Manila Board fills positions at special called meeting

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Several positions and transfers were approved at the special called Manila School Board meeting on Tuesday night.

Following an executive session, Superintendent Pam Castor recommended the transfer of Tony Crowell, dean of students, to agri teacher and dean of extracurricular activities; assistant superintendent Chris Ferrell to high school principal; and Robin Baugher, high school principal, to Title I coordinator and evaluator. Board members voted unanimously with all members present.

The board voted unanimously to hire Jonathan Atkins as social studies teacher; and Morgan Foley, elementary physical education teacher and assistant coach.

Superintendent Castor asked the board to look at meeting dates to discuss building plans. It was announced at the last meeting the state had approved the plans as submitted for a new high school building.

Castor said the funding should be announced in May. If the district is approved for partnership money they need to have all of the decisions made by May 1.

"If we are approved, we have to have a plan in place on our part of the money," she said.

Board member Tracy Reinhart asked the typical percentage the district will need.

Castor said the percentage is based on the wealth index and Manila should fall in the 70/30 percent category with the district's part 30 percent.

Board members agreed they need to move on the final plans and have everything in order.

"We need discussion," Board member Johnny McCain said. "Let's not let it get personal. Let's be open to every idea and go into this with open minds and come out with something we can be proud of."

A list of ideas to consider included reviewing the building design, location and funding.

Castor said they will need to discuss possible demolition as part of the project if Tipton Hall has to be taken down. Funding for that would fall to the local level. She said they will know more about their options of Tipton Hall after a report from the fire marshal is received.

Castor has been informed the district must have a plan by 2016 for Tipton Hall or the school can be declared in facility distress.

Board member Wagner said the board needs to look at the cost to have the building razed or look at all of the options including turning it over to be used for something other than a school building or look at having it registered with the historical society.

"We as a board need to have a sense of urgency," Wagner said.

McCain agreed saying the board needs to figure out what is needed and how to make it happen.

A special called meeting was set for Tuesday, July 29.

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