Riverside School Board works through short agenda

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Riverside School Board worked through a short agenda at the Monday, Nov. 5, meeting recognizing Riverside West Elementary, tennis teams, and students receiving honors at the fair.

Superintendent Jeff Priest was pleased to inform the board he had received word West Elementary is among the schools to receive recognition program funds. Riverside is one of 175 schools to share approximately $7 million.

The Arkansas School Recognition Program provides awards to the top 10 percent of schools that achieve high student performance on the state required assessments in grades three through 10. Awards also are given to the top 10 percent of public schools that achieve high student academic growth, which includes high school graduation rates where applicable. The awards are based on assessment information from the 2017-2018 school year and graduation rates from the 2016-Riverside West Elementary School was in the top 6-10 percent performance and will receive $12,543.74.

“This is a huge honor,” Priest said. “This is the first time I’ve been at a school to receive this honor.”

Priest thanked Principal LeAnn Harrell and her staff.

Schools receiving the funds are required to establish a committee to determine how to use the funds. Funds must be used for faculty and staff bonuses, educational equipment and materials or personnel to assist with improving or maintaining student performance. The committee will include the principal, a teacher, and a parent representative.

“We are in the process of getting the committee together and they will determine how the funds will be spent,” Priest said.

Priest then recognized Tracey Haas, FCCLA advisor, and her students who placed at the Craighead County Fair. The board and superintendent received a letter of thanks for allowing the students to participate.

Students placing include Kayla Brannan, youth sewing, third place; Alexis Butler, youth sewing, third place; Ashlyn Cook, youth sewing, first place; Melanie Cheeseman, youth

photography, two third places; Autumn Courtney, canvas art, third place; Lexi Hall, youth photography, third place; Grace Powell, youth photography, two first places; Abram Haas, sweet potatoes, second place; Ashlynn Wright, chocolate pie, second place; cake pops, first place; and Haley Bowman, cookies, third place.

Priest recognized the coaches and tennis teams for their accomplishments.

The boys tennis team was 2A-2 District Champions. Team members include Peyton Archer, Ryan Austin, Ethan Boatman, Demario Bowers, Gage Crews, Brayden Gyngard, Chase Helms, Grant Smith, Steve Stroud.

Gage Crews and Ryan Austin were 2A-2 district doubles champions and Chase Helms and Steve Stroud were 2A-2 district doubles runner-up, 2A state doubles quarter finalists.

The girls tennis team were 2A State Champions and 2A-2 District Champions. Members of the team include Alexis Boatman, Abby Brickell, Alexis Courtney, Briley Douglas, Peyton Douglas, Mallory Felton, Bailey Fisher, Carolina Hoffman, Lotti Hoffman, Anna Meurer, Cailey Qualls, Carson Smith and Ashlynn Wright.

Abby Brickell was 2A state singles runner-up, 2A-2 district singles runner-up, and received All State honors.

Bailey Fisher and Carson Smith were 2A state doubles runner-up, 2A-2 district doubles champions, and received All State honors.

Briley Douglas and Cailey Qualls were 2A state doubles quarter-finalists, 2A-2 district doubles runner-up.

Lotti Hoffman was 2A singles quarter-finalist, 2A-2 district singles semi-finalist.

“Anytime our students receive state champions it is a great honor,” Priest said. “I am proud of Mr. Connor and Mr. Dunkerson (coaches) and the players for their dedication and hard work. We will get the state rings ordered.”

Priest and board members reviewed the financial report.

Priest noted at this point in the year there had been roughly $80,000 less collected in property tax.

“The state guarantees us 98% on collections so if that number is still light we will be supplemented,” he said. “We are down from $1,623,000 to $1,425,000 at this time last year but if you factor in the $411,000 that was transferred to the building fund we are up $41,000 at $1,814,000 compared to $1,773,000. We are in a good spot.”

Priest informed the board a new 14 passenger bus arrived in September. The driver of the smaller bus does not have to have a CDL license. He went on to say all of the buses are paid for and all in good shape. Two old buses were recently removed and sold for scrap.

In other business:

*Priest announced school will be out during the week of Thanksgiving from Monday through Friday.

*The board approved the ASBA Accidental Insurance renewal.

*The board approved the list of inventory deletions for obsolete items.

*The board voted to hold the school board election in May.

*High School Principal Matt Zeigler invited board members to the Veteran’s Day program set for Friday. A lunch will be served, following the ceremony, at Refuge Church.

The next regular school board meeting will be 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the administration board room.

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