Manila School Board awards land bids

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Manila School Board reviewed and accepted the high bids for three parcels of land at the Thursday, Nov. 15, meeting.

Board members drew numbers at the October meeting establishing seven, eight, and nine year contracts for the three parcels up for bid.

Parcel 16-14-9 (256 acres) went the sole bidder Heath Donner Farms for $135 an acre cash rent. The contract is for seven years.

Parcel 16-1-28 (375 acres) went to Holthouse Farms. The two bidders were Holthouse Farms and Hunter, Ricky, and Rusty Jackson. Holthouse Farms bid was 25 percent of crops and $90,000 in land improvements over the contract's nine years.

Parcel 16-14-8 (500 acres) high bid went to the Wildy Farms who bid a combined $65,000 and 20 percent of all crops in excess of $65,000. Wildy has farmed the parcel for over 30 years. The contract is for eight years.

Superintendent Pam Castor recommended salary increases to be voted on at the December meeting. She recommended all classified personnel receive 50 cents an hour increase. Castor's recommendation for the certified personnel is $1,200 to the base or split. The options will be voted on by certified personnel and returned to the board for the December meeting.

The board approved the renewal of trip insurance for personnel traveling on school business. They also approved the ASBA Arkansas Unemployment Compensation Account participation.

The board passed several resolutions to conduct business with including KayeCee Photography/Gift shop; LS Farms; LS Construction; Donner Farms; WalMart; Delta Drug; Jackson Pharmacy; Steve Metheny Farms; Southern Bancorp; Farmers Market; Wagner Medical Clinic; Coastal Construction; and Kris Gipson Construction. The businesses have relatives working or serving on the board in the Manila District but it was declared it could be in the best interest of the District to use the services provided by the businesses from time to time.

The board reviewed a millage increase chart provided by First Security Bank. The board is considering a building project and they are weighing the pros and cons of new construction or renovation/expansion for the high school. According to the chart a home valued at $100,000 would see a yearly $10 increase if the millage is increased by 1/2 mill and $40 with a 2 mill increase. The board discussed a possible increase of a 1/2 mill increase for renovation and a 2 mill increase for new construction if the school is approved for partnership funding.

Danny Robbins was elected as the ASBA delegate.

The board accepted the resignation of Leroy Douglas, bus driver, and Shirley Adams as part-time cafeteria worker.

Randal Frakes was hired as bus driver and Rosie Benham Smith as custodian.

The board discussed the Arkansas School Board Association meeting set for Dec. 5-7 in Little Rock. The board will have an educational meeting while there.

The December meeting was moved to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.

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