Buffalo Island Central School Board talks crop production reports and plans for future

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Members of the Buffalo Island School Board heard crop production reports from farmers tending land owned by the district during the Jan. 19 meeting.

During the report for Justin Wildy Farms, the Board was told peanuts were grown in 2015, cotton in 2016. The 2016 cotton yield was an estimated 100 pounds an acre more than the previous cotton harvest. The peanuts were thought to have prepared soil to promote better growth when cotton was planted. The Board was told plans for future crops would include cotton followed by peanuts.

The two areas tended by Gordon Miller Farms were planted with soybeans and milo in 2015 followed by cotton and soybeans. Miller shared his intentions to plant more cotton and possibly peanuts in the next two years.

When asked about any difference in yields, farmers clarified the soils between the lands are considerably different resulting in a difference between crops and yields.

The Board agreed to offer a two year contract to continue work with Miller and Wildy for the farming of land owned by the district. The only change from previous contracts is rent on soybeans set at 30 percent. All other crops will continue at 25 percent rent.

The Board agreed should cafeteria services be outsourced any district employee with experience of 10 or more years will be given the option to continue as an employee of the district or transfer employment to the outsourcing company.

The transfer of Kerry McDermott from Manila to Buffalo Island Central was approved.

The contract with Superintendent Gaylon Taylor was extended to the 2019/20 school year.

The Board approved the stipend of position of English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, at $750.

Mary Beth Garner was hired to fill the position of English for Speakers of Other Languages.

A contract with First Security Beardsley Finance for three years beginning Feb. 19 as financial advisers was approved.

The Board authorized the issuance and delivery of a $1,575,000 construction bond scheduled to close Feb. 1.

The Board gave the go ahead for architects, engineers and builders to move forward with designs including efficiency options for the new Leachville and Monette campuses.

The next Buffalo Island Central School Board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.

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