Student recognition the focus of meeting
The Buffalo Island School Board's regular meeting Monday, April 12, focused on recognizing the district's outstanding student accomplishments and public input.
During the meeting BIC science students who placed at the NEA Science fair and had the option to go to state shared with board members their projects. These projects included water preservation, robotics for cotton plant count, a plasma cutter and a soybean study.
Also being recognized was BIC's Quiz Bowl team. State Representative Dan Sullivan read and presented members of the team a citation from the House of Representatives congratulating them on their first place regional Quiz Bowl win and wishing them good luck in their future endeavors. BIC High School junior Camden Metheny was recognized for his outstanding accomplishments in journalism this year.
"I'm extremely proud of all our students and what they have accomplished this year," superintendent Gaylon Taylor said. "I'm truly proud of what our kids have done and want to congratulate them for that."
The BIC School Board echoed Taylor's remarks saying they are very proud of the student achievements and commend them for their hard work. In other business Guy Patterson of the Craighead County Community Foundation handed out to board members and meeting attendees a copy of the Arkansas Community Foundation's county by county look at the quality of life in Arkansas. Patterson said the report comes out every two years and provides valuable statistics that can be used to identify needs, for grants and other programs.
The board after a brief executive session came back into open session where it voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Laura McFarlin, Syrena Duffle and Kyle Rolland. The board also unanimously approved the hire of Dana Poe to fill McFarlin's vacant position, and Marti Peel to replace Poe in her position of EAST school coordination.
Taylor informed the board the school's agri truck transmission was burned up and the motor locked up. He said he would be talking to the school's insurance about these repairs. Taylor said architects are working to get building drawings of the proposed new K-6 grades at Leachville and 7-12 grades at Monette by the 7 p.m. April 23 public meeting at the BIC Monette cafeteria and the April 30 meeting being held at 7 p.m. at the Leachville cafeteria. Taylor wants to encourage community members to attend those meetings to ask questions and receive information about this proposed project.
Before adjourning the board unanimously voted to appoint Michael McFarlin to fill the seat of board member Jason Stewart, who resigned last month.