Riverside School Board extends superintendent's contract

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Larson Tate, project manager with Tate Construction, compares roof panel options with Riverside School Board members at the January meeting. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Riverside School Board members worked through a short agenda on the first meeting of 2015 held on Monday Jan. 5, on the East campus.

Superintendent Tommy Knight requested the board consider extending his contract an additional year.

"Last year I asked for one more year to finish the elementary building in Caraway," Knight said. "The project is taking longer and I don't like to leave a job unfinished. If you are so inclined, I would ask to stay through 2016."

The board voted unanimously to extend Superintendent Knight's contract for one year. Board members present were Mike Brown, Mike Brickell, Lenn Nall and Ricky Austin.

The board looked at roof panels for the new elementary and discussed the color with Larson Tate, project manager, and Mark Cahoon with Cahoon Steiling Architecture firm. The board agreed to try to keep the color as close as possible to the high school building.

"We are looking at getting started as soon as the weather permits," Tate said. "Our number one priority is keeping the kids safe during the construction."

The board voted 4-0 to accept the resignation of Teresa Vickers, cafeteria employee.

Knight discussed the bus shop project. He talked about the need of a shop to give the bus mechanic a place to work on the buses.

He said he would be looking and comparing prices at bus shops recently constructed on other campuses.

Knight is looking at options until a new bus shop can be constructed. He said Medic 1 had offered to help them before by allowing the use of their shop in Jonesboro. He said if they could find a farm shop in the area to use for emergency repairs during the winter it would be helpful.

Board member Nall said he could possibility work something out if the need arises.

Superintendent Knight recognized the Riverside Elementary Quiz Bowl Team for a good job.

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