BIC board reviews building plans

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

During the Thursday, July 21, meeting Buffalo Island Central Board members met with Hardy Little of Little and Associates and John Mixon with Cromwell Architects to hear updates on the new Leachville and Monette building projects.

The Board viewed plans for Leachville K-6 campus discussing details such as stage access and flooring options. The exterior of the building will be designed with a similar aesthetic to the MAC.

While looking into the Monette grades 7-12 campus, Mixon told the Board there were no plans to include a safe room in the new construction. Existing areas have been determined as safe during an emergency with a few adjustments.

The Board asked for more information on how safe the area is, how much it could withstand and what else may be done to improve safety if needed.

Mixon and Little also shared a survey of the Monette campus resulted in a change to drainage plans expected to save the District a substantial amount of money.

Mixon spoke of a tentative time line. Bids for Monette campus are expected to begin February of 2017 and Leachville six weeks following. Construction is expected to begin when school is out for the summer.

The Board looked into bids in the purchase of a new mower. Of three submissions, the Board accepted the bid from Bad Boy Mowers for a total of $7,550.

A 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan has been purchased from Landers in Little Rock for an estimated cost of $22,000. The vehicle will be used by faculty traveling for professional development.

A bid from Bluebird Wireless for signal rights from a tower belonging to BIC was approved. The offer included an upfront sum of $36,592 along with annual royalties of $18,000 on a 30 year contract.

Marshal Hughes of First Security presented the Board with information concerning the purchase of a new bus. A five year lease purchase agreement with a rate of 3.06 percent and semi-annual payments $12,094 each was accepted.

Hughes also discussed possible future financing with the Board should the need arise.

A request for student transfer to Manila was denied.

A motion to file disclosure for Darrin McFall, board member, was accepted. His wife, Mandy McFall, will be filling the counseling and testing coordinator positions resulting in a raise in annual pay of more than $2,500.

The Board accepted the resignation of Marty Wilford following his acceptance of a position in Paragould.

New Hires:

*Arlene Faulkner-East campus custodian;

*Bryanna Nix-junior high science;

*Callie Brooks-elementary physical education and girls softball coach.

Currently Buffalo Island Central School Board meetings are held the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting is scheduled Aug. 18.

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