BIC talks IT program, construction update
Buffalo Island Central School Directors met Thursday, Aug. 23, and reviewed new programs, staffing and construction overviews.
Ralph and Paula Ruby, ASU professors in the Department of Computer and Information Technology, presented information about new technology developed to earn scholarships and improve note-taking skills. The ASTATE Keyboarding Champ and A-STATE Texting Champ Apps will help students use their call phones and iPad to reduce college expenses with scholarships, increase student grades and increase school district rankings. They invited BIC to take part in the new programs.
BIC Superintendent Gaylon Taylor gave a construction overview of new buildings.
“I am proud to say we are half way there,” Taylor said. “We are in the elementary building on the Leachville campus and had a successful open house.”
He explained several kinks had to be worked out of the system, which included bathroom water trails with towel dispensers, cell phone reception, and formulating the physical address of 1208 Nelson with Mississippi County 911 services.
“Work on the Monette campus has picked up the pace considerably,” Taylor said. “We have chat in the parking lot in front with asphalt and partial sidewalks. Plans are to finish the gym floor by Oct. 15. The sheet rock is done in the middle section. The kitchen equipment is moved and ready to set.”
He added that the realistic date for the Monette campus to be completed would be around Thanksgiving in November.
“BIC will host the junior and senior high district tournaments,” Taylor said. “We hope to be in good shape by then.”
In other school business, two resignations were approved, which included John Roundtree and Phyllis Moxley. Tyler Herring was hired as the new health teacher and coach for baseball and golf. All certified aides who wish to return will be rehired from the 2017-2018 school year. Callie Clark will serve as a shuttle driver. The SG360 custodial service contract will be renewed. Bethune Painting will be hired for $18,530 to repaint the old elementary building on the Leachville campus. Possibilities of using a portable building for ball park concessions were discussed.
New business consisted of reports on securing full time resource officers. BIC approved the contract with the City of Monette to supply a full time officer for $30,000. This will be for coverage the full 2018-2019 school year, from 7:30-3:30 daily. No contract has been signed with the City of Leachville as yet to supply a full-time officer. Any cost for missed days of coverage will be deducted from the $30,000 offer.
“School billboards will be going up advertising our schools,” Taylor said. “We are having our EAST put something together for us.”
A 35' scissor lift has been purchased for $6,000 for both campuses.
The board approved the Elementary and Secondary Education Statement of Assurance for Improvements report, per request of the Arkansas Department of Education.