DU print presented to Manila School in memory of Dale Poag

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Connie Adams made a presentation at the Manila School Board in memory of longtime FFA Advisor Dale Poag.

Pictured is Connie Adams presenting an original print and a Conservation Service Award in memory of Dale Poag. On hand to express their appreciation for the gift is Mrs. Dale Poag and son, Paul Scott Poag. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

"In memory of Dale Poag, friends and former students would like to present this Ducks Unlimited, limited edition Zettie Jones' print to the Manila School District, and this Service Award Conservation Certificate," Adams said.

Adams said the print, "In Father's Footsteps," is appropriate.

"Dale worked with our kids for 40 years and he was an avid duck hunter," she said. "What better way to represent both of his passions than an old duck hunter watching over the next generation of hunters. We hope this print will inspire others to give of themselves like Dale did."

Representing the Poag family was Poag's wife, Paula, and their son, Paul Scott Poag.

They thanked the members of the organization for their thoughtfulness and generosity.

"This is an especially fitting memorial for Dale because he always enjoyed being outdoors, hunting or fishing," Mrs. Poag said. "He also believed in the value of teaching young people the safety rules for hunting and fishing so they could be outdoors and be safe, but also just to have a great time and appreciate the beauty and freedom of being in a fishing boat in the middle of Big Lake, in a deer stand in the woods, or in a duck blind out in the field, one of his favorite places."

Adams said the print was made possible in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited.

Superintendent Pam Castor asked Kent Moore to give an update on the construction work underway for the new elementary building. He said quite a bit of work had been done. He said the weather will make a difference when the concrete is poured.

"We are getting a good, quality building," he said. "For the most part, they are on schedule."

The board accepted the low bid from Centurylink for the new phone system. Centurylink's bid was $49,588.15. Other bids were Optus $63,718; and IK Electric $60,510.

In other business the board approved:

*Minutes and reviewed and approved the financial report.

*Transfer of Shawn Scoggins from Buffalo Island Central.

*Continuity of the Operations Crisis Response Plan.

*The 2007-2008 audit. There were no findings or suggestions in the audit.

*A group of parents submitted a letter to the board proposing a change in the student policy. The board took it under advisement with no action taken.

*The board had no objections to Superintendent Castor looking into the bus purchase through the state procurement.

*The board accepted the resignation of Pat Jones, elementary teacher, effective Dec. 18, 2009. They accepted the resignation of Karen Graham, choral director, as of the end of the 2009-10 school year. President Tony Crowell read the letter of resignation from Graham thanking the board for the opportunity to be part of the Manila District.

*Superintendent Castor distributed forms for board members to fill out with suggestions for the Facilities Master Plan. The Facilities Plan covers the time frame from 2010 to 2020.

*The board recognized Tonia Eubanks for receiving the National Board Certification. Castor told the board she is the first from Manila to receive the certification. Board member Johnny McCain said he would like the board to consider a stipend to go with the certification like the one for Master's Degrees. President Crowell said he thought it would be a good idea. No action was taken.

*Connie Adams presented the annual yearly progress report talking of the tests scores, improvements and what the district is doing to bring up scores.

*Mrs. Castor gave out information on the Race to the Top Draft, a statewide project for schools. She explained there will be funding available for the projects. Schools will have to make a decision to be participate in the project. She asked the board to review the information and the board will meet in a special called meeting to make their decision on whether to participate.

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