ES board to hear presentation on disaster plan

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs School Board will tackle a lengthy agenda at its monthly meeting Thursday.

The board is set to hear a presentation by the Osage Group, who is working with the city on a disaster mitigation plan.

The board will hear a presentation by the Osage Group, which is working on a disaster mitigation plan for the City of Eureka Springs. Mayor's assistant Diane Wilkerson said the plan would be approved by FEMA, and part of it is to look for places in the city that meet the requirements to serve as disaster shelters. The school possibly serving that role will be discussed.

The board also will consider a resolution on Act 1120, passed by the state legislature last year. The act, which goes into effect Sept. 15, requires school boards to review and approve any increase in employee pay of 5 percent or more from one fiscal year to the next when there has been no substantial change in job duties.

Each year the school district will run a spreadsheet showing such increases and pass a resolution to approve them. The resolution must show the reasons for the increase and can include information about bonuses, certification, and other reasons.

The school district has received a School Bus Safety award from the Arkansas Association of Pupil Transportation and will hear a report on that from Transportation Supervisor John Kesler, who traveled to Hot Springs to receive it.

The board is set to look at a number of items relating to the start of the new school year: student handbook revisions, bread bids, meal price changes and student transfers.

The board also will consider payment of attorney fees in the ongoing millage lawsuit with the state, the annual transfer of funds to reduce the operting balance and hold an executive session.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place Thursday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the administration building at 146 Greenwood Hollow Rd.

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