BIC to begin soccer program
The Buffalo Island Central School Board voted unanimously to start a B team soccer program for both 9-12th grade boys and girls.
Superintendent Gaylon Taylor said the district had talked about starting a AAA soccer team but since the school did not meet the deadline it was suggested that BIC start a B team program for a couple of years. He explained that once the district declared AAA status they would play everyone 4A and down but for now will play other B teams such as Paragould and others. Taylor said the sport can be played co-ed depending on the number of students who signed up. If enough students are interested then there could possibly be separate teams for boys and girls.
"This program has minimal costs and will give our students another offering," Taylor said. "It will give students who are not involved in something another option and way to become involved at school."
All board members agreed and unanimously approved the B team soccer program. In other business Taylor recognized student Hannah Poe for winning the Jim Parrish Educational Scholarship for $1,000 for a second year in a row. He also recognized teachers Patty Qualls, Terrie Shelby and Scott Petznick for receiving grants of $1,000 each from Donor's Choose. Taylor thanked Marti Edwards for helping the teachers get those funds.
After approving minutes and the district financial statements, the board voted unanimously to move Brenda Holt from elementary special education aide to math aide and voted to accept the resignation of Monda Hutchison, who is retiring. After a brief executive session the board came back to open session where it voted unanimously to extend superintendent Taylor's contract to the 2017-2018 school year. Board members also voted unanimously to budget the district's testing coordinator's salary as a stand alone position per auditor request.
Taylor and the board took time to thank the Monette Co-op and Black Oak Gin for providing the turkeys for the faculty this year and wanted to thank all those that have provided turkeys in the past. Taylor also announced that Jan. 17 would be a day of Champions at BIC recognizing players from BIC and Leachville's past conference win with a ceremony and refreshments following the senior high game.
Taylor also informed the board he had gotten diesel through MFA Oil in Lake City for $2.20 a gallon and asked that the district continue to look into buying tanks and getting fuel at a cheaper rate.