Manila School Board renews model policy service

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Manila Board of Education discussed the renewal of the Arkansas School Boards' Association model policy service at the Oct. 16 meeting.

This service provides policies based on the most current laws to the school boards across the state. Board members voted 7-0 to continue this service. Also under consideration was Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance. The board voted 7-0 to purchase this policy at a cost of $306.50.

Jeremy Jackson, board president, was voted as delegate to attend the annual meeting of the Arkansas School Boards Association. The delegate will vote on the matters brought before the general assembly of board members from across the state of Arkansas. Brandon Veach, board vice president, will serve as alternate.

The Common Core State Standards were also discussed. Superintendent Pam Castor recommended the board approve the Common Core State Standards as the state mandated curriculum. There was discussion about the standards and how they are being implemented across the state. Tommy Wagner said any changes to the standards must be made at the state level. Mrs. Castor added it is likely the standards will be a topic during the upcoming legislative session.

Board member Dean Tucker discussed possible drawbacks for students who had not been taught the Common Core from the start of their schooling. The CCSS were adopted with at 6-1 vote.

Board President Jackson discussed building sites with board members by presenting a map of undeveloped acreage in and around Manila that could be considered. The board discussed these areas and agreed to supply architect John Mixon with input for a presentation that he will make at the November meeting.

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