Riverside School Board meeting

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Riverside School Board worked through a short agenda at the Aug. 7 meeting.

Superintendent Jeff Priest informed the board the Lake City Council had approved the third reading for the purchase of the old high school buildings and property. The paperwork should be ready by the end of the week.

During the financial review the board discussed storm damage repair and lighting replacements.

Priest commended Midsouth Metal Co. for the repairs from the storm damage. He said he was pleased with their timely response.

“They did a good job,” Priest said.

He went on to say some of the building lights had been replaced with LED lighting reducing the number of light fixtures needed. Usage will be tracked and cost compared to the old lights.

Priest said all of the staff have been working hard getting ready for open house on Thursday. Seventh grade orientation will begin at 5 p.m. Open house for others will start at 6 p.m.

Priest talked about the Professional Learning Community (PLC) training for teachers. The PLC will meet on a monthly basis working on the same assessment to ensure all of the students and teachers are on the same page.

“Our goal is to graduate kids workforce ready and college ready,” Priest said. “We want a foundation to build on year after year. We want every kid who walks the halls to connect with somebody. As a district we are graded on test scores, extra curriculum and graduation rate. Teachers have been very receptive to the PLC.

The board approved two legal transfers to Nettleton School. Priest said the students have never attended Riverside. The board also approved the transfer of a high school student to Buffalo Island Central.

The board accepted the resignation of Rita Scroggins, cafeteria worker, and the transfer of Nicole Cooksey from janitor to paraprofessional at Riverside West Elementary.

The board voted to extend the contract from part-time to full time for Tina Warren, custodian at West Elementary.

Superintendent Priest recommended the hiring of Stella Harris to fill the vacant cafeteria position. Priest said the cafeteria manager recommended Harris. She has past cafeteria work experience. The board unanimously approved the hiring of Harris.

In other business:

*Priest talked about the updates for the handbook from the Arkansas School Board Association. Changes are in the wording. He requested an addition to the dress code policy prohibiting face paint during the school day. Board members expressed no objections to the addition.

*Priest informed the board a state board representative will meet with them prior to the Oct. 2 board meeting giving them three professional development hours.

*A discussion was held on moving the school board election times. Priest informed the board 2017 will be the last September school board election. Boards have been asked to choose either May or November dates during the primary or general elections for future school elections. The ASBA is encouraging everyone to consider a May election. New members will come on board in June instead of the middle of the school year. The current board member terms will be shortened by six months. The board voted unanimously to go with a May school election.

*Flashing lights are ready to hook up on the Caraway campus.

*Due to Labor Day, the next regular school board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the administration board room.

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