School board meets with no new members
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs School Board moved through its agenda relatively quickly Thursday night with two members of the board absent.
Because the Carroll County Election Commission could not certify the election until the following day, three new board members were not able to be sworn in or seated, although all were present at the meeting.
Outgoing board members Rusty Windle and Debbie Smith were absent, but Kristie Drebenstedt attended and voted on agenda items in her final service to the board.
First up were congratulations to the high school girls' golf team, who won the state championship in Division 2A in Little Rock last week.
Two sisters on the team, Laura and Sara Winters, were pleased to announce the win would have an interesting effect on their golfing supportive dad, board member Tom Winters.
"We made a bet -- if we won state, Dad promised to get pink highlights in his hair," said Laura, "so sometime soon he'll be rocking the pink!"
Thanks were expressed to the Holiday Island Ladies Golf Association members who have mentored the girls for several years and one of whom predicted they would win state someday.
New high school update
David Ellingson of Kinco Constructors gave a brief update on the new high school. He said the company expects to do the first concrete slab pour in late October, on the lower gym level.
Charley and Laura Morrison of Morrison Architecture reported there are more than a hundred pine saplings that could be "nurseried" and replanted as part of landscaping for the future. They are off the back side of the track. Charley said they would like to push a mound of dirt up level with the rest of the track and make the facility eligible for meets, and the saplings need to be removed as soon as possible.
The board approved a change order to put rubber risers on the corridor stairs again. The $25,000 cost was taken out of the bid, but can be put back in as a change order without an increase.
The board also approved bids for furnishing: in the amount of $99,270 to Supreme Fixture Co. for kitchen equipment, $104,271 to School & Office Products for bleachers, $47,620 for lockers and benches to All-Storage Products, $38,959 to School & Office Products for auditorium seats and $14,926 to Platinum Visual Systems for markers and tackboards.
The board approved its 2011-12 budget, which is around $7 million this year, said Superintendent Wayne Carr. Of that, the operating budget is $2.9 million, most of which goes to salaries. The board also approved its special education budget of $918,000 and a $500 bonus for staff.
Principals' report highlights:
High school principal Kathryn Lavender reported Eureka has another National Merit semifinalist, Will Adams, the only student from Carroll County to make the roster. Jordan Jackson was also awarded as a "Commended Student."
Elementary principal Clare Lesieur reported the school is moving forward to get "Breakfast in the Classroom" for all K-4 students.
Middle school principal Cindy Holt said the middle school Boosters Club has been revived, and 10 people attended the first two meetings.
In other business, the board:
* Approved a resolution to participate in the TAPS cooperative purchasing program with the Dawson Education Cooperative.
* Approved a letter of engagement with law firm Hatfield & Sayre to continue representing the school district in the millage lawsuit against the state.
* Approved, in compliance with state law, the appointment of the superintendent as "ex-officio financial secretary."
* Approved routine Statements of Assurances of compliance with state and federal education laws.
* Approved salary schedules for teachers and staff.
* Approved the transfer in of two students who are receiving online education.
* Approved the financial report.
* Approved, in open session, the hiring of Kaci Garner and Brittany Wright as paraprofessionals and Laura Benton as high school secretary. Also approved a list of substitute teachers, with new hires subject to satisfactory background checks.