The Manila School Board voted unanimously on Thursday, Dec. 13, to accept the bid for 60 laptop computers in the amount of $30,883.65 from Byte Speed. Superintendent Pam Castor said the purchase of the computers will be a federal program expenditure. The computers will be placed in the high school.
All board members -- Danny Robbins, president; Brandon Veach, vice president; Jeremy Jackson, secretary; Tracey Reinhart, Johnny McCain, Tony Crowell and Tommy Wagner -- were present.
The board voted unanimously to approve the teacher salary increase. Superintendent Castor recommended the increase with 50 percent added to the base salary and 50 percent on increments. This was the proposal receiving the most votes by the teaching staff.
Castor said they will get the checks out before the holidays.
"We are looking at building issues and I would like to make a suggestion to form a committee to go to the Governor's office and see what is available for us," President Robbins said. "We can work with Mrs. Castor and through her keep everyone informed on the information we gather."
The board voted to form a committee made up of Tommy Wagner, Tracey Reinhart, President Dan Robbins, and Superintendent Castor.
The board all agreed they want to keep all board members updated on any information, explore all options and seek answers to any questions they have.
"We want to get feedback from the community," Robbins said.
The board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of April Pendergrass, part-time cafeteria employee.
The board accepted the recommendation of Superintendent Castor to hire Beverly Rountree and Wendy Campbell as part-time cafeteria workers.
The board also voted to accept the low bid from Harris Bakery for bread products. The board had to look at a new company since the one they were using went out of business.
At the conclusion of the meeting in recognition of Arkansas School Board Appreciation Month, Superintendent Castor thanked the board members for their hard work and support of the teachers, administration and staff.
"Thank you for sharing your time and service for the children of our community," she said.
The next regular board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17.