Town Crier News Staff
Manila School Board members unanimously voted to extend Superintendent Pam Castor's contract for one year at the regular January School Board meeting on Thursday.
Members present were Johnny McCain, president, Justin Veach, Tony Crowell, Steve Metheny, Scott Misner and Tracey Reinhart. Jackie Hill was not present.
Board members approved the minutes and reviewed the financials.
The high water bill in the kindergarten and first grade building was discussed.
"We have monitored it closely," Castor said. "We have had the meter replaced and kept a close check on it. The plumbing in the building is not very cost effective but I think there is a problem there."
Castor pointed out the district will be paying more for the telephone bills since they will now have to pay sales tax. She estimated the increase at $200 a month.
"Our gas bill for December was $10,039 up from $5,469 this time last year," Castor said.
President McCain asked if the district was any closer to realizing when raises can be approved for the staff.
"Every day is closer to knowing," Castor said. "We are trying to wait until the end of the third quarter to see how enrollment holds."
The Board approved a Facilities Master Plan Resolution. The plan proposes a detailed list of improvement projects for the next 10 years.
The board went into a three hour executive meeting to discuss personnel matters.
Following the executive session, Castor updated board members on a lawsuit against the district.
"We have been named as defendants along with the Election Commission concerning the last school board election," Castor said. "Teressa Tippy is requesting a seat on the board. I've been in contact with our attorney, Paul Bloom. After the documents are filed I'm sure we will have a court date and the complaint will be heard."
Tippy, a resident of Etowah, ran against McCain for Position 6 in the last school board election. McCain, formerly a resident of Etowah and now of Manila, won the election to serve a second term. The law suit maintains, according to a pre-annexation agreement between Manila School District and Etowah School District in 1986, two positions of the seven would be held by Etowah residents, making McCain ineligible to stand for or be elected to Position 6.
Castor reminded Board members they will need to do their annual campus walk through while students are on campus and an upcoming board training date.
The Manila School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the Administrative Building.