BV board promotes Armstrong

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Berryville School Board voted at its Monday meeting to hire Donnel Armstrong as the new high school principal.

Armstrong is currently the assistant principal at Berryville High school and will begin her term as principal for the 2017-17 school year. She is replacing David Gilmore, who was hired last week to as the principal for Eureka Springs High School.

The board also voted to increase meal prices by five cents in accordance with a recommendation by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE).

“We are at 72 percent free and reduced lunches, so this will affect 28 percent of our students,” said Superintendent Owen Powell. “I know no one likes to raise lunch prices, but the department of education is recommending it.”

Last year, the board voted to increase meal prices by 10 cents, following a recommendation by ADE. With the newest increase, breakfast for kindergarten through fifth grade will jump from $1.10 to $1.15, lunch for kindergarten though fifth grade will jump from $1.65 to $1.70 and lunch for sixth through 12th grade will jump from $1.90 to $1.95.

The board later voted to approve the Connect 4 program, which will provide career and technical training to local students through a partnership between the Berryville, Eureka Springs and Green Forest school districts. The courses will be taught in the former Berryville Readiness Center, known as the old armory.

Powell said the approval is pending approval of the program by the other school boards in the county.

“We’ve also received copies of the memorandum of understanding for the program, but I felt like you all would need more time to look over it,” he said to the board members. “I will bring the memorandum back to you all for approval later.”

The board voted to approve a standards accreditation report. Powell said the board had four citations for licensure, and two have already been corrected.

Also at the meeting, the board voted to approve the purchase of a lawnmower for the athletic program for $9,674.59, fuel for $13,663 from Carter Energy and a one-to-one Chromebook purchase for Berryville High School students out of Title I federal funds.

The board also voted to approve the 2017-18 special education budget, extended school year services for special education, the 2017-18 K-12 student handbook and the renewal of the finance contract with First Security Beardsley.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, June 19, in the Intermediate Cafetorium.

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