Manila School Board accepts resignations
Following a long executive session, Manila School Board members unanimously accepted two resignations at the regular meeting held April 19.
High school Principal Mark Manchester resigned his position as principal but will continue with the district in a position to be named at a later date.
Samantha Morphis resigned her position as head girls basketball coach but will continue as middle school teacher. Superintendent Pam Castor said there will be a reduction of 20 days in her contract.
The board voted 7-0 to approve the classified contracts as presented by Superintendent Castor.
Ms. Castor presented two cafeteria management summaries for the board to review. The proposals were from Opaa! Food Management and Aramark Food Service.
Ms. Castor said the board will need to review the information presented and make a recommendation to the state by May 1. The state will then review and let the board know if there needs to be any changes.
After discussion, the board agreed to allow Mrs. Castor to select a committee and allow both companies to have representatives meet with the board and present information and samples.
(The food service presentations have been set for 6:30 Wednesday, April 25.)
The board voted to accept bids for tables and bookcases from the Arkansas Department of Correction. Bids included $19,345.50 for 150 tables for the computer labs and $21,172.07 for bookcases for the library.
Also included in bids accepted was a $44,034.95 for a large screen and projector for the new high school auditorium. Mrs Castor said it was the lowest bid obtained for the equipment.
Mrs. Castor reminded the board May 22 will be school board election day, coinciding with the primary election. Polling places will be open as usual.
All board members, Paul Wayne Hicks, Tracey Reinhart, Johnny McCain, Jeremy Jackson, Dan Robbins, Tommy Wagner and Monte Middleton were present.
Board members were presented copies of policies to review and consider at the next regular board meeting.