Unico Bank donates $20,000 to Riverside School District

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Riverside School Board discusses school business during the July 12 meeting.

The Riverside School Board gathered July 12 for the first meeting in the newly completed construction on Caraway campus.

The resignation of board member Mike Brown was accepted. The Board expressed thanks to Brown for his years of service with district.

Following an executive session the Board selected Greg Smith to fill Brown's position.

In addition to Brown, two letters of resignation were accepted by the Board. Lisa Black resigned as cheer sponsor. Mark Manchester will no longer be holding the position as high school principal.

Gale Yates will fill the position of high school principal on an interim basis for the 2016-17 school year. The date of the contract will begin Aug. 1 and end the last day of school. Yates' salary was calculated by estimating daily pay and applying it to the dates of the contract. Responsibilities of the position have been adjusted due to the specific situation and will include managing the building and employees as well as mentoring Assistant Principal Matt Ziegler. Other responsibilities will be handled by Ziegler who is qualified for the tasks.

Unico Bank awarded a donation of $20,000 to the athletic department in payments of $5,000 over a five year period. Superintendent Jeff Priest shared plans for the money. Concrete slabs will be poured and awnings will be added to the tennis, baseball and softball bleachers. A new baseball score board will be purchased. Fencing will be added in hopes of protecting grounds from being disturbed in patrons' traffic where a putting green may eventually be constructed for use by the golf team.

Plans for a sponsorship sign to be placed on the grounds in honor of the contribution were discussed.

The sale of season passes for baseball and softball were discussed as well.

A resolution authorizing the issuance and delivery of bonds was approved. Michael McBride met with the Board during the June meeting to begin the process of reissuing bonds. The savings expected from the sale was originally around $215,000 or 3.15 percent. The actual savings will be more at 4.124 percent for $278,443. McBride assured the Board that the resolution is the same as any district choosing to issue a refund.

Tim McCarty, of Advanced Heating and Air, proposed a solution concerning the aged roof of the West Elementary building. A membrane will be placed over the existing roof. The membrane will protect from weather damage, as well as reduce heating and cooling cost. The purchase would include installation and a 15 year warranty. The cost of the membrane was estimated at $49,575. The other option, to completely replace the roof, is estimated to cost $200,000.

A new resident of the Riverside district was granted a legal transfer to attend Rivercrest. A parent of the student working in the Rivercrest district will transport the student to and from school. A sibling of that student will attend Riverside as a senior.

The classified and certified salary schedule was accepted.

An update to the handbook by the School Association using a model policy was accepted.

The early graduation policy will be adjusted due to the availability of an Associates Degree free to Riverside students. In the past, students have been allowed to graduate ahead of schedule in order to attend college. With the college degree offered through the school, it will no longer be included in the requirements for early graduation. In the future, students wishing to graduate early must prove financial hardship, military enrollment, pregnancy or otherwise designated signs of need.

Complications discovered in a tie between four students for 2016 valedictorian brought a change to the guidelines necessary for the title. Should students continue to tie in grade point average after eight semesters the students will then become co-valedictorians.

The next regular Riverside School Board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1.

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