Berryville School Board OKs transfer requests, fundraisers

Thursday, July 19, 2012

BERRYVILLE -- The Berryville School Board earlier this week approved an unusual number of transfer requests for the coming school year.

At Monday night's meeting, Superintendent Dr. Randy Byrd recommended accepting requests under the school choice student transfer program. Byrd said 34 students from outside the district have asked to transfer into the school, and 16 have asked to go elsewhere.

Byrd also spoke to the board about his attendance last week at the Southern Regional Educational Board Conference in New Orleans. He described sessions with "good quality training."

Byrd said the best speaker he heard at the session will speak at a teacher in-service here when teachers return in August. Dave Sheppard will speak on parental involvement and bullying. Byrd encouraged board members to attend.

Fundraisers approved

The board approved two fundraising projects. Berryville Ford will sponsor halftime promotions at home football and basketball games in the coming school year.

Berryville Ford will donate $200 prize money for each game, and the prize money will roll over to the following game if no one wins. At the end of the football season, if no one has won, the thousand dollars contributed by Berryville Ford will be donated to the athletic department.

Tickets will be sold for those trying to earn the prize money. At football games, contestants will pass, punt, and kick a field goal. At basketball games, contestants will have to make a layup, a free throw, and a three-point shot while racing against the clock.

Money generated from entry fees will be placed into a fund to award scholarships to Bobcat athletes.

The band takes an annual trip, and the board approved a request to allow the choir to travel with the band. The choir will fund the trip with concession sales and fundraising projects, including a ticketed musical or variety show. The board approved the show after checking to see that it would not take the place of an annual year-end concert, which has traditionally been held without cost.

In other business:

* Byrd said the sign at the intersection of U.S. Highway 62 and Freeman Avenue should be fixed next week. Several board members expressed impatience at the delays in repairing the sign, which has been broken since the end of the past school year.

* Beth Duncan was hired as a kindergarten teacher, and Matthew Barnett was hired to teach high school English.

* Jo-Beth Williams-Evans and Angela Winters were approved as substitute teachers.

* The resignation of Rebecca Brittain, high school English teacher, was accepted.

* The board approved the assignment of kindergarten teacher Loree Cox as intermediate counselor. Linda Winkle will move from intermediate counselor to middle school counselor.

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