Manila Board considers waiver
Manila School Board met in regular session Monday, Nov. 27. Business included the consideration of a resolution to request a waiver from the State Board of Education to start school on Aug. 13 next year. Superintendent Pam Castor explained the law currently mandates school starts on Aug. 14 or later. Aug. 14, 2018, will fall on a Tuesday. Starting on Aug. 13 will allow the first day of school to be on Monday. The state board will consider the request in December.
Board members reviewed the existing district's bullying policy. The policy will be discussed for possible changes in December.
Superintendent Castor also discussed farm contracts. The length and terms of the contracts on the most recently acquired property will be determined in December.
The board voted to hire Leigh Ann Lein as cafeteria worker for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year.
Superintendent Castor recommended the board approve Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance in the amount of $292.50. This insurance policy covers teachers, board members and bus drivers in the event of an accident while on school business.
The board approved a list of fixed asset deletions. Superintendent Castor said most of the list contained technology items that have depreciated. It also deletes the land traded in last year's land trade agreements. Castor explained the traded property has to be removed and the new property takes it place on the list. The fixed asset list is made up of all items owned by the district worth $1,000 or more.
Following a discussion on possible acquisition of property, the board voted to approve the acquisition as presented by Superintendent Castor.
“Nothing at this date has been finalized,” Castor said. “The action allows us to consider local options.”
The Board also approved a plan to allow students and teachers to complete work from home if school is cancelled for more days than allowed in the calendar. The number of snow days currently in the calendar is five. The proposed plan which includes allowing students to complete reading assignments must be submitted to the Arkansas Department of Education for approval.
The meeting concluded with announcements on upcoming training dates for board members. In addition Superintendent Castor announced there will be a community signing of a beam to be used in the new high school. Members of the community have been invited to sign the beam on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The beam will be located on the north side of middle school.