Manila board approves technology purchase

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Manila Superintendent Jason Evers presented a quote for technology purchase of $68,043.96 at the July 19 school board meeting.

“This is something you have been working toward,” Superintendent Evers said. “This purchase will put one-to-one computers in the hands of students from K-12.”

Board members voted unanimously to approve the purchase. Board members present included Jeremy Jackson, Monte Middleton, Johnny McCain, Danny Robbins and Casey Wells. Tracey Reinhart and Tommy Wagner were not present.

Robbins made a motion, which passed unanimously, to leave the present board officers in place for the coming year. Officers include Jeremy Jackson, president; Tracey Reinhart, vice president; and Monte Middleton, secretary.

Robbins was selected as chief dispersing officer and alternates include McCain, Wagner, Wells, Middleton and Reinhart.

Jackson introduced and welcomed the new high school principal John Parrish and the new elementary principal Sherry Mason.

“We are excited to have you here and look forward to great things,” Jackson said.

Superintendent Evers recommended the district contract with Arkansas Copier Center with a 60 month lease and per copy. He went on to say the longer lease will save the district money. The school will receive new copy machines. Presently, the newest machine at the school is eight years old. He said the district copies an average of 2 million copies a year.

“I have checked with other schools and the 2 million is about normal,” he said.

Following a discussion, the board voted unanimously on Evers' recommendation.

The board also approved Phase II of the building budget which includes demolition, roads, sidewalks, asphalt, etc.

“I'm working with Nabholtz and we are discussing the best place to locate the bus shed,” Evers said. “We are looking at the options. I've pulled off the asphalt for the bus shed area and replaced it with chat.”

The board unanimously approved the handbook/policies for the 2018-2019 school year.

The board went into executive session to consider personnel issues. No action was taken.

The Manila School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the board room located in the back room of Snider Memorial Library.

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