qualified people," Castor said.
Castor also said Jennifer Jackson, owner Jackson Photography, did not submit a proposal for the coming year but expressed an interest to do so in the future.