Manila School Board fills positions and accepts resignations

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Manila School Board hired Samantha Fowler as girls basketball coach at the regular Thursday, April 16, meeting. Fowler is a Buffalo Island Central graduate and is presently teaching and serving as assistant coach at Marked Tree.

The board accepted Coach Mark Manchester's resignation. Manchester has served as the Lady Lions coach for three years. He accepted an administrative position at Riverside School District.

Board President Jeremy Jackson read a letter from Manchester expressing his appreciation to the district for the support he has received during his years at Manila.

"We appreciate Mark and wish him well," Jackson said.

The board accepted the resignation of Phyllis Clark who plans to retire at the end of the school year. Mrs. Clark has 41 years in education.

Jackson read a letter from Mrs. Clark.

"We certainly appreciate the positive impact Mrs. Clark has had on education in her 41 years," Jackson said.

Jackson read a letter from teacher Pam Holden announcing her plans to retire at the end of the school year.

"We appreciate her service to the district through the years," Jackson said.

Lindsey Boxx, high school teacher, submitted her resignation.

The board voted in favor of Superintendent Pam Castor's recommendations of extending Eva Towles' contract to 195 days; transferring Tony Crowell as ag teacher to dean of students; and transferring Jimmy Pucket, high school math and biology teacher, to middle school.

Graham Agee was hired as agriculture teacher and Scott Morgan was hired as assistant football coach and social studies teacher.

Castor presented a list of classified contracts to be renewed. The board voted in favor of the list presented.

Ms. Castor informed the board of policy changes in the School Choice law. The new cutoff date is May 1, and there is a maximum capacity clause.

The board voted unanimously in favor of the School Choice which reflects the law.

Castor said she had received the school's report grades information packet.

"These are from the 2013-2014 scores," Castor said. The high school received a B; middle school an A; and elementary a B. The elementary was less than one point away from an A."

In the administrative reports, Castor said John Mixon, architect, is working on building report for the board to review.

"They are realigning the sports' conference," Castor said. "I will have a report on that at the next meeting."

The board asked about kindergarten registration. Elementary principal Jason Evers said 65 had registered during the registration day held recently, which was up from the same time last year.

"We usually get several that register in July," he said.

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