Riverside School Board commends superintendent

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Riverside School Board commended Superintendent Jeff Priest on his efforts of increasing the financial balance during his first year as superintendent.

During a meeting with the central office staff and representatives of the Arkansas Department of Education on June 27 in Little Rock the superintendent and staff were complimented for improving the district's ending financial balance.

Last year the district ended with an operating balance of $598,498.51 and this year it ended at $965,834.46.

Priest informed the board the cafeteria account had started the previous school year at $31,254 and finished at -$21,887.

He went on to say the account can't end in a negative, so a transfer for $21,887 had been made. Priest noted this year the cafeteria account ended with a balance of $6,813.

Priest discussed the progress the maintenance staff has made throughout the summer on numerous projects. He commended Chris Snyder and Mark Mann for the work.

A legal transfer of a student from Riverside to Jonesboro was unanimously approved.

School board members present were Ricky Austin, Greg Douglas, Len B. Nall and Greg Smith.

The board accepted the resignation of Jon Cook, maintenance department.

The board approved the 2018-2019 proposed budget of expenditures.

The board approved a $5,000 superintendent mileage stipend to be added to his contract rather than reimbursement on a monthly basis. The amount is basically the same.

The board approved the 2017-2018 certified and classified salary schedules.

Rick Davis was hired as vo-tech bus driver.

Turner Dairy was awarded the milk bid; Bimbo Bakery, the bread bid; Central Quick Shop, Caraway fuel bid; and MFA, Lake City fuel bid.

The next school board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at the Riverside Central Office.

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