BIC Board looks at building designs

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Buffalo Island School Board recognized student Greydon Williams for his photojouralist of the year award at the Arkansas Scholastic Journalism Awards. The board congratulated Williams along with other award winners and teacher Tracy Yates for their achievements.

Representatives from architect group Little and Associates reviewed with the Buffalo Island Central School Board several design options for the district's proposed preK-12 campus at its regular meeting Monday, May 12.

The architects went through a number of options including a possible two story middle school/high school. The board listened as Hardy Little and his associate discussed possible floor plans that would have the campus cafeteria, kitchen, library, physical education classroom and auditorium at the center of the campus with inviting wings at the front of the building and an "L" design at the back of the building.

All board members agreed the auditorium should be a focal point in the building and located at the front where the entrance could possibly serve as a lobby for the space.

Buffalo Island Central School Board members view new school designs.

The board did not make a design decision but instead agreed to carefully review each option, discuss possible changes to each design and narrow the number of possible designs down to two or three in the coming weeks.

Adam Seiter with Nabholz Construction spoke to board members about the cost difference between a plan where everything is one story and a plan where there is a two story middle/high school. He said there would be extra cost for an elevator, two stair wells and other factors. Seiter said the two story option would cost $5 more per square foot. The board will keep that information in mind when discussing design possibilities.

BIC superintendent Gaylon Taylor was proud to announce to the board that BIC is one of 14 schools receiving a $150,000 Arkansas Department of Education grant to implement Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) program. Taylor said the EAST initiative is a wonderful program that will be great for the students at BIC. He also said a representative from Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators will be on campus Tuesday, May 20.

In other business Taylor said the district's expenditures are down from last year and if they continue along that trend he would like to see the district purchase a new lawn mower, which the board voted unanimously to take bids for and discuss at next meeting. After a brief executive session the board came back into open session where it unanimously accepted the resignations of Brooke Whitley and Terry Rose as well as the hire of Molly Delp, Kristen Collins, Reba Wimberley, Serena Duffel, Rhonda Lunsfford, Janie Ibanez and Nikki Dewitt.

The board also agreed to add two members of personnel that are being paid on an as needed bases to the district's salary schedule and approved a $7,500 stipend for teachers working the summer ACT prep program.

Before adjourning Taylor told board members the state is requiring an increase in school lunch prices. The board approved raising student lunches from $2 to $2.25 and adult lunches from $3.25 to $3.50.

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