Manila School Board honors member

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It was a difficult school board meeting for Manila Board members as they remembered and honored board member and secretary Justin Veach at the regular July meeting. Veach died July 10.

By unanimous vote, the board elected board member Tony Crowell as secretary.

Manila Superintendent Pam Castor and Board Member Scott Misner look over preliminary sketches for a new elementary building. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Superintendent Pam Castor digressed from the usual administrative reports at the end of the business session and read a tribute to Veach.

"Nehemiah 8:10 says in part…the joy of the Lord is your strength. Justin Veach was so full of that joy he made us strong. He loved this school. He approached every decision as if each child was his own, each teacher was his teacher, and each member of this Board his family.

"Tonight I honor him and his contribution to Manila School District. I am better for having known him and this school district is better for his time of service.

"Mr. President, I turn the meeting over to you with the recommendation that the board appoint Brandon Veach to serve in Position 1 until the next school election."

The board voted unanimously to accept Castor's recommendation.

President Johnny McCain asked the board to be thinking of a memorial to honor Veach.

"He was an alumni of Manila," McCain said. "He loved the school, his family, and the community."

The Board accepted building plans for a new elementary building project.

Castor reminded the board the project was subject to state approval and if the proposed millage increase passes.

Technology bids were reviewed for 22 desktop computers and 15 laptop computers. The low bid was submitted by Computer Shop in Manila at $27,693.15.

After a short discussion with Jason Baltimore, technology coordinator for the District, the Board voted unanimously to accept the Computer Shop bid.

Castor informed the board funding for the project will come from the NSLA money. These funds are restricted and can be used for technology.

The low bid for 23 ceiling mounted projectors, 23 ceiling sound systems, 23 DVD/VCR combos, 14 Smart Boards around the campus; and 12 pull-down screens was accepted. The low bid was submitted by Video Reality in the amount of $68,241.

In other business:

*The board accepted the resignation of Joey Brooks, custodian.

*Voted to again approve the migrant application, the same as last year.

*Accepted bids from Turner Dairy on milk and Interstate for bread.

*The board voted to accept the policies for middle school and high school with an added stipulation allowing Senior AP English students the option to transfer to regular English if needed; a new absentee policy; and student athletes not be allowed in the gymnasium without adult supervision and coaches permission; students will not have keys to the gymnasium.

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