GF board OKs stipend for supplies

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Green Forest School Board voted at its Monday meeting to provide all teachers in the Green Forest School District with a $500 stipend for classroom supplies this year.

The stipend funds are allotted by the state each year, superintendent Matt Summers said, and the district is required to allot either $500 per classroom or $20 per student for all K-6 students.

“Our district has extended this policy to provide for K-12 students,” Summers said. “We’re proud to provide this stipend all the way to 12th grade.”

The board voted to accept the following bids for the upcoming school year: fuel from Sugg Oil Company, bread from Springfield Grocer, apples from A & A Orchard, food products from Ben E. Keith Foods and a three-year contract for uniforms from Clean in Joplin, Mo.

Board member Jerry King voted against the uniform bid from Clean.

The board voted to renew the district’s subscription to Renaissance Products for $18,796.25.

“It is used for the Star 360 program, and that data is used to help students with remediation and weaknesses,” Summers said. “I know all of our administrators highly recommend it.”

The board voted to accept a bid of $9,395 from Benchmark Insurance for the district’s student insurance.

“It’s the same price as last year,” Summers said. “We made a phone call and asked if the price would change if our enrollment increases during the school year. Benchmark said it would not change with enrollment, so they are our low bidder.”

Also at the meeting, the board voted to approve the Migrant Education Agreement, the OUR Agreement and student transfers for the 2017-18 school year.

For the upcoming Sept. 19 school board election, Summers announced that board member John Bailey has submitted his application for re-election and is running unopposed. As a result, the board voted to adopt a resolution to have no polling sites on Sept. 19.

“Instead, we will have early voting and absentee voting only,” Summers said.

He also gave the board a construction update, saying the drains in the south and visitor sides of the football stadium have been repaired after sink holes developed following the flooding last school year.

“The sewer line replacement at the K-3 building is nearing completion and should be done before the state of the school year,” he said, “which is coming up on Aug. 14.”

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, in the high school library.

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