BIC hires new junior high principal

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Buffalo Island Central School Board met Monday, Feb. 15, and accepted bids on Administration Building, renewed contracts and hired a new junior high principal.

Contracts were renewed for high school principal, East Elementary principal and West Elementary principal.

The board voted to hire Mark Hurst to fill the junior high principal's position for the 2010-11 school year left by Roland Wells' resignation.

Bids were received for handicap updates and renovation to the old administration building on the Monette campus. Bids included Poplin Construction-$55,000; Smith Presson-$37,000; Stonebridge Construction-$38,150; and Vance Construction-$47,957. The board accepted the bid from Smith Presson, retroactive to Jan. 27.

Maternity leave requests were granted for Melinda Wells, Stephanie Decker and Erin Clay.

During administration reports Superintendent George Edd Holland reviewed the declining enrollment and the effect on the district finances.

"We will be looking at cuts in our current budget or the possibility of raising our millage," Holland said.

Holland gave a stimulus money update.

"We are hoping that all of our plans will be approved," Holland said. "We have no reason to think they won't be."

The board passed a proposal to combine the East and West Elementary sixth grade graduation programs, with plans to hold a joint graduation service at the MAC arena.

Speakers for the MAC have been ordered and will be installed in time for all the graduation ceremonies.

The recent state grade inflation report was reviewed.

Holland commended the High Quiz Bowl teams on their recent success. The junior high team will compete at the state level at Arkadelphia on Feb. 27. The senior high regionals will be March 13.

Holland also congratulated the staff and students at West Elementary for the recognition they received for growth in mathematics performance by the National Center for Educational Achievement.

"They ranked among the top five percent in the state," Holland said. "That is quite an accomplishment."

The board reviewed the June 30, 2009, legislative audit just received. The board directed Superintendent Holland to take any corrective action necessary.

Holland read a letter he received from a restaurant owner in Rector, complimenting the good behavior of the students who ate there during the recent girls basketball tournament.

"That always makes us proud, when our students are well behaved away from the school," Holland said. "They evidentially made a good impression on the lady who wrote the note. That always reflects on the character of our school as well."

The board discussed the beginning of softball season and work completion on the fences and dugouts.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be at 7 p.m. on March 8 in the Superintendent's office.

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