The Buffalo Island Central School Board of directors met in special session on Friday, July 3, and accepted three resignations, promoted and hired teachers, and approved three student transfers.
All board members were present except Darrin McFall. John Edwards was legally in attendance via speakerphone, from Houston, Tex.
The board approved the resignations of Coach and Athletic Director Dion Hargrove, West Elementary teacher April Finch, and senior high school resource teacher Regan Weatherford.
A lengthy discussion was held regarding filling the position of athletic director and hiring of a new boys basketball coach.
"The athletic director position is reserved for someone who will be concerned with and oversee all athletic activities," Superintendent George Edd Holland said. "Coach Stan Fowler has a lot of coaching experience and has been a great help to us, above and beyond the call of duty, this past year. He is a career person and has a desire for the job."
Holland recommended Fowler for the athletic director position.
"We owe that to Stan, as he has done a terrific job for us," Edwards said.
The board voted unanimously to promote Fowler to the athletic director position and extend his contract from 10 to 11 months. The new boys basketball coach's contract will also be set for an 11 month period, so the schedules can be coordinated.
"Coaches' salaries are negotiated and varied amounts are paid for extra duties," Holland said. "We have had three people interested in the boys basketball coach position. "
"I think we have to be real careful about the people we have applying for the coach's job," Edwards said. "Confidential stuff can get out and it could hurt the career of these people. We sure don't want to do that."
The board agreed.
The deadline for accepting applications for the boy's basketball coaching position was set for Monday, July 13. The next regular board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. that evening, in the Superintendents office on the Monette campus.
Five new teachers were hired for the 2009-2010 school year, which included Lauren Denny, East pre-K, Tonya Boyd, East first grade, Holly Goodson, West third grade, Joanna Lopez, migrant junior high and East elementary, and Lisa Hughes, secondary resource teacher.
The contract for East Elementary Principal Nicole Stewart was set at $52,000 for the 2009-2010 school year.
Three student transfers were approved. These included Zach Boone, 14, from Riverside to BIC, Mason Hastings, 5, to Manila and Michael Baugh, 7, to Manila.
The board approved the proposed budget of expenses for the 2010-2011 school year.
Holland announced both the East and West Elementaries received monetary awards from the Arkansas School Recognition Program for academically high performing schools. East Elementary will receive $7,400 and West Elementary will receive $9,600 in funding, which will be dedicated to technology on both campuses.
The consensus of the BIC board was that both elementaries should be commended for taking pride in their performance.