Buffalo Island School Board member resigns

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
BIC Superintendent Gaylon Taylor thanked Jason Stewart for his service. Stewart submitted his resignation for Position 4 of the school board at the March meeting. The board will appoint a replacement within 30 days.

Buffalo Island Central Superintendent Gaylon Taylor read a letter of resignation from board member Jason Stewart, Position 4, at the Tuesday, March 17, meeting.

Taylor expressed his appreciation to Steward for his work and service to the district.

Board members voted unanimously to appoint someone to fill the position within 30 days. Members present included Todd Edwards, John Field, Scott Colbert and Stacey Thomas.

Taylor recognized students for outstanding achievements.

"We have a lot to be thankful for," Taylor said.

He praised the boys and girls basketball teams for their successes; the Quiz Bowl team for winning Regional Championship and the science fair winners who did very well.

Quiz Bowl Coach Tracey Thompson and two of her students were present and talked about the tournament with BIC finishing undefeated. Several of the members were gone to the EAST Conference.

The Quiz Bowl team will attend the state tournament in April and Thompson talked about taking the students to the National Championship tournament in New Orleans.

"All of our team members are good players," she said.

Taylor went on to praise the science fair winners saying 12 high school and two junior high students qualified for state and a couple qualified for nationals.

"That is what we are about," Taylor said. "That is what we want."

Following a short executive session, the board accepted the resignation of Kylie Crosskno as senior cheerleading coach.

On Taylor's recommendation, he board voted unanimously to renew all certified contracts and principal contracts for the 2015-2016 school year for all who wish to renew.

Taylor thanked everyone who helped with the Regional Tournament. He said they turned in $22,600 to AAA and the concession made 21,328.

The board voted to hire Wendy Stewart for senior high business teacher for the 2015-2016 school year.

In other business:

*Taylor informed the board of snow damage to awnings at the entrance of the MAC, awnings at West elementary and awnings at the junior high building.

*The school will make up eight snow days by attending school on Good Friday, April 3, May 29, June 3, 4, 5, and extending the days by 72 minutes for three weeks, April 6-10; April 13-17; and April 20-24. Taylor said they would work on a formula for the non-certified personnel to work the actual contracted days. He said time and a half is not in the budget.

*Tentative dates for public meetings to discuss the millage increase were set for April 23 in Monette and April 30 in Leachville, both starting at 7 p.m.

*Taylor announced the district had received a start-up grant for Andrea Buck's room for $53,941; and a $9,001 technology grant for Kathy Baldridge's room

*Students are in Hot Springs for the EAST Conference. They will present a project and share ideas with other EAST students. Taylor said he hopes the millage passes and he will apply for an EAST initiative lab in elementary. Board members all agreed they had heard only positive things about the East Initiative classes.

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