BIC Board recognizes students, teacher

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Buffalo Island Central School Board recognized several cheerleaders for their outstanding accomplishments at the September meeting. Catherine Colbert, Courtney Garrett, Emily Harrell and Mollie Beth Couch made All American Cheerleaders. The board also recognized Tracey Yates as being a recipient of a donor's grant. Mrs. Yates will receive a chrome book for her journalism class.

The board heard a report given by high school student Brianna Bearden on her experience and the benefits students are receiving through the Area Vocational Center in Jonesboro. Eleven BIC students are participating in the program. This is BIC's first year to be a part of the vocational program.

A report was given by Brandon Jones, district technology coordinator, on the status of the technology at Buffalo Island Central. Jones said some of the equipment is outdated. He gave an overview of what the district has and some of the needs. He discussed the district going wireless and the addition of a chrome lab center.

Building principals, Mark Hurst, junior high; Randy Rose, senior high; Nicole Stewart, east elementary; and Dr. Kima Stewart, west elementary, reported and updated the board on test scores and programs being implemented for better academic success.

The board accepted the resignations of Tracey Routon, secretary/bookkeeper, and Callie Randal, junior high math teacher.

Following a short executive session, the board voted to hire Laura McFarlin, district treasurer and bookkeeper; Jolene Couch, pre-k aide; Lisa Ashabranner, school nurse; and Kelly Scott, cook; and Whitney Faulkner, speech pathologist.

In other business the board:

*voted unanimously to accept changes in personnel policies set forth by the Arkansas School Board Association.

*voted to deny a request for two students school transfer.

*agreed to enter into a lease agreement with Arkansas Copiers for a total of $30,108/year for the next three years.

*voted to allow the junior/senior prom to be held off campus with the same restrictions that applied last year.

*voted to interview construction management teams for future building projects.

*agreed to continue the tutorial program for the district that targets students for remediation. Salary for teachers will be $36 a day.

*voted 6-0 to pass a resolution asking the trustee and the ADE to hold the district to a higher standard for Act 110.

*The final draft presented by the City of Monette for the use of the land for the agriculture department was accepted.

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