Riverside Board recognizes teachers' accomplishments

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Riverside teachers Meagan Priest (left) and Amanda Eakins were recognized at the board meeting for completing the curriculum and receiving the National Board Techer's Certification status. Melody Couch (not present) also completed the National Board Certification.

Riverside Superintendent Jeff Priest and board members recognized three teachers at the first meeting of the year held on Monday, Jan. 8.

Superintendent Priest commended Meagan Priest, Amanda Eakins, and Melody Couch for completing the National Board Certification. Ms. Priest and Ms. Eakins were present.

“The National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education,” Superintendent Priest said. “It was designed to develop, retain, and recognize the most accomplished and effective teachers and, therefore, improve schools nationwide.”

He went on to say in the past, only 40 percent of candidates pass the first year. The three teachers are part of the candidates that certified their first year. The National Board process is mostly performance-based and involves videoing oneself teaching, taking tests, and writing...lots of writing. Through this process, these teachers had to demonstrate with evidence their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

“The district is blessed to have teachers that pursue and achieve National Board Certification,” Superintendent Priest said. “Without a doubt, the impact it has will strengthen our teachers, students, schools and community.”

The board expressed their congratulations to the teachers.

On the recommendation of Superintendent Priest, the board voted unanimously to hire Tyler Bounds to join the maintenance department.

“At one time we had three and four maintenance workers and we have been down to two since June,” Priest said. “Bounds also has his CDL license and that will be helpful to the district.”

The board voted to allow the transfer of two sisters to the Bay School District. Superintendent Priest said the students had always attended Bay. They have moved to the Riverside District but would like to return to Bay.

Priest then recommended to grant a transfer request for two siblings to the Brookland District. Their mother has taken a job in Brookland and requested a legal transfer. The board voted unanimously to allow the transfer.

The board reviewed the facility plan that has to be updated every other year.

Superintendent Priest said the district has two brand new facilities. He went on to say one of the needs is a physical education facility for Riverside West Elementary.

“We can look at a multipurpose PE facility with classrooms around it,” Priest said.

This would be for the 2021-2023 school year cycle. The district could apply for partnership funding if it is available.

The board unanimously approved the Facility Master Plan as proposed.

The board discussed the purchase of a used 2012 84-passenger school bus with 55,000 miles. The bus is located in Tulsa. It has air conditioning, luggage rack, storage area.

Priest said with the larger capacity bus, the district could combine one of the short routes in town. That would give the school two spare buses and one less sub driver.

Priest said if the board approved he had made arrangements for Chris Snyder (department head of maintenance) and himself to be flown by a friend to Tulsa on the Monday school is out. If the bus checks out, they would drive it home.

The board voted unanimously to purchase the bus if it meets their approval.

During the financial review, Superintendent Priest said the revenue is up over $200,000 from the same time last year and the expenditures are down $150,000. He also pointed out the cafeteria food service was $21,287 in the black. It started this year with a $7,000 balance. The operating fund is at $2.1 million and this time last year it was $1.4 million. Priest informed the board he has a meeting in Little Rock to review the mid-year budget and see if there are any changes needed.

The board went into executive session to discuss the superintendent's contract. Following the executive session, the board voted unanimously to extend the superintendent's contract for one year extending it to 2021.

Riverside meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of the month.

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