Manila School Board selects Danny Robbin delegate

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Manila School Board members unanimously elected board member Dan Robbins to represent the board as Arkansas School Board Association Board delegate and legislative liaison at the regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The Board met with four members present, President Jeremy Jackson, Tracey Reinhart, Johnny McCain and Robbins.

Superintendent Pam Castor presented two resolutions to present to the state allowing the school to conduct business with Woody's Electric and Oates Construction. Both businesses have relatives employed by the school which requires the board to pass and submit the resolutions. Castor said others would be presented at the next meeting.

Castor then presented purchase requests for a Z/Space lab 3D computing system for middle school and 59 lap top computers.

Board members voted to purchase the 3D system at a cost of $51,399; and the computers at a cost of $31,157.76. The computers will be distributed in the elementary classrooms, middle school robotics classes and various locations in the high school.

After reviewing a proposed 10 year contract presented by Pepsi, the board voted to accept the contract. The school will have Pepsi products exclusively in the concessions and vending machine services. Pepsi will provide a new scoreboard for the football field and return 15 percent of the vending profits to the school.

Castor said in the past proceeds from the vending machines have been used to help pay the expenses of the junior/senior prom.

Following an executive session, the board voted to accept the resignation of Lisa Benham, cafeteria worker.

A payment for a bus trip to driver Cary Cossey and a stipend for licensed coaches for the pee wee program were approved.

The board approved up to 72 days for consulting services as was recommended by Castor.

The board approved a bid for $76,000 from Murphy Construction which will be working for Nabholz to put back the bus shed, taken down due to construction of the new high school, in a new location and construct a new metal building purchased by the district last year.

A special meeting to review the budget was set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

Castor asked the board if they are interested in having local food service vendors talk to them about the cafeteria services they can provide.

The board agreed to hear what they have to offer.

Board member McCain recognized the junior high boys cross country team for their recent wins and the boys golf team.

"They have represented our school well," McCain said.

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