Adam Seiter, project manager with Nabholz Construction Services, gave a construction update to the Manila School Board members at the regular September meeting. Seiter reported the progress on the cafeteria expansion project with an estimated completion date of Oct. 22. He said they are completing some site dressing and exterior odds and ends in the completion of the new K-5 elementary building.
Board member Tracey Reinhart expressed appreciation for their help (Nabholz) in moving into the new elementary building.
"Your guys had a great attitude and did a good job," Reinhart said.
Seiter said he was impressed with the help and community volunteers on moving day.
The new building opened to students on Monday, Sept. 13.
Following the approval of the minutes and review of the finances, Superintendent Pam Castor presented the bids for technology purchases through the ARRA funds including 5 Netbooks $2,256; 11 Laptops, 4 Netbooks, and 4 Desktops for $25,214.35; and 5 laptops and two smart tables at a cost of $16,588; and five laptops and video for $20,264.44.
The bids were approved unanimously.
Principals Diane Baugher, elementary; Dale Case, middle school; and Robin Baugher, high school, gave building reports.
Diane Baugher expressed their appreciation for the new building. She said the teachers and students are excited.
She reported enrollment for kindergarten through fourth grade is 377. The pre-kindergarten is filled with 40 students.
She reported on the test scores, schedules, leadership teams and parent involvement.
"Sounds like everything is up and running," Board President Tony Crowell said.
Principal Dale Case reported 333 students in grades 5-8.
"We have had a good start," he said. "Everyone has welcomed me."
He said they are trying to eliminate time students are out of the classrooms and promoting writing programs.
"Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your school and community," Case said. "We will be moving to Manila in a couple of weeks and we are excited about it."
High School Principal Robin Baugher thanked the board and everyone for helping with the move.
She reported on the back to school bash for high school with 150 in attendance and the high school football kickoff .
"We are off to a great start," she said.
She reported a total of 282 students with 78 seniors, 59 junior, 71 sophomores and 74 freshmen.
"Our average daily attendance is 94.5 percent," she said. "We have seen an increase each year since the present attendance policy was put into place. We had a graduation rate of 93 percent."
She reported 90 class offerings in MHS. She said 24 are enrolled in the Burdette classes; 47 in AP classes; 40 in Distance Learning Classes; ACT scores up; test scores; academic initiative, inclusion classes, and Operation MHS.
"I asked the teachers at the first of the year to set goals," she said. "You can't have a successful journey if you don't know where you are going. I am meeting with five students at a time in a round table discussion on what we can all do to make MHS better."
Crowell expressed the board's appreciation to all of the principals for their hard work.
"You all take your jobs seriously," Crowell said. "I know all of you helped with the move and we appreciation it."
The board approved the transfer of Brianna Brock from BIC to Manila; Noah and Brandon Holt and Sammara Lasater to Buffalo Island Central. Mrs. Castor said Noah and Brandon had always attended BIC and had moved into the Manila District but want to continue attending BIC.
The Board unanimously accepted the resignations of Donna Walls, paraprofessional and don Walls, bus mechanic.
The board voted unanimously to hire Bertha Brooks, custodian; Deloris Oates, custodian; and Dolan Russell, bus mechanic.
In other business:
*The board voted to extend the contract for RC/7-UP through the 2013-2014 year.
*Castor said she had consulted with Manila Mayor Veach about making Parker to Olympia Street one way from 7:15-8:30 in the morning and 2:30-3:30 each evening to help with traffic control during drop off and pick up.
*The October School Board meeting was changed from Thursday night to Tuesday, Oct. 19, due to the Regional School Board meeting dates.
*Castor offered her appreciation to the board members, principals, teachers, and all the volunteers for their help in making the move successful.