Riverside students recognized at board meeting

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Riverside High School Principal Jeff Priest presented the Riverside School Board with recent student achievements and upcoming events.

Student achievements in sports and other events were recognized by Board members and High School Principal Jeff Priest at the Riverside School District Board meeting held Nov. 2.

Students who received awards for participation in the FCCLA Craighead County Fair were Karlee Sanders, Haven Robertson, Austin Smith, Bethany Pace, Faith Brooks, Kayla Reese and Ryan Kelems.

Gracie Wilson was selected to be a member of the National FFA Band.

Students qualifying for All Region Choir include Madison Black, Chris Ditto, Asia Equia, Sam Meurer, Gabe Poe, Karlee Sanders, Lauren Smith and Wyatt Wheaton.

Larry Tilly and Brittany Ditto made All State Golf.

The junior girls basketball team are the Marmaduke Invitational Champs and the junior boys basketball team took Marmaduke Invitation Runner-Up.

Terry Connor and members of both the boys and girls tennis teams will be recognized during the boys basketball games against Marmaduke on Nov. 17. The boys tennis team won their third consecutive state championship, and the girls tennis team finished third, overall. Players from the girls team that placed are Carson Smith, McKenna Beach, Baily Fisher, Hattie Milligan and Abbey Brickell. Players from boys team that placed are Zac Poe, Luke Baker, Braden Overman, Gavin Stone, Jon Milligan and Grant Mason.

Priest informed the Board that $3,000 in grants had been awarded to three Advanced Placement teachers. Jaimie Long, Melody Couch and T.J. Eakins each received $1,000 in grants to be used toward materials and equipment in their AP classrooms.

Priest also announced veterans will be honored during the Nov. 13 girls basketball game against Brookland. A sign-up sheet will be available at the door, and all veterans attending the Brookland game will receive free admission. Recognition of veterans will alternate every other year between games and an in-school assembly.

Brandi Wallace, East Elementary principal, briefly talked about Family Math Night scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. The event is intended to encourage parent involvement and understanding of Common Core math. Wallace told the Board there will be activities in each classroom for parents to view and participate.

Greg Douglas, Board president, raised questions concerning the total district electric bill during the financial review. Tommy Knight, superintendent, informed the Board that some lights were kept on at all times in various places on all campuses for security purposes. Discussion about money saving alternative light sources were discussed for future consideration.

The Board was given updates on new construction for the East Elementary School. Mark Cahoon, architect, informed the board he is considering color selections and other details concerning the dining area. Larson Tate, project manager, commented work is on schedule. Weather permitting, he plans for everything to be in the dry and ready for winter.

In other business, the Board was presented a 22 item list of equipment that is no longer in use and will be deleted from inventory.

Kate Wells filed a disclosure form for her involvement in the cheerleading fundraiser. Wells is providing tee shirts used for fund raising. The submission states that Wells' mother, Carolyn Caldwell, is an employee of the Riverside School District and will not receive benefits from the transaction.

The Board accepted and signed an updated copy of Continuity of Operation Disaster Recovery, as requested during the last legislative office. The 132 page document details what actions are to be taken in the event of a disaster.

The Board discussed and accepted resignations from Shawna Boatman, cafeteria employee, and Sharon Helms, special education aide.

Karinda Caldwell will transfer from custodian to fill the vacancy in the cafeteria.

The next Riverside School Board meeting will be held at a high school East classroom in Lake City.

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