Town Crier News Staff
The Buffalo Island Central school board met Aug. 13, in the junior high library in Leachville and added four new personnel, approved the transfer of seven students, and approved two and opposed one school resolution.
Personnel positions filled for the 2007-08 school year include: Kathy Baldridge, junior high business; Dion Hargrove, high school baseball coach; Ann Wells, Impac Lab manager (for Barbara Mullen, who is on medical leave for the first semester); and Corine Johnson, junior high custodian.
Gina Steed was appointed to serve as director of Child Nutrition Services and Jewell Rolland as assistant director for the 2007-08 school year, effective July 1, 2007.
The board accepted the resignation of Mark Hurst from softball coaching duties.
Student transfer approvals include: Kirby Nuckles, 7, to Riverside; Jazalyn Davis, 11, to Riverside; Cody Smith, 13, to Rosebud; Lane Cohn, 11, to Nettleton; Shelby Gilley, 4, to Riverside; Slade Gilley, to Riverside; and James Allen Holloway, 9, to Riverside--Freedom of Choice.
Changes were approved in the Arkansas Better Chance guidelines concerning provisions for dismissal of students, with the discipline policy in the Pre-K parent handbook being revised. The revision involves the reinforcement of appropriate behavior and reinforcement of the students with praise and encouragement. Behavior will be individualized and consistent for each child, and appropriate course of action for inappropriate behavior. Corporal punishment is prohibited, as well as use of profane or abusive language.
The board resolved to open all three voting places for the school election on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Locations will be at the Black Oak City Hall, Monette American Legion, and Leachville City Hall to comply with state regulation guidelines. Todd Edwards and Terry Edwards are the only candidates who filed for the two open board positions, and no other ballot issues will be on the ballot.
The board resolved to oppose the establishment of the Great River Academic Center for Excellence Charter School application due to negative impact on the public school system.
The board declined all bids for the conversion of the old administration building to classrooms and to authorize the superintendent to negotiate with the apparent low bidder on some portions of the project such as handicap ramps and roofing and to pursue other parts of the project at a later date.
The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Superintendent's office on the Monette campus.