Manila School Board

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Manila Superintendent Pam Castor informed the board at the May 19 meeting the third quarter enrollment showed 1056.94 students, 1.41 students less than last year at the same time.

"The third quarter average is where our funding comes from," she said.

She went on to say she thinks the district will have growth as the enrollment showed 1,068 at the end of this year compared to 1,057 from last year.

Castor announced all of the district, high school, elementary and middle school, are ADE accredited.

Following a short executive session, the board voted unanimously, 5-0, to accept the resignations of Mary Ford, cafeteria worker, and Danny Helms from his coaching duties.

The board then voted to allow the transfer of John Deaton as part-time dean of students in middle school. Deaton will continue his coaching duties.

Board voted to add part-time high school assistant principal to Lee Wimberley's coaching duties. Zach Birmingham was hired as assistant coach in sports. He will also work with the elementary program and teach.

Rosie Benham was hired as custodian and Lisa Hitchcock was hired as payroll clerk.

The board approved Amy Pryor, middle school teacher, as cross country coach and girls track coach.

The board approved the ACSIP and Federal Programs preliminary budgets for the 2016-2017 school year. Castor explained a change on how the reports go to the state.

Castor gave an update on the high school building project. She said the dirt work began and the work came within budget. Utilities are being reworked and the demolition of the bus shed should begin in the near future.

Castor said the school offered to house Head Start in the new building, but she had been informed the Head Start will take another route.

In her administrative report she complimented the former seniors of 2016 for a great job.

"Everything went smoothly," she said. "The sponsors and graduates did a great job."

Board member Danny Robbins attended a training meeting in Little Rock. He said he received a lot of good information and made copies for other board members to have the information.

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