Buffalo Island Central board recognizes elementary for academic growth

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Buffalo Island School Board members recognized West Elementary at the January meeting for its academic growth. Dr. Kima Stewart, West Elementary principal, reported the elementary school received $20,403.75. The monies received from the state will be spent on the West elementary.

Principal reports were given by both Dr. Stewart and Nicole Stewart of East Elementary.

Superintendent Gaylon Taylor reported spending for the district as compared to spending of the 2012-2013 school year is on track. Mr. Taylor said at the present time, the district had spent about $56,000 more compared to last year. The numbers did not reflect a variance of $87,000 that would be reimbursed from Perkins Money.

The board unanimously voted to hire Cody Edgar for the remainder of the school year to teach junior high math and science.

Following an executive session, the board voted to extend Superintendent Taylor's contract through 2016-2017 school year. The salary was set at $87,000 plus a $5,000 stipend for in-district travel expense. The stipend is a $2,000 increase from the original contract.

The board was reminded there will be a public meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Leachville cafeteria to discuss possible building projects.

The board was informed the school district will inherit approximately 220 acres of land from the Melda Strickland Estate. Ms. Strickland also has provided scholarship opportunities for students at Buffalo Island Central.

Superintendent Taylor said the district will host Rachel's Challenge on Feb. 25.

The board voted to advertise for construction management teams to help with possible building projects.

In an effort to recuperate the monies Superintendent Taylor has spent out of his pocket to remodel the house where he lives and which the school owns, the board voted to pay the utilities on the home until all expenses have been reimbursed. At the present time, he has spent $17,360.43 for updates with a few additional costs to come later.

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