GF board approves bid for cafeteria sound system

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Green Forest School Board accepted a bid for renovation of the sound system in the school cafeteria at its meeting Monday.

The bid from Paragon was $12,350.12. Board vice president Jerry King said at Monday's meeting that the bid is "not cheap but it is good."

The cafeteria was renovated over the summer and school officials wanted to upgrade the sound system as well. In addition to the cafeteria project, a fence and parking lot on the newly renamed Lt. Michael Goins Ave. have been completed.

Also at Monday's meeting, the board approved multiple fundraiser requests from student organizations. These fundraisers include: Band's spaghetti supper and catalog fundraiser, the junior class' "Trick R Trot" event, the sophomore class' pie-in-the-face event and the middle school student council's Scentsy fundraiser.

Board members also approved the Arkansas Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (ACSIP), which allows the district to request funds for covered programs under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. It helps the school designate funding for numerous school-improvement plans.

High school principal Terry Darnell praised the concurrent classes being offered at Green Forest. He told the board that 18 students are enrolled in these classes, which require them to pay a course fee and supply their own books. The classes are meant to allow the students to experience college classes while still enrolled in high school.

He quoted the students enrolled in the classes, saying that many of them enjoy the classes because they teach them to multi-task and learn time management.

"All goals are not measurable, but we can see that kids are learning life skills," Darnell said. "What educator wouldn't be proud of that?"

The board's next scheduled meeting will be at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16.

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