Manila School Board

Monday, December 30, 2013

Manila School Board members worked through a short agenda on Dec. 19. John Mixon, architect, met with the board presenting the latest rendering of the proposed new high school.

The floor plan now shows the building facing southwest.

"The front entry is very appealing," Mixon said. "It is classical but unique. It has a collegiate look."

A rendering of the new Manila High School was on display at the Manila School Board meeting.

Superintendent Pam Castor said everyone who has seen it seems to like it. She expressed her appreciation to Mixon for his presentation at the Manila Lions Club on Wednesday.

"A two story building will save money," Mixon said.

There will be several upcoming meetings to give the public a chance to view the proposed building and ask questions.

The superintendent's office will be open for viewing of plans on Dec. 23 and Dec. 27 from 2-6:30 p.m. Public meetings will be held on Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Etowah Fire station and 7 p.m. at Manila High School Auditorium.

On Jan. 3, a display and representatives will be in the lobby of the gymnasium prior to the Hoxie ballgame starting at 5 p.m.

The final meeting scheduled is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Manila High School Auditorium.

"Hopefully, this will give everyone the opportunity to attend a meeting," Ms. Castor said.

Board President Danny Robbins recommended tabling the consideration of South Mississippi County land proposal until the next meeting. Board members voted unanimously to accept his recommendation.

The board voted to support the Master Plan and Partnership proposal.

The board passed several resolutions to conduct business with Southern Bancorp; Delta Drug; Walmart; Farmers Market; and Tommy Wagner Medical Clinic. Board members work or have an interest in the businesses.

Southern Bancorp recently donated $42,340.21 for a scoreboard to be placed in the gymnasium. Ms. Castor recommended Southern Bancorp be the only bank advertisement on the board for seven years. The board voted unanimously in favor of her recommendation.

A document from the University of Arkansas was presented for the board members to review. The document contained pros and cons and information on the proposed building project for the new high school.

Mrs. Castor said she had no opposition to making it available to anyone who would like a copy. She said it contained a lot of the same information the school district is sharing.

"Why would we use it rather than what we have," Board member Brandon Veach asked.

"This gives a third party opinion," Ms. Castor said. "It represents both sides."

The board voted unanimously to use the document.

In administrative reports Castor said the personnel policy committee is considering a change in the calendar because of the snow days. They will make a suggestion to leave the snow days at the end of the year or make them up during the year.

Castor said the district had a visit from the Standard Committee on Dec. 4 and it all went well. No changes were requested.

Castor recognized the high school for receiving the UofA Most Improved status in Geometry for five years.

"Five schools across the state were recognized and we were one of them," she said.

She also expressed the best of luck to the Robotics teams who will be competing on Saturday and to the athletic department in the NEA tournament. Also recognized was the Middle School Quiz Bowl team for receiving second place.

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