Manila School Board President Tracey Reinhart presented a plaque of appreciation to outgoing board member Jackie Hill at the regular meeting on Nov. 15.
(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
Hill thanked the board members and wished them well as he accepted the plaque.
"If there is ever anything I can do for you or the school, just call," Hill said.
Following the approval of the October minutes and the financial review, Adam Seiter, project manager for Nabholz Construction, gave a building update. The cafeteria project was completed in October and he said they are working on their punch list. He said the stage floor is going to be refinished due to some discoloration, and they have discovered a roof leak on the north side of the building where the mechanics are located.
"Mrs. Castor (superintendent) has decided not to occupy the building until we are completely done," Seiter said. "It will make the completion of the punch list easier."
Seiter answered several questions from board members and estimated the work would be completed by the week after Thanksgiving.
The board discussed the purchase of tables for the new cafeteria area. The 44 tables can be converted to benches (making 88 units) with a seating capacity of 358. Superintendent Castor explained to the board members the purchase could be made with stabilization funds allowing the school to upgrade. The total cost of the tables is $52,678.80. The board voted unanimously to purchase the tables with the stabilization funds.
"We have received an ADE grant in the amount of $104,794," Castor said. "I asked for input from the building principals on the use of the funds."
With the principals' input Castor made the recommendation to purchase Class Works Software for Middle School at a cost of $55,000; $12,294 for Apple Group Instruction Training for elementary teachers; and extension of days for JBHM Consulting Firm for high school and elementary at a cost of $37,500. The board voted unanimously in favor of the suggested projects with the grant funds.
Following a short executive session to consider personnel issues with no action being taken, the board adopted a criteria for athletic banners adding that all state finals remain permanently in the gymnasium.
The board heard several disclosures and passed resolutions to conduct business with area businesses with family members on staff or on the board. Among the businesses were Wise Construction; Oates Construction; Jackson Photography; Coastal Construction; Gipson Construction; Wal-Mart Inc.; Delta Drug; Southern Bancorp; Metheny Farms; and Farmers Market.
The board voted unanimously to elect President Tracey Reinhart as the ASBA delegate.
Student transfers were approved unanimously with Tiffany Whillock, Cortney Freeman, Corey Clark, Dylan Clark and Sierra Clark from BIC to Manila.
In the administration reports Castor announced the times and place of board training; recognized the Quiz Bowl team for receiving third place; the junior cheerleaders for receiving first place and the high school cheerleaders for second place in recent competition; and recognized board members Danny Robbins and Tracey Reinhart for completion of 25 hours of training.
In a special meeting, an expulsion hearing was held on Wednesday evening. Three high school students were expelled for the remainder of the school year - two for violating the alcohol policy and one for prohibiting conduct.