MHS new high school close to budget

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Adam Seider, project manager with Nabholtz Construction, spoke to school board members.

Adam Seider, project manager with Nabholtz Construction, spoke briefly at the Manila School Board meeting Feb. 22. Seider informed the board the new high school building project is within two percent of the budget which is good.

He said the architect will be working on the site package. They can get the bids out and when the dirt work is settled and the soil test results back they will be ready to go. Seider said nothing has changed in the square footage.

Later in the meeting John Mixon, architect with Cromwell, presented the latest renderings of the new high school facility featuring the front of the two-story building, and several inside drawings.

A rendering of the front of the new school plan.

Superintendent Pam Castor informed the board the city had approached the district about space to park buses during the construction at no cost to the school.

"We certainly appreciate their offer," Castor said.

Following the executive session, the board voted unanimously to renew contracts for Robbin Baugher, Federal Coordinator; LeAnn Helms, Middle School Principal; and Jason Evers, Elementary Principal.

Also approved for the spring sports are: Kevin Youngblood, Danny Helms, and student teacher Zac Birmingham, baseball; Craig Wheeler, softball; Jerry Castor, Loren Morgan, and Scott Morgan track, weight lifting, and spring football; Sammi Fowler, girls' track.

The board had no objection to Superintendent Castor taking an inventory of obsolete items, non-working items, and items not in use that can be sold and moved off campus. Some of the items mentioned included an ice maker, floor shampooer and a range. She will compile the list for the board's approval of the unused items.

Mrs. Castor did not make a recommendation on a student transfer request and no action was taken.

The board reviewed two requests from sophomores for early graduation.

Mrs. Castor made the recommendation to accept the requests contingent on all academic requirements being met. Mrs. Castor said all of the required credits have to be completed by the end of the first semester of their junior year.

The board voted 5-1 to to allow the requests for early graduation.

Board member Johnny McCain cast the no vote commenting he did not feel it is in the best interest of the students or the best interest of the school.

During the administrative reports Mrs. Castor was pleased to announce very good scores on the PARCC testing.

"This was a very rigorous test and we received the best scores ever," Castor said. "The PARCC was a one year test only. We will have new tests this year. The juniors will take the ACT and other grades will take the ACT Aspire."

Board President Jeremy Jackson expressed the board's congratulations and thanks for the obvious efforts by the students and teachers on this test.

In other business:

*The board approved the calendar recommended by the Personnel Policy Committee for the 2016-2017 school year.

*Mrs. Castor distributed copies of policies for the board to review and vote on at the March meeting.

*Thank you notes from students in Mrs. Nicole Ever's classroom thanking the board for allowing them to meet in the board room.

*Mrs. Castor and the board recognized students for their good work in the TOPS Skills competition held at ANC. Combination welding, Dylan Jones, first place; Bulletin Board Presentation,

Kennedy Woodall, second place; Hands On Activity With Children (Education Program), Breanna McCollum, second place; Aviation Maintenance, Michael Rawson, first place; Justin Bratton, second place; Felony Traffic Stop,

Ryan Crouch, second place; Job Interview, Ethan Luper, third place;

Crime Scene Investigation, Brian Reynolds, Cindy Tomblin, and Tyler Smith, first place team.

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