Town Crier News Staff
The Buffalo Island Central school board accepted three employee resignations and hired three new employees for the 2007-2008 school year during the July 9 meeting held in the superintendent's office on the Monette campus.
Directors accepted resignations from Todd Rhoades, junior business instructor and baseball coach, Doris Thomas, junior high custodian, and Frankie Helms, BIC East cafeteria. New employees included Nicole Stewart as BIC West Elementary third grade teacher, and Tammy Moore and Elaine Holt for the BIC East Elementary cafeteria.
The board authorized Junior High Principal Randy Rose to fill the ninth grade physical science position, should a viable candidate become available.
"I hope we can get some salads included on the school lunch menu," said director Dale Wells. "I think the kids need a choice for this."
"They have tried that," Superintendent George Edd Holland said. "They give the students a lot of choices. The cafeteria is operating in the black now, partly due to the additional the pre-school students. This is good news."
The district's contract was renewed with Arkansas Methodist Center Sports Medicine Program.
The Migrant Program Application for the school district was approved as presented.
"The migrant program is valuable to us and has been around for a long time," Holland said.
In other business Holland reviewed the district's recent test scores and discussed the district's strengths and weaknesses.
"I think we did good overall," Holland said. "We have a very positive educational program. Doris Willyerd will be at our August meeting to give us a report and update."
The board discussed plans for the new girl's softball field.
"I hope that Mark (Hurst) will use the same backstop and set up as the baseball field has," Director Dale Wells said. "Also, the netting would be great and is very inexpensive."
"The city continues to work with us on getting the road on the south side developed," Holland said. "They are working on completing right-of-way easements now. The county will bring in some dirt and gravel, when we need it, for construction of the road and the field also. Terry (Edwards) managed to get the pole moved for us. This is all looking good."
Tentative plans include the placement of the new field's home plate on the northwest corner of the new field, for easy access to dressing rooms and facilities in the Mustang Athletic Complex next door.
The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be on Aug. 13 at the junior high library on the Leachville campus.