Manila Board fills Position 4

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Manila School Board members selected Paul Wayne Hicks to fill Position 4. The vote was unanimous in favor of Hicks to fill the vacant seat. Dean Tucker submitted a letter of resignation at a special called meeting earlier in the month and a vacant seat was declared by the board.

All board members, Tracey Reinhart, president; Jeremy Jackson, vice president; Danny Robbins, secretary, Johnny McCain, Tommy Wagner and Terry Carr, were present.

Board member Terry Carr left the meeting as board members considered resolutions to conduct business with Pro Hardware and to allow Blake Carr to serve as umpire assigner.

Superintendent Pam Castor explained Blake will waive any fee from the district. He will not be officiating games but will be assigning umpires for baseball games. Castor said if the board approves, she will disclose the information to the Arkansas Department of Education for approval.

The board voted unanimously to accept both resolutions to conduct business.

The board voted to renew trip insurance for teachers and bus drivers on school trips. The total cost is $296 a year.

Castor had a policy revision request from students. Present policy requires votes on homecoming maids no longer than 10 days before the event. She said students would like the time frame to be eliminated.

The board had no objection to the change.

The board then agreed to allow the superintendent the authority to transfer items from fixed assets to inventory list.

Castor said she was pleased to report the ESSA reports are in and all buildings in the District have been rated as achieving status.

The board voted 5-1 (with McCain voting no) on a student transfer request.

McCain asked about the problem the school had on Friday with buses and drivers going to the football playoff games. He was referring to a problem with drivers and buses following a late date cancellation of chartered buses booked to carry football team, cheerleaders, and the band to the game.

He said he was embarrassed of the buses that were used.

"I just think we can do better," McCain said. "Also, there was a rush to get enough drivers at the last minute. Do we need to add more CDL drivers?"

He suggested having all PE teachers and assistant coaches get a CDL license.

He said he realized it was a perfect storm.

"I do appreciate the drivers who stepped up," McCain said.

Castor said it was an out of the ordinary event. She said the school certainly has the fleet to transport to the games, but the district will probably continue to use the chartered buses during events on long trips with no plans to stay over.

She also said six to seven drivers were added last year and she will look adding more.

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