Manila board fills positions

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Following an executive session at the Aug. 18 meeting, Manila School Board voted unanimously to accept Superintendent Pam Castor's recommendation to hire Kendra Lesley as high school chemistry, physics and physical science teacher. Mrs. Lesley was hired as a long-term substitute until she completes the teacher Praxis testing requirements.

Also hired was Charlye Kenner, part-time cafeteria worker.

Castor informed the board 2015-2016 school year had closed out soundly with a 1.6 percent carryover. She said the district did have to return $29,974 in growth funds. Growth money is based on estimates the first quarter and the district ended the year with 4.55 students less than the estimate.

The district opened the year with 1062 students enrolled. At the end of the third quarter last year the enrollment was 1059.3.

"We will have a more accurate number for this school year after Labor Day," Castor said. "Our principals will make their reports at the next meeting."

The board voted unanimously to approve the transfer request of four students from the Rivercrest District to attend Manila.

"They live on the line and Rivercrest Board has released them," Castor said.

Castor went on to thank the community and staff for helping with the traffic patterns and parking. Changes had to be made due to construction of the new high school.

"We have had a lot of cooperation and we appreciate the patience of our patrons," Castor said. "It has been a positive open for us."

Board member Johnny McCain said he recently returned from the Regional Conference and has several items to share with the board including a new state of the art security system to consider for the new building.

"I was looking at the common denominator of the high achieving districts across the state," McCain said. "I will get all of the information to Mrs. Castor."

The next regular school board meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 15. The board room has been relocated to the back room of Snider Library.

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