Manila School audit accepted

Monday, December 24, 2007

Town Crier News Staff

Manila School Board members accepted the 2006 audit results at the regular December meeting Thursday night. Superintendent Pam Castor said no findings were noted.

Following the approval of the minutes and review of the financials, the board went into executive session.

The board voted unanimously to renew the contract for paraprofessional Laura Ellis for the remainder of the school year.

The board also granted a medical leave for Joey Brooks, custodian.

Principal Pam Chipman reported on the district recently receiving Bronze status by the USA News & World Report publication on America's Best High Schools.

"I received a telephone call from ANC congratulating us on being named to the Bronze status," she said. "We did not submit anything and I was surprised. I immediately got on the internet to find out about the listing. Over 18,000 high school across the United States were reviewed with 100 schools named Gold; 400 silver; and 1,086 earned bronze. This is a high school award, but it starts in elementary through junior high school. It is a joint effort. This is something we are very proud of."

Chipman read a letter from the Alumni Association congratulating the administration and staff on being named among the top high schools in the study.

Castor reported to the board on the public meeting to review facilities plan and shared the public comments. She discussed the 10 year master facility plan, updated every two years, and submitted to the state. The plans include projects over $100,000 in construction. The plan includes a K-4 addition/renovation project and a high school addition/renovation project.

Board members asked if a new media center and a safe room were included in the plan.

Castor said both are included in the overall master plan.

Board members reviewed fence bids and noted the low bid was from Delta at $22,191 for material and $9,997 in labor but took no action at this time.

Castor informed the board the bleacher project at the football field is in progress and updated the group on the middle school construction project.

Castor said the school is having a little problem with draining and the architect wants a topographical study prepared of the entire campus. She estimated the cost at about $5,000.

"We are need to know exactly how much space we have how to best utilize it," Castor said. "We are looking at a 20-classroom addition. That is in the planning stages and we need to know how much space we have, especially if the state continues to insist we leave the two round buildings standing. Hopefully, we can get the study done for less but I think it needs to be done."

A resolution approving the 10-year facilities master plan will be presented at the next meeting.

Mrs. Castor congratulated Board Member Jackie Hill for received Master Board status.

Board President Johnny McCain said he wanted let the staff know how much the board appreciates all of their hard work and the good job they do.

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