Riverside finds location for new administration building

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Riverside School Board agreed during the Nov. 7 meeting to the purchase of a building to house administration offices.

Superintendent Jeff Priest approached owner Bret Strobbe about the possibility of using vacant offices beside Shelter Insurance. At the time, Priest decided the available space would not be enough for administrative needs. Strobbe contacted Priest sometime later to inform him of plans to construct a new building for the insurance offices. He then offered to sell the building currently housing the insurance company and the vacant space to the district.

The $175,000 purchase includes the building, estimated at 1,800 square feet, along with enough property for future expansion. Shelter Insurance will remain in the building and pay rent to the district until June 15 when new construction is expected to be complete. Administration intends to be prepared to make the move into the new offices in July 2017.

Superintendent Priest gave the committee report for the high school. Priest shared East Night Out was Nov. 4 and said the event was a success.

Brandi Wallace, East Elementary principal, shared the East Elementary fall festival went well and after school tutoring has begun.

Leanne Harrell, West Elementary principal, explained plans for a new fence around the playground. The majority of the purchase will be funded with money raised by West Elementary students. Harrell explained any remaining expense should be covered with money in the miscellaneous funds.

The Board approved the inventory deletion of items sold during the Oct. 29 auction on the old high school campus. The auction, held by room rather than item, raised an estimated $2,100. Priest shared a few individuals have shown interest in the possible purchase of remaining items. Proceeds will go toward purchasing a new trophy case for the high school.

The Board adopted the Craighead County Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan designed for all cities and schools within the county in preparation of disaster.

The following statement of Financial Interest were approved:

* Kim Hurst: Central Quickstop.

*Carolyn Caldwell.

*Kristen Emery: Caraway General Store.

*Kim Emery: Caraway General Store.

*Ramona Smith.

The Board accepted the resignation of Leslie Shryer as cafeteria staff.

Concerns for overdue lunch charges have lead to a new policy in which overages will be capped at $25 beginning when students return from holiday breaks. Priest assured the Board no student will go hungry. However, should students reach the $25 limit they will be given the alternate lunch option.

Priest also shared plans to look into second chance breakfast for high school students. The breakfast will be available between first and second period.

The next Riverside School District meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in Lake City.

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