Manila tackles personnel

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Blytheville Courier News

MANILA -- The Manila School Board addressed a number of personnel matters during its regular meeting Thursday.

After approving its minutes from previous meetings, approving financial statements and adopting the proposed budget for the 2008-09 school year, which is an annual requirement by the state. The board went into executive session to discuss personnel.

Upon returning from the executive session, which lasted just more than an hour, the board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of District staff members Robert Herrera and Russell Stokes. The board then voted to hire Dorothy Penix as custodian, Leroy Douglas as a regular route driver for the 2007-08 school year and Megan Priest as high school English teacher for the 2007-08 school year.

In other business, the board approved the transfer of three students from the Buffalo Island School District into the Manila District and the transfer of one Manila student to the Buffalo Island School District.

The board then approved both the district's stipend list and classified salary schedule as presented. Manila Superintendent Pam Castor then reviewed with the board several model policies that dealt with certified personnel and were approved by the Certified Personnel Policy committee. Most of the policy changes dealt with new legislation passed during this year's legislative session or dealt with clarifications that needed to be made within the policies.

The board unanimously approved the certified personnel model policies and then agreed to take under review student-related model policies.

Before the board adjourned Castor told board member the footings for the district's new junior high building have been poured.

"We have pictures here if you want to look at them," Castor said. "We will keep you posed on the progress as construction continues."

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