Manila School Board hears trap shooting request

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
David Keys addressed Manila School Board at the November meeting. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

David Keys with the Big Lake Clay Breakers addressed Manila Superintendent Jason Evers and school board members asking them to not start a school trap shoot program.

Keys said he and his wife have worked with area youth for six years building up the Big Lake Clay Breakers, which is open to all area youth. He said starting a school program will take away from the existing program.

“We offer the program free of charge to youth sixth through the 12th grades,” he said. “My wife is a hunter education instructor. We teach safety and give kids a free opportunity to learn to shoot.”

He went on to say the trap field cannot be on school property. He also said he plans to continue with his program.

He has six squads of five in the program. Presently, they are all from Manila.

The board had heard a request for implementing a school trap shoot at the September meeting, presented by Jimmy Self with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission/Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports program.

No action was taken by the board. Board members present included Monte Middleton, Dan Robbins, Tracey Reinhart, Casey Wells and President Jeremy Jackson. Board members Johnny McCain and Tommy Wagner were absent.

Following an executive session the board accepted (5-0) Superintendent Evers' recommendation to hire Justin Bennett full time on a 184 day contract as technical assistant.

Board members unanimously approved contracting the ANC Route for $40 a day.

The board approved raising the minimum wage to $9.25 an hour as of Jan. 1.

Evers presented a lengthy list of items to be deleted from the fixed asset list. The items are no longer used or are obsolete such as servers, telephones, weight equipment, etc. The board voted unanimously to approve the removal of the items from the fixed asset items.

Board members then approved resolutions to conduct business with Wells Eye Clinic, Southern Bancorp, Delta Drug, Towell & Sons Auto, Wagner Pharmacy and Wagner Medical Clinic and Manila Post Office. Board members are associated with these businesses.

Evers informed the board a committee is working to turn the Snider Library into an Alumni Hall. Plans include renovating the old library (Snider Hall) for a museum with trophies and memorabilia sorted by the year. There will be a Missco section. Persons wanting to be involved can contact the superintendent's office.

Robbins said he would like to recognize the Cross Country Team. They finished well with all state honors. Connor Jackson also finished 14th in the All Star competition.

Manila School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month.

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