Members of the Manila School Board welcomed new board member Jeremy Jackson at the Tuesday, Oct. 19 meeting.
The board then toured the cafeteria looking over the expansion project. Adam Seiter, construction project manager with Nabholz, accompanied the group on the tour to answer any questions.
Seiter said it would be a busy week. Contractors are coming in with the cafeteria fixtures and then his crew will be ready to start finishing and wrapping things up.
The cafeteria expansion is a much needed project. Once it is complete an extra serving line will be in place and the seating area will be doubled. There will also be a stage area in the cafeteria for special events.
Seiter told the council they would be doing a few things outside for a week or two. He said the project supervisor will be leaving Manila and working in Jonesboro for while and will be available if anything comes up.
The board reviewed and approved the financial report.
President Tony Crowell expressed his appreciation for the board allowing him to serve as president for the past year.
"I've enjoyed it and you have been a good board to work with," Crowell said.
Crowell conducted the nomination and election of new officers for the year. Brandon Veach was elected secretary with Danny Robbins elected vice president and Tracey Reinhart elected president.
Reinhart expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to serve as president.
Tony Crowell was selected as the Chief Board Dispersing Officer with Tracey Reinhart, Steve Metheny, Johnny McCain and Brandon Veach as alternates.
Board member Steve Metheny excused himself from the meeting as the board members reviewed the bid from Steve Metheny Farms for a portion of the school land.
Superintendent Pam Castor informed the board she had only received one bid and it was from Metheny Farms. Metheny has been renting the land for several years. The contract is an 8-year term. The Board accepted the bid unanimously.
Connie Adams gave a report on the Federal programs, goals, accreditation status, and deficiency removal strategies.
She reported the district met their adequate yearly progress (AYP) in elementary and high school. The Middle School did not meet in some of the sub populations.
"The District is accredited with AdvancEd (North Central); met the standards with the State monitoring; and all of our teachers are Highly Qualified or working toward that goal," Adams said.
Adams went on to say with the NSLA funds technology is expanding so the school in on the cutting edge of technology. JBHM, a consulting firm is continuing to work with the school.
With Title I funds the district has joined the Learning Institute; purchased Phonetic Connections; completed an entire Leveled Reading Series in K-4; and purchased new calculators for grades 5-8.
In other business:
*The Board approved the Arkansas Frameworks.
*The Board approved Standards of Accreditation.
*The Board voted unanimously to renew the accident/trip insurance for teachers and bus drivers while on school business.
*The Board approved the ACIP School Plan
*Student transfers were approved with two elementary students requesting to remain at BIC and two requests from BIC to Manila.
*The board passed resolutions to conduct business when needed with Brooks Welding, Douglas Electric, Graphix Advertising, Tifco, Sonic Drive, Benny Bob Barbecue, and Heath Donner Farms. Managers and owners of the named companies have relatives employed by the school district.
*The board went into executive session to discuss personnel with no action taken.