Manila School Board discusses new building project

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Manila School Board members viewed a power point presentation by John Mixon, architect for the new high school building project at the regular December meeting held Thursday, Dec. 17.

Architect John Mixon reviews building updates with Manila School Board.

Mixon informed the board a design development budget should be ready to present at the January meeting.

Mixon pointed out the layout of the two-story high school building which will include a large Ag space; green house; elevated auditorium space, cafeteria, multiple labs, library center, classrooms, large FCCLA area, safety features, and more.

"We went to the technical director at Arkansas State University with our plans to discuss the auditorium," Mixon said. "We made modifications from his input."

Mixon pointed out the cost savings in making any changes in the planning stage versus the building phase.

The board thanked Mixon for keeping them updated on the plans.

Superintendent Pam Castor presented a resolution for the board to consider adopting the County Hazard Mitigation Plan. She suggested the board adopt the resolution as presented.

The board voted unanimously to adopt the plan.

Castor then asked the board to adopt a resolution to conduct business if needed with Tucker Shop and Salvage. Castor said board member Dean Tucker is the son of owner Bobby Tucker and has no financial interest in Tucker's Shop and Salvage. The board voted 6-0 passing the resolution to conduct business.

Tucker was absent for the meeting.

Castor asked the board to make suggestions on the Master Plan that has to be updated in February. She explained the projects on the plan do not qualify for partnership funding but all proposed projects have to be approved by the state.

Some of the future projects over the next seven years include additional bleachers for the football field, work out area, putting green, baseball field and track.

Board member Johnny McCain suggested bumping up the putting green to 2017 since it will not cost a lot of money.

Board member Tommy Wagner said he would look into the design of what is needed for the golf program.

"I think it would be great if you could get that done," President Jeremy Jackson said.

McCain called anything they can provide for the students moving in a positive direction.

The board passed the Master Plan unanimously.

The board discussed getting the bus fleet on schedule and passed a resolution purchase for a conventional 65 passenger bus.

Castor congratulated Board member Brandon Veach on receiving the Master School Board Member certification.

President Jackson asked the board members who attended the conference to be prepared to share the information with others at the next meeting. He then commended the teachers and students for gathering food and toys to be distributed to the food pantry, Lions Club and and an orphanage.

The Manila School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

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