Manila School Board renewed certified contracts and gave salary increases at the March meeting held Thursday evening.
School Board members present were Tracey Reinhart, president; Danny Robbins, vice president; Brandon Veach, secretary; Steve Matheny, Johnny McCain, and Jeremy Jackson. Tony Crowell was not present.
Following the approval of minutes the board reviewed the financial report discussing the higher cost of fuel.
Superintendent Pam Castor said the district had used $5,259.13 more than this time last year.
"I think we will be okay for the rest of this year but coming back in the fall it could be an issue," she said.
The board went into executive session to consider certified contract and personnel matters.
After an hour, the board reconvened in open session approving the certified contracts for the 2011-12 school year as presented by Mrs. Castor.
Superintendent Castor's recommendation to increase mileage reimbursement to 40 cents a mile was passed unanimously. The increase will take effect March 28. The board agreed they will review it again if the cost goes up or down.
The board also passed unanimously the increase on the base salary for this year in the amount of $250 for certified and 15 cents an hour for classified employees.
In other business:
*Superintendent Castor informed the board that David Wildy will be giving a new scholarship in the amount of $500. The board expressed their appreciation for the scholarship.
*Castor told the board she has been invited to be part of a leadership group in Arkansas/Texas.
*Castor presented three calendar proposals for the coming year. She said the Personnel Policy Committee will vote and then it will come back to the board for a final vote. All of the proposals have 178 teacher/student days and 190 contract days.
*Castor reviewed several proposed model policies for the board to review. The policies will put the school in compliance with federal regulations. The policies included special meetings, district audit, sick leave, etc.