Manila School goes high tech

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Manila School Board members got a hands-on demonstration of the Maker Space 3D technology in Manila's Middle School. Manila is the first school in Northeast Arkansas and the second in the state to have these computers. (photo provided)

At the December board meeting held Thursday, Dec. 15, Manila School Board participated in a demonstration of 3-D computing. The 3-D computers are part of the Manila Middle School, "Maker Space," which is a room dedicated to student achievement through creativity, research and advanced thinking. The 3-D computers allow students to view three dimensional images. The images on the screen appear to be real. Board members worked with the technology.

"This is amazing," said board member Tracey Reinhart. "Students will really be able to advance using these computers."

Manila School District is the only school in Northeast Arkansas with this advance technology with only one other school in all of Arkansas having the same computers.

"We are pushing forward to give our students advantages in computer skills and programming," said Pam Castor, superintendent.

In other business the Board heard a presentation from Aramark, a cafeteria management company. Company representative, Omeka Humphrey, explained to board members the main benefit of using the company was expanded meal choices for students. Ms. Humphrey went on the explain that the bulk buying ability of the company allowed Aramark to provide high quality ingredients as well as variety.

Board member Johnny McCain asked if breakfast choices were also available. Ms. Humphrey said breakfast choices could include a hot breakfast as well as smoothies and fruit. She also saidall meals offered would meet federal guidelines.

The board also discussed the property trade agreement. Paperwork on the trade for the three school districts involved was delivered. The schools Manila, Gosnell and Rivercrest previously agreed to trade Section 16-14-9 and the Northwest corner of approximately 30 acres of 16-13-8 to Leveland LLC. Manila School Board discussed 2017 farm contracts for the new property which includes approximately 40 acres in Section 14 Township 13 Range 8; approximately 48 acres in Section 30 Township 13 Range 8; 48 acres in section 30 Township 15 Range 9; and 110 acres in Section 10, Township 13 Range 8.

After a recommendation by Superintendent Castor the board voted 5/0 to offer a one year contract expiring December 31, 2017, to current farmers, David Wildy and Scott Adams, under terms similar to their previous contracts. The one year contract was awarded to give fair consideration to the involved farmers and allow the board time to discuss bidding the contract for the 2018 farm year.

Superintendent Castor discussed the 10 year facilities plan with the board. The upcoming school year will be the time to address projects that will be done when the new high school is completed.

Board President Tracey Reinhart closed the meeting encouraging all board members, administrators and school employees with these words, "We have a great school. I am proud of our school and our progress."

Reinhart went on to praise and encourage positive attitudes saying, "The first step to all great accomplishments is a positive attitude."

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