Manila School Board recognized
In conjunction with Arkansas School Board Member Recognition Month, January 2017, Manila School Board members were honored at the Jan. 19 meeting. Each member of the school board received a "candy" letter from the Middle School, a gift bag from Southern Bancorp, a copy of a Proclamation from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and a Resolution from the Arkansas State Board of Education.
Superintendent Pam Castor expressed her appreciation to the board for their service to the district. Middle School Principal LeeAnn Helms presented the candy letters created by Middle School students.
Members of the school board include Tracey Reinhart, president; Jeremy Jackson, vice president; Danny Robbins, secretary; Johnny McCain, Tommy Wagner, Terry Carr and Paul Hicks.
Following an executive session, the school board voted unanimously to extend Angel McDowell's contract through the end of the school year.
They voted unanimously to extend Superintendent Castor's contract for a year (through 2018-2019) with a two percent increase in salary.
"We appreciate the job you do," President Reinhart said.
The board voted to authorize Superintendent Castor to receive bids for a bus to be presented at the next meeting.
Superintendent Castor recommended the purchase of a new reading series for the elementary. Principal Jason Evers discussed the McGraw Hill reading series saying five series were reviewed. He talked about the need of a core reading program. He said the McGraw Hill series has a strong emphasis on K-2.
"This is where it has to start," he said.
He went on to say students need to learn to read and should be ready to read to learn by the third or fourth grades.
The cost of the series will be $56,680.69.
"It is a lot of money but it is not unusual," Superintendent Castor said. "At one time there were state bids but there are no state contracts now. Companies cannot sell at higher prices from state to state."
The board voted unanimously to approve the purchase.
Superintendent Castor informed the board attendance was up at 1061 before Christmas but as of Thursday, it was down to 1054.
In other business:
*Superintendent Castor presented policies for board members to review and act on at the next board meeting.
*The board voted on four calendar proposals to be sent to the staff for vote. The calendars will come back to the board for final approval.