Manila School building project plans reviewed

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Manila School Board members held the regular meeting Friday evening prior to the 2009 graduation ceremony.

The board reviewed the minutes and financials.

Superintendent Pam Castor said she plans to have a separate report for stimulus money as it becomes available. She said project cost estimates to be funded will be submitted and once the project is completed the actual cost will be reported. The state will reimburse the district every other week.

Castor recommended the school enter into an agreement with TAPS (Texas Arkansas Purchasing Service) Interlocal Cooperation.

"As we enter into spending the stimulus funds for projects, TAPS has bids already in place," Castor said. "The board will review all expenditures and there is no cost and no obligation to us. TAPS has expanded their services and it could benefit the district."

The board voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with TAPS.

Following a short executive meeting, the board accepted the resignations of Whitley Milken, Ina Joyce Bunkie Jolliff, Dale Poag, Diane Sparks, and Lois Stokes.

The board voted unanimously to hire Lisa Hughes, special education, and Heath Hawkins, middle school business teacher.

Castor distributed model policy proposal packages for the board's review. The board will vote on the policies at the next meeting.

Castor reported the district received Partnership funding in the amount of $1,794,505.

"We have 60 days to accept," she said.

The partnership funding comes from the state facility funds.

The board voted unanimously to accept the Partnership funds.

Castor updated board members on the stimulus funding.

"We are completing a plan for approval," Castor said. "We are collecting principal and teacher suggestions to review. The Title I money may have to be used in one year if the carry-over guidelines are the same as with the regular funding."

Student transfers were approved for Samuel Bollinger and Nicholas Bollinger from Buffalo Island Central to Manila, and Brooklyn Butler from BIC to Manila.

Castor informed the board the district had received final word the elementary, middle school and high school are all accredited for the 2008-09 school year.

Castor presented the preliminary plans for the new elementary building. She said she will be meeting on Thursday night with parents to present the project, discuss placement of the students while the construction is underway and traffic concerns for next year.

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