Coach Kinard returns to BIC

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Buffalo Island Central Board of Directors hired a new girls basketball coach and approved staff members for the 2018-2019 school year during their board meeting Thursday, April 19.

Mike Kinard will return in August to BIC as junior and senior high girls basketball coach. Kinard served in that same capacity at BIC from 2000-2006.

“I am thrilled to be coming home,” Kinard said. “I have a lot of happy memories during my six years here. I got married to Jessie when I lived here, our two sons were born here, we bought our first house here. Then I left coaching to work as a registered investment advisor for 10 years. I have kept busy working with teams through the years as a city coach but am looking forward now to stepping back into my original calling. I am committed to rebuilding strong girls teams with early involvement in the sport.”

“He’s a Mustang at heart,” Superintendent Gaylon Taylor said. “Once a Mustang, always a Mustang. He plans to work with the elementary level students to get them involved. We would love to have his two boys here playing for BIC.”

Kinard ssaid, “That would be an ideal situation.”

Several board members expressed their pleasure in having Kinard return to BIC and related some of the fond memories of his work as a coach.

The board went into executive session to discuss hiring staff for the 2018-2019 school year. After a short meeting they emerged to hire Coach Kinard, along with Beth Qualls in language arts, Emily Owens as pre-K assistant, and John Rountree as golf and soccer coach. All certified teachers wishing to return were approved. All non-certified personnel, except East and West Elementary aids were approved. The 2018-2019 School Improvement Plan submitted by Dr. Kima Stewart was approved.

The 2018-2019 proposed calendar was approved as recommended by the Personnel Committee and includes first day of school as Aug. 20, Thanksgiving break Nov. 19-23, Christmas break Dec. 24-Jan. 4, spring break March 18-22 and end of school year May 24.

Taylor announced several accomplishments and upcoming events at BIC.

East Elementary was named one of the top performing schools in Arkansas and will receive $8,283.24 in special funding.

The Senior High FBLA organization has two students receiving national level qualifications.

The BIC Drama Department will be performing “Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” at the Melody Theater, in Leachville, at 6 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

“Our stage is not large enough for the play,” Taylor said. “So, we have joined in partnership with the Melody Theatre.”

The new BIC High School Media Science Building will be named after Melda and Russel Strickland.

“President of the Monette Youth Association Matt Rolland has requested that we donate five acres of BIC High School property, running north to south, for use by the city baseball park, to build inside batting cages and parking,” Taylor said.

The board considered leasing the land but not donating at this time. The soccer field is currently located on that property. There will be two batting cages in the new high school facility. The decision was tabled by the board until more information can be obtained.

Other topics of discussion included the purchase of property adjoining the current junior high school, in Leachville, school security, and class periods for new high school year.

The next regularly scheduled BIC school board meeting is set for 6:30 p.m.Thursday, May 17.

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