ES superintendent to sign community center contract agreement

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Eureka Springs Community Center is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Eureka Springs School District Superintendent Bryan Pruitt said at Tuesday night's school board meeting that he will be signing the contract agreement between the school district and the Eureka Springs Highlander Community Center Foundation this week. Once the contract is signed, Pruitt said the district's legal counsel will look it over.

"It'll go back to our lawyer for the lease," Pruitt said.

Pam McGarrah presented financial updates, saying the district's bank balance at the end of November was $6,952,000. The fund balance, she said, was $6,988,000 and the legal balance was $2,299,000.

Middle school teacher Randy Stainer discussed his use of technology. This year, Stainer said, he has stopped using paper almost completely in favor of the Google classroom. Stainer said his students have been doing projects where they research, read and write.

"It's more realistic in terms of what these kids are going to need to be able to do when they're employed. People are not going to give them books to do research. They're going to give them computers," Stainer said.t

The move to a paperless classroom, he continued, has been successful. Stainer noted that many other teachers in the school district are using the Google classroom as well.

"I really, really like it. It makes teachers' lives easier," Stainer said.

High school teacher Adam Louderback updated the board on the high school. This month, Louderback said, high school students have been involved in events celebrating the holidays. These events include Santa in the Park, Thanksgiving baskets and the Angel Tree program.

"They've served 130 families through the Angel Tree, and the National Honor Society is wrapping everything up," Louderback said.

The board's next regular meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 at the administration building.

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