Riverside board tours new elementary building

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Riverside board tours new east elementary school.

Mark Cahoon, architect, led Riverside School Board members on a tour of the new East elementary building March 7 prior to the monthly meeting. Final touches are nearing completion and students are expected to move into the new building in April.

The February financial statement was approved following discussion on possible duplicate listings as well as utilities, technology, construction and fuel expenses.

The Board was informed that applications to fill the position of high school principal have been reviewed and applicants were spoken to in person and via phone. The Board agreed to move assistant principal Mark Manchester to the principal position following a recommendation by Superintendent Tommy Knight.

Architect Mark Cahoon takes principals and school board members on tour of the new East elementary building.

The rehire of all certified staff for the 2016-2017 school year was approved.

Superintendent Knight and East Elementary Principal Brandi Wallace shared information on the purchase of furniture for the new elementary from Contrax Furnishing. Not all furniture will be replaced and some items in the current building will be transferred to the new building.

An addendum to contract was made at the request of the auditor. The motion was to amend the contracts of Brandi Wallace for national board and Melody Couch for the mentoring program. Stipends were already included in the schedule.

The legal transfer of student Rodney Lassiter to Trumann was approved and signed.

A request from student Diana Farrell to transfer to Brookland was denied.

High School Principal Jeff Priest shared student news:

*The boys bowling team won the 3A conference tournament. The girls bowling team placed second.

*The boys bowling team finished as 1A-2A-3A State runner-up by four pins. The girls bowling team finished fourth.

*Many students placed in the TOPS challenge held at Arkansas Northeastern College. First place winners, Mattie Lowerey and Karlee Sanders, were awarded a full year scholarship to ANC.

*The girls basketball team are regional runner-up and won one game during the state tournament.

Superintendent Knight handed out athletic records to be reviewed and discussed during the next meeting in April to address recent rumors. The records are public and anyone wishing to view them may request them.

The next Riverside School Board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, April 4, in Lake City.

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