Craighead County Judge candidate introduced at Riverside School Board meeting

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Marvin Day, candidate for Craighead County Judge, talks to Riverside School Board members. Also pictured is Riverside High School Principal Matt Ziegler (seated). (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Craighead County Judge candidate Marvin Day spoke briefly at the Monday, Feb. 5, Riverside School Board meeting. The long-time resident of Jonesboro is a graduate of Jonesboro High School, received a civil engineering degree from the University of Arkansas and is employed as a senior engineer at City Water and Light. He previously worked in the highway and heavy construction business and is a co-founder of Asphalt Producers, LLC.

“I want to foster cooperative leadership among all elected officials in Craighead County,” Day said.

He went on to say he is all about teamwork and serving citizens.

“Yes, I do think there is a need for a courthouse in Lake City,” he said.

The board voted at the January meeting to purchase a 2012 84-passenger school bus with 55,000 miles from a company in Tulsa.

Superintendent Jeff Priest said the bus was delivered last Friday but has not been placed on a route.

Board members asked about the Alternate Method of Instruction (AMI) days used during the snow days.

High School Principal Matt Ziegler commented it had gone well.

“Teachers made the lessons available on line and the students responded,” Ziegler said. “I think the students will appreciate it in May when it helps keep us on track for the end of the school year.”

Superintendent Priest said the district has used three of the five approved AMI days.

“We can apply for an additional five days if needed,” he said.

Priest commended the administration for doing a good job.

“We have many new members, but they are all doing a good job,” Priest said as he recommended renewing their contracts.

High School Principal is Ziegler; Assistant Principal is Jason Durham; East Elementary Principal is Steven Sanders; West Elementary Principal is Lee Ann Harrell; and District Curriculum Specialist is Brandi Wallace.

The board voted unanimously to renew the administrative contracts. Present were board members Greg Douglas, Greg Smith, Len B. Nall and Ricky Austin.

The board voted to accept the resignation of Cathy Robertson, custodian at Riverside East. She gave a two week notice and Feb. 16 will be her last day.

Superintendent Priest said the cafeteria workers have been short-handed and they have been making it work but they need the help.

He recommended hiring Sharon Fletcher which the board approved unanimously.

Riverside boys basketball coach Buster Campbell has been elected into the Arkansas 2018 Hall of Fame. An induction ceremony will be held in July.

“We are honored to have him here at Riverside,” Priest said. “Rarely a coach has all of his wins at one school.”

In other business:

*The Board voted to renew the legal liability insurance. There are no changes from last year.

*The Board voted to renew the Municipal Advisory Agreement with Stephens Inc.

*The Board adopted the proposed budget for 2020 as presented by Superintendent Priest.

*The junior high District Tournament will be held at Hoxie and the senior high District Tournament will be held at Piggott. The Regional Tournament will be held in Melbourne and the State Tournament at Drew Central in Monticello.

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